Alan Hutton bagged his first Aston Villa goal as they clinched a feisty 2-1 win over ten-man Leicester.
Scorers: Aston Villa - Clark (17), Hutton (71); Leicester - Ulloa (13)
The right-back, who had been frozen out by manager Paul Lambert before this season, netted with 20 minutes left to cap their comeback after going down to a Leonardo Ulloa goal.
Ulloa ended his drought with his first goal in ten games to put the Foxes ahead but Ciaran Clark equalised within minutes.
And Paul Konchesky was sent off late on for Leicester after clashing with Hutton – who was lucky to stay on – to compound the visitors’ woes.
It left Nigel Pearson’s side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and lifted Lambert’s resurgent Villa up to 11th.
Hutton, who scored his first goal for more than four years, said: “I’m happy to pitch in and do my best – it’s been that long since my last goal. We showed character and confidence. We’re five games unbeaten and 11th in the league, the boys are over the moon with it and hopefully we can build on this.”
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Konchesky tackled Hutton and then clashed with the Villa man, who forced his head into Konchesky’s before pushing him. The Leicester player was sent off while Hutton escaped with a yellow card.
The Scot said: “It all happened that fast. Sometimes things get heated. I was a little bit surprised he was sent off.”
The visitors took the lead on 13 minutes when Villa failed to shackle Riyad Mahrez and Brad Guzan spilled his deflected effort straight to Ulloa who tapped in.
It was a gift but Villa levelled five minutes later when Clark was granted the freedom of the area to head in Ashley Westwood’s free-kick from six yards.
Villa looked the more likely to edge ahead after the break and they completed their comeback on 70 minutes – after shoddy defending from the Foxes. Christian Benteke was given space and time to pick out Hutton at the far post and he smashed past Kasper Schmeichel.
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