Aston Villa have given themselves a fighting chance of Premier League survival with a vital 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.

Two goals either side of the break from Trezeguet secured the points for Dean Smith’s side, as they move to within four points of safety.

Palace were the brighter side in the opening stages, and defender Mamadou Sakho’s headed them in front after just eight minutes.

But with the luck shining on Villa today, VAR controversially ruled it our for handball by the former Liverpool man.

That slice of fortune proved to be just what Villa needed, as Jack Grealish started to pull the strings in midfield and Mbwana Samatta and Conor Hourihane tested Vicente Guaita.

And with Villa in the ascendency, Trezeguet headed them in front just before the break, as Hourihane’s free kick found him at the far post.

Villa looked to keep the tempo up after the break, as Trezeguet made it 2-0 on the hour.

John McGinn’s cross was only half cleared by Palace, and Hourihane reacted quickest to flick it back into the box and Trezeguet poked past Guaita.

Palace had chances to set up a tense finale in the closing stages, as Pepe Reina produced a fine stop to deny Patrick van Aanholt, but the hosts had enough to hold on for crucial win.

FULL TIME AT VILLA PARK IT’S ASTON VILLA 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

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