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Breaking News ! Goals from Danny Welbeck and Solly March condemned Aston Villa to their third successive defeat at Villa Park, writes Ashley Preece. It was a flat - and frustrated - performance from start to finish from Dean Smith's Villa side with Brighton picking up their first-ever victory in B6 in 13 attempts. Villa's display was chalk and cheese compared to the way they battered Arsenal last time out with the international break clearly having an impact on the six players who started against Brighton after representing their respective countries over the course of 10 days. Smith, though, was dealt a major blow just seconds into the encounter when Ross Barkley was forced off with a hamstring injury after striking a free-kick goalwards. WHAT THE BOSS SAID... Dean Smith was left feeling at a loss following the 2-1 defeat to Brighton and slammed Michael Oliver's last-gasp VAR call to deny his side a penalty. It was Trezeguet who went down inside the box amid the slightest of touches from match-winner Solly March, with Oliver initially blowing for a penalty. After consulting VAR official Chris Kavanagh, Oliver went over to the screen before changing his mind to deny Villa a chance of an equaliser from the penalty spot. Afterwards, Smith was left furious after being promised to speak with Oliver and the match officials - only for them to depart Villa Park before the head coach could speak with them. "I did want to see the officials after they said to come in and ask them but they scarpered before I got there," Smith raged. "I don't think anybody understands what goes on in penalty boxes, what's a penalty and what's not now. I'm left scratching my head." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now OPPOSITION VIEW Brighton boss Graham Potter had his say on the late penalty controversy at Villa Park. The Seagulls inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, but only after the Villans saw a penalty decision overturned.
. But referee Michael Oliver reversed his decision after being invited to consult VAR. "It's nice for one to go our way that's for sure," said Potter. "In the last minute or whatever it was in the game your heart's in your mouth and it would have been harsh on the players given the effort they put into the game. "It looked like it was a bit exaggerated if I'm honest and I thought Solly (March) got a touch on the ball but, again, it's fine margins like I've said before."
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BARKLEY INJURY UPDATE Aston Villa boss Dean Smith provided an injury update on Ross Barkley. The on-loan Chelsea man was forced off in the early stages of Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton at Villa Park. He appeared to damage his hamstring taking a free-kick - and Smith has confirmed he will be sent for a scan on the problem. "He felt his hamstring just two minutes into the game," he said. "We'll have to get it scanned first to see how bad it is. "He seems fairly hopeful he won't be too long but we'll have to wait and see after this game." LINEKER'S VERDICT ON PENALTY CONTROVERSY Gary Lineker thinks Aston Villa were wrongly denied a penalty in defeat to Brighton. Match of the Day host Lineker agreed with Villa boss Dean Smith, saying on Twitter: "Crikey. That’s a penalty most weeks. May have flicked the ball but definitely not a clear and obvious error."
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