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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.

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Football: City fray supporters' nerves but hold their own

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Football: Goater opens up the class divide

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Football: Rufus rouses Charlton's spirit

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Football: Charlton finally solve Walsall puzzle

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Football: Kinsella given leave to play for Charlton

MARK KINSELLA learned yesterday that he will be available for Charlton Athletic's First Division fixture with Grimsby Town next week after all.

Football: Pringle's precision bolsters Charlton

Crewe Alexandra 0 Charlton Athletic 2

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Charlton's midfield powerhouse has earned his stripes at both club and international level.

Football: Peschisolido secures first victory

Fulham 2 Neilson 22, Peschisolido 42 Charlton Athletic 1 Melville og 52 Half-time: 2-0 Attendance: 15,154

Football: Loyalty becomes a foreign word in football

FOOTBALL NEWS rumbled on throughout the increasingly sultry summer, like a distant thunderstorm. Manchester United did the unthinkable, tearing up their F.A. Cup entry application; referees and their assistants went shopping for walkie-talkies; West Bromwich Albion sacked Denis Smith before a ball was kicked. The game took the shortest of holidays - Monday and Tuesday of the first week of the Wimbledon tennis fortnight.

Football: Barnes' Bhoys storm home again

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Football: First Division preview - Kidd's calibre faces true test

THE GULF between the Premiership and the Nationwide League is such that the teams winning promotion from the First Division are often sound bets to come straight back down a year later.

Football: pounds 3m Milito target for Tottenham

IF THERE is one club where they appreciate an Argentinian, it is Tottenham. George Graham was yesterday trying to bring Gabriel Milito to White Hart Lane, where the centre-half's compatriots Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricki Villa once flourished in a more glorious era for the north London club.

Football: Villa to rule on stressed striker

JOHN GREGORY, the Aston Villa manager, says a meeting is to be held to make a decision on the future of the club's pounds 7m striker Stan Collymore, who has been undergoing stress counselling. Gregory expects Villa to meet Collymore, and his advisers and his doctors, within the next four weeks.

Football: Homely Saints scramble for survival

A FRIENDSHIP forged between Dave Jones and Alan Curbishley when they were colleagues in the England youth set-up a quarter of a century ago will be put to one side as their respective clubs, Charlton Athletic and Southampton, scramble for the last remaining lifeline to Premiership survival tomorrow.
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