With a tricky spell of fixtures ahead of Aston Villa, winning at Sunderland on Saturday took on added importance. The show is out in the middle of the week because Chris went to Guernsey at the weekend for a football match that didn't happen, but it's worth the wait because cautious optimism reigns as Chris and Steve pick over two consecutive away wins.
Before Gabriel Agbonlahor's goal secured three points at the Stadium of Light, Villa overcame a very disappointing second half collapse at Swindon Town to see off their League One opponents and move into the quarter-final of the CapitalOne Cup. There, Villa manager Paul Lambert will make an unexpectedly quick return to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.
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