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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Sinclair signing could be turning point for Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes new signing Scott Sinclair has 'great unfulfilled potential' as his side prepare to take on Arsenal.

Barely a week after manager Paul Lambert declared the deal "dead," Scott Sinclair is an Aston Villa player. It's another positive announcement in what has been a wholly satisfying few days for the club.

Fabian Delph's contract extension was the catalyst, followed quickly by the 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup, a subsequent home draw in the fifth round, acres of upbeat media coverage -- chief executive Tom Fox speaking of five-year plans, the renewed enthusiasm of owner Randy Lerner and...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Fabian Delph's new Villa deal one of their best wins of the season

Fabian Delph has pledged his future to Aston Villa until 2019 by signing a new deal at the club.

There were two victories for Villa on Sunday. On the field, Carles Gil's stunning strike -- one of the finest goals seen at Villa Park for many seasons -- helped the side past Bournemouth, and before that, news of Fabian Delph's contract extension was universally celebrated.

As a club, Villa haven't played the PR game well enough of late, but the club managed the Delph deal superbly. Before kickoff it was revealed that "exciting player news" would be relayed via the screens in the stadium at 2.50pm....

 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa celebrate Fabian Delph's new contract a little too much

Fabian Delph got a fabulous reception for signing his new contract.

With a distinct paucity of things to get excited about at the moment, it's perhaps understandable that Aston Villa kind of lost control on Sunday afternoon after finding themselves sitting on a sliver of good news to pass onto their long-suffering supporters.

It all started with a mysterious "teaser" on Twitter promising BIG PLAYER NEWS later in the day...

 By Chris Wright

Aston Villa challenged by Seaford to find England's most boring team

Paul Lambert's attack has been anemic in long stretches of the season thus far.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has had little reason to leap off the bench this season.

You probably don't need us to tell you that things are at a decidedly low ebb at Aston Villa at the moment, with Paul Lambert's shot-shy side managing to score a frankly dismal 11 league goals so far this season in the space of 22 games.

However, while Villa fans are perfectly entitled to moan, they should really spare a thought for supporters of non-league Seaford Town, one of the only clubs in the top 10 divisions of English football with a worse goal record than Lambert's impotent mob.

East Cowes...

 By Kevin Palmer

Brad Guzan is hoping to cement his place as the U.S.'s No. 1 goalkeeper

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop weigh in on Jozy Altidore's move to Toronto FC.
Due to Tim Howard's decision to take a break from international duty, Brad Guzan finally has a chance to get an extended run of games and prove that he is worthy of the U.S.'s No. 1 goalkeeper spot.

Brad Guzan's immediate focus may be on Aston Villa's battle to survive in the Premier League, but 2015 also offers the goalkeeper a golden chance to establish himself as a starter on the United States national team.

When ESPN FC caught up with the 30-year-old stopper at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training base, he opened up on a host of topics that provided an insight into a figure who has slowly emerged from the shadows to become a key man for club and country.

ESPN FC: You have spent a chunk of your...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Paul Lambert needs to be more positive to stop Villa's steady decline

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes his side were excellent against Liverpool and should have scored at least one goal.

Paul Lambert isn't learning. Ahead of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, the Villa manager appealed to the club's disillusioned supporters not to take part in the eight-minute 'stay away' protest.

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In the main, the claret and blue faithful refrained. There were some empty spaces in the Holte End at kick-off but the attendance was just under the 40,000 mark at Villa Park. This was a great turnout given the likelihood of the entertainment on offer.

The fans kept their side of the bargain...