A stunning volley from local boy Jack Grealish saw Villa defeat Cardiff City 1-0 at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.
While this much needed win might not be enough to help Villa secure automatic promotion come the end of the season, you’d imagine that it has gone an awful long way to sealing a coveted play-off place.
Villa have now amassed 76 points from 42 matches and are 5 points behind Fulham in second with just 4 games remaining. With the form that Fulham are in at the moment, it’s hard to see Villa being able to make up the ground, but one saving grace is that they are 10 points above Middlesbrough in 7th place. It would take a catastrophic collapse to finish outside the top 6 now.
Next up for Villa is a home match against Leeds on Friday. The Yorkshire-based team have had a very poor season, and the home side will be quietly confident about being able to pick up another three points to keep the pressure on Fulham and Cardiff.
Here are our Villa player ratings for Tuesday’s match against Cardiff City.