Brighton's Solly March scores against Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton highlights & report: VAR drama as Solly March scores winner and survives penalty decision

Brighton dramatically held on for a 2-1 win at Aston Villa, who saw a stoppage-time penalty overturned after a VAR review.

Albion were comfortably protecting their lead before it all looked to have gone wrong in injury time, as first Tariq Lamptey was harshly sent off for two bookable challenges on John McGinn and then Jack Grealish.

And before he had even reached the dressing room, Villa were awarded a penalty when Solly March was adjudged to have brought down Trezeguet. However, referee Michael Oliver reversed his decision after consulting the pitch-side monitor - much to the astonishment of the Villa players and staff.

It meant March's goal, a curled first-time strike in the 56th minute, proved decisive. He struck only moments after Ezri Konsa had cancelled out Danny Welbeck's first-half effort, ending Brighton's seven-game winless run.

The dramatic ending was in-keeping with the end-to-end nature of the entire contest, which helped deliver a winner for Sporting Life followers who backed over 11.5 corners at 17/10 following Tom Carnduff's suggestion.

Villa have now lost all three home matches since the emphatic 7-2 defeat of Premier League champions Liverpool at the beginning of October.

Unsurprisingly, Dean Smith named an unchanged team after winning so impressively at Arsenal prior to the international break. However, the Villa boss was forced to alter his plans after only five minutes when Ross Barkley was injured.

The midfielder appeared to tweak a hamstring while taking a free-kick and he was replaced by Bertrand Traore.

Things got worse for the hosts as they fell behind after 12 minutes. The goal was against the run of play but it was well-worked by Brighton. Pascal Gross and Adam Lallana combined to win back possession inside their own half, before the latter sent Welbeck clear with a neat through ball.

Welbeck still had plenty to do, carrying the ball half the length of the pitch before keeping his composure to calmly lift his shot over former Arsenal team-mate Emiliano Martinez for his first Brighton goal.

Villa were deservedly level at the start of the second half. Traore put a brilliant ball into the box from a free-kick and Konsa, timing his run to perfection, slid in to turn the ball home with an outstretched foot.

The game had become end to end and Brighton restored their advantage after 56 minutes. Gross switched play to the left flank, picking out March with a raking pass. March then curled a fine shot beyond Martinez and into the far corner of the net.

As Brighton looked headed for victory, a dramatic ending ensued. Lamptey was sent off in injury time after collecting two yellow cards in quick succession and Villa were then awarded a penalty.

Replays suggested March might have played enough of the ball, and referee Oliver thought so after taking a look at the pitchside monitor and overturned his initial decision, much to the fury of Villa boss Smith.

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