Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

Downing admits it is a welcome relief to get away from Villa

England winger happy for a break from Houllier's failing attempts to improve fortunes at Midlands club

Footballer's spending habits revealed

Premier League footballer Stewart Downing had to reveal his spending habits to a jury yesterday.

Stuart Downing forced to reveal spending habits

A Premier League footballer was forced to reveal his spending habits to a jury today - including £45,000 spent on a home cinema.

Villa left to count cost of letting Cahill go on the cheap

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Bolton snatch stunning late win over Villa

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Manchester City book FA Cup quarter-final place

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Gerard Houllier delighted with improving Stewart Downing

Gerard Houllier has hailed the improvement in Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing during the current campaign.

Young sparks rampage as Blackburnfall to pieces

Aston Villa 4 Blackburn Rovers 1: Downing turns on 'international class' display to expose extent of problems for Rovers manager

England chances boosted by Aston Villa switch claims Darren Bent

Darren Bent has been told by England coach Fabio Capello that moving to Aston Villa has enhanced his international prospects.

Chance for Bent to solve England's striking dilemma

Darren Bent, recently transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa, has moved ahead of the other contenders to partner Wayne Rooney in England's attack. With Andy Carroll injured, he will start Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen alongside – or just in front of – the Manchester United man. United's Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn and there are call-ups for the Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, West Ham's Scott Parker and the Aston Villa full-back Kyle Walker.

Dempsey rescues point for Fulham at Villa Park

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Darren Bent was a 'bargain' say Aston Villa

Gary McAllister believes Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent was a bargain capture for an initial £18million in comparison to the other big-name moves during the January transfer window.

Villa triumph over Blackburn in FA Cup

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Young ensures welcome daylight for Houllier

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Villa continue climb away from relegation zone

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