Sport Hopefully Tomlinson will do better than during his last match

The singer will make his debut for the reserves after signing a non-playing contract last August

Last time Man United and Aston Villa ended up clashing, Man U stole a 3-2 victory
Matt Lowton celebrates after scoring a wonder goal for Aston Villa against Stoke

Relegation battle far from won admits Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton

Lowton effectively fired Villa to a vital win at Stoke on Saturday

Michael Kightly's goal for Stoke wasn't enough to keep his side afloat

Stoke 1 Aston Villa 3 match report: Matthew Lowton provides Villa with highlight to put Tony Pulis in deeper peril

Aston Villa will probably not want to release a DVD to commemorate this season. There are, after all, only so many times you can ask your supporters to watch being denied a place in a Wembley final by Bradford City. However, if they did, the goal from Matthew Lowton that decided this match would certainly be the highlight.

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2 match report: Steven Gerrard industry emphasises lack of experience at Villa

Go back a few years and Aston Villa have a glorious history, the presence of their under-19s in today’s NextGen Series final in Italy suggests they have a promising future, but the present? That is a worry.

Darren Bent

Dion Dublin labels Aston Villa season 'absolutely woeful' and says players must take responsibility

Paul Lambert's side are in real danger of being relegated

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle

Paul Lambert turns focus on Premier League survival for Aston Villa

Manager targeting '12 cup finals'

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle

Paul Lambert welcomes break for Aston Villa

The Villains are not in FA Cup action this weekend

Match Report: Marouane Fellaini double for Everton denies plucky Aston Villa

Everton 3 Aston Villa 3: Lambert's youngsters squander two-goal lead as Everton's European ambitions are stalled

Paul Lambert watches his Aston Villa side lose 2-1 to Newcastle
Christian Benteke celebrates with his teammates after his opening goal

Match Report: Peter Odenwingie puts dent in Paul Lambert’s recovery

West Bromwich Albion 2 Aston Villa 2

Christian Benteke

Premier League: West Brom v Aston Villa Preview

A look ahead to the weekend Premier League fixture at the Hawthornes

Paul Lambert is struggling with his Villa side

Villa on the brink as Bradford again rise to occasion

Not since 1911 have Bradford had a night like this, the last time they reached a major cup semi-final. Back then they beat Blackburn Rovers and went on to lift the FA Cup. This time, after beating Aston Villa last night in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, they must do it all again to head for as unlikely a final appearance as you will find.

League Two Bradford celebrate victory over Arsenal

Capital One Cup: Bradford v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at the Coral Windows Stadium

Match Report: Forgotten striker Darren Bent proves point to Paul Lambert as Aston Villa fight back to overcome Ipswich Town

Aston Villa 2 Ipswich Town 1: Weimann sends Villa through after England man emerges from shadows to show his sharpness

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