There are few more enjoyable things in football than a great, unexpected comeback.
Here are five of the best Aston Villa comebacks from the Premier League era.
Villa 3-3 Everton, April 12th 2009
Easter Sunday 2009 was the date of one of Villa’s most memorable comebacks ever, with Martin O’Neill’s side fighting back from two goals down to grab a point at Villa Park.
Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill put David Moyes’ Toffees ahead and Steven Pienaar restored the visitors’ two-goal lead after John Carew’s powerful finish had grabbed Villa a goal back.
Moments after Pienaar’s strike Villa were back in it, James Milner curling in a wonderful 25-yard free-kick, before Gareth Barry stepped up to complete the comeback from the penalty spot.
The draw extended Villa’s winless run to 10 matches at the time, but it felt like a victory.
Wolves 2-3 Villa, January 21st 2012
Robbie Keane’s brief spell at Villa did not provide many memorable moments, but his most important appearance for the club came in a Midlands derby at Molineux.
Darren Bent’s penalty put Villa into an early lead but Wolves hit back through Michael Kightly and David Edwards, leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb.
But shortly after half-time a drilled finish from Keane gave Villa a route back into the match and, after Wolves were reduced to 10 men when Karl Henry was sent off with 15 minutes to go, Keane hit a wonderful winning goal in off the crossbar.
It was one of only seven appearances Keane made for Villa, but he won’t forget it in a hurry.
Tottenham 2-4 Villa, April 15th 2000
Villa had an FA Cup final to look forward to and that showpiece occasion was perhaps on the mind of the players at White Hart Lane as Villa slipped 2-0 down thanks to goals by Steffen Iversen and Chris Armstrong.
But, in the space of just 12 minutes, John Gregory’s side would produce one of Villa’s best ever comebacks, which was kick-started by a Dion Dublin penalty after 62 minutes.
A spectacular overhead kick by Dublin levelled the scores and the striker was involved in Villa’s third, setting up Benito Carbone for another brilliant volley.
Dublin then sealed the win – and his hat-trick – by thumping in a superb 25-yard half-volley.
Villa 3-2 Coventry City, May 2nd 2001
It is 15 years since Coventry visited Villa Park, but they will be in no hurry to return after collapsing from two goals up thanks to a brace from Moustapha Hadji.
Coventry needed to win and hope other strugglers slipped up to avoid relegation, but when Darius Vassell hit Villa’s first goal the pressure started to have an impact on the visitors.
Juan Pablo Angel’s first goal for the club drew Villa level and the comeback was completed by Paul Merson, whose 25-yard curler confirmed Coventry’s relegation from the top flight.
In the end, Derby County’s win at champions Manchester United sent Coventry down anyway.
Villa 3-2 Arsenal, December 13th 1998
Dion Dublin was again Villa’s hero in a match Arsenal led 2-0 thanks to a brilliant double by Dennis Bergkamp that put the Gunners firmly in control at Villa Park.
But John Gregory’s team returned to the top of the Premiership after Julian Joachim gave Villa hope, with Dublin then scoring twice to complete one of Villa’s finest ever comebacks.
Villa’s title challenge would eventually fall away, but on that day it really seemed like Villa could win the championship, propelled by the outstanding Dublin.