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 Jack Grealish celebrates after scoring the opening goal  for  Aston Villa in the Premier League against West Ham at London Stadium. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Pool via Getty Images

West Ham 1 Aston Villa 1 The full-time whistle blew. One or two of the Aston Villa players let out a roar of celebration, only to be swiftly hushed b(...)

Theo Walcott scores Everton’s equaliser during the Premier League game against Aston Villa at Goodison Park. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Everton 1 Aston Villa 1 Despair arrived late and courtesy of goalline technology for Aston Villa at Goodison Park. Dean Smith’s side were a few minut(...)

Mahmoud Trezeguet celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals for Aston Villa in the Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Villa Park. Photograph:  Tim Keeton/EPA

Aston Villa 2 Crystal Palace 0 Aston Villa are not going to go down without a fight after all. They started slowly here but ended up relatively rampa(...)

Paul Pogba  celebrates scoring Manchester United’s  third goal with  Bruno Fernandes  and Victor Lindelof during the  Premier League  match against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/AFP via Getty Images

Aston Villa 0 Manchester United 3 Dean Smith called his strikers into a video session this week to show them how to run smarter and finish sharper. T(...)

Ahmed El Mohamady celebrates after scoring Aston Villa’s equaliser  in the Premier League game against  Newcastle United  at St James’ Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 Ahmed Elmohamady and Steve Bruce go back a long way. The Egypt right back has been signed by Newcastle’s manager at three c(...)

Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes scores  during the Premier League match against  Aston Villa at The King Power Stadium. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Leicester City 4 Aston Villa 0 If Leicester end up qualifying for the Champions League next season then Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to send his r(...)

Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola after winning the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa. Photograph: EPA

Aston Villa 1 Manchester City 2 Manchester City had no time for the romance of Aston Villa’s Carabao Cup final story. Pep Guardiola and his players (...)

  Brighton’s Glenn Murray scores his team’s third goal against West Ham. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

West Ham 3 Brighton 3 West Ham United slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after giving up a two goal lead as they were held 3-3 at home t(...)

Aston Villa’s Trezeguet celebrates on the pitch after the match at Villa Park. Photograph: PA

Aston Villa 2 Leicester 1 (Villa win 3-2 on aggregate) Aston Villa reached the final of the Carabao Cup thanks to a wonderful stoppage-time volley by(...)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates with Liverpool team-mates after scoring his second goal during the Champions League Group E match against Genk at the Luminus Arena . Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Genk 1 Liverpool 4 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had waited 18 months to experience the joy of scoring for Liverpool once again; 18 months in which he lost(...)