AVFC.co.uk continues its look at the week-by-week efforts of Ron Atkinson's exciting Villa side during the memorable 1992-93 season. Each week we will republish the newspaper articles from that exact time during the campaign. We continue with a comfortable win over Wednesday, featuring a dream goal.
Paper: Sunday Express
Headline: Villa sweep back to top thanks to Yorke spree
Author: James Mossop
Happiness is two-goal Dwight Yorke, the Villa dressing room and all those fans dazzled by countless star bursts of flair that carried Villa back to the top of the Premier League.
Goalkeeping of show-stopping quality from England's Chris Woods continually took the breath away but even he could not smother every threat.
Do not assume that Wednesday's hearts were fixed on double Wembley appearances.
No-one wanted victory more than veteran Chris Waddle, he of the intricate dribbles, measured passes and deep centres. On the break he was a joy.
But most of the time it was Villa pushing, driving and deserving more than Yorke's goals early in each half.
It was a win to make Old Trafford quake.
Paper: Sunday Mercury
Headline: It's all Dwight as Owls crash
Aston Villa's Caribbean striker made sure it was "All Dwight on the Night" as Ron Atkinson's magic machine marched back to the top of the Premier League.
Tobago-born Dwight Yorke hammered in a vital double to sink in-form Sheffield Wednesday.
And just as emphatic as his finishes was the message sent out by this irrepressible, brilliant Villa team: "We're on our way to the title."
With Manchester United being held to a draw at Maine Road and Norwich hammered 3-0 by Wimbledon, Villa go a crucial two points clear at the top with only eight games to go.
This game was set up to be an examination of their character especially after United's lapse in a match which was completed well before kick-off at a packed Villa Park tingling with expectation.
Wednesday were chasing the leaders hard and had only lost twice in their previous thirty-one games.
But after two fierce cup ties, they were hit after only two minutes with a superb goal that deflated the passion of their large following who still bare a grudge against former boss Atkinson.
His team produced the perfect answer with a stunning move that must have gone through a dozen passes before Yorke turned the ball home.
After that fine start Villa would have been hard-pressed to maintain that standard but they touched the heights here with some superb football and but for the brilliance of England goalkeeper Chris Woods they could have won by at least double the score.
In the ten minutes before the break, Woods must have felt as if he was the target in a coconut shy as the claret and blues attacked from all angles.
After such a brilliant display Woods was criminally betrayed by full-back Roland Nilsson who rewarded his own boss with a gift goal in the 55th minute.
As he dallied on the ball 15 minutes outside of his own box, Yorke closed him down, blocked a weak pass and raced into the area underlining his confidence by turning the ball home while Cyrille Regis was on his shoulder.
Paper: Daily Telegraph
Headline: Villa travels are likely to determine title destiny
Author: Colin Malam
Aston Villa's match at Norwich on Wednesday is more than a six-pointer between two of the three remaining contenders for the inaugural Premier League title.
It will also serve as a measure of Villa's determination to become champions for the first time since 1981.
Picking up points at home has been no problem this season.
They have won twelve league matches - more than either Norwich or Manchester United - at Villa Park and lost only two.
Away, it has been a less successful story, with Villa winning six and losing four. That record is not significantly inferior to Norwich or United's, but it is an area in which they must improve if they are to retain the leadership.
Of the three clubs, Villa face the most difficult programme in terms of away fixtures.
All but three of their remaining eight games are away from Villa Park, while United have four home and four away and Norwich four home and three away.
Paper: Birmingham Post
Headline: Dazzling Villa ground Owls with their sparkle to go clear
Author: Andy Colquhoun
If ever a football team wrote its own epitaph with a single goal, Aston Villa managed it on Saturday with a score of sublime construction. By their goals shall ye know them.
It was a diamond in a season sparkling with cut stones in what is again favourite to become a championship crown.
Until the next twist of the plot anyway. Dalian Atkinson, Dean Saunders and Steve Staunton have all punctuated the season with emphatic exclamation marks of individual wizardry but here a fizzing, ten-pass interchange was dazzling and never mind that its completion was side-foot into an empty net from five yards.
Every outfield player barring Shaun Teale was involved as Villa took the lead in the third minute before Wednesday had even been able to put a move together.
It was too fast for the naked eye to comprehend as the ball zigzagged across the Wednesday half - thank heavens for Match of the Day.
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