Aston Villa continued their march towards the top 6 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Many Villa fans wouldn’t have seen this scoreline coming due to the fact that the defence has been leaking goals as of late, whereas Tony Pulis’ men had only conceded 10 goals in 19 matches. To add to this, the home side had not lost a game since the start of October.

However, they just could not cope with the pace and skill of Villa’s attack. In their current form though, not many teams in this league will be able to.

If Dean Smith can get his defenders to be as consistent as his attacking players, Villa, to use one of Steve Bruce’s favourite quotes, will be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

This fourth win in five matches leaves Villa just three points outside the play-off places, but they have another difficult game next Friday as they take on West Brom.

Here are our player ratings for tonight’s dominant win over Middlesbrough:

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