At this weirdest season of the year, Aston Villa is the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle while VAR remains the most controversial Ever since Dean Smith’s men beat Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, they have beaten Leicester and Arsenal won but lost all three home games, including that boisterous duel with a smart, persistent and slightly lucky team from Brighton who – and this is rare – proved more efficient than their opponents

“We have played well in previous games and done a lot of good things but haven’t received any rewards, so these three points are very good for us,” said Graham Potter

After goals from Danny Welbeck and Solly March on either side of Ezri Konsa, Brighton benefited from a surprising reversal of a penalty decision in added time Michael Oliver overturned his own decision after going on screen to review a tackle through March on Trezeguet

This was the kind of Harum-Scarum and lively affair that Villa Park would have gotten going if fans had been around. Both teams could have scored at least three goals in the first half alone, as it turned out, the visitors led the Break only 1-0 thanks to a clever combination between two players who showed that they still have a lot to offer

In the 12 In the 30th minute, Adam Lallana released a sweet twist and pass in midfield Welbeck, who ran off the center line before slicing the ball over Emi Martínez It was alarming how easily Villa’s high defense could be caught by a single pass and how easily resurrected memories of their last game here, when Southampton scored a goal on virtually every attack en route to the 4-3 win.Although Villa spent much of the game on the forefoot, Brighton seemed able to score every time if they advanced

Lamptey devastated his right defender and offered Welbeck in the 22 Minute chance to make it 2-0 after grabbing a loose pass from John McGinn But a bad touch from the striker spared Villa

Villa, whose problems began in the second minute when Ross Barkley pulled up with hamstring problems that resulted in his being replaced, could have been at eye level by then, but Trezeguet had blocked a close range shot from Adam Webster and then the ricochet blasted Barkley’s successor, Bertrand Traoré, then forced Mat Ryan to a rescue operation on the edge of the area Moments later Martínez stormed out of his box to thwart Maupay after a cute pass from Welbeck

Lallana glanced 12 meters after Lamptey provided more top notch service Villa is generally strong from set pieces but only threatened when Tyrone Mings came out of a corner and forced Ryan to improvise a kick off the line / p>

Moments later, Ben White came to the rescue of the visitors and stormed back to tip the ball off Watkins’ foot, just as the striker was sure to turn a flank from Grealish, who had been exchanging flanks by then, possibly Lamptey to escape

Brighton finally buckled shortly after the break when Konsa arrived at the back post to throw a Traoré free kick into the net.But Villa remained tattered at the back, a mistake Brighton soon punished when Pascal Gross in 55 In the minute, collecting the ball on the right side of Villa’s penalty area, he had time to play it until the unmarked March, which curled a shot into the top corner of the net

Villa believed they had a chance to save a point in added time when the referee pointed to the spot after March appeared to have caught Trezeguet with a hind leg.On the advice of the VAR official, Oliver looked more closely and judged apparently that March was linked to the ball before touching Trezeguet

“I don’t know what a penalty is now and I can’t explain it,” said Smith. “If VAR thinks it’s not a penalty, just tell the umpire”

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