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Wednesday media watch [03.04.13 AM]: Agbonlahor praised

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Wednesday media watch [03.04.13 AM]: Agbonlahor praised

Birmingham Mail: Gabby Agbonlahor's new lease of life could be crucial to Villa's survival prospects with Paul Lambert admitting the club's longest-serving player is "loving his football at the minute". Four of Agbonlahor's five Premier League goals this season have come in the last past nine games and the Brummie striker has been a regular fixture under Lambert since returning from injury.

Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert's positive approach has been backed by Brian Little, who expects the Villa manager to address the squad's failings in the summer, providing they stay up. Lambert has looked to accentuate the claret and blues' plus points even when they have struggled to accumulate Premier League points this season.

Birmingham Mail: Graham Burke has been saluted by his coach and captain for helping Villa rule Europe, as the NextGen Series feelgood factor rolls on for the claret and blue kids. Burke's two penalties in the 2-0 final victory over Chelsea at Lake Como in Italy made him the competition's joint top scorer with seven goals after also netting a spot-kick in the semi-final win over Sporting Lisbon.

Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Gabby Agbonlahor is key in his side's battle for survival. The lightning-quick forward has been at Villa Park for the whole of his career after coming through the youth ranks.

Daily Express: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has praised Gabriel Agbonlahor for coming through a difficult patch to become a key player in his hometown club's fight for survival. The forward went a year without a Premier League goal over the latter stages of last season and early this campaign.

Daily Mail: Darren Bent's future at Aston Villa looks increasingly bleak after the 29-year-old failed to make Paul Lambert's squad for Sunday's defeat by Liverpool.

Daily Telegraph: Darren Bent's career at Aston Villa appears increasingly uncertain after he was excused from Paul Lambert's squad last week.

Sky Sports: Paul Lambert has backed Gabriel Agbonlahor to play a key role in Aston Villa's fight for Premier League survival now that he is scoring more regularly. Agbonlahor endured a barren spell at the end of last season and the start of the new campaign, but he has recently clicked into form and netted four times since January.

*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 3rd April 2013
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