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Portsmouth V Aston Villa - Match Preview

Villa face a daunting trip to the South Coast this Saturday to face in form Portsmouth and attempt to banish memories of Wednesday’s lacklustre display. With the gap between Villa and Everton widening and the chasing pack breathing down their neck, Villa will need to come away with a positive result to stay ahead in the race for Intertoto qualification.  Martin O’Neill will know that a performance similar to the one against Middlesbrough will not be good enough, because ....


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Villa 1 - 1 Boro - Barry Penalty Rescues Villa From Defeat Against Boro

A Gareth Barry penalty rescued Villa from defeat against Middlesbrough. The midfielder struck from the penalty spot in the second half of the match to equalise and snatch a point for the home team, after Luke Young seemed to be wrongly judged to have handled Ashley Young’s shot which struck his namesakes arm resulting in the controversial penalty.   Boro winger Stewart Downing gave the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute when he latched onto a poor clearance by Zat Knight when ....


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The 3pm Girls - Villa V Boro Edition

Anna and Sarah kick off their weekly column with a round up of the latest news and goals from Villa Park.  It is with regret that we have to begin our days as columnists with the sad news of the death of 1957 FA Cup Hero Les Smith.  Local legend Smith, died at the age of 80 after battling bowel and throat cancer. Villa favourite Les will always be remembered for the triumph of beating Manchester United in the 1957 FA Cup final.  He will be sorely missed by all at ....


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Match Preview - Villa V Middlesbrough

After a long ten day break following the last gasp disappointment at the Emirates; Villa return to action as they hope to keep their ever fading European hopes alive. Visitors Middlesbrough come to Villa Park with a point to prove following their shock FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Cardiff City.  O’Neill will have to make at least one change to the side that battled valiantly against Arsenal as on loan defender Curtis Davies is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured ....


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Fa Cup Preview From The Villa Point Of View

Despite Villa’s FA Cup campaign ending prematurely with what has become the annual third round loss to Manchester United, Martin O’Neill and his team will still have one eye on this weekend’s quarter-final ties for a number of different reasons.  First up are the champions and last years runners-up Manchester United who play their eleventh FA Cup tie in a row against premier league opposition. A fourth round tie at Wolves in 2006 being the last team outside the ....


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Double Blow For Villa

Aston Villa failed to come away from London with the three points they deserved. Villa dominated for large spells after Senderos's own goal, but were pegged back by a combination of Adebayor's class, Birmingham reject Bendtner's luck and some absurd officiating that somehow allowed the game to continue for a further 4 minutes after the 90th minute.   An even bigger blow for Villa was the horrific injury suffered by In form England defender Curtis Davies. A ruptured achillies ....


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Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa - Match Report

Aston Villa were left upset after missing out on what should have been a sweet victory. Nicklaus Bendtners late goal rescued the Gunners from defeat. The Danish striker scored in the closing moments of stoppage time to deny Martin O’Neill’s boys what looked to be a surefire win. The North Londoners struggled from the offset as they fought to gain three points and increase their championship lead and put behind them the memory of last weeks nightmare clash against Birmingham ....


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Villa Fixtures Re-arranged

Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough at Villa Park has been resheduled to Wednesday 12th March for a night time kick off (7:45pm). This is after a somewhat fortunate victory in the FA Cup against Sheffield United.    The game was due to be played on March 8th but due to Middlesbrough's progression in the cup the date had to be changed. Villa will now have the weekend off as Boro host Cardiff on the 9th of March.   A well earned rest for Villa's Young guns ....


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Arsenal V Aston Villa - Match Preview

Villa travel to the Emirates looking for their first win in the capital this season as they look to continue their push towards the Premier League summit. Following two wins on the bounce Martin O’Neill’s men will be looking to put a significant dent into Arsenal’s title campaign whilst at the same time continuing their push towards a European birth for next season. Villa will be hoping to banish memories of their last visit to London when they succumbed to a late ....


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Reading 1 - 2 Villa

Aston Villa's Champions League aspirations received a big boost over the weekend after they beat a rather sorry looking Reading team. The win at Berkshire takes Martin O'Neill's team up to sixth place in the table with 47 points, which is level with Liverpool who currently occupy the Champions League spot in fourth place. The day did not get off to the best of starts as the usually cool and composed Gareth Barry missed a first half penalty slicing it wide of the upright. Some members of ....


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Villa 4 -1 The Cartoon Army

John Carew scored a marvellous hat-trick and Villa won 4-1 against a Newcastle side still awaiting their first win under Kevin Keegan and his short arsed sidekick.   It was the visitors who went ahead through Welsh dwarf Michael Owen who headed Newcastle ahead. Soon after Villa had a penalty shout turned down even though Barry’s volley seemed to strike Joey Barton on the hand   Villa seemed to miss the injured Gabby Agbonlahor in the first half, but  when harewood was ....


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Villa Vs The Cartoon Army Preview

There is good and bad news from Aston Villa’s point of view regarding injuries.   Gabriel Agbonlahor, who has thus far started in all 70 of the games in which Martin O’Neill has been in charge at Villa, has been ruled out of the clash against Newcastle.   Agbonlahor suffered his injury in the 2-1 defeat to Fulham last week, which may give Marlon Harewood the chance to start his first game since joining from West Ham.   Good news comes in the shape of Ashley ....


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England Squad Named

It was a proud day for Aston Villa as 5 players were called up to Fabio Capello’s first England squad.   Gareth Barry has become somewhat of a regular in England squads of late, as have Ashley Young and Scott Carson.   There was perhaps shock outside of Birmingham however when the names of Gabby Agbonlahor and Curtis Davies were included.   So much so that the latter himself said that he was “completely shocked but absolutely delighted” and that he thought ....


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Routledge Has Villa Medical

Wayne Routledge is understood to be undergoing a medical at Aston Villa ahead of a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. Routledge has been at Spurs for 3 years, but has started only 3 games for the North London Club. Routledge spoke earlier in the window about his increasing frustration with being sidelined; "If I am not going to play for Tottenham, which looks very realistic at the moment then I would like to play first team football at a club which would love to have me." The former ....


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Villa And Bolton Agree Cahill Fee

Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Bolton for centre-half Gary Cahill. The amount is believed to be between £4.5m and £5m. Bolton had an initial £4m bid for the 22-year-old rejected earlier this month but have now been given permission to talk to the defender by Villa. Gary Megson said: "He's got pace, quality on the ball and will also score you a few goals." "Hopefully we can get the deal done quickly but we want to make sure it's done right." ....


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