Full-time: It's all over! Brighton record their first ever victory at Villa Park! But it wasn't without late drama. A really entertaining afternoon here, but Aston Villa have perhaps been robbed.
- 2nd Half
- Douglas LuizHourihane75'
- TraoréEl Ghazi75'
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- 1st Half
Aston Villa - Brighton & Hove Albion
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That looked like a certain penalty, but Michael Oliver has overruled his initial decision. Brighton are going to hold on for victory, it seems.
The decision is NO penalty! Brighton's relief is palpable!
Referee Michael Oliver is going to the screen! What's the final decision going to be?
Penalty to Aston Villa! Trezeguet is caught by March and though it's going to be checked by VAR it seems the referee has made the right call!
- Red cardTariq LampteyBrighton & Hove Albion
Red card! Lamptey is shown a second yellow card for a foul on Grealish! It's a silly foul and it makes Brighton's job of holding on much more difficult!
There will be FOUR minutes of added-time to play!
Brighton continue to hold strong defensively. Veltman goes down off the ball and there's a bit of afters between him and Grealish. The referee Michael Oliver intervenes and has a yellow card in his hand. It's given to Grealish.
Villa chance! Trezeguet pounces after the ball bounces off Watkins but he blasts over the bar!
El Ghazi delivers another really good cross, but again there's no one there for Villa. Veltman has time to control and hack it clear. Time is running out.
Brighton are playing an incredibly deep defensive line now. It's a matter now of digging in and holding firm. Seven to play!
- OffNeal MaupayBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnDan BurnBrighton & Hove Albion
A defensive switch for Brighton as they try to hold on to the three points, Maupay making way for Dan Burn.
Here's a nice breakaway from Brighton and it could be three! Maupay is on the stretch, though, and can't direct his header on target.
Villa are pushing numbers forward in desperate search of an equaliser. Grealish is now operating on the right of attack. Can he produce a moment of magic?
- OffDouglas LuizAston Villa
- OnConor HourihaneAston Villa
Double Villa change: Hourihane and El Ghazi come on for Luiz and Traore. The hosts have 15 minutes to find a way back into the game.
Welbeck goes close! Reckless from Grealish as he tries a back-heel pass in his own penalty area, gifting Brighton possession. The mistakes goes unpunished though as Welbeck shoots wide after Maupay's effort was blocked by Targett.
Traore's set-piece deliveries have been excellent today, but he gets this one wrong.
Grealish buys another free-kick, drawing the foul from Bissouma. He makes it look so easy. The Brighton man also goes into the book.
Watkins drifts to the right flank to pick up possession. He does brilliantly to deliver a teasing ball into the middle after beating Lamptey, but there's no one in Villa colours to get on the end of it.
One huge positive for Villa today has been the performance of Konsa, who has been instrumental in attack and defence. It's in defence he's needed just now as he heads March's free-kick delivery clear.
Dean Smith is staring down the barrel at three straight home defeats. Plenty of time for his side to turn this around, though.
No penalty! Lamptey bends in a deep cross, March appears to keep the ball in play and he volleys it at the hand of Cash. Brighton are demanding a penalty, but the referee is pointing for a goal-kick. It did cross the line before March made the connection.
Webster makes a mess of his clearance and plays it right into the path of Luiz. His finish is just as panicked, however, as he blazes his volley high into the stands.
- GoalSolly MarchBrighton & Hove Albion
GOAL! Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton (Solly March): Brighton are back in front thanks to March's lovely finish! Can they hang on this time? It's really patient build-up from the visitors, with Gross switching the ball left to March, who has plenty of space to pick his spot from 20 yards. It takes it so well, curling the ball into the top corner, leaving Martinez with no chance.
Villa work the corner short. It's played to Luiz, who curls a comfortable shot into the arms of Ryan.
Lamptey tests the Villa's defence with a ball that cuts through the middle as he searches for a striker. Martinez, once more, is alert and smothers. His long kick has Villa on the attack, and the hosts win a corner. It really is an end-to-end encounter here.
