Aston Villa's season still alive after Crystal Palace victory

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Following Remi Garde's first win as manager last night, Aston Villa will take some much-needed momentum into their two consecutive Midland derbies.

Though Villa remain four points adrift of 19th-placed Sunderland, yesterday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace will have come as a welcome relief to all at the club.

Since former Lyon manager Garde took over in early November, Villa have been winless in the Premier League, losing five and drawing four of the games under his control. 


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Though the victory over Palace owed much to Wayne Hennessey's howler - the keeper was recently named the club's player of the month for December - from Joleon Lescott's header, the three points could prove crucial in giving Villa a glimmer of hope. 

Frustration has been building amongst the Villa faithful recently and social media erupted following the final whistle, with many fans stunned that they had stopped the rot:

Though the club's chances of avoiding the drop remain very slim - they have so far only scored 17 goals in 21 league games - the prospect of back-to-back derby games could have a galvanising effect.

Saturday's opponents Leicester have been flying this season with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez two frontrunners for the PFA Player of the Year award, however, Claudio Ranieri's side will not relish a trip to Villa Park. 

Due to their frantic nature and physicality in the Premier League, form can often go out the window in derby games and Villa will be hoping their fans get behind the side and create an imposing atmosphere for the late kick-off.

A week later and Garde's side will make the short trip to The Hawthorns to face West Brom. Whereas Leicester's pace and fluency on the break may be too much for them to handle, Villa will really fancy their chances of a result against a very organised but limited Tony Pullis side. 

The January transfer window remains open and though Garde has openly admitted that he is finding it difficult to attract new signings, due to the club's current plight, there is time for the Frenchman to try and inject fresh personnel into the club.

Ever since Martin O'Neil's sudden departure in August 2010, Villa have consistently flirted with relegation and although in all likelihood it will become a reality this season, the lights have not yet gone out at Villa Park.

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