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Aston Villa

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

The Relegation Scrap: Premier League battle going down to the wire

Newcastle manager John Carver makes it clear that his side must step up their game and end their poor run of form in order to avoid relegation.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains Newcastle United are playing up to standards, which he feels comes down to ownership.

With three rounds of games remaining in the Premier League season, Dale Johnson assesses the teams battling to avoid the drop with just two points separating five teams for 18th place.

ASTON VILLA
Position: 14th
Points: 35
Remaining fixtures: West Ham (h), Southampton (a), Burnley (h)

Aston Villa's position looks relatively comfortable after victory at home to Everton at the weekend. They now top the mini-league of five teams hoping to avoid relegation and have the comfort of two relatively...



Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa almost safe under Sherwood but there's still work to do

Tim Sherwood labelled his Aston Villa side 'heroic' after their win over Everton.
Tim Sherwood labelled his Aston Villa side 'heroic' after their win over Everton.

When Tim Sherwood was appointed Aston Villa manager in February, he maintained that six wins would be required in order for the club -- then in the bottom three -- to escape relegation.

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Saturday's excellent 3-2 victory over Everton was number four and the way the Premier League table stands, Sherwood's initial assessment will be spot on. Villa probably will have to win two further matches to stay up.

Continue playing like they have in the last few weeks and Sherwood's side are more than capable...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

The Relegation Scrap: Premier League battle enters the final straight

The ESPN FC crew discuss the clubs they believe are the most likely to be relegated at the end of the season.

With four rounds of games remaining in the Premier League season, Dale Johnson assesses the teams battling to avoid the drop.

NEWCASTLE UNITED
Position: 14th
Points: 35
Remaining fixtures: Leicester (a), West Brom (h), QPR (a), West Ham (h)

Newcastle are still very much the outsiders to go down at this stage, though a run of seven consecutive defeats -- their worst run of losses in the top flight for 38 years -- has left them on the verge of being dragged into trouble.

They travel to Leicester this...



Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Everton the first of four key clashes for Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says he's not interested in any favours from other teams, and believes his side's recent performance is very encouraging.

Four matches to go, four teams below.

There is no respite in this relegation battle. Three weeks ago the 1-0 victory at Tottenham moved Villa onto 32 points; a decisive step forward. But that result already feels a distant memory because of the movement at the foot of the table. It's distinctly uncomfortable in the lower reaches of the Premier League.

For Villa fans, the annual relegation battle is a draining experience. Annual relegation battle? Yes, for this is the fifth season in a row the...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa lose at Manchester City but plenty to admire in cruel 3-2 defeat

Substitute Fernandinho struck a late winner as Manchester City killed off an Aston Villa comeback to claim a frantic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reacted to his side's last minute 3-2 win over Aston Villa, where he felt his side were far more dominant.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explains his side had real belief to secure maximum points from Manchester City, but indicates Villa gifted Manuel Pellegrini's side a few goals.

In Villa's position points are all that really matter at this stage of the season but once Tim Sherwood's players have digested the disappointment of leaving the Etihad Stadium with nothing, they should have every reason to approach the remaining four matches of the campaign with confidence.

It's rare that Villa have come away from a visit to Manchester City feeling hard done by but that was the case after Saturday's 3-2 defeat. For the first 25 minutes of the match Sherwood's team were jittery,...

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Man City the less error-prone in calamitous affair with Villa

Substitute Fernandinho struck a late winner as Manchester City killed off an Aston Villa comeback to claim a frantic 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho bags the late winner as Manchester City move up to second ahead of Sunday's results.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini reacted to his side's last minute 3-2 win over Aston Villa, where he felt his side were far more dominant.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood explains his side had real belief to secure maximum points from Manchester City, but indicates Villa gifted Manuel Pellegrini's side a few goals.

MANCHESTER, England -- Three observations from the Etihad where Manchester City emerged victorious 3-2 over Aston Villa in an error-prone affair.

1. City win calamitous game

Four goalkeeping errors, and the winner scored after abject failure to clear a corner. This was no game for defensive purists. Jose Mourinho should scoff at the organisational chaos on show.

Fernandinho's acrobatic winner put Manchester City within two wins of reaching next season's Champions League, while Aston Villa...