Premier League - Weimann double lifts Aston Villa to safety

Premier League, Villa Park - Aston Villa 3 (Westwood 1, Weimann 41, 45) Hull City 1 (Bowery og 27)

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Premier League - Weimann double lifts Aston Villa to safety
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Andreas Weimann (R) of Aston Villa celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Hull City

A first-half brace from Andreas Weimann secured an invaluable three points and Premier League status for Aston Villa against Hull City as they won 3-1 at home.

The striker responded to fans’ criticism by notching two headers: one in the 41st minute after Nathan Baker’s attempts were blocked, and one in injury time with a glance past Steve Harper from a thoughtful Jordan Bowery cross.

Ashley Westwood had got Villa off to a great start with a goal after just 57 seconds following a tenacious run from Gabriel Agbonlahor down the left.

But Hull clawed their way back into it with a clever free-kick routine. Tom Huddlestone played Liam Rosenior through on the left, and he lashed in a ball that bounced off Bowery’s legs and into the net. Villa may feel on a second viewing that more than one Hull player was offside anyway.

The second half was somewhat subdued; Villa continued to create chances, with Weimann and Bowery continuing to work well together, but Hull rarely looked like scoring the goals necessary to take anything from the game.

KEY MOMENTS

1’ - GOAL! Ashley Westwood scores in the very first minute! Great from from Agbonlahor, who does well to hold off the challenges. It falls to him on the edge of the box - after Albrighton swings and misses but manages to tap it across - and he lashes it home.

24’ - CHANCE! Weimann tries to square it to Bowery, but Chester blocks it, and then the rebound skews out for a corner.

28’ - GOAL! The free-kick is played to the left, and the ball in from Rosenior evades everyone except the back of Jordan Bowery's legs.

34’ - SAVE! Great save from Brad Guzan, getting his left hand to a terrific strike from Huddlestone.

41’ - GOAL! Weimann fires home from point-blank range, getting his head to it after Nathan Baker's attempts couldn't get past the Hull back line.

45’+3 - GOAL! Great ball in from Bowery on the left, picking out the head of Weimann, who glances it past a despairing Harper.

59’ - CHANCE! Hull's best chance of the half so far, with Ciaran Clark scuffing his clearance - fortunately for him all the Hull players around him fail as well, with Jelavic not managing to connect.

60’ - CHANCE! Another chance for Villa - Weimann plays Bowery in, and though he's waiting for a return pass, his team-mate decides to have a shot himself, which is saved by Harper.

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KEY STATS

The opening goal was Ashley Westwood’s first home goal for Aston Villa.

It was also the quickest-ever Premier League goal that Hull have conceded – their previous was after 1 min 29 seconds in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on December 4.

Andreas Weimann scored twice in a Premier League match for only the second time – after the 3-2 defeat v Man Utd in November 2012.

Aston Villa are unbeaten in all six of their Premier League matches against Hull City, winning five and drawing one.

Before today, Villa had scored more than once in only one of their last 12 Premier League games.

TALKING POINT

Weimann's day. Andreas Weimann has had a bit of an ongoing battle with the disgruntled Villa faithful – his hands-to-ears celebration won’t have endeared him to them, although the goals themselves will have done.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa): Two good goals, and unstinting effort. There was only one choice really.

PLAYER RATINGS

Aston Villa: Guzan 7, Lowton 7, Vlaar 7, Clark 7, Baker 7, Bertrand 7, Westwood 7, Delph 7, Albrighton 7, Agbonlahor 7, Weimann 8. Subs: Bowery 7, Bacuna 6, El Ahmadi N/A.

Hull City: Harper 7, Rosenior 7, Figueroa 7, Chester 6, Davies 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 7, Livermore 7, Jelavic 6, Long 7, Elmohamady 7. Subs: Bruce 7, Quinn 7, Sagbo 6.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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