Aston Villa player ratings: Two score 9/10 in win v Brighton

Aston Villa player ratings as the Villans claim a comeback victory at the Amex Stadium, beating Brighton & Hove Albion by two goals to one.

Aston Villa enter the World Cup break with back-to-back Premier League victories as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. It was a glorious comeback for Villa, who recorded their first away win of the entire season.

It wasn’t all glory to start with as Villa had a disastrous first minute. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made a sloppy pass from behind and Douglas Luiz was not strong enough on the receiving side. Alexis Mac Allister tackled the ball away from him and Brighton’s No.10 passed his Argentina international team-mate, finding the bottom left corner in just 49 seconds.

The hosts were forced into an early switch as experienced midfielder Adam Lallana was sent off with injury. Paraguayan international Julio Enciso took his place. Emery was almost in action to make a similar call as wonder midfielder Jacob Ramsey went down, but the 21-year-old was able to carry on – much to the relief of traveling supporters. Villa enjoyed a good spell of possession after Brighton’s surprise lead and created a good chance in the 16th minute. Ramsey made a lovely threaded ball to Danny Ings, who squared in the six-yard box – but was cleared by Pervis Estupiñan.

Minutes later, the Villans had an even better chance as John McGinn was fouled by Lewis Dunk – a flagrant penalty as he slipped from behind. Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who has never saved a Premier League penalty, had a strong hand but the power of Danny Ings’ effort meant he was converted on the spot. The 100th goal of the England international in the league. Brighton then put the pressure on in another change of momentum. A lot of the threats came from a variety of set-piece routines, and Martinez almost gave Albion another chance as he was out of position for a corner. Mac Allister’s inswinger nearly forced his way into the near post, with a deliberate effort on goal. Martinez came back to stop, at the end.

After a cautious end to the first half, it was Brighton who were well ahead at the start of the second, as they rushed to score a goal. It was Villa who found themselves leading the scoring, however, as Ings grabbed his second of the game to make it 2-1 on a 52nd-minute counterattack. Emiliano Buendia had seen a header effort bounce off the crossbar before the ball headed towards the edge of the penalty area. Luiz made up for his first mistake as the tables turned since Brighton’s opener. The Brazilian dispossessed Mac Allister to find Ings, who passed Dunk and found the back of the net.

De Zerbi’s side put Villa under intense pressure in response and probably should have had their own penalty in the 71st minute. Lucas Digne kicked through Solly March, who suffered badly. Digne didn’t even touch the ball and was incredibly lucky to get away with it, as the video assistant referee ignored Albion’s complaints. Levi Colwill had a glorious opportunity to score an equalizer for Brighton in the dying embers as he was completely unmarked in the area. Pascal Gross’ delivery was spot-on but the Chelsea loanee was unable to establish a solid connection on a header – getting the timing wrong.

Eight minutes were added, for a very tense ending. But Villa defended with determination and managed to hold on to an important victory on the south coast and move up to 12th in the Premier League table. Here are our player ratings of the game – with two players scoring a 9/10.

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