Following the close of the October international break, Aston Villa were back in Premier League action this afternoon as we welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion to Villa Park and head coach Dean Smith had a simple aim – make it back to back victories to push us further up the top flight table.
It was a disappointing game, and naturally now, Video Assistant Referee technology (quickly becoming an oxymoron) featured once again in a manner that wrongly cost us, but with Jack Grealish having the performance of the season, he had us back level at 1-1 as we went into the halftime break.
Despite the man’s advantage again, it looked like we would waste it with too many poor performances on the day, but late on in stoppage time, Matt Targett found the back of the net to give us the win and all three points.
We got lucky – about time we did in 2019/20!
Speaking to the BBC following the fulltime whistle, the gaffer said of our efforts on the day.
“It’s nice to get late goals because it wasn’t a top performance. It’s great for us to get back-to-back wins for the first time in a long time. We played a good team today who played through us too easily.”
On VAR, he added.
“I’m lost and scratching my head with the whole system. They’re making subjective decisions from Stockley Park but that’s never been a foul because Wesley jumped up before the goalkeeper. It took forever as well. I don’t think it’s running well from my experience so far.”