Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City
- Villa bounce back from cup defeat by Leyton Orient
- Agbonlahor scores first home goal since 2013
- Bruce apologises for Hull's first-half performance
Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League to move up to third with victory against Hull at Villa Park.
Gabby Agbonlahor's turn and shot opened the scoring on 14 minutes and Andreas Weimann slotted home from 10 yards.
Hull hit back after the break when Nikica Jelavic's header deflected in off Villa defender Aly Cissokho.
The Villans finished the match with 10 players when Ron Vlaar went off injured after 90 minutes, but held on to win.
Both sides headed in to the game looking to bounce back from midweek cup disappointment.
Villa began with more urgency and Fabian Delph rattled the crossbar with just two minutes gone. The midfielder, who was called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad this week, collected a through-ball from Weimann on the left and beat Allan McGregor with a shot from a tight angle, but not the woodwork.
However, former England man Agbonlahor was more clinical on 14 minutes when, after a lay off from the energetic Weimann, he turned in the box to fire home a right footed shot into the bottom left corner.
It was Villa's first goal since Weimann's strike in the opening day 1-0 win at Stoke and settled the nerves of Lambert's side.
There was a buzz around Villa Park as the home side enjoyed large spells of possession and on 36 minutes Weimann grabbed the goal his performance deserved. The Austria international calmly slotted home from 10 yards after Kieran Richardson had picked him out with a cut-back from the left flank.
With last season's top scorer Christian Benteke, who netted 10 times in the Premier League, out injured, Villa had been struggling for goals this term, but that was not obvious in a free-flowing and attacking first-half performance.
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Hull looked to be showing the physical and mental strain of their Europa League exit and struggled to impose themselves.
Steve Bruce made tactical changes for the second half, bringing on full-back Liam Rosenior for centre-back Curtis Davies and switching from a back three to a back four. The Tigers threw on Robert Brady, who scored twice against Lokeren in midweek, 10 minutes later as Tom Ince made way.
Brady quickly made a difference and it was from the Irishman's free-kick that Hull struck back after 74 minutes, when Jelavic's header deflected off Cissokho and past Brad Guzan.
Hull stepped up the tempo and Jake Livermore stung the hands of Guzan with an effort from the edge of the box moments later.
Villa conceded 29 goals at home last season, their worst tally in the Premier League, and dropped deeper and deeper as Hull pressed for an equaliser.
It was a nervy finale for Villa, who had to play out added time with 10 men after centre-back Vlaar limped off injured with all three substitutions made, but Lambert's side held on for their second win of the season.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "After the first half we should have been out of sight. The second half we were under pressure, but the first half set the tone of the game.
"You are never going to dominate a game for 90 minutes. But we deserved to win.
"Agbonlahor was outstanding, but in general the whole team performance was excellent.
"Vlaar has injured his calf. We will see how he is, but he has two weeks to recover [during the international break]."
Hull manager Steve Bruce: "The performance in the first half was the worst I can remember in the time I've been at the club. For the travelling supporters who witnessed it, you have to apologise.
"There was no energy, no spirit. We never laid a glove on them.
"In the second half, we changed it round, and we were excellent. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb after the first half."
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