A Villa vs Brighton
3:00pm Saturday October
Matt Targett scored a stoppage-time stunner as they overcome Brighton 2-1 at Villa Park to finish a Aston Villa comeback that was stunning.
Adam Websters first Brighton goal handed the visitors the lead (12), but their hopes of victory took a setback when Aaron Mooy was shipped off following 2 quickfire yellow cards (35).
Conor Hourihanes thumping attempt minutes before the break was then ruled out by 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 aim attempts, but it took till the final 10 minutes of second-half stoppage period for either side to induce a winner and it was Villa whod this, together with Targett lashing Grealishs lay-off to the back of the net (90+4)
Dean Smiths Villa sit 11th at the Premier League standings together with Brighton of the relegation zone in 16th, after the draw.
With convincing victories under their belts, having entered the split, both Villa and Brighton were eager to get off into an abysmal beginning at the Midlands, but it was.
Aaron Connolly – that the hero of this 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 to the far pole, Webster was on hand to angle that a powerful header to the back of the net.
However, the visitors momentum slowed in the last 10 minutes of this half, initially when Mooy was dismissed for a second bookable offence after which when Hourihane arrowed a normally powerful effort beyond Mat Ryan following the stopper had fumbled a crossover.
VAR assessed and dominated the awarding of the goal; Wesleys aerial duel with the Australiankeeper termed an infringement. They did not need to wait long to get back on level terms, however, as Grealish bundled the cross of Frederic Guilbert into score his first Premier League goal at Villa Park.
Despite their drawback in personnel, Brighton rallied with Neal Maupay presented with a number of opportunities to check Tom Heaton after the resume against a relatively lethargic Villa, however, their efforts proved to be in vain.
With only minutes the ball cut back to left-back Targett, that struck an shot that is angled to secure success.
The days when Grealish is not Aston Villa are few and far between. This wasnt one of these days. He then supplied the assist for Targett to score and managed the equaliser on the stroke of half-time the most stunning late winner who shipped Villa Park into raptures.
But Grealish only looked at ease. His title as the player in the branch saw him make along with his 63 passes throughout the 90 minutes was only to Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens.
While Brighton host Everton on precisely the same day at 3pm aston Villa travel to Manchester City for a on Saturday October 26.
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