A Villa vs Brighton
3:00pm Saturday October
Matt Targett scored a stoppage-time stunner as they conquer Brighton 2-1 at Villa Park, to finish a breathless Aston Villa comeback.
Adam Websters initial Brighton goal handed the visitors the lead (12), but their hopes of victory took a blow when Aaron Mooy was sent off following two quickfire yellow cards (35).
Conor Hourihanes thumping effort minutes before the rest was subsequently 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 produced a remarkable 43 aim efforts, however, it took until the last 10 minutes of second-half stoppage time for either side to force a winner and it was Villa who did so, with Targett lashing Grealishs lay-off to the back of the web (90+4)
Dean Smiths Villa sit with Brighton a point clear of the relegation zone in 16th.
Having entered the split with convincing victories under their belts, both Villa and Brighton were eager to get off to an enterprising beginning at the Midlands, but it was the visitors who took the game early on.
Aaron Connolly – that the hero of the Seagulls 3-0 win over Tottenham out time – spooned on the bar after Tyrone Mings skewed clearance, but when Pascal Gross delivered a free-kick into the far pole, Webster was on hand to angle a powerful header to the back of the internet.
But the visitors momentum slowed in the last 10 minutes of the half, firstly when Mooy was dismissed for a second bookable offence after which when Hourihane arrowed a typically strong effort beyond Mat Ryan after the stopper had fumbled a cross.
The awarding of the target ruled and was reviewed by VAR; Wesleys aerial duel with the Australiankeeper termed an infringement. They did not have to wait to get back on level terms, but as Grealish bundled the cross of Frederic Guilbert in to score his first Premier League goal.
Despite their disadvantage in personnel, Brighton rallied with Neal Maupay posed to check Tom Heaton after the restart contrary to a lethargic Villa, however, their efforts proved to be in vain.
With only seconds the ball cut back to left-back Targett, who hit the unstoppable shot to secure victory.
The days when Grealish is not at the heart of what Aston Villa are few and far between. This wasnt one of those days. He then provided the assist for Targett and managed to bundle home the equaliser on the stroke of half-time the late winner that sent Villa Park.
But Grealish only looked at simplicity. His title as the player in the branch saw him earn and his 63 passes throughout the 90 minutes was next just to Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens.
While Brighton sponsor Everton on exactly the same day at 3pm, aston Villa travel to Manchester City for a on Saturday October 26.
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