Brighton Held 1-1 At Home By Aston Villa


We watched the Brighton vs Aston Villa game tonight on TV and it was a very even game  at the packed Amex Stadium with the game ending in a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in the first half.

The teams have two of the best managers in the Championship in former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

In front of a crowd of just over 30,000 Villa went ahead after 20 minutes, when Nathan Baker rose well and headed home from a well flighted free kick to beat David Stockdale low to his left  in the Brighton goal.

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Nathan Baker heads home after 20 minutes to open the scoring

But just before half time on 45 minutes it was Glenn Murray who scored with a terrific drive from just outside the box into the left hand corner of Gollini’s net.

It was 1-1 at the break and it was a game between two well organized sides who were playing some good football.

In the second half it was even, although Aston Villa went for the winner in the final 20 minutes of the game and had five successive corners as they pressed the best defense in the Championship.

The introduction of Jack Grealish in the second half seemed to spur Aston Villa on and gave them another dimension in attack with his creativity.

And it looked like if any side was going to win it was Villa who would be that side.

Aston Villa had their chances but they just couldn’t get that vital second goal and after two minutes of stoppage time the game ended 1-1 and Brighton had dropped 2 points at home.

If Newcastle beat Leeds United on Sunday we will go 5 points ahead of Brighton with a better goal difference.

Here’s the latest league placings.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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13 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail….. Howay man divven’t ye tek the huff an all. There’ll be nowt left o wuh.

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    1-1 Good start to the weekend!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed

    Sorry to pick you up on mistakes but you said if we win instead of when we win.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Essex Geordie Bullish eh?
    And why not..

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope the Gary Speed tribute goes down very well on Sunday.
    A terrific pro, served us well. Great memories of those times and a sad sad day when he lost his life in the way he did…

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  • jane

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #6

    will the match stop during the 11th minute?

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 18, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Speed took a season to really get going for us but then was wonderful. Lee, Batty, Speed, Solano, Robert, we had a super midfield, and of course Shearer and Bellamy up front. Pick a midfield and attack out of that lot, and take on any team in the world.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 18, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Maybe more accurate to say “we’ve had”. Batty wouldn’t have played with all of them, although I suppose all the others would of played together. All wonderful though.

    Batty and Speed were great mates, and I loved the pair of them. It’s a pity we didn’t get them both in 96, and hold onto them both, for as long as we had Speedo. That would have been some central midfield to pick from. Lee, Batty and Speed. Three archetypal English midfielders, and Shearer leading the line. Glorious thought.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Nov 18, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #9

    British midfielders, with respect.

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  • chicousa

    Nov 19, 2016 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Good result today at Brighton: hope we can go 5 up on them come Sunday! These two-week international breaks are getting irksome: I’m so glad club football is back!!

    Rafa Bingo Lineup for Leeds v NUFC
    Darlow
    Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummitt
    Hayden, Shelvey
    Ritchie, Diame, Atsu
    Mitro

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 19, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Chicousa
    Yeah agree @10. Uninspired by Englad and the probable choice of manager, unless Gareth is a short term stop gap until Wenger takes up the mantle next year.
    He would be perfect. Great coaching philosophy, attractive style of play, huge knowledge of both the world game and the English game, superb tactician… Spending the money when needed has always been his Achilles heel but that has no relevance for if course for international manager.
    He is on his way out of Arsenal, and at an age when the odd game here and there then short tournaments would probably suit him better than trekking up and down the country all the time for league games.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 19, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #12

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/18/garry-monk-revived-leeds-united-rafael-benitez-buoyant-newcastle

    Jib has beaten me to it, but I would like to see the ball kicked out of play and not thrown back in until the twelfth minute. Showing respect and remembrance is bigger than football.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Leeds being a young side should be easily rattled by the quality of our play and susceptible to a spanking, I predict three or more goals for us.

    Bingo card:
    Gayle
    Gouffran – Perez – Ritchie
    Shelvey – Diame
    Dummett – Clarke – Lascelles – Yedlin
    Darlow

    Leeds also play 4231which is mostly exploited down the flanks. We should see one of Gayle & Perez moving out to the sides of the pitch for long passes and the wingers driving into the space created in the middle.

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