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Ryan Sessegnon is not the only gifted young player in the Championship

The 17-year-old was voted best player, best young player and best apprentice at the EFL awards but he’s just one of many talents excelling in the Championship this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkRyan Sessegnon won’t fo…

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Lewis Grabban goal boosts Aston Villa promotion bid against Leeds

Aston Villa moved to within two points of the Championship automatic promotion places with a 1-0 win over Leeds. Lewis Grabban’s first-half header was enough to give the hosts victory at Villa Park as Leeds fell to their 10th defeat of 2018.Villa, who …

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Jack Grealish’s spectacular volley grabs late win for Aston Villa over Cardiff

A stunning volley from Jack Grealish dented Cardiff City’s hopes of automatic promotion, a goal that keeps alive Aston Villa’s faint hopes of sneaking into the top two in the Championship themselves. For Neil Warnock’s side, this is surely something of…

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Sam Johnstone: ‘It’s been a rollercoaster but I may settle at Aston Villa now’ | Nick Ames

The 25-year-old feels he has finally found a home after a dizzying spell of loans during a decade and a half with Manchester UnitedAn on-loan goalkeeper is not always a signing to set pulses racing and Sam Johnstone remembers how, on arriving at a down…

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Championship roundup: Oskar Buur saves Wolves from sinking at home

Defender to rescue with late header in 2-2 draw; Fulham beat Leeds 2-0; Aston Villa see off Reading 3-0; Birmingham win 1-0 at BoltonWolves’ cruise towards the Championship title hit a patch of rough water in a 2-2 draw with Hull. They were 2-1 down at…

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Albert Adomah inspires Aston Villa to derby romp against leaders Wolves

The Championship is not a foregone conclusion yet. Aston Villa emphatically reminded Wolverhampton Wanderers of just that, as Nuno Espírito Santo’s side found their lead at the summit cut to only three points. Goals from Albert Adomah, James Chester, L…

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Aston Villa’s Grabban and Chester pile more misery on Sunderland

Kasabian’s version of The Sweet Escape was played on the stadium sound system before kick-off but, long before the end, Sunderland fans had resorted to a more familiar refrain.As the ground echoed to chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt,” Chris …

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Championship roundup: Sunderland go bottom after Bolton defeat

• José Morais loses first game in charge of Barnsley• Aston Villa held to 1-1 home draw by PrestonBurton condemned José Morais to defeat in his first game in charge of Barnsley with a 2-1 victory which moved Albion off the bottom of the Championship.Th…

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Jack Grealish’s progress is pushing Aston Villa towards promotion

Jack Grealish has been around for a long time – having played under five managers in five years – but he is now growing upBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkAston Villa’s season has been shaped by injuries, for better and for wo…

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Ryan Sessegnon sets Fulham on way to win over play-off rivals Aston Villa

Ryan Sessegnon does not turn 18 until May, by which point it is becoming increasingly feasible that Fulham, on this evidence at least, have every chance of celebrating a Premier League return.The winger’s seventh goal in eight matches kickstarted an im…

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Ryan Sessegnon sets Fulham on way to win over play-off rivals Aston Villa

Ryan Sessegnon does not turn 18 until May, by which point it is becoming increasingly feasible that Fulham, on this evidence at least, have every chance of celebrating a Premier League return.The winger’s seventh goal in eight matches kickstarted an im…

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Conor Hourihane volley adds flourish to Aston Villa’s victory over Birmingham

Aston Villa vaulted into the automatic promotion spots for the first time this season after a fabulously supported, fiercely contested but ultimately one-sided derby.The match was decided by two second-half goals, the second of which was a moment of br…

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The Joy of Six: Aston Villa v Birmingham City memories | Scott Murray

Bitter rivalry, free-scoring marksmen, stretchers, rage and Peter Enckelman: half a dozen Second City derby storiesVilla dominated the Football League during its Victorian infancy – they racked up five titles by 1900 – so their early command of the Bir…

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Championship roundup: Robert Snodgrass winner lifts Aston Villa

• Midfielder’s 90th-minute goal gives Villa victory at Sheffield United• Derby draw at Millwall as Sunderland stumble again at BirminghamRobert Snodgrass scored a 90th-minute winner to give in-form Aston Villa a 1-0 win at Sheffield United. The Scotlan…

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Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan sends confident message to Steve Bruce

• Striker says his form means manager does not need to buy another forward• Scott Hogan excels in No 9 role at Nottingham Forest as Villa target secondBuoyed by the confidence a striker feels from goals in successive league games, Scott Hogan believes …

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Scott Hogan strike spoils Aitor Karanka’s start with Nottingham Forest

It is 2009 since Aston Villa last opened the calendar year winning successive games, a testament perhaps to how they have struggled to live up to their illustrious past, but Scott Hogan’s first-half goal enabled Steve Bruce’s side to climb stealthily u…

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When Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa ruled Europe – and where it went wrong

With the two European Cup winners preparing to meet in the Championship, we spoke to Forest and Villa fans about the glory days and where they are nowBy Copa90 for the Guardian Sport NetworkIn one way Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa is just another fix…

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Seven Championship players who should interest Premier League clubs

A few of the Championship’s best players were on show in the FA Cup over the weekend. Here are seven who could step up to the top flight this monthBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkFootball League clubs enjoyed a good…

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Robert Snodgrass strikes twice for Aston Villa in rout of Bristol City

Scott Hogan put Aston Villa on course for their best win of the season with his first Championship goal for the club at Villa Park as they trounced Bristol City 5-0 to move back into the top six.After a drab December, with their only victory of the mon…

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Robert Snodgrass swoops to nod winner for Aston Villa at Middlesbrough

Lethargic, square, blunt: what a welcome Tony Pulis received from Middlesbrough on his first afternoon in charge of a side that were meant to smash the Championship ceiling this season. Lacking urgency but for short flurries, Boro lost to a team that h…