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Aston Villa

Raging Roy: The transcript

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Roy Keane may be controversial but his demands aren't unreasonable

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert responded to reports that former assistant manager Roy Keane confronted Tom Cleverley at the midfielder's home believing he had leaked stories about Keane falling out with the club's players.

Roy Keane has departed and yet he still dominates the agenda at Aston Villa. As the mid-table Midlanders prepare for a testing encounter with Louis van Gaal's resurgent Manchester United, the dust still settles on the now former assistant manager's latest controversy.

In this tangled web, there are two strands that we can grip with certainty. Firstly, that a respected journalist from the Daily Mail ran a story about Keane's alleged problems with the players that was peppered with spicy quotes from...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Talking Tactics: How depleted Villa could look against Manchester United

Manchester United kept up their fine record against Aston Villa with a 3-0 away win last season -- Danny Welbeck (two goals) and Tom Cleverley among the scorers.

Playing at home against Manchester United has long been a psychological block for Aston Villa and the club's chances of finally winning this fixture haven't been helped by a significant list of absentees.

What could be interpreted as getting the excuses in early is really anything but; Villa have five players out injured, another three unavailable because of suspension and it's no exaggeration to suggest that Paul Lambert could have difficulty filling the bench with senior players. Joe Cole may...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Aston Villa's selection troubles deepen following Kieran Richardson's red card

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert understood why Kieran Richardson was sent off against West Brom, following their 1-0 loss to Alan Irvine's side.

Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat at West Brom on Sunday was such a waste of a match. Kieran Richardson's straight red card left Villa to play for 70-odd minutes with a man less than West Brom, who struggled to make any real impact until scrambling an untidy winner in the last quarter of the match.

It's a game to forget, and quickly. No doubt when the season is done and dusted and results are reviewed this, 1-0 defeat will be the source of frustration. It was a fixture the team should have won. Albion weren't...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Derby day in the Midlands as Villa head to West Brom

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was delighted with his side's 2-1 win over Leicester City.

The prospect of a third consecutive league victory should be all the motivation Villa need for the Midlands derby with West Brom on Saturday.

That might sound like a modest achievement in terms of a winning run, but it's something the club haven't yet been able to produce in almost two-and-a-half seasons under the management of Paul Lambert. In fact, Villa haven't taken nine points from a possible nine since Martin O'Neill's side beat Portsmouth, Hull and Birmingham in the space of a week in...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Villa rediscover the art of entertainment in win over Foxes

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Alan Hutton goal (71') Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City

Manager Paul Lambert has spoken often of the high expectations Aston Villa fans have of their club, and whenever he does he usually misses the point. In this era of flirting with relegation it doesn't take much to make claret and blue supporters happy: when the Villa manager is again in a tough spot all he needs to do is watch Sunday's 2-1 win against Leicester City to find his way.

This is what home fans want to see -- it's called entertainment. There was a hunger and a belief from Villa which...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Return of an old rivalry as Villa host Leicester

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has denied that a bust up led to former assistant manager Roy Keane leaving the club.

On Sunday, Villa and Leicester resume an East-West Midlands rivalry which has been on hold for over 10 years. There have been two meetings in cup competition -- a victory apiece -- but the clubs have not faced each other in the Premier League since the 2003-04 season.

Villa won both of those games. In August 2003 at Villa Park, the hosts were three goals up inside the opening 16 minutes (including a Juan Pablo Angel double) and Les Ferdinand's red card just before the interval allowed for a...