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February 18, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 02/18/2010

That Aston Villa have been handed an FA Cup replay just four days before their Carling Cup showdown with Manchester United is "not ideal", according to Martin O’Neill. But the Villa manager has really left the matter at that, and I don’t expect we’ll hear him whinging about it over the next 10 days, either. If Villa are keen to think of themselves a "big" club, this sort of fixture congestion is par for the course.

February 11, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 02/11/2010

A home draw against Manchester United is hardly a poor result, but Aston Villa would be quite right to think of Wednesday’s 1-1 stalemate as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

February 4, 2010
Posted by Jerrad Peters on 02/04/2010

Twelve months ago, Aston Villa were in a dogfight with Arsenal for fourth spot in the Premier League. Or so it seemed. A 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea in late February was the club’s first since November, but by then the gas had run out. Villa wouldn’t win another match until May, and they took just 11 of the season’s remaining 36 available points. And Gabriel Agbonlahor scored just a single goal.

Kevin Hughes Kevin Hughes spent the best part of ten years working and writing for the football magazine Match; once (sort of) inspiring David Beckham to copy his shaved-hair look, getting lost in Paris after the 1998 France v Croatia World Cup semi-final and other such nonsense. As Deputy Editor, he launched and established Sport, the London-based free weekly magazine, before moving on to become a consumer magazine publisher, a position he holds today. Introduced to Villa by his father and grandfather, he attended his first ever match at Villa Park as a seven-year-old in 1982… and has suffered almost constant disappointment since. You can follow him on twitter @KevHughesie

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