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Aston Villa back in top four with 1-0 win at Hull

Aston Villa back in top four with 1-0 win at Hull

Aston Villa moved back into the top four of the English Premier League with a fortunate 1-0 win at Hull clinched by Kamil Zayatte's late own goal on Tuesday.
The match ended in confusion after referee Steve Bennett appeared to award Hull a penalty deep into injury time when Villa winger Ashley Young looked to have handled Ian Ashbee's header on the line.
But TV replays, which showed that the crossbar had denied Hull an equalizer, vindicated Bennett's apparent change of heart after consulting his assistant.
"I didn't touch it with my hand, you can clearly see it was going over," Young said. "I was just seeing it out and we got our reward at the end of the day.
"It's clear, I think, that it's hit the bar and gone over. The referee has given the penalty then changed his mind and he deserves credit for that."
Hull deserved a point for their tenacity against a Villa side creating little and struggling to find the target, but the third loss in a row left Phil Brown's side with a sense of injustice.
And Villa got its goal only in the 88th minute on the counterattack when Zayatte inadvertently volleyed Young's cross beyond his own goalkeeper while under pressure from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Aston Villa was fourth with 38 points, below defending champion Manchester United, which has two games in hand, on goal difference. Liverpool has 45 points and tops the standings from Chelsea by three points.
While it was the same Villa lineup that recovered a 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Friday, Hull manager Phil Brown ditched five players from the side that was embarrassed 5-1 at Manchester City.
Hull had a goal disallowed after five minutes when Nick Barmby challenged Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel in the air, making him spill the ball, and enabling him to bundle it over the line.


Updated : 2021-07-30 16:56 GMT+08:00