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

Walker shows what it takes to fill Neville's boots for England

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Dempsey rescues point for Fulham at Villa Park

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Villa triumph over Blackburn in FA Cup

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Agbonlahor: Villa are looking up the table now

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor feels the club are now looking forward with confidence after a remarkable past week. Gérard Houllier's side were hovering just above the Premier League relegation zone when the £24m signing of Darren Bent gave the club a shot in the arm prior to last weekend's clash with Manchester City.

Villa continue climb away from relegation zone

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Bent proves worth as wasteful City pay price

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Spirited Villa rewarded by Collins' leveller

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Collins rescues vital Villa point in Midlands derby

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Avoiding the drop would be like winning a trophy, says Houllier

Seven Football League titles. Seven FA Cups. Five League Cups. Oh, and one European Cup. Aston Villa are steeped in silverware, but they go into today's Second City derby at Birmingham City with Gérard Houllier claiming that Premier League survival will be like adding to their haul.

Houllier to give Carew chance of redemption

John Carew, out of form and favour since Gerard Houllier arrived at Aston Villa in September, is poised for a dramatic recall in tomorrow's Second City derby-cum-relegation six-pointer at St Andrew's.

Gerard Houllier retains backing of Randy Lerner at Aston Villa

Gerard Houllier retains the support of Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner despite the club's slide towards the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, Press Association Sport understands.

Prolific Van der Vaart on target as Spurs make light of Defoe dismissal

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Van der Vaart scores two as Spurs beat Villa 2-1

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Roy Hodgson hails Jose Reina milestone

Manager Roy Hodgson paid tribute to the work of Jose Reina after he became the quickest Liverpool goalkeeper to reach 100 clean sheets in the league.

Houllier forced to endure night of misery on Anfield return

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