Craig Bellamy scored one and created another in the space of just four minutes helping Liverpool to their fifth away win in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

The 32-year-old Welshman was lively from the outset, and gave the Reds the perfect start when he fired home from close range in the 11th minute, converting a Stewart Downing corner after a clever flick from Jonjo Shelvey.

Bellamy then swung in a 15th minute corner for Martin Skrtel to head home, doubling the vistors' lead, leaving no way back for the hosts.

Charles N'Zogbia's effort was the closest Alex McLeish's side came as they slumped to their fifth defeat of the season, leaving the Villa Park faithful with very little to cheer about as they head into the festive period.

With Gabriel Agbonlahor suspended and Darren Bent a late withdrawal because of injury, Villa were missing their two top scorers, and it was obvious as they created little in a game that Liverpool dominated.

Charlie Adam had the best chance of the second half, but wasted an opportunity to square to an unmarked Shelvey, with his shot deflecting wide of the post.

However, it wouldn't prove costly as the hosts failed to create another real chance, meaning Kenny Dalglish got his first away win at Villa in his seventh attempt as Liverpool manager.

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