Birmingham Mail: Simon Dawkins reckons Villa are in a false position in the Premier League after a favourable first impression of the talent in Paul Lambert's squad. Dawkins enjoyed a winning introduction to his Villa Park career when his encouraging cameo helped them climb out of the drop zone with Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Ham. The 25-year-old admits it has been a challenge to acclimatise to the English top-flight by being launched into the claret and blues tense battle for survival. But Dawkins is convinced there is sufficient quality at Villa.
Birmingham Mail: Andi Weimann has been tipped to bounce back from his missed sitter after being hailed as one of the "most natural finishers at the club." Weimann's scoring touch deserted him when he somehow conspired to fire wide from point-blank range early in Sunday's 2-1 victory over West Ham at Villa Park. But the nine-goal striker has been backed to recover from the wasted opportunity by Charles N'Zogbia and Paul Lambert.
Daily Express: Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa's players will happily give up topping up their tans to dig in for a survival battle. Some of the 17th-placed Villa's Premier League rivals have taken advantage of a free weekend to jet off for a sunshine training camp. But Paul Lambert's men will brave the British winter to work on their weaknesses.
Daily Star: Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa have happily shunned a sunshine break as they brave frozen Britain in their Premier League survival fight. Some of Villa's relegation rivals have taken advantage of a free weekend to jet off for training camps in warmer climates. But Paul Lambert's men, out of the bottom three after Sunday's win over West Ham, are staying on the frozen home front as they work to iron out their weaknesses.
Daily Mirror: Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa's players are happy to only be rolling up their sleeves for a survival scrap rather than to top up their suntans. Some of 17th-placed Villa's rivals in the Premier League's relegation battle have taken advantage of a free weekend created by the FA Cup's fifth round to jet off for to warm-weather training camps. But Paul Lambert's men, who climbed out of the bottom three with Sunday's win over West Ham, will endure the British winter to work on their weaknesses.
Goal.com: Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has expressed his belief that the Villans can move up the Premier League table away from the relegation zone. The Moroccan missed the entirety of his side's January fixture list due to featuring at the Africa Cup of Nations, but is keen to make an instant impact upon returning.
Sky Sports: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is happy to pass up a sunshine break in favour of plotting the club's survival bid. Several of Villa's relegation rivals have taken the advantage of a free weekend to do some warm-weather training in Dubai. However, Guzan has no complaints at not going away to warmer climates, insisting they are using the free weekend to focus on how they can beat Arsenal next time out.
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