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Another back-to-back set of wins sets Villa up nicely as the relegation battle hits crunch time. But is Lambert now looking up the league? Polish off the last two games with wins and Villa could see a last day jump into the top half of the table ala two seasons ago. UTV

 

1. 40 points. The holy grail of Premiership survival in the past decade. We’re not out of the woods yet, but placed in 13th there’s a nice buffer of clubs who’s bums will be more squeakier than ours at the moment.

Arsenal still need to win games to make sure of Champion’s League football. They have two games left – Wigan and Newcastle. We wish them luck in winning them…for obvious reasons. We could say the same about Spurs, who have Stoke and Sunderland to play, but they have an tendency to choke!

2. Since February Villa’s form has been impressive. In March when several MOMS writers did the BBC Prediction table, while we all had Villa scraping clear of the drop, I was the most optimistic in terms of final points tally with 38 points. In terms of how the season has panned out since, not even that would have saved Villa. With two games to go, Alex McLeish’s points tally from last season has been eclipsed. Thank McGrath for that.

3. Well, we gave Gabby a shout out in the last Five Reasons vs Sunderland, but his drive and determination is a great example to the young Villa players who have sometimes lacked the confidence to be direct and have a go. Defenders aren’t scared of sideways and backward passes, but when you go at them and look them straight in the eyes ala Mr Agbonlahor against Sunderland and Norwich, it gets results.

4. The Aston Villa ladies won the Premier League Cup by beating Leeds 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. While the Women’s Super League teams don’t enter the cup, it’s still a grand achievement. Couple it with the recent NextGen triumph and it adds to the feel good spirit and winning mentality growing at Villa Park.

 

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5. What a difference a year makes. A year ago, MOMS Villa supporters took out an advert in the Birmingham Mail to essentially declare that the set up at that time wasn’t leading the club anywhere, even though supporters had warned the club at the start of the season. At least on the field now, we have something to believe in. UTV

 

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