New Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has said Christian Benteke is vital to his side’s hopes of Premier League survival. (Photograph: Reuters / Alex Morton)

Tim Sherwood has described taking the Aston Villa job as “a no brainer” and admitted that rebuilding Christian Benteke’s confidence will be key to kee(...)

Shay Given produced a vintage display to keep Aston Villa level in the first half of their FA Cup fifth round tie with Leicester City. Photograph: Seán Dempsey/AFP Photo

Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1Tim Sherwood made an instant impact at Aston Villa when he left his seat in the directors’ box to address the players a(...)

Shay Given rolled back the years with an outstanding save to deny Matty James during Aston Villa’s 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester City. (Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1This was supposed to be a watching brief for Tim Sherwood but the new Aston Villa manager was never going to be able to (...)

Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring his side’s  equalising goal in  the  Premier League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1Radamel Falcao clinched a 1-1 draw for Manchester United as 10-man Aston Villa ended their winning run.The Colombian (...)

Aidan McGeady (left) of Everton celebrates his goal with James McCarthy  at the King Power Stadium. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Substitute Chris Wood gave Leicester something to celebrate on their return to the top-flight as his 86th minute effort sealed a 2-2 draw with Everto(...)

Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates scoring the winner against Aston Villa with Gareth Barry. Photograph:  Malcolm Couzens Getty Images

Late goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas helped Everton bounce back from their Merseyside derby drubbing with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa(...)

Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring  Manchester City’s   third goal during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur  at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Wednesday night football round-up: Manchester City usurped Arsenal at the top of the table after emphatically ending Tottenham’s unbeaten Premier L(...)

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez reacts after a missed opportunity  against Aston Villa. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2: A rare Anfield off-day saw Liverpool drop two points in the race for Champions League places as Luis Suarez found his integ(...)

Dwight Gayle (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his side’s late winner at Villa Park. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Aston Villa 0 Crystal Palace 1Substitute Dwight Gayle scored a stunning injury-time winner at Villa Park to lift Crystal Palace out of the Premier Lea(...)

Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov  celebrates his penalty against Aston Villa. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Fulham 2 Aston Villa 0: Dimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham’s six-game Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw(...)