Jermain Defoe did the business with two lethal finishes from Dimitar Berbatov assists after 57 and 77 minutes to put us in a healthy position at 2-0 up. However, Gareth Barry pulled a goal back with nine minutes left and there were a few scares before the final whistle, but we held on for a 2-1 success.
Defoe's double notched up his half-century of goals for us in 122 appearances while it was our 12th straight
win at home in all competitions in a current run of three defeats in the last 22 matches.
"Villa were organised and dangerous with two very quick players up front, that was a bit different because normally they play with a target man," reflected Martin at the Lane.
"I feel we handled the the pace of Baros and Agbonlahor and defensively we did well.
"In the first half we lacked a bit of support play but Steed Malbranque did that in the second half. The second half was a bit better.
"Having said that, we also had the initiative in the first half, so overall we deserved the points against a good Villa team who do well away from home most of the time.
"At the end it was difficult, at 2-0 it looked perhaps easier than we thought, they then scored to make it 2-1 but luckily enough we held on to give everyone a Boxing Day present."
Martin Jol felt we deserved to beat Aston Villa and was delighted to hand our fans a 'Boxing Day present' of three Premiership points at the Lane.