Aston Villa registered a fantastic win over Brighton in their 7th match of the Premier League this season. The Unai Emery coached side displayed some quality performances on the pitch to outplay Brighton at the Villa Park. The home side undoubtedly was the more dominant of the two sides in the match.
The team had a total of 19 shots attempted throughout the match in comparison to Brighton’s 11. Following this brilliant win, Aston Villa are now placed 4th in the league with 15 points to their name. Brighton are placed just below in the 5th position with the same number of points but a lower goal difference.
The game began with each of the two sides seeking their chances to gain some momentum early on in the match. It was in the 14th minute that Aston Villa took the lead. Matty Cash after sliding down through the right flank squared up a pass for Watkins to find the net with ease. Villa doubled their lead just 7 minutes later with Watkins being the scorer again.
The striker after being released down the right flank by Diaby did well to turn past his marker and find the near post with a precise strike. Villa had a third just five minutes later as Brighton were caught napping yet again. After Steele had initially parried off Diaby’s effort away, the Frenchman’s follow up was diverted in by Estupnian into his own net as Villa lead 3-0 at half time.
The second half began with Brighton showing some bit of resurgance early on. Ansu Fati scored his first goal in the Premier League as Brighton pulled one back. Following a fast free kick by Pedro, an erroneous clearance fell into the path of Fati who scored with ease. Villa however didn’t let lose thereon as they kept piling on Brighton’s misery even further.
Watkins scored in the 65th minute to complete his hat-trick. After having played a fine one-tow with McGinn, the striker lifted in a left footed strike which took a deflection and went past Steele to find the net. Villa came up with some late flourish too. Watkins turned a provider for Ramsey who curled in a fine shot from outside of the box to find the right corner brilliantly. Villa wrapped up the game with a sixth goal in the 7th minute of added time. Douglas Luiz scored after Watkins was denied by Steele from close range. FT:- Aston Villa 6-1 Brighton.