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Aston Villa lose to Luton but Benteke present

Aston Villa have been beaten 2-0 by Luton Town in a pre-season friendly.

The Premier League club conceded a goal in each half as the Conference side celebrated at Kenilworth Road.

Jon Shaw scored first for the Hatters before Jake Howells added a second with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The good news for Villa, however, was that star striker Christian Benteke played 45 minutes after signing a new contract last week.

"It was just another fitness thing tonight. Luton did really fine against us," manager Paul Lambert told AVTV.

"The pleasing thing was Christian being back. Some of his touches were brilliant.

"He had 45 minutes. He's only done a bit of training. He's still got to work on match fitness but that 45 minutes will do him the world of good."

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