Blunted by Blades
Aston Villa’s FA Cup campaign in 2013/14 was over before it had really begun, with a third round shock suffered at the hands of League One Sheffield United.
The Blades, who would go on to make the semi-finals, stunned the Villa Park faithful with a 2-1 victory in January – with Ryan Flynn snatching an 81st-minute winner.
When Christian Benteke gave Aston Villa the lead just five minutes into a home date with Stoke City, they must have been thinking it would be a productive day.
If they did, they were wrong. The Potters came storming back into the contest with three goals before half-time and ended up running out convincing 4-1 winners.
The curtain came down on Aston Villa’s 2013/14 campaign at White Hart Lane, and it was to be an afternoon to forget.
Paul Lambert’s men were 3-0 down by the interval and ended the season with back-to-back defeats which saw seven goals conceded and none offered in reply.
Any hope Aston Villa had of pushing for League Cup glory in 2014/15 was dashed inside the opening month of the season.
Once again they were unable to successfully negotiate a home date with a third-tier outfit, with Leyton Orient this time claiming a notable scalp thanks to Romain Vincelot’s late effort.
Aston Villa suffered more pain at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in early November as they somehow managed to throw away a lead late on.
Andreas Weimann had edged them in front at Villa Park, but Nacer Chadli and Harry Kane netted in the final six minutes to turn the tie on its head.
Boing boing Baggies
West Bromwich Albion entered a derby duel with Aston Villa on December 13 on a horrible run of form, but they claimed local bragging rights courtesy of a 1-0 win.
Craig Gardner grabbed the only goal of the game to bring Villa’s five-match unbeaten run to a shuddering halt.