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Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham: Jack Grealish stars as Villa move into automatic promotion spots

Aston Villa moved into second place in the Championship following a 2-0 win over local rivals Birmingham City at Villa Park. Albert Adomah scored his 13th goal of the season on the hour mark and Conor Hourihane netted a second after 81 minutes to enable Villa to chalk up their seventh successive league win, while Birmingham were reduced to 10 men at the death following Cheikh Ndoye’s second yellow card. Villa are now unbeaten in their last 12 encounters with the Blues, while manager Steve Bruce has not been defeated…

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Championship round-up: Birmingham win basement battle and Aston Villa leave it late to beat Sheffield United

Birmingham hauled themselves out of the relegation zone and left Sunderland further in trouble at the wrong end of the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-1 win at St Andrew’s. David Davis put the home side ahead after 28 minutes, and it was 2-0 just before half-time when Jeremie Boga headed in from close range. On 55 minutes, Sam Gallagher added a third before Bryan Oviedo scored a consolation for Sunderland with seven minutes left. Birmingham moved up to 20th, while Sunderland slipped to second bottom. At the other end…

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Sheffield United v Aston Villa live stream and confirmed line-ups: talkSPORT 2 Championship coverage on Tuesday, January 30

YOU CAN LISTEN TO SHEFFIELD UNITED V ASTON VILLA ON TALKSPORT 2 AT 7:45PM. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ONLINE A resurgent Aston Villa could find themselves second in the Championship if they beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and other results go in favour of the Claret and Blues.  The visitors have won their last four league games and sit fifth in the Championship after an inconsistent start to the campaign.  Meanwhile, Chris Wilder’s side made a blistering start to the season but go into the game with only one win in their…

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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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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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