Brighton Survive Late Controversy to Take All Three Points at Villa Park

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Brighton win at Villa Park in dramatic fashion for first time in clubs history. Thanks to goals from Welbeck and March.

March will take the Headlines after key involvement at both ends of the pitch. His superb strike put the Seagulls 2-1 up in the 56th minute and his challenge on Villa’s Trezeguet in stoppage time was originally deemed a penalty by referee Michael Oliver.

Thankfully after consulting the on field screen, Oliver overturned his original decision. Deeming March touched the ball before making contact with Trezeguet.

This decision was part of an incredibly dramatic stoppage time that saw Tariq Lamptey receive two yellow cards in three minutes.

Albion managed to hold on with ten men to take all three points back to the Amex. VAR will again take the headlines, but it shouldn’t distract from what was a very entertaining game with plenty of chances for both sides.

Villa had an early blow when inform Barkley went off with a hamstring injury inside two minutes. Villa still took the game to Brighton and their high defensive line ultimately cost them.

12 minutes in Lallana played an excellent through ball to Welbeck who raced through to dink the ball over the oncoming keeper Martinez to make it 1-0.

That was Welbeck’s first goal for the club and his fourth goal at Villa Park in the Premier league. Welbeck and Maupay ran Villa’s defence ragged all afternoon, linking up nicely throughout.

However Albion’s frailties from set piece’s let Villa back into the game straight after half time. A 47th minute Traore free kick found Konsa at the back post who volleyed it in to level the game. Brighton have now conceded 9 goals from set pieces this season, the highest amount in the Premier league.

The match was decided a few minutes later by a brilliant Albion move. Concluding with a Pascal Gross cross to March who provided a sublime finish into the top right hand corner.

Solly March has scored 2 goals in last 6 premier league games. As many as he had scored in his last 92.

Speaking to the BBC, Albion manager Graham Potter was delighted for March:

“Our second was a really good team goal and a great finish by Solly March, I’m pleased for him because he influences games.”

Although Brighton remain in 16th after that win, it does give them a six point lead over the relegation zone.

This is a welcomed gap, with champions Liverpool travelling to the Amex next Saturday for a difficult lunch time kick off for the Seagulls.

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