The referee has to intervene as Maupay and Luiz fall out about something or other. No cards are issued though and play resumes.
Gross delivers but it's poor and Villa clear their lines. Not the start to the second half Graham Potter would have had in mind.
Mings concedes a really cheap corner, misplacing his pass back to goalkeeper Martinez.
The perfect start to this second half for Villa, who deserve it on the whole. They started the first period the stronger and now they've got their reward. Brighton's defending was questionable.
- GoalEzri KonsaAston Villa
GOAL! Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton (Ezri Konsa): The hosts win a free-kick immediately after the restart. Traore bends it to the far post where the unmarked Konsa volleys Villa level with a striker's finish!
Kick-off! The second period gets underway.
Joel Veltman is going to replace Lallana for Brighton at the break, which suggests the former Liverpool midfielder has picked up a knock of some sorts.
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Danny Welbeck's first goal for Brighton separates the sides at the break. It has been a topsy turvy opening 45 minutes, but Graham Potter will be delighted with the scoreline.
One minute will be added on at the end of the first half.
Yellow card! Targett goes into the book for a body-check on Maupay, who goes down rather theoretically. Villa are finishing the first half strongly but without reward so far.
Villa go close again! Grealish drives down the right, sending Webster for a cup of coffee. He's searching for Watkins with his cross to the near post, but White gets an important foot on the ball to take it behind for a corner.
Off the line! Villa win a free-kick, right of centre. And you guessed it, Grealish was fouled. He delivers the set-piece, floating it into the path of Mings, who side-foots an awkward shot at goal. Ryan swipes it off the line with an unorthodox swing of the right foot!
So close to an equaliser! Mings does tremendously well to defend against Welbeck, who had found himself in a dangerous position coming in off the left. And he helps Villa start a counter-attack, with Trezeguet picking up the ball in a shooting position. The Egypt international flashes his effort just past Ryan's far corner.
At £4m Lamptey looks an absolute steal for Brighton. He is involved in yet another move down the right flank as he plays a one-two with Welbeck. This time however he can't pick out anyone in the middle with his low cross.
Chance for Brighton! It's another wonderful attacking move from the visitors, but again it goes unconverted. Story of their season so far, really. Lamptey rolls the ball into the path of Lallana, who is unmarked inside the penalty area. But he misses his connection and Villa go unpunished!
It's end-to-end stuff at Villa Park. Martinez is playing almost like a sweeper in the home goal as he races off his line to smother before Maupay can reach it.
Grealish goes close! He cuts inside, skipping past his marker, and I'm not sure if it's a cross or a shot. Either way, Ryan has to be alert to tip it over the bar as it was creeping into the top corner.
Trezeguet races in from the left flank and catches a right-footed shot too cleanly. It's well over the bar.
Big chance for Brighton! Villa's defence is caught sleeping once more and the visitors ought to double their advantage. Welbeck is involved once more, playing a through ball into his strike partner Maupay. Martinez is off his line really quickly to narrow his angle and saves his shot with his feet.
Save! Ryan has to be at full stretch to keep out Traore's low shot from the edge of the penalty box.
Lamptey is a truly exciting talent at right-back for Brighton. He nicks the ball from McGinn and with frightening pace he drives forward. So fast, in fact, that none of his team mates can quite catch up with him. Mings gets in front of him to send him away from goal.
Villa chances! How has Trezeguet not scored? Grealish pulls it back into the danger zone, Brighton make a mess of their clearance. It falls into the path of Trezeguet who sees his first shot blocked by Webster and he somehow blazes the rebound over the bar from 10 yards!
Chance for Welbeck! Lamptey swoops in on a square pass from McGinn and drives forward. He slips it through to Welbeck, who would have been through on goal once more with a better control. But his first touch is heavy and Martinez is out to smother it.
Who saw that coming? Welbeck rolls back the years and Brighton have the lead.
