Danny Ings scored a brace to help Aston Villa produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. When Alexis Mac Allister’s push stripped Douglas Luiz of the ball inside the first 90 seconds before stroking home the first goal, in-form Brighton got off to the best possible start. But Villa recovered from their rocky start, and Ings scored from the spot after Lewis Dunk fouled John McGinn. After the break, Ings netted his second goal of the contest, squeezing it home from close range after Luiz exacted revenge on Mac Allister by pushing the Villa striker to create the opportunity.
The Premier League record most goals scored in the first 15 minutes of a game this season was shared by Brighton and Aston Villa, so an early goal was expected. However, from the standpoint of Aston Villa, it was completely avoidable since Mac Allister caught Luiz dozing off while he was in possession, which allowed him to get through on goal. The Argentine, who is going to Qatar, slid by Emi Martinez, another member of his international team. With only two efforts on goal in the first half, Brighton’s lackluster forward approach was comfortably contained by Villa. In the previous two seasons, that was the fewest they had in the opening period in a home game.
After taking the lead, Villa pulled back and stopped Brighton’s attempts to attack with some astute game management and tactical fouling that resulted in seven yellow cards being given to Villa players by referee Chris Kavanagh. Brighton, though, was unable to counter Villa’s solid defensive effort. When Digne kicked through the back of March, he had a good shout for a penalty that was rejected by VAR Jarred Gillett, who took a moment to consider his judgment. Levi Colwill had Brighton’s finest opportunity as time ran out, but his 10-yard header shot missed the mark.
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