Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton: Solly March curler seals first Villa Park win for Seagulls

Report as Danny Welbeck scores his first Brighton goal to help the Seagulls to their second Premier League win of the season, despite Tariq Lamptey’s late red card; Ezri Konsa replies for Aston Villa but they lose third successive home game

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Saturday 21 November 2020 17:08, UK

In a dramatic encounter, Brighton claimed their first win at Villa Park with a superb curling effort from Solly March sealing a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa.

It was an entertaining, end-to-end game between two sides who have played wonderful football this season, but with differing fortunes. Brighton struck early on as Danny Welbeck (12) netted his first goal for the club, adding to Aston Villa’s woes after an early injury to Ross Barkley.

But, after a strong end to the first half, the hosts struck back two minutes after the break as Ezri Konsa (47) sent Bertrand Traore’s free-kick into the back of the net. It was then a wonderful, curling effort from March (56) which secured Brighton’s second win of the season and their first victory at Villa Park.

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There was a dramatic finish, though, as Tariq Lamptey was sent off in the 91st minute after two quick yellow cards. March then almost went from hero to villain when he was penalised for a foul on Trezeguet deep into injury-time, with referee Michael Oliver pointing to the spot. But, after consulting VAR and the pitchside monitor, he judged that March had touched enough of the ball before catching Trezeguet to rule the penalty out.

It is a precious three points for Brighton, who remain in 16th on nine points, six clear of the bottom three ahead of the remaining games this weekend. Aston Villa stay in fifth place.

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Aston Villa are back on Monday Night Football on November 30 when they travel to West Ham, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm. Brighton face a tough game next Saturday when they host Liverpool in the Premier League; kick-off 12.30pm.

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