Match: Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion
Date: May 7, 2017
Venue: Villa Park
Weather: 14c, sunny
Murray (64 pen)
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.
Villa red card
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.
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton
Assistant referee 2: Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson