Aston Villa 3-1 Hull: Weimann double secures precious win for Lambert

A Jordan Bowery own goal cancelled out Ashley Westwood's opener and threatened to have home fans fearing relegation again, but the Austrian came to the rescue with two goals
Aston Villa took a huge stride toward Premier League safety with a 3-1 victory over FA Cup finalists Hull City.

Ashley Westwood put the hosts in front in the first minute after turning in a cross from Gabby Agbonlahor.

By Ewan Roberts
Aston Villa are virtually assured of their place in the Premier League next season after an efficient and hard-fought win over Hull City. Paul Lambert's men were faster, braver and more clinical than their opponents on the day.

Andreas Weimann was the undoubted star of the show, and his pace, work-rate and drive typified a committed performance from the hosts. His two goals on the stroke of half time wrapped up the three points after Ashley Westwood's early opener had been wiped out.

Hull, meanwhile, are still not safe from the fear of relegation, and, after a match in which they picked up several injuries, Steve Bruce will know his side must raise their game if they are to ensure they beat the drop and avoid a whitewash in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Jordan Bowery, who replaced the injured Agbonlahor in the first half, scored an own goal to let the visitors back into the game.

But Andreas Weimann was the hero for Paul Lambert with two more goals before the interval to wrap up the win.

The defeat leaves FA Cup finalists Hull still without a win since booking their place at Wembley Stadium, but they will be safe from relegation if Norwich City fail to win at Chelsea on Sunday.

Villa made a blistering start, taking the lead inside 60 seconds through Westwood's composed finish.

Agbonlahor played an influential role, poking a pass into the path of Westwood, and the midfielder took a touch before planting a shot beyond Steve Harper.

Agbonlahor departed the action midway through the half after picking up a knock, and his replacement Bowery unwittingly brought Hull level in the 28th minute.

Tom Huddlestone slid a disguised free-kick into the path of Liam Rosenior and, although the full-back appeared to be in an offside position, play was allowed to continue and his low cross was turned into the net as Bowery got his feet in a tangle.

Huddlestone brought a flying save out of Brad Guzan six minutes later but Harper had to rush from his line to deny Weimann and then tip Bowery's header over the crossbar at the other end as the game opened up.

Weimann was not to be denied for long, however, as he nodded in from close range after Nathan Baker was denied by the bar in the 41st minute.

Villa Park was jubilant as the Austrian was on target again in first-half stoppage time, glancing in Bowery's left-wing delivery from 10 yards.

In a second half that offered little in comparison to the first, Bowery tested Harper with a rising drive on the hour, while Guzan got down low to his left to comfortably hold Huddlestone's effort from the edge of the box 15 minutes from time.

Hull were unable to force a way back into proceedings as the game petered out, with Villa now almost certainly safe to plan for life in the Premier League next season.