Photos: Aston Villa's best moments this season

Villa have endured a difficult 2014-15 campaign but, with Tim Sherwood spearheading a late revival and an FA Cup semi-final ahead, there have still been some bright moments.

Marred in a fourth consecutive relegation battle with eight Premier League matches left, this season has been another testing one for Aston Villa.

The club got off to a hot start to the campaign, taking 10 points from their first four league games, including a 1-0 win at Liverpool which earned then-manager Paul Lambert a new long-term contract, but things soon went south from there.

A dismal run of two wins in 21 top-flight matches led to the much-maligned Scot’s sacking in late-February and, with Villa sitting in 18th in the table at the time, many predicted relegation to be on the cards.

Tim Sherwood’s subsequent appointment has given the atmosphere around Villa Park a noticeable lift, however, with back-to-back wins over Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion both lifting the team out of drop zone and sending them into the FA Cup semi-finals.

Sherwood’s men then chalked up a third consecutive win with a 4-0 thumping of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and, while a 1-0 defeat to Swansea has since dampened the mood somewhat, fans and the media alike are now a great deal more optimistic about their survival chances.

Ahead of the crucial final run in, here are some of Villa’s best moments of the season so far.

13 September 2014: Gabriel Agbonlahor's first-half goal seals a 1-0 win at Anfield and sends Villa into second-place in the table after four matches.

2 December 2014: Christian Benteke scores his first goal of the season after returning from a ruptured Achilles to secure three points at Crystal Palace and end Villa's nine-match winless league run.

7 December 2014: Alan Hutton's second-half strike against Leicester at Villa Park earns Lambert's side back-to-back wins.

3 March 2015: Benteke's last-gasp spot-kick gives Villa a 2-1 home win over West Brom to hand Sherwood his first three points as Villa manager and lift the club out of the relegation zone.

7 March 2015: Villa do the double over their Midlands rivals with a 2-0 win to make it into the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2010.

14 March 2015: After scoring just four goals on the road all season, Villa double that record in the space of just 45 minutes against Sunderland to continue their revival under Sherwood.

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