Life is rarely dull at Aston Villa and 2014 has been another year of highs and lows. Here, we take a look at a few of the more memorable moments.
What a game this was at Villa Park, with the hosts edging out local rivals West Bromwich Albion in a seven-goal thriller.
The Baggies raced into a two-goal lead, and levelled again at 3-3 after seeing the tie turned on its head, but Christian Benteke won and converted a penalty just past the hour mark to settle an enthralling contest.
Singing the Blues
Aston Villa had not enjoyed the best of times against Chelsea heading into a Premier League meeting in the Midlands on March 15 – conceding 16 times in four straight defeats.
Jose Mourinho’s men were to see two players sent off, though, and Fabian Delph pounced eight minutes from time to secure three memorable points.
Taming the Tigers
Aston Villa’s final success of the 2013/14 campaign saw them destroy visiting Hull City inside the first-half at Villa Park.
Ashley Westwood broke the deadlock inside the opening 60 seconds and Andreas Weimann bagged a brace to help wrap up a 3-1 win.
Paul Lambert would have been hoping to start the new season in style, but would also have been wary of a trip to Stoke City on the opening weekend.
He need not have worried, though, as Andreas Weimann struck five minutes into the second-half and Villa held on to claim a welcome clean sheet and a 1-0 victory.
Aston Villa have now gone four games without defeat at Anfield, with eight points taken off Liverpool during that run.
They added three to that tally in September as they visited Merseyside unbeaten in their opening three matches of the season and left with a 1-0 win courtesy of Gabriel Agbonlahor’s early effort.
Following an impressive showing at Liverpool, Aston Villa then went nine games without a Premier League win.
That alarming run was finally brought to an end at Crystal Palace in early December, with Christian Benteke’s first goal in nine months helping to get Lambert’s men back on track.