O'Leary throws down the gauntlet

December 3, 2004
Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has prepared for a daunting December schedule by challenging his players to prove last season was not a fluke.

Villa defied the odds to finish sixth in the Premiership last season after only avoiding relegation by three points in 2002-2003.

They are again occupying a top-six slot despite last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester City which ended a run of 13 points from the previous five games.

But the next month will test Villa's ...

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