Aston Villa have dropped into the relegation places following a humiliating defeat at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City ran riot in a comfortable 5-0 victory. It follows a disappointing 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United, where the Red Devils came back from 2-0 down to dump yet more misery on the Villans. Despite these defeats and Aston Villa's worrying league position, they can take some hope from the 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light two weeks ago, and look forward to the quarter final clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Capital One Cup in three weeks time.
Paul Lambert will know that his side cannot be judged on their performances against the Premier League's top sides alone, but similarly that when you find yourselves in a relegation scrap, getting something out of these games can be the difference between survival and relegation. Arsenal visit Villa Park next Saturday afternoon to bring an end to a run of three very tricky fixtures for the Villans, and with Paul Lambert's side picking up no points in their last two matches, they must surely make their home advantage count against the Gunners. Aston Villa fans will be forgiven for paying more attention to their next fixtures though, as Reading visit Villa Park a week on Tuesday, and then a trip to face bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers next Saturday afternoon, as the season enters December.
7500 To Holte have all the reaction to the miserable trip to the Etihad Stadium, there's discussion on whether Darren Bent has a role to play at Aston Villa, and there's already a look ahead to the home match with Arsenal.
A Villa Fan have news of a possible return to Villa Park for Robbie Keane, there's all the analysis from the heavy 5-0 defeat away to Manchester City, and there's a look at how Aston Villa have coped in their recent tricky fixtures.
My Old Man Said have all the reaction to the 5-0 loss at the Etihad Stadium against Champions Manchester City, there's analysis on the positives that can be taken from the game (good effort finding five!), and there's details of the Stan Petrov charity match.
Finally a big shoutout to The Villa Blog who sit eighteenth in our Top Blogs Ranking this month as the best of our Aston Villa Top Blogs!