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Tim Sherwood and passion may just be enough to keep Aston Villa afloat

A first win in three months gives some muscle to Aston Villa's push for Premier League survival.
Tim Sherwood was the centre of attention once again on Tuesday night as his Aston Villa side beat West Brom 2-1.

Did you see Aston Villa's dramatic 2-1 victory over West Brom on Tuesday night? You might have caught a glimpse of it during the 90-minute Tim Sherwood live telecast that was beamed around the world.

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Benteke late winner gets Sherwood and Villa off the mark

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Christian Benteke goal (90'+4') Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Time will tell whether Tuesday's breathless 2-1 victory over West Brom will prove to be a genuine turning point in Villa's troubled season, or a one-off triumph in a memorable Midlands derby. But it was a result to celebrate on a night that Villa Park rediscovered its voice, and the hosts finally remembered how to win a game of Premier League football -- a first victory in nearly three months.

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It was also a night of firsts. Tim Sherwood's first win as Villa manager, on his third attempt. The...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Villa can't help but feel envious of West Brom ahead of derby

Relegation-threatened Aston Villa take on West Brom, Hull City host Sunderland and Southampton will look to bounce back against Crystal Palace in Tuesday's Premier League fixtures.

As Villa prepare for the first of two Midlands derbies in a week -- Tuesday's league game followed by Saturday's FA Cup quarterfinal -- there is no denying that opponents West Brom have clear supremacy in one area: the art of decision making.

Where Villa procrastinated and kept faith for far longer than was sensible or logical with Paul Lambert, giving a failing manager another transfer window, West Brom acted decisively to replace Alan Irvine with Tony Pulis on Jan. 1st.

Pulis was the ideal...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Relegation fears are justified as Aston Villa lose their seventh straight game

Aston Villa sunk further into the relegation zone courtesy of a game-winning goal from Papiss Cisse.
Aston Villa manager laments his side's 1-0 loss that keeps them in the relegation zone.

It seems that Villa have found the perfect recipe for relegation: don't score, don't win games and concede easy, sloppy goals. Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle was a seventh consecutive loss in the league, and while Tim Sherwood's side worked hard to create goal-scoring chances, the hosts converted one simple opening to take the points.

A cross into the penalty area, a slip by a Villa defender -- against Stoke it was Ron Vlaar who failed to deal with a ball into the box; this time it was Jores...

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Sherwood's six-win target for Villa an ambitious undertaking

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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has stated the club need to win six more matches in order to stay in the Premier League come the end of the season. For a team that has won only five so far in 2014-15, that certainly sounds ambitious.

It's a steep target; that's victory in half of the remaining 12 fixtures. Looking at the games to come, it's likely that Sherwood is hedging his bets on Villa winning at St James' Park on Saturday, for starters. Following that are matches against West Brom, Sunderland...

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Tim Sherwood's honeymoon period ends early as Aston Villa lose to Stoke

Stoke spoiled Tim Sherwood's debut as Aston Villa boss as Victor Moses' injury-time penalty gave them a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

No one said it was going to be easy. Reviving a failing Aston Villa and maintaining the club's status as an ever-present member of the Premier League is no small task, and after his first 90 minutes in charge of the team, new manager Tim Sherwood will have no illusions regarding the size of the job in hand. A 2-1 defeat to Stoke now makes it six successive league losses.

Sherwood's debut started brightly but ended bitterly, with Villa conceding two minutes into injury time. It was an awful goal to...