Aston Villa became the third team from the bottom five to win this weekend as the relegation battle tightens up.

They rode some first-half luck to beat a poor Crystal Palace side 2-0 and move to 30 points.

They are now six behind Albion and have climbed above Bournemouth, who play Leicester this evening.

West Ham and Watford are both two points behind the Seagulls after success yesterday.

Albion boss Graham Potter has been keen to stress his side are not safe yet on 36 points and results this weekend have underlined that.

The flipside of events at Villa Park for Albion fans is that it keeps alive hopes of their side finishing above Palace if they can pick up at least two wins from their last three fixtures.

Villa got an early stroke of luck when Mamadou Sakho had a seemingly good goal ruled out by VAR.

He was adjudged to have guided home Luka Milivojevic's free-kick off his arm but it looked a questionable decision.

Villa snatched the lead four minutes into first-half stoppage time as Conor Hourihane's free-kick was turned in by Mahmoud Trezeguet at the far post.

Referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after Jack Grealish appeared to be fouled by Patrick Van Aanholt in the second half but a further check overturned the decision.

Trezeguet fired home Villa’s second a few minutes later.

The season appears to be over for Palace striker Christian Benteke. He was red-carded after full-time for an incident also involving Villa defender Ezri Konsa.