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Nottingham Forest 0-1 Aston Villa: Hogan header spoils Karanka's opening game in charge

Aitor Karanka’s Nottingham Forest tenure began in frustrating fashion as Aston Villa claimed a comfortable 1-0 win at the City Ground. Steve Bruce’s side were rarely troubled once Scott Hogan’s 18th-minute header gave them the lead. Kieran Dowell forced a fine save from Sam Johnstone late on, but the Villa keeper was otherwise relatively untroubled as the visitors defended stoutly – and Forest looked short of ideas. It meant a disappointing start for former Middlesbrough boss Karanka, who agreed to become the permanent replacement for Mark Warburton on Monday, while…

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Aston Villa 5-0 Bristol City: Steve Bruce's side move back into play-off places

Scott Hogan’s first Championship goal for Aston Villa at Villa Park sparked an impressive Sky Bet Championship 5-0 win over shell-shocked Bristol City. Following a depressing December when they only won one game, Villa began the new year on a bright note and moved back into the top six with their best win of the season. Hogan’s 23rd minute goal changed the whole game and it was followed by two further goals from Robert Snodgrass and late strikes from Birkir Bjarnason and Conor Hourihane as Villa won their seventh successive…

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Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa: Henri Lansbury strikes to share spoils at Elland Road

Henri Lansbury came off the bench to earn Aston Villa a 1-1 draw from a hard-fought Championship clash with Leeds at Elland Road. The midfielder had not featured since mid-September due to injury and he made up for lost time by firing in his first goal for the midlands club 19 minutes from time. Leeds had taken an early lead through Pontus Jansson’s header but they could not match their first-half intensity and had to settle for a point. United had earned a much-needed victory over Middlesbrough last time out…

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Strictly Come Dancing: Aston Merrygold decision defended by Shirley Ballas

Aston Merrygold should not have been in the bottom two in Strictly Come Dancing – according to the head judge whose decision led to his departure. Shirley Ballas urged fans to vote for their favourites to make sure they stay in the BBC One dancing contest. But she defended choosing to save Mollie King and her partner AJ Pritchard after the dance off. Ballas, who joined the show this year, taking over from Len Goodman, has been criticised for her decision. Some Strictly fans called it the biggest shock in…

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Preston North End 0-2 Aston Villa: In-form Villa move up to fifth in Championship table

Aston Villa moved up to fifth in the Championship table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Preston. First-half goals from James Chester and Robert Snodgrass earned Steve Bruce his first managerial victory at Deepdale and means Villa have won six of their last eight league games. Preston remain 10th having lost their last three league matches, conceding eight goals in the process. Villa had a chance to take the lead inside the opening minute but Snodgrass sliced his effort from 12 yards onto the roof of the net after getting…

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Birmingham City v Aston Villa live stream and confirmed line-ups: Championship

Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce Sunday, October 29, 2017 Birmingham v Aston Villa is a 12pm kick-off and can be streamed here. Birmingham have not won in 10 league derby meetings against Villa, their joint-longest winless run since the first 10 meetings between the two clubs, between 1894 and 1905. Will they fix that at St Andrew’s today? Kick off is at 12pm and can be streamed right here. CONFIRMED LINE-UPSBirmingham: Kuszczak, Colin, Morrison, Roberts, Grounds, Davis, Kieftenbeld, Jota, N’Doye, Adams, VassellSubs: Gardner, Jutkiewicz, Dean,…

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Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia fined by FA after outburst at referee

Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has been warned about his future conduct Thursday, October 12, 2017 Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has been fined £4,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association after a tweet suggesting a referee was against the club.  The Chinese businessman criticised official Jeremy Simpson after Villa’s 1-0 win over Bolton last month and has admitted an FA misconduct charge.  Simpson sent off Neil Taylor in injury time, but still awarded Villa a penalty which Jonathan Kodjia scored to win the Championship game….

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