Brighton 0-0 Aston Villa
Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley
Report by Samuel Brady
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made a personal record nine saves as Villa earned a point at The Amex Stadium whilst Brighton remain unbeaten in their last six league games.
Both sides came into the game on positive runs of form, but it was Brighton who were on top for large parts of the game. The Seagulls saw plenty of chances in the first half, and just 10 minutes in, Alexis MacAllister put his header over after a late run into the box.
Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez pulled off a fine stop from a Dan Burn header which appeared to be nestling into the goal following a corner.
Burn had another unlikely chance just minutes later when Leandro Trossard found the defender unmarked in the box, only to see his effort blocked by defender Tyrone Mings.
The second half continued in a similar fashion to the first as Villa saw Martinez come to their rescue again, this time to save MacAllister’s deflected shot with his legs just after the restart. Trossard was next to trouble the Villa defence but the Belgian’s strike went just wide of the goal on the hour mark.
Villa defender Matty Cash was substituted off after suffering what looked to be hamstring injury following a challenge by Colombian Steven Alzate.
Brighton continued to look the likelier of the two sides to score, only for Martinez to remain impassable as the Argentinian this time denied Joel Veltman’s effort.
Neal Maupay came close late on when his jinking run saw off Ezri Konsa, but the Frenchman couldn’t hit the target under pressure from Tyrone Mings.
Brighton take on rivals Crystal Palace at home in their next league fixture whilst Villa host in-form Leicester City.
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