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

Paul Lambert: The Aston Villa manager insists he is under no illusions about task he faces

Paul Lambert will persist with youth at Aston Villa

Villa manager admits to 'hurt' after three heavy defeats

Stephen Ireland (left) and Chris Herd look on during their side's thumping by Wigan

Match Report: Joke is on Aston Villa as Wigan Athletic hit three

Aston Villa 0 Wigan Athletic 3: As the fans look for a silver lining, Paul Lambert’s men concede their 15th goal in less than a week

Paul Lambert challenges Aston Villa players to bounce back quickly from mauling at Chelsea

Paul Lambert has challenged his Aston Villa players to bounce back quickly from their 8-0 mauling at Chelsea when they entertain Tottenham on Boxing Day.

Jan Vertonghen (third from left) celebrates his winning goal for Tottenham

Premier League: Aston Villa v Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to Boxing Day’s Premier League fixture at Villa Park

Paul Lambert regrets the manner of his exit from Norwich: ‘It should never have been the way it is,’ he says

Stephen Ireland available for Aston Villa's match against Chelsea

Premier League team news

Paul Lambert regrets the manner of his exit from Norwich: ‘It should never have been the way it is,’ he says

Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa players to share goal burden

Villa take on Liverpool this weekend

Match Report: Wenger - I do know what I'm doing

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Match Report: Roberto Mancini hails spirit as Manchester City get job done

Manchester City 5 Aston Villa 0

Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring his second goal against Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor

Premier League: Aston Villa v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Villa Park.

Darren Bent of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal

Aston Villa to assess Darren Bent injury amid fears of lengthy spell on the sidelines

Aston Villa will today assess the fitness of striker Darren Bent, who has suffered an injury to the ankle which sidelined him for the final three months of last season.

Match Report: Norwich City fans warm to new manager's common sense at Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1 Norwich City 1: Bennett sent off as home side surrender lead in manager's first encounter with Norwich since his acrimonious departure from Carrow Road

Aaron Lennon of Tottenham scores his side's second goal
Darren Bent of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal

Bent makes his case after coming from the bench

West Bromwich Albion arrived here yesterday looking to emphasise their newly acquired status as Midlands top dogs – and they very nearly rubbed Aston Villa's noses in it. Leading through Shane Long's 51st-minute goal, it took a late strike from Darren Bent to earn Paul Lambert's team a point.

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