Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.
Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
- Aston Villa move up to 11th in the table
- Villa win for only second time at home
- Leicester winless in 10 league games
- Foxes finish with 10 men for second straight game
Aston Villa secured back-to-back Premier League wins as Alan Hutton's first goal for the club added to bottom side Leicester City's troubles.
Leonardo Ulloa stabbed the Foxes ahead after Villa keeper Brad Guzan spilled Riyad Mahrez's deflected shot.
Ciaran Clark headed Villa level from Ashley Westwood's free-kick before the latter went off injured.
Hutton netted after Christian Benteke's chipped pass, before Paul Konchesky was sent off for Leicester.
City, four points from safety, will feel aggrieved they finished with 10 men after former Liverpool defender Konchesky's clash with match-winner Hutton.
The duo squared up after Konchesky's 80th-minute challenge on the Villa full-back.
But while Hutton escaped with a yellow card, Leicester finished with 10 men for the second successive game.
|Former Liverpool defender Jim Beglin, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa Park|
|"A very big win for Aston Villa. The home side have got some momentum now and the return of Christian Benteke has given them a huge boost. Leicester were as plucky as ever, especially when they went down to 10 men, but they were always going to be up against it and for me Villa were worthy winners."|
Leicester, without a win in their last 10 top-flight games, pushed their opponents all the way.
But it does not get any easier for Nigel Pearson's side, with a home match against in-form Manchester City next.
Villa climb two places up the table to 11th after only a second home league victory of the campaign.
It was a hard-earned three points for Paul Lambert's men, who scored two goals in a league game for only the second time this season.
These two teams had managed just 22 goals in 30 top-flight games between them this season yet both found the net inside the opening 20 minutes thanks to some poor defending.
Leicester struck first - Ulloa pouncing from close range in the 13th minute after Guzan had spilled Mahrez's deflected shot into the path of the Argentine to gift the former Brighton forward his sixth goal since arriving for £8m in the summer.
But the Foxes, who have managed just two top-flight clean sheets this season, led for just four minutes.
Westwood directed a free-kick into the visitors penalty area, Leicester's defence failed to track the move of Clark who was able to head his first goal since September 2012.
Villa prodded and probed the Foxes defence, with Benteke in menacing form throughout despite failing to find the net.
But the hosts suffered a setback when they lost midfielder Westwood shortly before the interval.
The 24-year-old was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a serious knee injury after being clattered from behind by Jamie Vardy - the Leicester forward punished with a yellow card.
Tom Cleverley, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Benteke spurned further chances for Villa before the unmarked Hutton rifled home a 71st-minute winner following Benteke's chipped pass over the Leicester defence.
The spirited visitors pressed for an equaliser even after Konchesky's red card, and substitute Chris Wood fired narrowly wide in the closing seconds, while substitute David Nugent was denied by an excellent save.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "Have we turned the corner? You're never quite sure but we're on a little bit of a run.
"We went a goal down against the run of play but some of the football we played was fantastic. I'm not one for statistics but someone told me we had 72% of the play.
"We have got to try and get this massive football club up the table."
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "It's been another tough day for us in the sense that having gone a goal up, we conceded a really poor equaliser.
"Then after that it was a story of us not making the most of our own situations. The winning goal was disappointing in terms of awareness.
"It remains frustrating for us. We have got to keep ourselves going at the moment. We'll keep plugging away."
- 21HuttonBooked at 81mins
- 8CleverleySubstituted forGrealishat 62'minutes
- 15WestwoodSubstituted forRichardsonat 44'minutes
- 24SánchezBooked at 74mins
- 28N'ZogbiaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBacunaat 76'minutes
- 11AgbonlahorBooked at 90mins
- 27WasilewskiBooked at 71mins
- 3KoncheskyBooked at 80mins
- 19CambiassoBooked at 59mins
- 15SchluppBooked at 60minsSubstituted forAlbrightonat 78'minutes
- 23UlloaSubstituted forNugentat 45'minutes
- 9VardyBooked at 41minsSubstituted forWoodat 66'minutes
- Craig Pawson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1.
Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Esteban Cambiasso (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross.
Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Grealish.
Offside, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Gabriel Agbonlahor is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor with a cross.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jores Okore.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
Attempt blocked. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) is shown the red card.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).
Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.
Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Wood (Leicester City).
Attempt saved. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.
Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna replaces Charles N'Zogbia.
Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).
Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.
Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Aston Villa 2, Leicester City 1. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Brad Guzan.
Attempt saved. David Nugent (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso with a headed pass.
Offside, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.
Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Jamie Vardy.
Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Tom Cleverley.
Foul by Charles N'Zogbia (Aston Villa).
Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.