Handy Andy: West Ham are glad to have Andy Carroll back up front

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa have got to defend better

Aston Villa and West Ham both need to reverse recent form as the Claret-and-Blues go hammer and tongs in Birmingham today.

Swan on high: Michu has been told by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque he will be included in the squad next month

Michu gets used to feeling like a winner

Bargain of the season is preparing for the biggest month of his career

Jonathan de Guzman ready for league cup final with Swansea City

Jonathan de Guzman has warned his Swansea team-mates their attitude must be spot on if the club's first major cup final appearance is not to end in disappointment.

Paul Lambert said: “I trust Randy [Lerner]. That’s the kind of relationship I have with him. I spoke with him after the game the other night and we have a good conversation every time.'

Millwall plot more Cup torment for Paul Lambert

Aston Villa's players have been warned by Millwall that if they thought 6,500 Yorkshiremen taunting them from the stands was humiliating, they should wait until they get to the Den.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 24 January 2013

Coloccini 'does not want to play again for Newcastle'

Agbonlahor with his manager, Paul Lambert

Gabriel Agbonlahor desperate for shot at Wembley redemption

Aston Villa play Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-final tonight

FA Cup replay: Brentford v Southend preview

A look ahead to tonight's FA Cup Third Round replay at Griffin Park

Darren Bent

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent sidelined by injury again

Striker picked up knock in Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford

Bradford City's Irish defender Carl McHugh (bottom) celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal

Match Report: Bradford's dream close to reality as Aston Villa fold again

Bradford City 3 Aston Villa 1

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson focusing on long-term ahead of Aston Villa semi-final

Capital One Cup first leg takes place tonight

Phil Parkinson

Manager Phil Parkinson waits on new Bradford deal

Parkinson has led Bradford to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Chelsea smash five past old foes Leeds to progress into semi-finals

There were last night the fragments of a great old cup tie redolent of the 1970s rivalry between these two clubs, but they have moved too far in opposite directions in modern times for Leeds United to pull off the second great shock of the round.

Wenger insists ship is now steady after cup embarrassment

For a club built on stability, Arsenal have a remarkable capacity for drama. Their 5-2 win at Reading on Monday night was not quite the methodical defeat of inferior opposition many had hoped for.

Down to earth: Southend provide a dose of lower-League reality for Bradford at Roots Hall

The Calvin Report: Reality bites for cup stars Bradford

Southend United 2 Bradford City 2: Bantams get back to the routine grind with a draw against Southend in League Two

Listen here: Steven Reid gives Santi Cazorla a piece of his mind

Reid: What Cazorla did was absurd. Players who dive should get bans

The West Bromwich Albion midfielder tells Steve Tongue why only strong action will tackle the conmen

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