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Villa 3-2 QPR media watch [18.03.13 AM]: Bumper match reports

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Villa 3-2 QPR media watch [18.03.13 AM]: Bumper match reports

Times: Ron Vlaar was not advocating that his team-mates launch the ball into touch when he suggested that Aston Villa's chances of survival may hinge on their ability to keep playing one-twos with their impassioned supporters. The Villa captain was alluding to the synergy about a club given every chance of staying up after they recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since May 2011 with another thrilling recovery against relegation rivals. Harry Redknapp had suggested that QPR, after their own successive victories, could prey on the inexperience of Paul Lambert's starlets and the preconception that the Villa fans turn on their own team. But, despite going behind to Jermaine Jenas's goal and being played off the park for the majority of the first half, Villa came storming back to feed off the positive energy of the 35,594 crowd and, ultimately, hold out for the win that brought them a three-point buffer from the relegation zone thanks to goals from their in-form strikers, Gabby Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke.

Independent: QPR's pain was Villa's gain on an afternoon which suggested Paul Lambert's faith in his inexperienced players is finally paying off. Paul Lambert, the Villa manager, spoke afterwards of the difficulty of "trying to build something plus get results" and they owed this result to two players in particular. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, first choice this season ahead of Shay Given, made three world-class saves in the first half before forward Andreas Weimann inspired Villa to victory in the second.

Daily Express: Andreas Weimann kept Aston Villa safe last year and looks as if will do it again this season, but Harry Redknapp is still looking for a hero. Led by Weimann, Villa made a decisive break for safety and left QPR seven points adrift. Against QPR, Weimann scored and then set up Christian Benteke for the winner. It was the first time Villa had recorded back-to-back league wins for two years.

Guardian: Indebted to the excellent Brad Guzan for making three outstanding saves in the first half, Villa were inspired by Andreas Weimann after the interval. The Austrian, who never stopped running, drilled home his eleventh of the season and also set up the winner for Christian Benteke. Villa manager Paul Lambert's celebrations when Benteke swept home provided a measure of how much this result meant to him.

Daily Telegraph: This performance will increase Paul Lambert's optimism of avoiding relegation. His young side's lack of experience has been called into question but this was a resilient, spirited performance epitomised by Andreas Weimann. Birmingham Mail: Andi Weimann's team-mates have urged Villa and the talismanic striker to agree a new contract, with Paul Lambert predicting he can go a "long way" in the game. Weimann took his tally to eleven league and cup goals in Saturday's 3-2 victory over QPR and also set up the winner for strike partner Christian Benteke.

Birmingham Mail: Andi Weimann paid tribute to the claret and blue crowd for cheering Villa to victory after inspiring a thrilling win over survival rivals QPR. Weimann scored the second goal and created Christian Benteke's winner with Gabby Agbonlahor also on target during the 3-2 triumph.

Birmingham Mail: Faith [noun] 1. Complete trust or confidence. 2. Strong belief based on spiritual conviction rather than proof. A fanbase who have this season put the faith in Villa Park faithful more than ever before were finally rewarded with their most tangible evidence of hope yet against the hapless Hoops. Harry Redknapp's attempts to swing the pendulum of pressure Villa's way with amateur psychology by claiming the expectant crowd could create a suffocating atmosphere for Paul Lambert's young team didn't work. Ultimately it was mind over matter.

Daily Mirror: Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa's vital win is the springboard to safety - and can finally convince their worried fans they are good enough. Villa have endured a rollercoaster season in and around the dropzone. But they have now finally secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since May 2011. Just as in the win at Reading, Villa showed true grit to recover from falling behind after another defensive mistake. Keeper Guzan, again outstanding, reckons Villa's fight, commitment and skill should finally silence the doubting supporters.

Daily Star: Villa's Brad Guzan pulled off a couple of world-class saves in the first half - both from Christopher Samba and within a minute of each other - which almost certainly stopped Paul Lambert's nervous team from crumbling. "Fortunately for me, I was able to keep a few out and give the guys in front of me a chance to level the score and go on and win the game," the USA keeper said.

Daily Mail: Jamie Redknapp Column - Christian Benteke scored his seventh goal in seven games and will take the headlines. But I was at Villa Park and the standout player as Andreas Weimann, who never stops moving, scored a crucial goal and was a pain to QPR in a result that could keep Villa in the league.

*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.


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By @AVFCOfficial 18th March 2013
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