EPL: Aston Villa climb thrash Sheffield United to go fourth

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Ollie Watkins grabbed a goal and two assists as Aston Villa thrashed lowly Sheffield United 5-0 at Bramall Lane on Saturday to climb to fourth in the Premier League standings.

Unai Emery's Villa, who won for only the second time in six league games, are level on 46 points with third-placed Arsenal, although the north Londoners have a game in hand. Second-placed Manchester City also have 46 points, but have two games in hand.

"We came into the game with the mindset that we had to win second balls and fight for everything and then let our football to do the talking," Watkins told Sky Sports. "We had a good start and I think we killed them off in the first half. And that gave us a bit of comfort."

Bottom side Sheffield – whose 59 goals conceded are the most by a Premier League team at this point of the season – have 10 points and are 10 points below the safety zone.