Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with his team mates after scoring Chelsea’s winner in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2Branislav Ivanovic’s rocket gave Chelsea a crucial 2-1 win at Aston Villa — despite the hosts ending their 11-hour goal drought(...)

Carles Gil of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup fourth-round match against Bournemouth at Villa Park. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Aston Villa 2 Bournemouth 1Before the events of a seismic Saturday on which Chelsea and Manchester City were each knocked out this tie had appeared th(...)

Leicester City’s Matty James and Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark have to be seperated before both being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Aston Villa’s total fines for poor discipline this season have topped €130,000 after the Premier League club were punished for a fracas against Leice(...)

Liverpools Italian striker Fabio Borini shoots to score the opening goal against  Aston Villa   at Villa Park. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images

Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2 Fabio Borini scored his first Liverpool goal in almost two years as they comfortably despatched Aston Villa 2-0 in th(...)

Steven Naismith #14 (2nd right) of Everheads the equaliser against Manchester City  at Goodison Park. Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Steven Naismith’s equaliser for Everton against Manchester City meant the champions fell two points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League ta(...)

 Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring against Blackpool at Villa Park. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Aston Villa 1 Blackpool 0Three minutes after the Aston Villa faithful decided they had seen enough and started chanting “We want Lambert out” up poppe(...)

Ciarán Clark: ‘We all had the idea to make it into a proper library.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Capel Street in Dublin has a habit of throwing up surprises, and a new project there is attempting to revitalise a literary resource that had falle(...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
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  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring with team-mate Jores Okore during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

It has been a long time coming – and in more ways than one. Alan Hutton’s first goal in four years, and Aston Villa’s first in the Premier League i(...)

 Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the winner against Crystal Palace  at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0 Aston Villa 1How Paul Lambert and Aston Villa needed this, a first victory in 10 and a first goal for Christian Benteke since March. (...)