Matthew Lowton delighted to have netted in Aston Villa's win at Stoke

Matthew Lowton: Crashed home a stunning volley as Aston Villa saw off Stoke

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Matthew Lowton was delighted with his spectacular strike which helped Aston Villa to a crucial 3-1 win at Stoke City.

The 23-year-old full-back has been a model of consistency for Villa throughout a testing campaign, but goals have never been part of his game.

He has, however, now netted on two occasions this season - and both have been pretty special.

Lowton's latest effort saw him crash a stunning 35-yard volley past Asmir Begovic, turning a tight contest in Villa's favour and paving the way for Christian Benteke to wrap up the points with a third in stoppage-time.

Reflecting on his wonder goal, Lowton told Sky Sports: "At the corner I just thought I would ring the box and if anything comes then I will help it back in. But after I've had my first touch and it sat up like it did, I thought why not hit it. Luckily it has flown in the back of the net.

Wonder goal for Lowton

"The one against Swansea wrong-footed the goalkeeper more than anything, but today it felt sweet when I hit it and it's actually beat the keeper. It was fantastic to see it hit the back of the net."

Lowton's efforts on Saturday, at both ends of the field, helped Villa to a third win in their last four Premier League outings and a standing outside of the relegation places.

On the club's battle to avoid the drop, the youngster added: "Teams are getting dragged in as well and it's nice to see a few more teams below us.

"We have got to keep our feet on the ground as there are a lot more points still to play for. We just need to make sure we get enough."