6 DEGREES (POINTS) OF SEPARATION
After strong wins over London opposition and a crushing defeat at the Britannia, Villa sit third in the table where only six points seperate league leaders Manchester United and sixth placed Liverpool.
VILLA 2-0 Q.P.R.
Goals in either half from Cristian Tello and Darren Bent were enough to ensure a comfortable victory over Q.P.R. at Villa Park.
WEST HAM 1-3 VILLA
Andreas Weimann replaced the suspended Christian Benteke and did himself a lot of good in staking a claim for a regular starting spot. His brace sandwiched Darren Bent's 17th league goal of the season before Matt Jarvis grabbed a late consolation for The Hammers.
STOKE 3-0 VILLA
A shocking display from Villa left Stoke able to run riot in a warm up of the Capital One Cup final. Ryan Shawcross, Steven N'Zonzi and Peter Crouch were the goalscorers.
Villa are away to Huddersfield next in the F.A. Cup Fourth Round before the home leg of the Europa League tie with BATE Borisov.