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  1. Aston Villa relegation threat

    Kevin Hughes

    Stoke vs. Aston Villa

    Blog | Conversation | August 14, 2014
  2. Uncertainty looms as Villa are put up for sale

    Kevin Hughes

    Randy Lerner didn't prolong the suspense any longer than necessary. Just after 10 a.m. BST on Monday and less than 24 hours after the end of the 2013-14 Premier League season, he confirmed one of the worst secrets in English football: Aston Villa are...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  3. Benteke's injury a massive blow for Villa

    Kevin Hughes

    This should have been a routine preview of Villa's next match, against Fulham, on Saturday. Instead, the news of Christian Benteke's Achilles tendon injury, broken -- as many football stories are these days -- by Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur on...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  4. Villa take a step backwards

    Kevin Hughes

    Progression, regression. Villa's 2-1 defeat at Everton was certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but after witnessing some exciting attacking football in recent weeks, the performance was a step backwards. - Report: Everton 2-1 Aston Villa A fort...

    Blog | February 02, 2014
  5. Winter of discontent haunts Villa

    Kevin Hughes

    Worse than losing a game of football is losing it by literally handing the result on a plate to the opposition, which Villa exactly did in their 0-3 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. - Jolly: United deliver at Villa - Report: Aston Villa 0-...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  6. Forgettable fare from Villa

    Kevin Hughes

    Villa claimed a point from Saturday's 0-0 draw with Sunderland, but are winning nothing in terms of flair or artistic merit. The 33,000 fans who sat throughout 90 minutes of mostly mundane, uninspiring football -- Prince William, watching from an exe...

    Blog | December 01, 2013
  7. A weekend of window shopping

    Kevin Hughes

    For the football-free Villa fan, there is little to occupy the mind this weekend other than the looming closure of the transfer window and the question of whether Paul Lambert will add to his squad. With Villa's Premier League match against Chelse...

    Blog | August 30, 2013
  8. Opening day highs and lows

    Kevin Hughes

    The first match of a new Premier League season. An almost magical time for fans -- the return of football to the weekend sporting calendar, new players, new strip, new enthusiasm and new hope. On the opening day of the season, it's a clean slate, a s...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  9. The Benteke saga has a swift conclusion

    Kevin Hughes

    What a curious ten days or so in the recent history of Aston Villa Football Club. Was it the persuasive powers of Paul Lambert that convinced Christian Benteke to agree to a new contract with the club? Maybe a genuine change of heart and mind from...

    Blog | July 20, 2013
  10. Helenius: Have Villa unearthed another diamond?

    Kevin Hughes

    Named the Danish Superliga's Player of the Season by UEFA for the 2012-13 Danish Superliga campaign, Nicklas Helenius could hardly be considered the best-kept secret in Scandinavian football. Through the process of scoring 16 goals in 33 league games...

    Blog | June 19, 2013
  11. Villa's relegation run in begins at Reading

    Kevin Hughes

    Here they are then, Aston Villa. The last ten games of the season. Nine hundred minutes of football remaining to preserve what has almost been taken for granted: Premier League status. It's been 26 years since Villa were last relegated. Having ...

    Blog | March 07, 2013
  12. Villa turn focus to cup football

    Kevin Hughes

    The first weekend in January means only thing in the English domestic football season. League fixtures are put to one side, and the FA Cup takes precedent -- it's the third round of the competition, when the big clubs get involved. And for Villa, Sat...

    Blog | January 04, 2013
  13. Statistically speaking, Villa need staying power

    Kevin Hughes

    Someone once told me that statistics don't count for an awful lot-- that you can interpret them any way you like, two sides to every story, and all that. And although in football, the only definitive statistic that can't be denied is the one which co...

    Blog | December 07, 2012
  14. Diamonds aren't forever - time for Villa to shake things up?

    Kevin Hughes

    Team formations are fashionable in football; once upon a time, 4-4-2 was everywhere. Now it's considered old fashioned, too one-dimensional and not nearly sophisticated enough for cultured, modern football. You'd struggle to find many top-class Europ...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  15. Concrete Ron Vlaar, Captain

    Kevin Hughes

    Is there a finer nickname, right now, anywhere in the football world, than Concrete Ron? This is a rhetorical question, by the way; of course there isn't. Concrete Ron? What an absolutely fantastic alias, and perfect for the man at the heart of Vi...

    Blog | September 21, 2012
  16. Transfer Review -- Did Villa do enough?

    Kevin Hughes

    Paul Lambert is either very brave, suitably confident in his plan for Aston Villa, or restricted financially to buying players outside of English football's top tier, judging by the conclusion of the summer transfer window. I'm pinning my hopes on th...

    Blog | September 12, 2012