Aston Villa Maintain Top-four push with Victory Over Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa moved five points clear of Tottenham in the race for Champions League football after beating Nottingham Forest 4-2. 

Villa roared into a 3-0 lead courtesy of a pulsating and clinical spell in the first half. Ollie Watkins got the ball rolling inside four minutes with his 14th Premier League goal of the season before Douglas Luiz scored a brace to leave Forest reeling and in danger of a pummelling.

It looked a damage limitation job for the visitors, but Moussa Niakhate reduced the deficit just before the break to give them hope. Villa had to substitute key defender Pau Torres at the break which made them weaker, and Morgan Gibbs-White escaped in behind the Villa defensive line to make it 3-2.

Anthony Elanga then squandered a brilliant chance just before Leon Bailey restored Villa's two-goal cushion.

The result leaves Villa fully in command in the race for fourth, five points clear of Tottenham, who do have a game in hand.