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Manager relies on break to revitalise team's flagging challenge on league run-in

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Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has challenged his players to show they can last the pace in the battle for Champions League qualification.

O'Neill warns 'big four' to make room at top for Villa

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Milner's Villa form justifies record fee, says O'Neill

Martin O'Neill knew he was not taking too big a risk when he made James Milner Aston Villa's record signing, but the manager has nevertheless been delighted with the impact the winger has made at the club.

Milner sees Villa as the ones to break up the big four

James Milner is confident the domination of the Premier League by the big four can be broken and he believes Aston Villa have as good a chance as anyone of doing the breaking. Milner became the latest young English player of potential to join Martin O'Neill's Villa revolution when he made the £12m move out of Newcastle a fortnight ago.

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Aston Villa today completed the signing of Newcastle winger James Milner on a four-year contract.

No fat Czech, or fat cheque, will persuade Hislop to see Captain Bob

The actor Philip York is currently enjoying another run of the acclaimed one-man show, Lies Have Been Told: An Evening With Robert Maxwell, in Edinburgh, but he is disappointed to have so far failed to entice one of the old crook's foremost bêtes noires to the show.

Bouma could return this year

Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma is expected to be out for four to six months after successful surgery on his dislocated right ankle.

Barry 'flattered' by Benitez interest

Liverpool's pursuit of Gareth Barry has been notable for the public overtures made to the Aston Villa midfielder by Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard although the man himself has kept his counsel until now. Yesterday Barry broke his silence and hinted that he would be on his way if the two clubs could agree a fee.

Maloney hopes to impress

Shaun Maloney fears for his future with Scotland because of a lack of regular first-team action at Aston Villa. The forward confessed to homesickness when he first left Celtic for the Premier League but has since settled into life in the Midlands.

So-solid Carew takes giant strides towards goal of fifth place

Braced as they are for a summer fight with Liverpool over the services of Gareth Barry, Aston Villa can today use a game on the other side of Stanley Park as a major sales pitch to their highly influential captain.

Glory days act as burden: The Invincibles haunt Forest thirty years on

In 1978 Brian Clough's 'bunch of misfits' took First Division by storm. Now the third-tier team pray for play-off success

Mellberg fears Villa have lost way on European trail

Defender Olof Mellberg has admitted Aston Villa are now facing an uphill task to qualify for Europe before he heads off to Juventus in the summer.

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