London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – First-half goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann carried Aston Villa to a 2-1 triumph over Hull City Sunday at Villa Park.
With the win, Paul Lambert’s men continued their unbeaten Premier League start to the season, taking solo second behind leaders Chelsea and Swansea with seven points.
“In the first half we were outstanding, the game plan and the tactical aspect of the game was outstanding and against a good side – the three at the back system is a hard one to play against,” Lambert said.
“I don’t think if we’d scored another couple of goals, anyone could have begrudged us that. That would have made the second half a little bit more at ease,” he added.
The loss capped a disappointing week for Steve Bruce’s men, who bowed out of the UEFA Europa League after a loss to Lokeren.
“For how good our second half was, our first was just as bad. We gave ourselves such a mountain to climb with the first-half performance in particular – it was arguably the worst I’ve seen us perform,” Bruce said.
Villa’s strong start to the match was rewarded when Agbonlahor opened scoring with a smart finish after 16 minutes.
Weimann played a significant role in the opener and the Austrian got on the scoresheet shortly after the half-hour mark.
Kieran Richardson cut the ball back from the left and Weimann, who netted twice in the corresponding fixture last season, put Villa in control.
Hull rallied in the second half and pulled one back through Nikica Jelavic but ran out of steam in the stretch.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers celebrated his 100th game as Liverpool manager with a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
In the other Premier League game, Arsenal and Leicester battled to a 1-1 draw at King Power Stadium.