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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Aston Villa

Glenn Murray
All of Glenn Murray's 10 goals this season have come at home for Brighton

Glenn Murray scored his 10th goal this season as Brighton resisted a second-half Aston Villa onslaught to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 games.

Nathan Baker met an Albert Adomah free-kick with a fine flicked header to put Villa in front after 20 minutes.

Murray responded by fizzing a low shot past goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini just before the break.

Jonathan Kodjia hit the bar and David Stockdale made two crucial saves as Villa pressed for a second-half winner.

While Villa were denied all three points at the Amex Stadium they remain unbeaten in six games since Steve Bruce took charge in October.

Baker's goal came with the first shot on target and against the run of play as second-placed Brighton started brightly, controlling more than 70% of the ball early on.

While the hosts would go on to dominate the possession stakes until Villa's second-half flurry, it was on the counter-attack that the Seagulls struck, Murray producing a sublime finish to level.

Jack Grealish came off the bench to give Villa renewed energy after the hour mark, Jordan Ayew's introduction after replacing Gabriel Agbonlahor also giving Bruce's side impetus.

However, Stockdale was equal to Kodjia's mistimed header and a low Adomah shot, while Ivory Coast international Kodjia also hit the bar with a header from close range.

After the match, Brighton manager Chris Hughton confirmed that his assistant Colin Calderwood will be taking a similar role at Villa Park.

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Hughton confirms Calderwood departure

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "The game might have been different had we scored first, but it was a fair result.

"It was a bit of a sloppy goal to give away, but we showed good character to get back into the game.

"Villa are a very good side, with a structured 4-3-3 set up, and in the end it was a decent result."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce: "I'm delighted with the performance and I'm a tad disappointed that we didn't see it through in terms of the second-half display.

"It was easily the best performance we've produced and it was more like it.

"The players have been much maligned but they showed exactly what they're capable of. But we can't get carried away with ourselves just because we've had a good six weeks. We have a lot of work to do."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 90mins
  • 3Bong
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forNorwoodat 80'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 14Sidwell
  • 8Skalak
  • 17Murray
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMurphyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Pocognoli
  • 15Murphy
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Norwood

Aston Villa

  • 1Gollini
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 23Amavi
  • 15WestwoodBooked at 58mins
  • 25Jedinak
  • 22GardnerSubstituted forGrealishat 67'minutes
  • 37Adomah
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forJ Ayewat 55'minutes
  • 26KodjiaBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 7Bacuna
  • 10J Ayew
  • 14Gestede
  • 28Cissokho
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
30,107

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away12
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Aston Villa 1.

Booking

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Chester (Aston Villa) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) with an attempt from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Oliver Norwood replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jiri Skalak.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Sam Baldock.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton17105226101635
3Huddersfield169251718-129
4Reading168442018228
5Norwich168352827127
6Leeds168261917226
7Birmingham166732118325
8Fulham166642318524
9Bristol City167362319424
10Sheff Wed167361719-224
11Preston167272220223
12Brentford166462116522
13Aston Villa1741031817122
14Barnsley166372724321
15Ipswich165651415-121
16Derby165561213-120
17QPR165561722-520
18Burton164661820-218
19Wolves164571921-217
20Nottm Forest164482530-516
21Cardiff164391425-1115
22Wigan163581419-514
23Blackburn163491625-913
24Rotherham1614111738-217
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