Aston Villa 2-1 Hull City – Elmo plays 90 minutes but gets yellow carded in Villa defeat
Steve Bruce’s men, who looked to be suffering a European night hangover, started the game in sluggish fashion with Fabian Delph allowed time to run into the box before clipping the woodwork with a shot from a tight angle inside two minutes.
The home side did take a deserved lead in the 13th minute when Weimann played a neat pass to Agbonlahor, who was afforded the time to turn and fire a low shot past Allan McGregor.
Hull had penalty appeals waved away by referee Mark Clattenburg in the 33rd minute after Ashley Westwood chested the ball before handling amid Hull protests.
Two minutes later and Aston Villa had doubled their advantage when debutant Michael Dawson misplaced a pass which Agbonlahor intercepted before feeding Kieran Richardson who played a great ball to Weimann, who gathered before smashing into the back of the net.
It could have got even worse for the travelling Tigers in the 39th minute but McGregor saved Agbonlahor’s powerful shot.
Westwood curled a stunning free-kick from all of 30-yards which cannoned off the post as Villa went into the half-time break in full control.
Hull did get a lifeline in the 75th minute when Jelavic’s header deflected off Aly Cissokho and into the net to set up an interesting finish.
Jake Livermore thought he’d got his side an unlikely point when he struck a curling shot from the edge of the box but was denied by Brad Guzan.
Ahmed Elmohamady and Jelavic were both shown yellow cards late on for fouls on Villa academy graduate Jack Grealish.
Substitute Darren Bent had a chance in to wrap up the win but failed to get his shot on target before Hull went up the other end but Sone Aluko’s shot was straight at Guzan as Villa held on for the win.
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