O'Neill hopes Villa can keep place in sun after Dubai trip

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

Petrov keen to build at Villa

But midfielder warns that without top-four finish he will follow Barry out of club

Barry decision key to Petrov future

Stiliyan Petrov admits whether Gareth Barry stays or goes will have "a big influence" on his own future with Aston Villa.

Everton end Villa's FA Cup run

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Carew ends Doncaster dream

Aston Villa 3 Doncaster Rovers 1

Sullivan heroics earn second crack at Villa

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Sullivan's heroics keep Villa in check

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Villa grateful for Carson's expensive gift

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Young finish stuns Everton

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Villa fail to shine despite Young's silver service

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Ronaldo missing in action

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Agbonlahor pierces Wenger's title dream

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Carew makes due amends for late-night indiscretion

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Ballack seeks Chelsea success to erase miserable summer

Michael Ballack is determined to put his summer misery behind him and focus on winning silverware for Chelsea. The 31-year-old midfielder lost in the Champions League final with his club in May then finished second in Euro 2008 with Germany, adding another chapter to his near-misses after losing three finals in a week when playing for Bayer Leverkusen, who were dubbed "Neverkusen".

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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