Clubcall: Paul Lambert says Aston Villa's next two games against Reading and QPR are "massive" but he remains confident they can stay up. Villa slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City on Monday and remain in the relegation zone ahead of a trip to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and the visit of QPR seven days later. With both those upcoming opponents also fighting the drop, Lambert knows just how big the games are but believes if they match their performance against City they have a real chance.
Clubcall: Paul Lambert was frustrated a mistake from Ciaran Clark let Carlos Tevez score the only goal in Villa's defeat against Man City. Villa slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against the Premier League champions - a result that leaves them firmly in the relegation zone in 18th place. Tevez's strike in first-half injury time settled a tight game and Lambert admitted it was difficult to take because it came after defender Clark slipped and lost possession of the ball in his own half.
Express & Star: Boss Paul Lambert today claimed Aston Villa's next two matches against Reading and Queens Park Rangers have become "massive" after another night of frustration. Villa failed to build on a bright start against Manchester City and punished for a defensive error by Ciaran Clark which allowed Carlos Tevez to bag the winner just before half-time. The defeat left Villa languishing in the Premier League relegation zone ahead of a trip to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday and the visit of QPR seven days later.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert was gutted to leave Villa Park empty-handed again last night as another defensive mistake cost them more valuable points. Stand-in captain Ciaran Clark was the guilty party as his mistake was pounced on by Edin Dzeko, who set up Carlos Tevez for the only goal of the game. The match-winning strike came on the stroke of half-time, just as Paul Lambert was preparing a morale-boosting half-time teamtalk. Instead he was forced to re-think, but insisted that he withheld from laying into his skipper, despite the error.
Sky Sports: Paul Lambert criticised the "ridiculous" goal Aston Villa conceded in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City but remains confident of survival. Villa put in a spirited display with Christian Benteke seeing a header cleared off the line early on. But an error from captain Ciaran Clark saw him slip under pressure from Edin Dzeko, allowing Carlos Tevez to score the only goal of the game.
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