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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Sport Letter: Waste of time

Sir: As a devoted Manchester United fan I find Alan Curbishley's recent outburst attacking the elite clubs deeply offensive, because having to play these clubs from the "other" end of the League is a total waste of time (it's a case of how many goals can you score in one afternoon).

Football: Charlton clutching at draws

Charlton Athletic 0 Blackburn Rovers 0 Attendance: 20,041

Football: Everton are Gwladys all over

FA Premiership: Goodison salutes saviour Campbell as Charlton fears grow

Football: Weekeng guide to the premiership - Everton v Charlton Athletic Last season: No fixture

EVERTON HAVE Nick Barmby available again after suspension and are also boosted by Olivier Dacourt's escape from an FA ban earlier this week as they prepare for today's crucial relegation battle at Goodison Park. Craig Short and Kevin Campbell have both shaken off knocks and should play as Everton strive for three successive League wins for the first time since October 1996.

Football: Barnes has to fight one last battle

The former Liverpool legend is happy to help Charlton strive against the drop but has one eye on his future

Football: Graham warns his players

GEORGE GRAHAM, the Tottenham manager, yesterday urged his side not to relax - despite having nothing to play for during the rest of the season.

Football: Ginola returns to humble Charlton

Charlton Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 4

Football: Stuart an old hand in relegation stakes

Trevor Haylett talks to a former saviour hoping to repeat past glory

Football: A sore point for Charlton

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Football: Charlton fail to bridge the gap

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Football: Charlton look to long term

AFTER PULLING themselves out of the bottom three with an impressive Easter Monday victory over West Ham, Charlton are already considering leaving The Valley for a new 45,000 all-seater stadium at the Millennium Dome site in Greenwich.

Football: Charlton offer no shocks for Hitchcock

Charlton Athletic 0 Chelsea 1

Football: Ilic errs in the survival game

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Football: Lennon's greatest hit is silenced

Leicester City 1 Lennon 60 Charlton Athletic 1 Mendonca 90 Half- time: 0-0 Attendance: 20,220

Football: Kidd's bruised-and-white army

BRIAN KIDD was not joking when he invited journalists this week to examine why Blackburn Rovers have spent pounds 36m this season only to find themselves in the bottom three of the Premiership with 10 matches to go. "Look at my treatment room," he said, "and you'll see real quality."
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