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Thursday media watch [04.04.13 AM]: Countdown to Stoke clash

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Thursday media watch [04.04.13 AM]: Countdown to Stoke clash

Birmingham Mail: Ron Vlaar knows exactly what it's like to be a Villa fan - because he's spent more time than most this term cheering on his side from the stands. The Dutch defender has only started 20 out of 31 league games this season due to a niggling calf injury.

Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert claims higher-placed teams dragged into the relegation battle, like Stoke, will suffer most in the run-in. Villa are in the drop zone on 30 points ahead of Saturday's crunch against the Potters.

Daily Star: Tottenham want £15m Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke. The White Hart Lane club are plotting a major reshuffle of their striking department, which could see both Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe leave and as many as three new front men replace them.

Daily Express: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan says Aston Villa, the team with the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League, will not be bullied at Stoke. Guzan has had at least one goal put past him in 20 matches this season since Villa drew 0-0 with Stoke in December.

Sky Sports: Brad Guzan is looking for Aston Villa to battle their way to Premier League safety, starting at Stoke City on Saturday. Paul Lambert has conceded this season that he does not have the biggest team, but what they lack in height they make up for in dogged determination.

Football365: Brad Guzan insists Aston Villa's players will not be bullied when they tackle the physical challenge posed by Stoke in Saturday's clash. Manager Paul Lambert admitted last week that Villa "are not the biggest team" and he joked "we've got one player over six feet tall, the rest are three feet, nine inches tall!" Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been pleased with Gabriel Agbonlahor's form during his tenure as manager and backs the forward to play a key role in the club's fight for Premier League survival. The 26-year-old attacker experienced a goal drought at the end of last season and during the start of the 2012-13 campaign but has recently found form, scoring four goals 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 4th April 2013
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