January 25, 2012
Can a season turn on a single result?
Villa fans have to believe it can, and after the false start of beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, only to be shown up at home to Swansea two days later, fresh optimism can be felt since last weekend’s pulsating win against Wolves.
January 16, 2012
Wry smiles among the Villa Park faithful last week with the confirmation of Robbie Keane's loan move from LA Galaxy.
Why the wry? Because 'Keane to Villa' has been arguably one of the longest-running transfer sagas in recent club history. Villa have finally got their man - for a few weeks, at least - some 12 or 13 years since first being linked with the striker.
January 5, 2012
What a contrast that was.
From the champagne corks literally popping on New Year's Eve, the day Villa won at Stamford Bridge, to two days later.
The Christmas decorations were taken down at my house on the second day of 2012, and Villa fell to defeat to Swansea City - a fourth consecutive home loss at Villa Park (the previous three coming against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal), and a first away league win of the season for the newly-promoted Welsh club.