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The 23-year-old defender was delighted to get his second goal for Paul Lambert's side and help the Villans to their third win in four games as the relegation fight intensifies

Aston Villa full-back Matthew Lowton revealed his delight after his wonder goal helped the Villans claim three crucial points over Stoke City in the Premier League relegation battle.

The defender's 35-yard volley, only his second goal of the season, put Villa back in the lead just minutes after Michael Kightly had equalised for the Potters.

Christian Benteke added a third goal late on to give Paul Lambert’s side a 3-1 win and a massive boost in the fight for survival, and Lowton was thrilled to have made such a positive impact.

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“It was fantastic to see it hit the back of the net,” the jubilant 23-year-old told Sky Sports.

“At the corner I just thought I would ring the box and if anything comes then I will help it back in. But after I’ve had my first touch and it sat up like it did, I thought why not hit it. Luckily it has flown in the back of the net.

“The [goal] against Swansea wrong-footed the goalkeeper more than anything but today it felt sweet when I hit it and it’s actually beat the keeper.”

The win over the Potters was Villa’s third in four games in the league and has dragged the strugglers out of the drop zone; Lambert's side are just four points behind 12th placed Southampton, and any of eight teams could yet join QPR and Reading in the relegation places.

Lowton continued: “Teams are getting dragged in as well and it’s nice to see a few more teams below us.

“We have got to keep our feet on the ground as there are a lot more points still to play for. We just need to make sure we get enough.”

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