Aston Villa 3-1 Luton Town: High-flying hosts put Luton to the sword

Keen to build upon the momentum garnered by a thrashing of AZ Alkmaar in midweek, Unai Emery’s Aston Villa welcomed Luton Town to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

AVL: Martínez; Digne, Torres, Konsa, Cash; Zaniolo, Douglas Luiz, Tamara, McGinn; Watkins, Diaby

LUT: Kaminski; Doughty, Osho, Lockyer, Mengi, Kaboré; Ogbene, Barkley, Nakamba; Morris, Brown

John McGinn opened the scoring in the Midlands to bag his fourth goal of the season, capitalising on a sweet corner delivery to dispatch a convincing effort past the Luton Town goalkeeper.

Following the break, Moussa Diaby added Villa’s second – smashing home from inside the penalty area before playing an influential role in the third goal, as his cross was bundled over the line for an unfortunate own goal by Tom Lockyer.

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Luton Town did get a late consolation goal in the bizarrest of fashions, with Ezri Konsa’s headed clearance striking the bar and trickling back over the line via a deflection from Emi Martínez – but Rob Edwards’ side never looked to be deserving of anything more.

They sit inside the relegation zone for the time being, one point away from safety ahead of next weekend’s match against Liverpool at Kenilworth Road.

Aston Villa sit just a point behind Liverpool as a result of this match, and they’ll fancy their chances of adding to their impressive points tally as they travel to Nottingham Forest next time out.