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Aston Villa moved to within six points off a top four spot with an impressive and resolute 1-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.

Anwar El Ghazi scored the games only goal inside the 5th minute, brilliantly controlling Ollie Watkins cross before firing past Illan Meslier to score his sixth Premier League goal of the season.

Dean Smith’s side, still without their injured captain and key man Jack Grealish looked fairly comfortable against Leeds, arriving into the game on the back of two straight home wins against Crystal Palace and Southampton, struggled to conjure up any real opportunities on the Villa goal.

Emiliano Martinez rarely had a telling save to make during the game, also impressively registered his 12th clean sheet of the season.

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The result means Leeds remain in 10th place in the table, and miss the chance to climb above Tottenham Hotspur and Villa into eighth place.

Aston Villa move to within six points off West Ham in fourth place, recording their first win in three games since their home win over Arsenal at Villa Park. Now, with two games in hand on the sides above, Villa will be plotting a return to Europe for the first time since 2010

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