MARVELOUS NAKAMBA put on another master class performance for Aston Villa, who scored in stoppage time at the end of both halves, en-route to a 2-1 victory over a 10-men Brighton at Villa Park yesterday.
Thrust into the central midfield role for the fifth consecutive league game, the Zimbabwean international did not disappoint as he completed the most passes for Villa, with renowned football statisticians Whoscored.com giving the Hwange born player a 97 per cent pass success rate.
Aston Villa captain Grealish, who was a thorn in the Brighton backline throughout, deserved his goal on the stroke of half-time, bundling home Frederic Guilbert’s low cross.
Adam Webster had headed the visitors into the lead midway through the first half, but Aaron Mooy’s two yellow cards in quick succession handed the initiative to the home team.
Conor Hourihane had a strike chalked off by VAR just nine minutes later, only for Jack Grealish to level matters in first-half stoppage time.
Villa pressed in the second half, but Brighton seemed to have held on, only for Matt Targett’s late goal to break their hearts.
It was the third win of the season for Aston Villa who moved up to 11th on the log, with 11 points and two ahead of giants Manchester United who sit on position 14 ahead of today’s big clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Aston Villa are now undefeated in the last three rounds and have scored 15 goals in nine matches.
It was a morale boosting win for the Clarets who face champions Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday.
The upcoming weeks could be hectic for Aston Villa. They host red hot Liverpool at Villa Park a week after playing City. — BBC/Sports Reporter
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