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.
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.