A powerful shot from Solly March secured Brighton a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Saturday, the visitors’ first victory in the competition in two months.
Brighton quickly took the lead thanks to Danny Welbeck’s opening goal for the club in a 12th-minute counterattack, but Ezri Konsa equalized for Villa a minute into the second half.
As Villa sat down deeply, March threw a soaring shot into the upper right corner of the edge of the box in the 56th.
Brighton nearly collapsed in downtime when Tariq Lamptey was sent off, and video review led to a Villa penalty overturned.
In an otherwise solid performance, wing-back Lamptey faces suspension after netting a second yellow card in injury time for an awkward challenge against Villa forward Jack Grealish. From the resulting free kick, March collided with Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan and a kick was given, then reversed when an examination showed March had played the ball.
Brighton had been on a six-game losing streak in the league since defeating Newcastle 3-0 on September 20. Villa could have ended the day at the top of the table with a big win, but had to take their third loss in four league games. after a good start.
Villa manager Dean Smith was more concerning as Chelsea-loaned midfielder Ross Barkley suffered an injury after suffering a muscle problem in his leg barely a minute after the game.