Premier League 2

Hepburn-Murphy brace helps Villa go back top

29 Jan 2018
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Aston Villa

Nineteen-year-old scores twice in a 4-0 Division 2 win over fellow promotion chasers Middlesbrough

Aston Villa returned to the top of PL2 Division 2 with a 4-0 win over title rivals Middlesbrough.

Villa had been knocked off top spot by Blackburn Rovers on Friday, but goals from Callum O'Hare, Khalid Abdo and a late double from Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, pictured top, restored their two-point lead at the summit.

The victory for Villa at their Bodymoor Heath Training Ground also means they are three points ahead of third-placed Boro, who are winless in five matches.

See: Villa report | Boro report

Next fixtures

Aston Villa: 5 Feb v Brighton (A) PL2
Middlesbrough: 5 Feb v Stoke (A) PL2

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