THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

16 January ~ Aston Villa go into their match with Leicester today looking to build on their first win since the opening day of the season and close the gap to safety. Their opponents, meanwhile, are enjoying their unexpected title challenge. When the two teams met at Filbert Street in April 1981, however, the situations were reversed. Going into this match Villa were just one point behind league-leaders Ipswich, while Leicester were struggling in the relegation zone.

However, Leicester were enjoying a revival, having lost just twice in ten games, and went 1-0 up through a Steve Lynex penalty. Villa hit back through Peter Withe and Des Bremner, before a defensive mistake allowed Lynex to make it 2-2 before the break. In the second half Leicester had plenty of chances but Villa went on to win, Withe heading them ahead and then Tony Morley finishing a well-worked free-kick.

The victory put Villa top, a position they held for the rest of the season. Leicester, meanwhile, were relegated in 21st place.

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