Jack Grealish inspires Aston Villa to a rare victory as a visitor at Burnley
BURNLEY: Fighting Aston Villa picked up his second victory outside the Premier league season, securing three vital points in a 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year's Day, his first league victory at Turf Moor since 1936.
Villa thought they had taken an 11-minute lead through a diving header from Jack grealish but a VAR review found that Wesley's heel was marginally out of play during the movement and the target overturned.
However, it was Wesley who opened the scoring on 23: the impressive Grealish found him in the area and the Brazilian turned and shot Nick Pope to give Villa a deserved advantage.
Burnley was unusually neglected in defense and lacked his usual spirit of work pace and it was no surprise when Grealish doubled Villa's lead four minutes before the break, finishing a lovely pass movement with a sure curly finish.
Sean Dyche made a double substitution at the break with Jay Rodriguez and Johann Berg Gudmundsson presented and that had the desired effect with the Clarets much more positive.
Rodriguez and Chris Wood lost good opportunities before Wood finally found the goal with a header from an Ashley Westwood center in the 80th minute, but Burnley couldn't force a draw.
Former Villa Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was injured trying to avoid the goal and was taken off the field on a stretcher.