A Villa vs Brighton
3:00pm Saturday October
Matt Targett scored a stoppage-time stunner as they defeat Brighton 2-1 in Villa Park to finish a Aston Villa comeback that was breathless.
Adam Websters first Brighton goal handed the visitors the direct (12), but their hopes of success took a blow when Aaron Mooy was shipped off after 2 quickfire yellow cards (35).
Conor Hourihanes thumping effort minutes before the break was then ruled from VAR (42), however Jack Grealish restored parity when he bundled home a cross from close range (45+3).
The battle between the two sides made a remarkable 43 objective attempts, however it took until the last 10 seconds of second-half stoppage time for both sides to force a winner and it was Villa whod thus, together with Targett lashing Grealishs lay-off to the back of the web (90+4)
Dean Smiths Villa sit 11th at the Premier League standings together with Brighton of the relegation zone in 16th.
With convincing victories under their belts, having entered the global split, both Brighton and Villa were eager to return into an abysmal beginning from the Midlands, but it was the visitors who took the match on.
Aaron Connolly – the hero of this Seagulls 3-0 win over Tottenham out time – spooned on the bar after Tyrone Mings skewed clearance, but if Pascal Gross delivered a free-kick to the far pole, Webster was available to angle a powerful header to the back of the web.
However, the people momentum slowed in the last 10 minutes of the half, initially when Mooy was dismissed for a second bookable offence and then when Hourihane arrowed a generally strong effort beyond Mat Ryan following the stopper had fumbled a cross.
The awarding of the target ruled and was reviewed by VAR; Wesley duel with all the Australiankeeper deemed an infringement. They did not have to wait long to get back on level terms, but as Grealish bundled Frederic Guilberts cross into score his first Premier League goal at Villa Park.
With Neal Maupay posed using a variety of chances to test Tom Heaton, Brighton sought after the restart against a relatively lethargic Villa despite their disadvantage in personnel, but their efforts proved to be in vain.
With only seconds the ball cut back into Targett, who hit the angled shot that is unstoppable on the line to secure success for the hosts.
The times when Grealish is not at the center of everything Aston Villa are doing are few and far between. This was not one of these days. He managed the equaliser on the stroke of half-time and then provided the help of Targett to score the dramatic winner that sent Villa Park to raptures.
But Grealish looked at ease. His name as the most-fouled participant in the division saw him earn his 63 moves throughout the 90 minutes along with numerous set-pieces was second only to Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens.
Aston Villa travel to Manchester City for a on Saturday while Brighton sponsor Everton on the identical day at 3pm.
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