GOALS from Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie helped Aston Villa claim a 2-0 victory over Rotherham United at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.
Abraham opened the scoring on 27 minutes before Bolasie sealed the victory for the Villains on 82 minutes.
It was Villa who started the brighter when a cross was palmed out by Marek Rodak into the path of Conor Hourihane whose effort was blocked.
At the other end, Joe Mattock produced a cross looking for Michael Smith but Villa managed to clear the danger.
Rotherham duo Richie Towell and Kyle Vassell played a neat one-two on 10 minutes with the former firing a daisy cutter just wide.
On 20 minutes Jack Grealish was slipped in down the left but his cross was too far infront of Abraham.
Seven minutes later, Grealish played in Jonathan Kodjia, who in-turn found Abraham and the England Under-21 international opened the scoring guiding the ball past Rodak.
In first half stoppage time, Vassell produced a cross for Smith whose header was a tamed one and it was easy for Orjan Nyland.
Half Time: Aston Villa 1-0 Rotherham United
After the break, Vassell tried a long-ranged effort which Nyland made a comfortable save from.
Millers defender Zak Vyner did well to stop Grealish from crossing for a corner which was half cleared and the second cross was glanced wide by James Chester.
Paul Warne’s chargers had a great chance with 20 minutes remaining, with a cross from Will Vaulks that was just too much for Jamie Proctor to reach but Jon Taylor could only head into the side-netting.
A long-throw from Vaulks was cleared only as far as Towell who could only fire high and wide of target.
With 8 minutes left on the clock, Ahmed Elmohamady crossed for Bolasie to plant a diving header past Rodak and seal the victory.
Full Time: Aston Villa 2-0 Rotherham United
Aston Villa XI: Nyland, Chester, McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane, Jedinak, Abraham (Bree 86), Hutton, El Ghazi (Bolasie 73), Kodjia (Adomah 81), Elmohamady.
Goals: Abraham 27′, Bolasie 82′
Booked: El Ghazi (Foul), Abraham (Foul)
Rotherham United XI: Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Towell, Manning (Proctor 68), Vassell (Taylor 58), Williams (Forde 76), Smith.
Booked: Ajayi (Foul), Mattock (Foul)