Reading 1-2 Aston Villa

Villa victorious in war of nerves

March 9, 2013
By Andy Brassell, Madejski Stadium
On FA Cup quarter-final weekend, it was not the world-famous, big-eared tin jug that was the great leveller at the Madejski Stadium, but simple, old-fashioned tension. That one of the Premier League's perpetual nail-biters, Aston Villa, emerged triumphant from this relegation shoot-out with Reading, was as much due to an unusually steady hand and dry brow as it was to their superior quality in the final third of the pitch.

This was a vital win, not just taking advantage of ...

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