- GoalDanny WelbeckBrighton & Hove Albion
GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Brighton (Danny Welbeck): Welbeck scores his first goal for Brighton! Villa's defence is ridiculously high. Gross holds the ball up and knocks it back to Lallana, who picks out Welbeck close to the halfway line. He has an awful long way to travel but no one in front of him but the goalkeeper. And he has the pace and composure, keeping his cool to clip it over Martinez for a really neat finish.
Traore drops his free-kick right across the face of goal, but it evades everyone. Trezeguet controls at the far post and his volley is deflected behind for a corner.
Villa have another free-kick in a similar position to the one they were awarded at the start of the match. This time Traore is clipped by Bissouma. More defending for Brighton to do.
A wild shot from McGinn is closer to the corner flag than goal. Well, maybe not, but it wasn't close to troubling Ryan in the Brighton goal.
- OffRoss BarkleyAston Villa
- OnBertrand TraoréAston Villa
Bertrand Traore, who has recently recovered from injury, comes on to replace Barkley, who can't continue. That's a huge blow for Villa. Barkley has been excellent so far this season.
Oh, have Brighton grounds for a penalty? Lamptey is nudged in the back by Grealish and goes to the floor. Did he fall dramatically? There aren't many in Brighton colours appealing for a spot-kick and the referee isn't moved.
Barkley seems to have pulled his hamstring after his free-kick was headed comfortably clear at the near post. He's being treated at the sideline but this doesn't look good for the Villa man.
It takes Grealish all of 35 seconds to win his first free-kick of the match. He steals possession close to the left corner flag and Lamptey fouls him before he does any further damage.
Kick-off! The players take the knee and then Brighton get us underway!
Right, there are just FIVE minutes until kick-off at Villa Park. It's Aston Villa versus Brighton in the Premier League, it's LIVE and it's NEXT!
Aston Villa have won five of their seven Premier League games so far this season (L2), netting 18 goals in the process. It took the Villans 13 games to score as many Premier League goals last season, while they picked up their fifth win in their 19th game in 2019-20.
Brighton's results haven't quite reflected the performances. That must change today. It doesn't matter how they get it done, but Potter's men need a win. It may be early days but one win in eight is truly worrying.
We have a new leader at the top of the Premier League table...
Pre-match stat: Brighton have never won away against Aston Villa in all competitions, drawing three and losing nine of their 12 games. Indeed, the Seagulls have lost all five of their visits to Villa Park in the top-flight.
Graham Potter: "When you look back on the games we have played, from a performance perspective it’s probably the best we have played, certainly since I have been at the club as a block of games, apart maybe from half of a half against West Brom. Generally the performance level has been good. Then we are a little bit frustrated of course with the results because they are not quite what we wanted. We have been trying to improve, that’s where we are at."
Smith on Brighton: “They have some very good players and we’ll certainly have to be at our best. We need to go and get a result at Villa Park because our last two results there haven’t been good. We’re coming up against a really good footballing team.”
Villa's erratic form has encapsulated a wild Premier League campaign so far. Smith's side started with four straight wins - including THAT 7-2 victory over Liverpool - before losing heavily to Leeds and Southampton. They got back on track with an impressive 3-0 win at Arsenal last time out. But it's just so difficult to know what you are going to get with them.
Pre-match stat: Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last eight league meetings with Brighton (W4 D4), since a 0-1 defeat in December 1980.
Lewis Dunk returns after suspension and replaces Dan Burn in the Brighton defence. He's one of two changes made by Graham Potter, with the fit again Solly March coming in for Joel Veltman.
Smith doesn't believe in frequent rotation and it's absolutely no surprise that he sticks with the same eleven that defeated Arsenal so comfortably. If it's not broke, why fix it?
Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins.. subs: Steer, Taylor, Hourihane, Traore, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Elmohamady. /// Brighton XI: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, White, Webster, March, Gross, Bissouma, Lallana, Welbeck, Maupay.. subs: Steele, Connolly, Jahanbakhsh, Alzate, Burn, Veltman, Molumby.
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