In this bizarre season, Aston Villa is the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle, while VAR remains the most controversial Since they beat Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, the men de Dean Smith won against Leicester and Arsenal, but lost all three of their home games, including this catchy duel with a smart, tenacious and slightly lucky Brighton side which – and this is rare – proved to be more effective than his opponents

“We played well in previous games and did a lot of good things, but we didn’t get the rewards so these three points are very good for us,” said Graham Potter

After goals from Danny Welbeck and Solly March either side of one by Ezri Konsa, Brighton took advantage in the stoppage time of the surprising reversal of a penalty decision, with Michael Oliver reversing his own decision after being went to the field screen to review a tackle by March on Trezeguet

It was the kind of harum-scarum and fiery affair that would have had the Villa Park uprising if the fans had been present Both teams could have scored at least three goals in the only first half he’s had. It turned out that the visitors led only 1-0 at the break thanks to a judicious combination between two players who showed they still have a lot to offer

In the 12th minute, Adam Lallana, with a soft pivot and a midfield pass, freed Welbeck, who crossed the halfway line before cutting the ball on Emi Martínez It was alarming how easily Villa’s high defense had been overtaken by a single pass and what followed brought back memories of their last game here, when Southampton scored with virtually every attack on their way to a 4-3 victory Although Villa spent much of the game on the front foot, Brighton seemed capable of scoring every time they advanced

Lamptey wreaked havoc from his right-back spot and gave Welbeck a chance to make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute after grabbing a loose pass from John McGinn But a bad touch from the attacker spared Villa

Villa, whose problems started in the second minute when Ross Barkley found himself with hamstrings which led to him being substituted, could have been tied by then, but Trezeguet had a close-range shot blocked by Adam Webster, then blasted the wide rebound Barkley’s replacement Bertrand Traore then forced Mat Ryan to make a diving stop from the edge of the area Moments later, Martínez came out of his box to thwart Maupay after a nice Welbeck ball

Lallana took a look off 12 yards after more upscale service from Lamptey Villas are typically powerful on set pieces, but haven’t threatened any of them until as Tyrone Mings approached a corner, forcing Ryan to improvise a kickoff from the line

Moments later, Ben White came to the visitors ‘rescue, charging again to flip the ball off Watkins’ foot just as the forward seemed certain to make a cross from Grealish, who then changed flank, perhaps to escape Lamptey

Brighton finally came full circle just after the break, when Konsa slipped to the back post to give Traore a free kick into the net But Villa remained in tatters at the back, a Brighton fault soon to be punished When Pascal Gross recovered the ball to the right of Villa de Villa’s area in the 55th minute, he had time to play it through the area until ‘at the unmarked March, who guided a curling shot into the top corner of the net

Villa thought he had a chance to reclaim a point in the stoppage time when the referee pointed the finger at the spot after March appeared to catch Trezeguet with a trailing leg But, on the advice of the VAR official, Oliver took a closer look and apparently judged March to be tied with the ball before touching Trezeguet

“I don’t know what a penalty is now and I am unable to explain it,” said Smith “If the VAR thinks it’s not a penalty, just tell the referee”

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