Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City: Villans see off Tigers to continue unbeaten start

first_img Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor 1 Aston Villa held on to claim their second win of the season and climb up to third place in the Premier League table with a 2-1 victory over Hull City at Villa Park.Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann netted in the first-half as the Villans stretched out a comfortable lead, though they were forced to ensure a nervy finale as Nikica Jelavic pulled one back for the Tigers late in the second-half.Still, it was overall a pretty straightforward affair for the hosts as Paul Lambert’s men continue their unbeaten start to the new top flight season, while Steve Bruce’s side never really found their top gear.The visitors looked lost in front of goal for the majority of the game and failed to really trouble American goalkeeper Brag Guzan, with former Everton forward Jelavic’s 74th minute strike their first shot on target.At the other end, meanwhile, Hull just couldn’t handle the pace and trickery of the likes of Agbonlahor and Weimann, as the West Midlands side continue to cope well without injured frontman Christian Benteke.Villa dominated right from the off, with Weimann powering down the left and threading a pass into the feet of midfielder Fabian Delph, with the new England man smashing an effort against the crossbar.And, after Hull attempted to force an immediate reply for a corner, which was easily cleared by big Ron Vlaar, the hosts opened the scoring after 14 minutes of play.Weimann again was the provider, the Austrian’s brilliant touch setting Agbonlahor free in the edge of the box as the 27-year-old found the back of the net with a low rifled finish.Villa continued to press, with Delph firing wide shortly after, as Hull allowed the hosts to dominate possession, though the Tigers did gain confidence as the match progressed.And they were soon appealing for a penalty when defender Ashley Westwood appeared to handle as he mistimed an attempted headed clearance, though referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on to leave Steve Bruce raging.Tom Huddlestone then went close with a deflected free-kick but Hull’s efforts to work their way back into the game seemed in vain as Weimann netted Villa second in the 36th minute.It marked the side’s third goal of the season from their third shot on target, as the forward hammered home from close-range after a great cross from Kieran Richardson.The match went flat after the break, with one of the only highlights being a woeful attempt at a corner kick from Huddlestone, whose outside of the foot effort went straight out for a goal-kick.Hull took advantage of the lull as Jelavic grabbed a lifeline for the visitors, the Croatian heading on from substitute Robbie Brady’s free-kick, with his effort going in off Aly Cissokho’s forehead.The goal seemed to pull Villa out of their second-half lapse, with Delph again going close with a 20-yard drive, though Guzan then had to be alert to tip Jake Livermore’s curling shot over the bar.Late substitute Darren Bent had a great chance to cap off the victory in the final stages but could only scuff his effort hopelessly wide, though it mattered little as Aston Villa closed out a deserved triumph.last_img read more