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Aston Villa 3-1 Hull City

Andreas Weimann celebrates scoring for Aston Villa against Hull City

Aston Villa all but secured Premier League safety after two Andreas Weimann goals inspired Paul Lambert's side to victory over Hull City at Villa Park.

Hull were trailing in the opening minute, Ashley Westwood firing home from Gabriel Agbonlahor's cross.

Agbonlahor was forced off with a knee injury before an own goal by Jordan Bowery, his replacement, brought Hull level following Liam Rosenior's cross.

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But Weimann restored Villa's lead with a header before nodding his second.

Villa fans have been on edge for most of the season.

But they know they will be watching their team in the Premier League next season if Norwich fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Villa's final home game of an uncomfortable campaign ended in a solid win, a sixth success in front of their own fans effectively removing the threat of dropping to the second tier for the first time since 1988 given they have a vastly superior goal difference to 18th-placed Norwich.

With their last two matches away from home against title-chasing Manchester City and sixth-placed Tottenham, Paul Lambert's side needed to sign off with three points against FA Cup finalists Hull.

And they were ahead almost immediately, Agbonlahor powering down the left before cutting back for Westwood to fire into the corner, the 24-year-old midfielder's third goal of the season.

However, Agbonlahor was hurt in the build-up to the goal and though the 27-year-old forward soldiered on, he was replaced by Bowery in the 24th minute.

The replacement then made a nightmare start as he turned the ball into his own net while trying to keep out Rosenior's low cross.

Hull, however, were unable to build any momentum after the equaliser and have still to win a game since reaching the FA Cup final.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert with forward Andreas Weimann
Andreas Weimann has scored six goals this season. Villa have not lost a game he has scored in this campaign.

Tigers keeper Steve Harper produced a superb one-handed save to deny Weimann, then did well to tip a Bowery header over the bar.

And Villa took total control with two goals in four minutes from Weimann.

Nathan Baker had twice gone close before the Austria international finally forced the ball over the line with half-time approaching.

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It was the 22-year-old's first goal since January but his next arrived four minutes later.

In the best move of the game, Weimann was well placed to glance Bowery's chipped cross beyond Harper to give his side a two-goal interval cushion.

Hull had come back from 2-0 behind at Fulham in their previous game but there were no heroics this time from Steve Bruce's side.

Indeed, it was Villa who went closest to scoring again, the busy Bowery getting behind the visitors' defence to force another save from Harper.

Villa's players returned to the pitch after the final whistle to acknowledge the crowd and mark their last home game of the season.

But it was more a lap of relief than a lap of honour.

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Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 34Lowton
  • 6Clark
  • 15Westwood
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2Baker
  • 12AlbrightonSubstituted forEl Ahmadiat 76'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forBoweryat 24'minutes
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forBacunaat 82'minutes
  • 23Bertrand

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 13Steer
  • 18Sylla
  • 21Bowery
  • 29Holt
  • 37Robinson

Hull

  • 22Harper
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 2Rosenior
  • 3Figueroa
  • 6Davies
  • 5ChesterSubstituted forBruceat 43'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forQuinnat 45'minutes
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forSagboat 70'minutes
  • 21Long
  • 8Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Boyd
  • 20Sagbo
  • 29Quinn
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
37,182

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamHull
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 3, Hull City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 3, Hull City 1.

Stephen Quinn (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Alex Bruce (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jordan Bowery.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Andreas Weimann.

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Ahmed Elmohamady is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Karim El Ahmadi replaces Marc Albrighton.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa).

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Harper.

Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

Alex Bruce (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa).

Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City36255696375980
2Liverpool36255696465080
3Chelsea36246669264378
4Arsenal36227765412473
5Everton37209859392069
6Tottenham37206115251166
7Man Utd361861260411960
8Southampton371510125345855
9Newcastle37154184257-1549
10Stoke371211144351-847
11Crystal Palace36134192843-1543
12West Ham37117194049-940
13Swansea37109185153-239
14Aston Villa36108183954-1538
15Hull36107193748-1137
16West Brom35715134254-1236
17Sunderland3698193857-1935
18Norwich3688202860-3232
19Fulham3794243883-4531
20Cardiff3779213172-4130
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