Emiliano Martinez saved one more clear sheet as Aston Villa beat Leeds 1-Zero at Elland Street on Saturday.
The deciding aim got here simply 5 minutes into the match from Anwar El Ghazi as Dean Smith’s aspect picked up the three factors.
The final assembly at Elland Street between the 2 sides was a feisty affair within the Championship that ended 1-1 when Marcelo Bielsa ordered his gamers to permit Villa to equalise.
The sport as we speak was on no account as entertaining as that conflict two years in the past.
Villa had been unable to name on star man Jack Grealish, who remained out injured.
Smith made two adjustments to his beginning XI, with midfield pair Jacob Ramsey and Marvelous Nakamba changing Ross Barkley and Douglas Luiz.
The guests made a quick begin at Elland Street as El Ghazi gave Villa a fifth-minute lead, staying simply onside and having time to steer dwelling Ollie Watkins’ cross regardless of slipping in entrance of aim.
Whereas it ebbed and flowed within the first half, Villa shut down their opponents after the interval and for Leeds the sport resulted in a whimper.
Leeds responded via Tyler Roberts, however his thumping effort was effectively saved by Villa goalkeeper Martinez after which El Ghazi twice went near extending Villa’s lead.
Villa doggedly defended their slender lead and each side had been responsible of halting play with niggling fouls.
Leeds struggled to interrupt down a resilient defence and when substitute Jack Harrison’s late cross provided them their finest likelihood of rescuing some extent, Raphinha fluffed his header.
That aim proved to be decisive with Villa holding onto the clear sheet, Martinez’s 13th of the season, and moved as much as eighth place.
They’re simply six factors off the highest 4 with video games in hand over a few of their rivals.