Gabriel Agbonlahor struck for the third successive match to propel Aston Villa towards a fourth Barclays Premier League win on the trot - a 2-0 success to pile on more misery for bottom-placed Portsmouth.
Agbonlahor, overlooked by England coach Fabio Capello for the recent games with Slovenia and Croatia, netted the second goal just before the interval.
Another 2010 World Cup hopeful in James Milner had broken the deadlock from the penalty spot as Martin O'Neill's side cruised to victory to sustain their early challenge for a European spot.
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