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Aston Villa

Villa showing signs of life

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Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Tim Sherwood and Villa can be optimistic despite loss to Swansea

Bafetimbi Gomis scored a late winner in Swansea's 1-0 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Aston Villa were left heartbroken by a 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Saturday but this past month should still be deemed a success for a club which a few weeks ago had forgotten how to win a game of football.

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Three victories from four matches isn't a bad haul at all -- for any side, let alone one which entered March in the bottom three of the Premier League.

The feeling of frustration in the wake of defeat lies in the knowledge that this was a game which seemed within Villa's capabilities to win and...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

Tim Sherwood already on the brink of history at Aston Villa

Last week's 4-0 win at Sunderland was Villa's second league win in a row and now they're vying for a third for the first time in five years.

Aston Villa go into Saturday's home match against Swansea with the opportunity to achieve something that has eluded the club for the best part of five years.

Not since April 2010, the final month of Martin O'Neill's tenure, has the team won three league games in succession. Absorb that for a moment.

Five years (four and a half seasons!) and four different managers since an Aston Villa side picked up nine points from nine available.

That's unacceptably too long, but it's a quirky statistic that succinctly...

Which teams will be relegated?
Stats not good for Hull, Leicester, QPR

The ESPN FC panel discuss the teams they feel will be relegated come the end of the Premier League season.

The end of the Premier League season splits the league into two distinct groups. Some teams play the highest-stakes football of the year, while others are playing out the string. A week ago I dissected and analysed the seven clubs still in the running for a Champions League place. Now, the bottom of the table goes under the microscope.

Currently, there are only six clubs facing any particular risk of relegation, leaving another seven sides to fight for nothing except slightly larger slices of the...

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Garry Monk has Swansea City playing well despite having little to play for

Swansea manager Garry Monk reflects on his side's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea's resolve to compete without the realistic incentive of Europa League qualification or the threat of relegation will be seriously tested this weekend away to Aston Villa. Villa are very much fighting for survival after a fractious season which has seen a managerial change and a team-wide goal drought that makes Bafetimbi Gomis look prolific.

Tim Sherwood, the man charged with rescuing Villa's season after Paul Lambert's dismissal, has started well. Villa have won four of six games in all...

Kevin Hughes Aston Villa  By Kevin Hughes

The smiles are returning to Aston Villa under Tim Sherwood

Aston Villa claimed a comfortable victory over Sunderland to bolster their fight for Premier League survival.

This is beginning to feel like a completely different team. After Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland -- a third consecutive victory for Villa -- the smiles are returning to the faces of players and supporters. Relegation remains a possibility but Villa are now fighting to stay in the division instead of impotently accepting the drop; the next match can't come quickly enough.

The transformation of this squad of players has been rapid and surprising. From a bunch of worn-down pros who couldn't...

Sunderland devoid of all spirit in shockingly bad 4-0 loss to Aston Villa

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet reacts after his side were thrashed 4-0 by Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa in the Premier League.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE -- Christian Benteke goal (16') Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
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SUNDERLAND, England -- Three quick observations from Sunderland's 4-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa, who scored as many goals in one day than they did in all of January and left the Black Cats just four points above the relegation zone.

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1. Sunderland are stunningly bad

There is only one thing for Sunderland to cling to now and that is the hope that Leicester, Burnley and QPR continue to struggle. This is a miserable football team, devoid of quality, spirit, confidence and, in many cases, desire....