Aston Villa 2 Hereford 0: Lichaj and Delfouneso with late goals

Just over 21,000 saw Villa earn their place in the 3rd round of the Carling Cup the hard way thanks to a late goal each from Eric Lichaj (80′) and Nathan Delfouneso (88′) from the bench.

It’s a game I’ve yet to see anything from first hand, but it sounds like we dominated the game pretty much in the manner you’d expect over a struggling League Two side, but were frustrated by some fine goalkeeping from 20 year old loanee, David

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Two games, eight goals, four Villans, possibly five

There were four, possibly five, Villans involved as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland and the United States were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Spain yesterday. Darren Bent and Eric Lichaj started for their sides, Ashley Young and Michael Bradley entered their games at half time and Stewart Downing made a late appearance for England and almost won it with the final kick of the game.

England 2 Switzerland 2

England gifted Switzerland a two goal head start with some comedic set piece defending

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Ashley Young and Darren Bent get the goals for England plus other international news

Ashley Young and Darren Bent scored both goals for England in a 2-1 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen tonight. It capped a pretty decent performance from England despite conceding an early Daniel Agger goal.

It was Ash’s first goal for England, winning his 12th cap, and Bent’s 2nd goal in what was amazingly only his 8th appearance for the national side. I think they’ll be in Capello’s plans again next time.

Bent played the full 90 minutes and might have scored more,

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Reserves thump Arsenal, Cowans helps out Nike and Lichaj rates Heskey

Thousands of undiscovered footballers from around the world have been competing for a contract with the Nike Academy 2011/12. Nike will provide a full season learning from top-level coaches and playing in front of Premier League scouts in the UK.

The final 100 players will shortly be pared down to the eight winners. The four players representing the UK have been receiving last minute tips from the pros, most recently stopping by Aston Villa for a technical session with our own

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Aston Villa 3 Blackpool 2 – James Collins late winner provides a vital three points

It might not have quite been the Thrilla at the Villa I expected during the opening 45 minutes, but it sparked into life during a great 2nd half with no shortage of drama,  James Collins heading in a last minute, emphatic winner when it looked like three points had once again been thrown away with minutes to go against a Blackpool that featured 10 changes.

In truth, there could have been considerably more goals if Marlon Harewood had finished several 1st

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A tale of two debuts and a note on hypocrisy

I watched, or attempted to watch, three games of football yesterday and didn’t see any goals. Perhaps it was fortunate that I was unable to see the England Under 21s a little earlier in the day, but congratulations to them for securing their place in next year’s European Championships in Denmark with a goalless draw in Romania.

Given his age and talent, it’s remarkable that Ashley Young was making a debut of sorts as last night was his first start

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Villans away on international duty

Gérard Houllier probably won’t mind the two week break in the domestic fixture schedule as he continues to settle in, but he will be without several key players:-

Ashley Young and Stephen Warnock were called up to the England squad for Tuesday’s European Qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

Marc Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso are with England Under 21s ahead of the play-off against Romania for next year’s European Under 21 Championship in Denmark. The first leg is at Carrow Rd on

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Lichaj Signs New Contract, Guzan’s Clean Sheet Against Brazil, New Website And Kevin MacDonald

OK, it’s not a new signing, but with the current sombre atmosphere, I thought it worth bringing some good news. Oh, and this was something I got a little sniff of back in June. I know, hold the front page, a major scoop for AVC and high fives all round!!

The details were correct, it is a new 3 year contract and Lichaj is looking forward to trying to force his way into the first team at Villa Park

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Lichaj Offered New 3 Year Contract, Expected To Challenge For First Team Place

Eric Lichaj impressed most observers during his brief cameo in the senior team during last summer’s Peace Cup tournament in Spain. Although he may have seemed a little green around the gills positionally, he was definitely an exciting prospect going forward, while his pace and aggression allowed him to make up for the odd mistake most of the time. Definitely one for the future.

After a couple of successful loan spells at Lincoln and Leyton Orient under his belt

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