Luton Town were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa at Villa Park as they were unable to stop the Villains maintaining their run of home wins.
Aston Villa had won their previous 11 home games in the Premier League in a run stretching back to February, and they would rack up a three goal lead on their way to another triumph through John McGinn, Moussa Diaby and a Tom Lockyer own goal.
An own goal by Emi Martinez would grab Luton a consolation, but there was no way back into proceedings for the visitors.
The results mean Luton slip into the relegation zone ahead of back-to-back clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United, with the Hatters overtaken by a Bournemouth team that beat Burnley on Saturday to get their first win of the season.
Luton had arrived in a positive mode after a late recovery to steal a point at Nottingham Forest in their previous game, but were on the back foot in Birmingham early on.
Nicolo Zaniolo would poke wide when well placed early on before Thomas Kaminski made a double save to keep out Ollie Watkins.
After 17 minutes, the home side would score the game’s opening goal. Douglas Luiz’s free-kick released McGinn, who darted past two Luton defenders before thumping a right-footer into the bottom corner.
Zaniolo would miss a strike from close range just after the Villa opener as the home side continued to search for an opener.
The hosts would move two goals ahead within five minutes of the restart. Lucas Digne’s cross struck Leon Bailey on the back, and the ball fell for Diaby. The Aston Villa winger rushed onto the ball ahead of ex-Villa man Marvelous Nakamba and lashed a drive beyond Kaminski into the back of the net.
A third would come just after the hour. Diaby received Boubacar Kamara’s through ball and a ball intended for Watkins ended up being turned into his own net by away skipper Lockyer. The result was an own goal, giving Villa extra security.
Villa would miss a chance for a fourth when McGinn could only fire at Kaminski when well-placed.
Luton got a consolation in the final 10 minutes in unusual fashion. Andros Townsend’s cross picked out fellow substitute Elijah Adebayo, but Ezri Konsa rose to meet the ball.
Rather than heading clear, however, the defender’s header ended up looping onto his own crossbar before bouncing off the back of Martinez’s head and going into his own net.
There was no path for a comeback, however, and while Villa solidified their spot in the Premier League’s top five, Luton were left to return back down south without any extra points to add to their total.