Nothing dampens the enthusiasm in the early weeks of the new season more than an immediate exit from a cup competition to lower-league opposition. Unfortunately for Aston Villa such defeat is nothing new. Leyton Orient merely become the latest club to have inflicted an embarrassing cup exit on Villa in the past three seasons; before the Londoners were Bradford, Millwall, Sheffield United. It's hardly an exclusive membership.
Tom Cleverley is the subject of interest from three Premier League clubs after Manchester United made the decision to sell their England midfielder, sources have told ESPN FC.
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Aston Villa are reported to be one of the three clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old, who has struggled to impress at Old Trafford.
ESPN FC sources indicate Cleverley has been told he will be allowed to leave United in this transfer window, with an eight million poun...
Paul Lambert has admitted that his Aston Villa side were made to pay for not taking their chances after they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Leyton Orient.
Darren Bent, starting a game for Villa for the first time since the final day of the 2012/13 season, was chief culprit as he missed in each half with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Joe Cole's perfectly-weighted pass behind the Orient defence sent Bent through down the right-hand side of the penalty area but his shot across Gary Wood...
Leyton Orient become the latest lower league team to inflict more cup misery on Aston Villa, winning 1-0 at Villa Park.
Romain Vincelot's header three minutes from time sees Orient join Bradford in humiliating Villa in this competition, with the Bantams famously defeating the Premier League team over a two-legged semi-final in 2013.
And earlier this year at Villa Park, Sheffield United knocked Paul Lambert's men out of the FA Cup.
Joe Cole was handed his full Villa debut. The midfielder's inclu...