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Media Continue To Rave Post Liverpool

Media Continue To Rave Post Liverpool

ESPN and the BBC have been positively gushing following our victory at Anfield, and 6 of our players made it into their teams of the week.

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ESPN selected Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan and Christian Benteke.

Paul Lambert was named manager of the week.

And the BBC selected Matthew Lowton, Nathan Baker and Christian Benteke.

ESPN said of their selections:

Benteke - 'A series of barnstorming performances underline what a raw talent the Belgian is. Scoring two and setting up one on your first visit to Anfield is no mean feat.'

Bannan - 'Up against Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Lucas, Bannan, alongside partner Ashley Westwood, bossed the midfield for Aston Villa. Prompting and probing from the centre, on this evidence he may well become the first name on Lambert's teamsheet.'

Clark - 'In a fledging Aston Villa side, captain Ciaran Clark was the rock upon which their seismic win at Anfield was based. At 23 years of age, Clark can count himself as something of a veteran in Paul Lambert's side and operating in a back three, he was pivotal in weathering both a first and second half assault on their net. Clark, alongside Chris Herd and Nathan Baker, was magnificent.'

Guzan - 'Brad Guzan's afternoon at Anfield didn't contain a string of stunning saves but with 29 shots on his goal to contend with the Aston Villa stopper had to be on constant alert. Guzan was diligent in all areas of his discipline, dealing with crosses well, rushing out of his area to cut off the supply line to Luis Suarez and repelling several dangerous efforts.'

Lambert - 'Deliberation for manager of the week took all of three seconds. For weeks Paul Lambert has been telling us he has immeasurable faith in his young guns and after their victory at Liverpool made it five Premier League games unbeaten, perhaps a few more people will take notice. Villa are now 14th and looking upwards.'

Garth Crooks said of his selections for the BBC:

Benteke - 'What a performance from the 22 year old! It's taken some courage for Paul Lambert to embrace a style of play that has no room for Darren Bent. I for one thought he was wrong and said so. But credit where credit is due, Benteke is giving Villa options not afforded to the team before.'

Baker - 'The moment I saw Nathan Baker's tackle on Jonjo Shelvey in the opening minutes, I said that Aston Villa were up for this game and, boy, was I right. The Villa backline defended as though their lives depended on it. Baker and Clark looked a fine partnership.'

Lowton - 'Villa's win at Liverpool had a bit of everything - good football and its fair share of missed chances. Matthew Lowton was instrumental in a defensive display the like of which I haven't seen from a Villa side for years.'

Full team selections:

ESPN:

Guzan [Villa], Vertonghen [Tottenham], Williams [Swansea], Clark [Villa], Toure [Man City], Bannan [Villa], Hoolahan [Norwich], Taarabt [QPR], Benteke [Villa], Van Persie [Man Utd]. Manager: Paul Lambert

BBC:

Lloris [Tottenham], Lowton [Villa], Shawcross [Stoke], Baker [Villa], Gibbs [Arsenal], Cazorla [Arsenal], Toure [Man City], Taarabt [QPR], Pilkington [Norwich], Benteke [Villa], Van Persie [Man Utd].

The BBC also have some interesting 'did you know's' associated with their selections. Matt Lowton has apparently made 47 tackles so far this season, 20 more than any other Villa defender. Nathan Baker's stat is that Villa have conceded an average of one goal a game in the seven matches Baker has played, compared to an average of 1.70 per game in the 10 he has missed. Benteke's stat is simply that he scored two from only three shots on target against Liverpool.

The Forum Thread on Crook's selections makes interesting reading:

BIG LIKE! Pundits seem to be recognising the improvement in our side - tasso10

Noooooooooo!! We don't want our players getting this type of praise. When Young and Milner were here, they often featured in the Garth team and know what happened to them. Keep it quiet and we might keep them longer. - Claret & Blue Blood

Westwood ran over 7 miles in the game, not sure if he touched the ball but that's impressive - Aspinall

It is funny how on the one hand they say Liverpool should have been 3-0 indicating they were the better side, then say that Liverpool played bad so we were luck to get then on an off day, and then praise our players and say we did deserve it - macca1087

Some of the comments that we could've been dead and buried after 20 mins is horse dung - Aspinall

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday December 18 2012
Time: 4:16PM

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Comments

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Glad Baker is getting noticed, he's going to be top for us and this time we haven't got a manager stupid enough to sell against the wishes of the youth set up like what happened with Cahill!
The Fear
18/12/2012 16:58:00
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Don't want too much praise. Liverpool underestimated us. Chelsea won't now. Despite two great results we are still very much a 'work in progress'. Kids WILL be inconsistent. Let's not get carried away. Having said that the future IS very bright and exciting, but this season is still going to be very difficult.
krfeskivilla
18/12/2012 17:19:00
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Quite right krfeskivilla. One step at a time.
Pride of Lions
18/12/2012 17:28:00
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Guzan, Bannan and Tekkers made Andy Goldstein ream team on last night on talksport
Lost_In_Ca
18/12/2012 18:02:00
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It is at a time like this that i like to revel in Robbie Savage's dumbfounding stupidity.
ric112
18/12/2012 18:29:00
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Lets all hope to prove savage wrong...
maigrait
18/12/2012 19:02:00
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Don't think there's any doubt there Maigrait! Well done the young guns, i don't think PL is for selling either and RL certainly has less of an urgency to sell now the wage bill has been reduced!
Charizma
18/12/2012 23:08:00
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The back line is getting loads of praise. Who plays when Vlaar is fit again?
AVFC4ME
19/12/2012 03:00:00
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What a nice problem to be faced with!
AVFC4ME
19/12/2012 03:00:00
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lol ric112 - me too, there's just so much material to work with :)
ExpatVillaShirt
20/12/2012 02:41:00
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