Birmingham news National media pile in on Villa's controversial loss to Brighton MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa lost at home once again but in controversial circumstances as they looked to have given themselves a late lifeline against Brighton - here what the nationals made of it
Breaking News ! Aston Villa were condemened to a third successive home defeat after yet more VAR drama at Villa Park. Brighton were leading 2-1 when Solly March looked to have gone from hero to villain when he fouled Trezeguest in the penalty area. Michael Oliver awarded Villa a penalty - only to over-rule himself leaving Dean Smith bemused. Here’s how the national media reported events. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The Sun Aston Villa were denied a stonewall injury time penalty by VAR as Brighton claimed a historic and dramatic win. Goals from Danny Welbeck and Solly March – either side of Ezri Konsa’s equaliser – gave the Seagulls a deserved lead as they searched for their first ever win at Villa Park. A late sending off for Tariq Lamptey was then followed by Michael Oliver awarding Villa a penalty after March’s challenge on Trezeguet. But after VAR asked Oliver to carry out an on-field check on the monitor, he strangely decided to revert his original decision because of a slight touch on the ball by March. Dean Smith’s Villa have now lost their last three home games on the bounce. Read More Related Articles Ross Barkley 'hopeful' ahead of scan on injury as furious Dean Smith makes referee revelation Read More Related Articles Aston Villa reveal latest on Ross Barkley injury Daily Mail The last time Aston Villa lost to Brighton, in December 1980, they ended the season as league champions. It’s only the slenderest of consolations for manager Dean Smith after a third consecutive home defeat. Villa had their share of misfortune from Ross Barkley’s early injury to a late penalty award overturned when VAR recommended referee Michael Oliver check his monitor. But there was also a worrying defensive naivety that allowed Brighton to counter-attack and end their winless run of seven games by registering their first ever victory at Villa Park. Aston Villa daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox In our daily Aston Villa bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store It was also a tale of two England internationals, one former and one future. Danny Welbeck, who won 42 caps and went to two World Cups, ran from the halfway line to open the scoring for his first Brighton goal after being released by Watford. Meanwhile the country’s most talked-about current player Grealish – compared to Paul Gascoigne during the international break – couldn’t make a difference as Brighton’s defenders often crowded him out. Read More Related Articles 'Scarpered' - Dean Smith rages as Michael Oliver leaves Villa Park without explaining penalty call Read More Related Articles 'Exaggerated' - Brighton boss delivers verdict on penalty decision that will anger Aston Villa fans The Guardian In this strangest of seasons Aston Villa are the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle, while VAR remains the most contentious. Since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, Dean Smith’s men have won away to Leicester and Arsenal but lost all three of their home matches, including this rollicking duel with a smart, tenacious and slightly lucky Brighton side who – and this is rare – proved to be more efficient than their opponents.
. Firstly, I want to thank them for the incredible support I have received over the last 12 years. This football club has been a huge part of my life. I joined a 16-year-old boy and 12 years later I am moving on as a 28-year-old man with a wife and two children. A lot of things have changed in that time, players, management and a chairman, but every season bar none, whether we have been bottom half, mid-table or challenging for Europe, the support myself and the team have received has been fantastic. My one huge regret is that during my time at this club we have not brought the fans the success they deserve and I obviously have to take my share of responsibility that we have not been good enough to win trophies. I feel the club is in the best position it has been in during my time here, I think we have a group of very good young players, we have a fantastic chairman who is here for the good of the club and one of the best managers in the game. Obviously people will ask why I am leaving if I feel like that. I have honestly been very undecided what to do, the manager and the whole club have bent over backwards to try and persuade me to stay and made me a fantastic offer, which I am extremely grateful for. But after changing my mind lots of times I came to the decision that the time was right for me and for the club to part company. I need a new challenge, I have a massive fear of going stale and falling into a comfort zone. I believe the deal is a good one for the club, I am sure the manager will use the money well to strengthen the team and the club will go from strength to strength. I am also excited now about my new challenge, a lot of people will question my decision to join Manchester City. They were the club prepared to meet the valuation, which for a 28-year-old, with a year left on his contract, I think shows how much they wanted me. Once I had spoken to Mark Hughes there was nowhere else I wanted to go. I was also desperate to avoid any long drawn-out saga. I feel I am joining a club that will seriously challenge to win major honours, people might doubt that, but I am convinced with the plans the club has short term and long term, and the backing the manager will receive from the owners, that we will be a major force. Also the World Cup has always been a major part of my thinking and I feel at Man City I will get the chance to play regularly in my best position and play a big part in a successful side. Time will tell if I am right or not, but those are my reasons. I have grown bored of all the speculation surrounding me over the last 12 months and I am sure all the fans have as well. I am glad I never left last summer because I would have left under a huge cloud. This year I feel things are different. I havent used an agent, I have discussed things with my best friend but ultimately made my own choices and I think the situation has been handled properly by everybody involved and, once again, I have to thank the manager and the club for that. I genuinely wish the club all the best for the future and want to thank everyone who has helped and supported me during my time here. For the rest of my life Aston Villa will be the first result I look for. Thanks for everything. Gareth
After goals by Danny Welbeck and Solly March either side of one by Ezri Konsa, Brighton benefited in stoppage time from the surprising reversal of a penalty decision, with Michael Oliver overturning his own ruling after going to the pitchside screen to review a tackle by March on Trezeguet. This was the sort of harum-scarum and feisty affair that would have had Villa Park heaving if fans had been present.
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