Monday media watch [12.08.19]: Taylor positive despite defeat

August 12, 2019 7:28 am

Express & Star: Neil Taylor believes Villa gained valuable experience from Saturday’s defeat at Tottenham despite the heartbreaking nature of the loss. Newly-promoted Villa led for more than an hour against last season’s Champions League finalists before eventually losing 3-1, the hosts scoring all their goals in the final 17 minutes. Taylor admitted there were plenty of lessons to learn after the visitors faded badly following an excellent first hour. But the left-back, one of only five players in the starting XI who had previously played in the Premier League, reckons Dean Smith’s new-look team can come back stronger.

Express & Star: John McGinn claims Villa must show more bravery and belief after their Premier League return ended in defeat at Tottenham. The Scot had Dean Smith’s team on course for an improbable victory when he fired them in front inside the first nine minutes of Saturday’s season opener. But they eventually ran out of steam and were overpowered by last term’s Champions League finalists, who fought back to claim a 3-1 victory, courtesy of Tanguy Ndombele’s strike and Harry Kane’s late double. Midfield ace McGinn found plenty of positives in what he admitted was an “eye-opening” introduction to the top flight.

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Sky Sports: Jose Mourinho has hailed Harry Maguire after Manchester United’s £80m newcomer enjoyed a dream start in their 4-0 win over Chelsea. On a day of debuts at Old Trafford on Sunday, three-time Premier League winner Mourinho made his first appearance as part of the Sky Sports team while Maguire, the world’s most expensive defender, marked his first outing for Manchester United with a man-of-the-match performance at the heart of their defence.

BBC Sport: Footballers often inspire unswerving devotion, but one boy has felt the full force when he hit a lamp-post while running after Mohamed Salah. Louis Fowler was trying to get the Liverpool striker’s attention, who was driving out of the club’s training base on Saturday, when he ran into the post. The Reds fan fell and “busted his nose”, his stepfather Joe Cooper said. He added that they were “gobsmacked” when Salah soon turned up at their home nearby to check on Louis’ condition.

Sky Sports: Wayne Rooney’s return to England with Derby is a win-win situation for everyone, says Paul Gascoigne. Rooney will arrive at Pride Park on an 18-month player-coach deal from January, with England’s all-time leading scorer intent on seeing out the current Major League Soccer season with DC United.

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