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Danny Welbeck off the mark as Brighton are saved by VAR in win at Aston Villa

In this strangest of seasons Aston Villa are the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle, while VAR remains the most contentious. Since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, Dean Smith’s men have won away to Leicester and Arsenal but lost…

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Leeds unstoppable as Patrick Bamford hat-trick bursts Aston Villa bubble

Many people said Patrick Bamford was not cut out for the Premier League. Many people reckoned Aston Villa were about to climb to the top of the table for the first time in nine years. All those people were made to look idiotic as Leeds ran Villa ragged…

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Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa grabs win after 10-man Sheffield United waste penalty

Last time it was a glitch in goalline technology that denied Sheffield United at Villa Park, this time Chris Wilder’s men were frustrated by an early red card for John Egan and a moment of class from the home team’s new goalkeeper. Emiliano Martínez ma…

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Mahmoud Trezeguet downs Crystal Palace to keep Aston Villa’s hopes alive

Aston Villa are not going to go down without a fight after all. They started slowly here but ended up relatively rampant, fully deserving of the three points secured by two goals from Mahmoud Trezeguet. It has been a long time since a Villa forward sco…

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Paul Pogba ends Manchester United drought and deepens Aston Villa woes

Dean Smith called his strikers into a video session this week to show them how to run smarter and finish sharper. Then Mason Greenwood gave them a demonstration of his own at Villa Park, scoring a goal of rare class to propel Manchester United closer t…

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Aston Villa survival hopes suffer further blow as Dendoncker nets Wolves winner

These Wolves belong in high-class company. Nuno Espírito Santo’s team climbed to fifth in the table thanks to Leander Dendoncker’s crisply struck goal here, closing to within four points of Chelsea in the chase for Champions League qualification. Aston…

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Giroud completes Chelsea turnaround at Aston Villa to bolster top four spot

Two goals in two minutes boosted Chelsea’s chances of a top-four finish and punctured Aston Villa’s dwindling survival hopes.Kortney Hause’s surprising goal just before half-time allowed Villa to glimpse a precious and improbable victory, but that priz…

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Hawk-Eye apologises after ‘never seen before’ error denies Blades against Villa

Company says cameras’ views were unprecedentedly blockedChris Wilder: ‘I don’t know whether to laugh or cry’The makers of the goalline technology used in the Premier League have issued an apology after the resumption of the season descended into farce …

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Sheffield United denied by goalline technology as Aston Villa earn point

How heartening after three months of lockdown, death and strife to have something so trivial to argue over as a disallowed goal in a 0-0 draw. Welcome back, Premier League.Of course the key detail here was not trivial in a football sense and, actually,…

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Aston Villa’s Dean Smith says he let himself go after goal ‘made in Egypt’

• Trézéguet’s late winner sends club to Carabao Cup final• ‘If we could go and lift the trophy I’ll be a very proud man’Dean Smith, an Aston Villa supporter long before he became the club’s manager, said he “certainly let myself go” when Trézéguet scor…

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Trézéguet sinks Leicester at the last to put Aston Villa in Carabao Cup final

How about this for a rebuttal to Pep Guardiola’s argument for scrapping the Carabao Cup? If Manchester City make the final, the Catalan may discuss the issue face to face with Dean Smith, whose Aston Villa will be at Wembley thanks to a spectacular sto…

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Pep Guardiola honoured to witness Sergio Agüero make history

• Agüero now most prolific overseas goalscorer in Premier League• City striker also set record for number of hat-tricks in top flightPep Guardiola said he was honoured to witness Sergio Agüero make history, as the Argentinian scored three goals to help…

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Sergio Agüero hits hat-trick at Aston Villa in Manchester City demolition job

Manchester City reclaimed second place as Sergio Agüero crowned himself the highest overseas scorer in Premier League history, his hat-trick here taking him past the record previously held by Thierry Henry. The Argentinian forward has plundered 177 lea…

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Sergio Agüero hits hat-trick at Aston Villa in Manchester City demolition job

Manchester City reclaimed second place as Sergio Agüero crowned himself the highest overseas scorer in Premier League history, his hat-trick here taking him past the record previously held by Thierry Henry. The Argentinian forward has plundered 177 lea…

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Sergio Agüero hits hat-trick at Aston Villa in Manchester City demolition job

Manchester City reclaimed second place as Sergio Agüero crowned himself the highest overseas scorer in Premier League history, his hat-trick here taking him past the record previously held by Thierry Henry. The Argentinian forward has plundered 177 lea…

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Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia shows no mercy to knock out Liverpool’s kids

On a night when Liverpool’s next generation hoped to show their readiness for regular action at this level, Aston Villa’s 30-year-old striker Jonathan Kodjia seized his own chance to reassert a similar claim by playing a major part in Conor Hourihane’s…

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Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia shows no mercy to knock out Liverpool’s kids

On a night when Liverpool’s next generation hoped to show their readiness for regular action at this level, Aston Villa’s 30-year-old striker Jonathan Kodjia seized his own chance to reassert a similar claim by playing a major part in Conor Hourihane’s…

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Jamie Vardy strikes twice as Leicester beat Aston Villa to keep up title chase

It is a good thing for Jürgen Klopp that Liverpool keep winning, because so do their most impressive rivals. Leicester City swept to their eighth league victory in a row – their best ever streak in the top-flight – to move back to within eight points o…

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Steve Bruce’s return to Aston Villa ends in more misery for Newcastle

This was a fruitless return here for Steve Bruce, whose Newcastle side arrived here in promising form but left soundly beaten. Conor Hourihane opened the scoring in the first half for Aston Villa before creating a goal for Anwar El Ghazi four minutes l…

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Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool played like kids in win over Aston Villa

• Sadio Mané winner was ‘best emotion in football’, says coach• ‘I didn’t like the first half. We were not like warriors’Jürgen Klopp said he felt “the best possible emotion in football” when Sadio Mané struck Liverpool’s late winning goal at Aston Vil…