Aston Villa moved into the Premier League top four after it strolled to a 3-0 win at Fulham, thanks to goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings in a lopsided contest on Monday.

The result left Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, fourth on a maximum six points from two games while promoted Fulham are rooted to the bottom with no points after a third successive defeat.

Villa boss Dean Smith was pleased with a performance which also saw his side keep a clean sheet for the first time in 27 away Premier League games since a 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion in January 2016.

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“We scored some quality goals,” he told Sky Sports.

“On top of all that, you have to find the balance in football, and that can be the desire to keep the ball out of the back of the net, and the players have found…

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