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Last Updated: Monday, 31 October 2005, 19:17 GMT
Monday's Premiership photos

Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis and operations director Steve Stride

Man City 3-1 Aston Villa: Villa chairman Doug Ellis puts in an appearance despite news of a potential takeover at the club

Aston Villa's Jlloyd Samuel and replacement keeper Stuart Taylor conspire to offer Darius Vassell an open goal

A mix-up between Villa's Jlloyd Samuel and Stuart Taylor leaves Darius Vassell through on goal in the fourth minute

Darius Vassell scores for Manchester City

Vassell makes no mistake putting City ahead against his former club, pouncing on the error by Taylor in the Villa goal

Vassel celebrates his second goal

And Vassell doubles the lead before the break, netting a first-time shot after some neat build-up down the right channel

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce

City boss Stuart Pearce provides animated directions from the touchline as the home side defend their two-goal advantage

Villa's Liam Ridgewell makes it 2-1

Liam Ridgewell keeps Villa in the game when he gets on the end of an awkward cross to make it 2-1 in the 65th minute

Andrew Cole and Darius Vassell celebrate City's third goal

But Andrew Cole's late strike seals a 3-1 win for City that takes Pearce's side into fourth place in the Premiership table




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31 Oct 05 |  Premiership


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