Football round-up: Joachim rewards Villa's revival

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Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half at Villa Park gave Aston Villa their third win in a row, beating Derby County 2- 1 in the Midlands derby.

County had taken a first-half lead when Francesco Baiano latched on to a back-pass by the Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu, and although Mark Bosnich blocked the first shot, Baiano was first to the rebound to open his account for the Rams.

Dwight Yorke, speculatively linked with a move to Manchester United - "a useless story", the Villa manager Brian Little said before the game - forced Mart Poom into a good save after Stan Collymore's short pass and the Estonian goalkeeper defied Villa until the 73rd minute when Yorke eventually beat him. Julian Joachim made it 2-1 as the home side continued to press forward.

Sheffield Wednesday, beaten by Grimsby in the Coca-Cola Cup in midweek, and Coventry City, who lost at Blackpool, had some repair work to do on the morale of both team and supporters when they met at Hillsborough. Plenty of chances were created but the 0-0 scoreline speaks volumes for the lack of confidence in front of goal.

At The Dell, Matthew Le Tissier made his first appearance of the season for Southampton after breaking an arm in a pre-season match. He lasted 43 minutes before limping off with a thigh injury. By then, Liverpool had taken the lead without dominating proceedings.

The Reds went ahead when Karlheinz Riedle, whose earlier header had forced a fine save from Paul Jones, made no mistake from Steve McManaman's cross from the left.

The Saints were level three minutes after the interval when Kevin Davies controlled Kevin Richardson's long ball, turned Mark Wright and planted a right-foot shot past David James.

Robbie Fowler came off the Liverpool bench to make his first appearance of the season, replacing Michael Owen. Crystal Palace maintained their outstanding away form, albeit winning at Selhurst Park in their "away" fixture against their tenants Wimbledon. The Dons, by contrast, still await their first home win of the season.

After a largely uneventful first half in which the best chances fell to Efan Ekoku, put through by Ceri Hughes's precise pass but dragging his shot wide with only Kevin Miller to beat, and Andy Linighan, who hit the post with a header, Attilio Lombardo won it for Palace with 10 minutes remaining.

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