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Match report: Villa 1-1 Brighton

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion
Date: May 7, 2017 
Competition: Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 12noon
Attendance: 32,856
Weather: 14c, sunny

Scoring summary 

Murray (64 pen)
Grealish (89)  

Analysis

Jack Grealish’s late equaliser earned Villa a deserved point and denied promoted Brighton the Championship title on a dramatic final day at Villa Park.

Just when the Seagulls looked set to become champions, sub Grealish’s right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area bounced in front of keeper David Stockdale and into the net.

But it was a bittersweet day for Steve Bruce’s side, who lost Scott Hogan to an injury and then had Nathan Baker sent off for the foul which resulted in Glenn Murray firing the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.

Villa were on top in the first half, and were close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Henri Lansbury’s low 13th-minute shot was tipped away for a corner by Stockdale, and the Seagulls keeper also saved well from Hogan and Conor Hourihane, who let fly with a scorching 25-yard free-kick just after the striker had limped off.

Albert Adomah’s fierce drive, meanwhile, was charged down by a defender, and Lansbury headed wide after Sebastien Pocognoli had attempted to chest the ball back to Stockdale following Neil Taylor’s deep cross. 

It was the 58th minute before Sam Johnstone was required to make a save, the on-loan keeper blocking Sam Baldock’s drive. 

But six minutes later Murray beat him from the penalty spot after Baker had brought down Baldock.

Johnstone then did well to push away Bruno’s powerful effort, but justice was done when Grealish produced his late equaliser.

Misconduct summary

Villa red card

Baker (foul)

Villa bookings

None 

Brighton bookings

Pocognoli (foul) 

Line-ups

VILLA: Johnstone; Bree, Chester (c), Baker, Taylor; Bacuna, Hourihane; Adomah (Grealish 61), Lansbury, Amavi (Elphick 65); Hogan (Davis 45). Unused subs: Bunn, Richards, Gardner, O’Hare  

BRIGHTON: Stockdale; Bruno (c) (Rosenior 80), Tomori, Dunk, Pocognoli; Knockaert, Stephens, Sidwell, Murphy (March 61); Baldock (Hemed 90), Murray.Unused subs: Maenpaa, Bong, Kayai, Skalak. 

Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton
Assistant referee 2: Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson

Latest Scores

Pos Pld GD Pts
1 up Newcastle 46 45 94
2 down Brighton 46 34 93
3 same Reading 46 4 85
4 same Sheff Wed 46 15 81
5 same Huddersfield 46 -2 81
6 same Fulham 46 28 80
7 same Leeds United 46 14 75
8 same Norwich City 46 16 70
9 same Derby 46 4 67
10 same Brentford 46 10 64
11 same Preston 46 1 62
12 up Cardiff 46 -1 62
13 down Aston Villa 46 -1 62
14 same Barnsley 46 -3 58
15 same Wolves 46 -4 58
16 same Ipswich Town 46 -10 55
17 same Bristol City 46 -6 54
18 same QPR 46 -14 53
19 up Birmingham 46 -19 53
20 down Burton 46 -14 52
21 same Nottm Forest 46 -10 51
22 same Blackburn 46 -12 51
23 same Wigan 46 -17 42
24 same Rotherham 46 -58 23
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