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Villa secure Houston win

Joe Bennett scored the only goal as Aston Villa rounded off their North American tour with a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

The left-back headed home a cross from Andreas Weimann as Villa were able to build on their 2-0 victory over FC Dallas 2-0 last Wednesday.

Fabian Delph showed plenty of early endeavour for the tourists before picking up a knock and was replaced by Kieran Richardson.

Villa had enjoyed the bulk of possession and the pattern continued in the second-half, despite a number of changes, with Darren Bent twice going close and Gary Gardner hitting the post in the final minute.

Manager Paul Lambert said: "Everything about this trip has been very good. It was hard in this game because of the heat. It's very hard to play in but I was delighted with them again. "Dallas was warm but in Houston, it's a dead heat. It was really tough.

"But I was really happy with the team.I was delighted with them. It's been great. It really has. It's been a tough few days. But the lads have been excellent."