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Thursday media watch [28.03.13 PM]: Lambert praises Petrov

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Thursday media watch [28.03.13 PM]: Lambert praises Petrov

Sky Sports: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised the fighting qualities of club captain Stiliyan Petrov in his year-long battle to overcome acute leukaemia. The 33-year-old Bulgaria international became aware of the illness on March 28 last year, before it was announced publicly two days later on March 30. Petrov is currently in remission and Lambert has nothing but admiration for the way his former Celtic team-mate has tackled the challenge. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told his players that December's 3-1 victory at Anfield will count for nothing when they host Liverpool on Sunday. The Villans put in one of their best performances of the season that day and will fancy their chances of completing a double over Brendan Rodgers' side after winning two consecutive league gamesfor the first time. Although the former Norwich manager admits that his side are in good shape going into Sunday's match, he is refusing to get too carried away.

ESPN: Paul Lambert has told his buoyant Aston Villa squad to forget the euphoria of their pre-Christmas victory at Anfield when they square up to Liverpool in search of a slice of club history this weekend. Goals of the highest quality gave Villa a 3-1 win against Sunday's visitors before the club's campaign suffered a downturn in form with successive hidings against Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan. But Lambert believes his side's recent run of form is much more relevant to the rematch than anything that happened three-and-a-half months ago.

Clubcall: Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor insists he should be judged by his selfless work ethic and not his goalscoring record this season. The 26-year-old has scored eight times so far this campaign, including two in his last two games against relegation rivals Reading and QPR. The Birmingham-born forward insists he is happy to play anywhere for the team as they look to claw themselves away from the relegation zone in their remaining eight games. However, he feels his selflessness is not being recognised and he continues to be judged on his scoring record despite not playing upfront for large parts of the season.

Express & Star: Gabby Agbonlahor today vowed to put Villa's plight before personal pride and insisted he will ignore the goal critics. The forward has netted eight times as Villa battle the drop this season - including two crucial strikes in his last two games. Agbonlahor has been deployed in a wide role to accommodate central striker Christian Benteke but insisted the team comes first.

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*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 28th March 2013
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