Benteke rises to rescue Villa

ASTON VILLA 1 vs READING 0

ASTON Villa striker Christian Benteke’s late header secured three points and lifted them out of the relegation zone.

The Belgian headed the winner from a corner on 80 minutes to score his fifth of the season for Villa, who left Darren Bent out of the squad for the second match in succession.

Adam Le Fondre wasted a glorious chance for Reading, heading over when unmarked, and a Hal Robson-Kanu strike was brilliantly blocked by Brad Guzan in the second half before Benteke clinched the win.