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2018/19 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Evandro Goebel (7')
  • Tommy Elphick (14')
  • Ahmed El Mohamady (70')
  • Alan Hutton (75')

Fine Alan Hutton goal caps Aston Villa recovery in win at Hull

Aston Villa full back Alan Hutton wrapped up a 3-1 come-from-behind win at Hull City with a mazy dribble and clinical finish to seal the points in their Championship opener on Monday.

Hutton ran through the home defence and fired in the third goal -- his first since December 2014 -- to delight manager Steve Bruce after a tough period off the pitch at the Midlands club.

Villa fell behind after seven minutes through Evandro but Tommy Elphick equalised with a header in the 14th before Ahmed Elmohamady scored against his old club with 20 minutes to go.

That left the stage for Scottish defender Hutton to grab a rare goal and ensure that Villa, who lost to Fulham in last season's playoff final, enjoyed the perfect start to the season.

Villa's finances have improved since NSWE, a company jointly owned by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, came forward last month with a "significant investment."

Before NSWE's involvement, Bruce said Villa would probably have to sell several of their best players, including midfielder Jack Grealish, to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Norwich City 46 +36 94
2 Sheffield United 46 +37 89
3 Leeds United 46 +23 83
4 West Bromwich Albion 46 +25 80
5 Aston Villa 46 +21 76
6 Derby County 46 +15 74
7 Middlesbrough 46 +8 73
8 Bristol City 46 +6 70
9 Nottingham Forest 46 +7 66
10 Swansea City 46 +3 65
11 Brentford 46 +14 64
12 Sheffield Wednesday 46 -2 64
13 Hull City 46 -2 62
14 Preston North End 46 0 61
15 Blackburn Rovers 46 -5 60
16 Stoke City 46 -7 55
17 Birmingham City 46 +6 52
18 Wigan Athletic 46 -13 52
19 Queens Park Rangers 46 -18 51
20 Reading 46 -17 47
21 Millwall 46 -16 44
22 Rotherham United 46 -31 40
23 Bolton Wanderers 46 -49 32
24 Ipswich Town 46 -41 31