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Instant Recap: Aston Villa defeat Crystal Palace for first league win in 157 days


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For the first time since August 8, 2015 (that's 157 days ago) Aston Villa have won a match in the Premier League! It took an absolute Howler from Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, but they don't keep track of style points in the Premier League table, a table in which Villa finally have double-digit points!

Oh man, it's hard to process this. Villa actually looked pretty darn competent throughout the match, which was a stunning turn of events from... this season. Libor Kozak finally got a start, and after a terrifying opening 45 seconds in which Villa let a Wilfried Zaha shot ping off the post, Kozak spearheaded a Villa counter that actually got a corner.

From there it was a pretty back and forth affair. Neither team looked like defending was a priority, but Crystal Palace were the first to buckle. In the second half, Villa got a corner that was sent in to Joleon Lescott. He... pushed?... the ball forward rather ineffectively, but Hennessey let the ball trickle between his legs for a goal that felt WAY better than it had any right to.

From there, Villa simply saw it out. The team looked exhausted, but they held on and got the win, and the clean sheet (from starting keeper Mark Bunn).

Next step? Nine more wins. And a draw. That'd get us to 39 points and I'd feel safe. The comeback starts today, my friends.