Dean Smith’s side succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in midweek, whereas West Brom’s survival hopes were dealt another damaging blow in a 3-0 loss to Leicester City.
Browsing: Anwar El Ghazi
El Ghazi was left unmarked to turn home the only goal from close range in the fifth minute and dogged defending saw Villa avenge their 3-0 home defeat to Leeds in October.
This was after Oliver Giroud’s first-half header was cancelled out shortly after the break by Anwar El Ghazi.
The hosts led through Bertrand Traore’s early opener and should have been further ahead when Tyrone Mings was shown two yellow cards in quick succession just before half-time.
The substitute struck from the spot in injury time after Nelson Semedo brought down John McGinn.
Tottenham moved to within one point of fourth-placed Chelsea after Heung-min Son’s dramatic injury-time strike in a 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday.
Aston Villa have announced the signing of winger Anwar El Ghazi from Lille on a four-year deal after his successful loan spell at Villa Park last season, the newly-promoted Premier League club said on Monday.
Aston Villa returned to the English Premier League after a three-year absence, beating Derby County 2-1 in the English Championship playoff final at Wembley on Monday.