Premier League
Aston VillaAston Villa2HullHull City1
By Dominic RaynorBBC Sport
Gabby Agbonlahor
Gabby Agbonlahor scored his first goal of the season to give Aston Villa the lead
  • Villa bounce back from cup defeat by Leyton Orient
  • Agbonlahor scores first home goal since 2013
  • Bruce apologises for Hull's first-half performance

Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League to move up to third with victory against Hull at Villa Park.

Bruce apologises for 'pathetic' Hull

Gabby Agbonlahor's turn and shot opened the scoring on 14 minutes and Andreas Weimann slotted home from 10 yards.

Hull hit back after the break when Nikica Jelavic's header deflected in off Villa defender Aly Cissokho.

The Villans finished the match with 10 players when Ron Vlaar went off injured after 90 minutes, but held on to win.

Both sides headed in to the game looking to bounce back from midweek cup disappointment.

Hull's defeat on away goals by Belgian club Lokeren ensured that their first foray into Europe was painfully brief, while Villa lost at home to League One Leyton Orient in the League Cup.

Villa began with more urgency and Fabian Delph rattled the crossbar with just two minutes gone. The midfielder, who was called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad this week, collected a through-ball from Weimann on the left and beat Allan McGregor with a shot from a tight angle, but not the woodwork.

Andreas Weimann
Weimann was also on target in the opening-day 1-0 victory over Stoke

However, former England man Agbonlahor was more clinical on 14 minutes when, after a lay off from the energetic Weimann, he turned in the box to fire home a right footed shot into the bottom left corner.

It was Villa's first goal since Weimann's strike in the opening day 1-0 win at Stoke and settled the nerves of Lambert's side.

There was a buzz around Villa Park as the home side enjoyed large spells of possession and on 36 minutes Weimann grabbed the goal his performance deserved. The Austria international calmly slotted home from 10 yards after Kieran Richardson had picked him out with a cut-back from the left flank.

With last season's top scorer Christian Benteke, who netted 10 times in the Premier League, out injured, Villa had been struggling for goals this term, but that was not obvious in a free-flowing and attacking first-half performance.

Tigers struggling on the road
The Tigers lost 13 away games last season - only relegated Norwich (14) fared worse.

Hull looked to be showing the physical and mental strain of their Europa League exit and struggled to impose themselves.

Steve Bruce made tactical changes for the second half, bringing on full-back Liam Rosenior for centre-back Curtis Davies and switching from a back three to a back four. The Tigers threw on Robert Brady, who scored twice against Lokeren in midweek, 10 minutes later as Tom Ince made way.

Brady quickly made a difference and it was from the Irishman's free-kick that Hull struck back after 74 minutes, when Jelavic's header deflected off Cissokho and past Brad Guzan.

Lambert lauds 'fantastic' Villa start

Hull stepped up the tempo and Jake Livermore stung the hands of Guzan with an effort from the edge of the box moments later.

Villa conceded 29 goals at home last season, their worst tally in the Premier League, and dropped deeper and deeper as Hull pressed for an equaliser.

It was a nervy finale for Villa, who had to play out added time with 10 men after centre-back Vlaar limped off injured with all three substitutions made, but Lambert's side held on for their second win of the season.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "After the first half we should have been out of sight. The second half we were under pressure, but the first half set the tone of the game.

"You are never going to dominate a game for 90 minutes. But we deserved to win.

"Agbonlahor was outstanding, but in general the whole team performance was excellent.

"Vlaar has injured his calf. We will see how he is, but he has two weeks to recover [during the international break]."

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "The performance in the first half was the worst I can remember in the time I've been at the club. For the travelling supporters who witnessed it, you have to apologise.

"There was no energy, no spirit. We never laid a glove on them.

"In the second half, we changed it round, and we were excellent. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb after the first half."

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce said the first 45 minutes was the worst of his reign
Fabian Delph
Aston Villa made a quick start, with Fabian Delph hitting the post early on
Gabby Agbonlahor
Tempers frayed at Villa Park as Hull fought back in the second half

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1GuzanBooked at 90mins
  • 21Hutton
  • 14Senderos
  • 4Vlaar
  • 23Cissokho
  • 18RichardsonSubstituted forGrealishat 75'minutes
  • 15Westwood
  • 16Delph
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forC Sánchezat 64'minutes
  • 10Weimann
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forBentat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Baker
  • 7Bacuna
  • 12Cole
  • 19Bent
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 31Given
  • 40Grealish

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 15McShane
  • 21Dawson
  • 6DaviesBooked at 42minsSubstituted forRoseniorat 45'minutes
  • 27El MohamadyBooked at 84mins
  • 14Livermore
  • 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forAlukoat 71'minutes
  • 29QuinnBooked at 87mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 18JelavicBooked at 82mins
  • 23InceSubstituted forBradyat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 4Bruce
  • 7Meyler
  • 11Brady
  • 20Sagbo
  • 22Harper
  • 24Aluko
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
28,336

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamHull
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

  7. Booking

    Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.

  10. Booking

    Stephen Quinn (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

  12. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Darren Bent replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  15. Booking

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

  17. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Booking

    Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

  20. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.