Brighton 0-0 Aston Villa: Emiliano Martinez is Villa hero to deny Seagulls back-to-back home wins | Football News
Emiliano Martinez made more saves than in any Premier League game to deny victory at Brighton, as Aston Villa held on to draw 0-0 at Amex Stadium.
Martinez produced a fingertip save to prevent Dan Burn’s header in the first half, but kept his best work after the break to frustrate a familiarly overwhelmed Brighton side.
The deflected efforts of Alexis Mac Allister and Joel Veltman kept the Argentinian in top form before he also held back the close effort of substitute Danny Welbeck late as he made nine saves at the total.
Villa offered little attack, with the tame effort of Ross Barkley from a distance his only shot on target in a standout performance, which still lifts them above Tottenham in the eighth, while Brighton leads 11 points to the last three and passed Burnley, in 15th position.
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Burn (7), Dunk (7), Blanc (7), Veltman (7), Gross (6), Bissouma (8), Alzate (6), Mac Allister (7), Maupay (6) , Trossard (7).
Submarines: Lallana (7), Welbeck (7).
Aston Villa: Martinez (8), Cash (6), Konsa (6), Mings (7), Targett (6), Luiz (6), McGinn (6), Barkley (4), Traoré (5), Watkins (5), Grealish (5).
Submarines: Elmohamady (5), Trezeguet (5), Sanson (6).
Man of the match: Emiliano Martinez
Martinez the hero as Brighton suffers from old problems
With goals still a bonus despite their recent return to form, Brighton boss Graham Potter would have been encouraged to see the conviction his team started with, Mac Allister heading widely for a nice cross from Veltman.
Intention was never lacking on the part of the hosts, but the quality of attack was always paramount. Despite registering 12 shots before the break, only Burn’s header from a corner forced Martinez to a real difficulty.
“Brighton is not finishing the teams. What happens, they will be injured in the second half, with some quality from Aston Villa,” Sky Sports’ Micah Richards said at halftime.
In the first half, Brighton had limited their hosts to a lone shot. Within a minute, Villa issued a warning that they may have reemerged on a different side with Barkley shooting Robert Sanchez directly from 20 yards, but it never manifested in anything more.
Instead, Brighton picked up where they left off. Mac Allister’s deflected shot was cleverly saved by Martinez’s legs, before he was at his best again as another ricochet took Veltman’s effort to the top corner, where he was encountered by a firm keeper’s glove.
Brighton substitute Welbeck almost found a way when Tyrone Mings’ bad clearance was skipped and the former England striker was refused by Martinez, who put his body on the line to keep him out of reach.
What the managers said …
Brighton Manager Graham Potter: “It should have been three [goals], on the balance of the game. We created more chances, we did almost everything more, but on the key statistic, we were at the same level. But the overall performance was fantastic against a team with a lot of attacking players, and we limited them.
“If we play like that we’ll get points in this league. We look solid. Again, it wasn’t just a defensive display, we attacked well and had courage with the ball. thought we were the best team and we did it. everything except the score. “
Manager Aston Villa Dean smith: “We weren’t even average. I’ve never seen us make so many unforced errors, we just kept giving the ball up from start to finish. It was sloppy. But we showed off. resilience to keep the ball out of the net.
“It was disappointing overall, the only thing that comes out is a clean sheet and the resilience we have shown. [Martinez] made good saves when needed and was our best player on the pitch tonight.
“We didn’t have too many performances like this where we were second best, but fortunately a point and a clean sheet. It’s another point of the account but we are disappointed with our performance tonight.”
Man of the Match – Emiliano Martinez
Sometimes picking a man of the match is a tough decision. Not here. Martinez was the star of the series to earn Aston Villa a point they barely deserved otherwise.
His saves in either half were often routine, but on occasion he had to think quickly – including a pair of second half saves of deflected efforts that could easily have caught up with him. “He was our best player,” said a relieved Smith after the game. It wasn’t even close.
- Brighton and Hove Albion have gone unbeaten in six consecutive high-level games for the first time since a streak of eight ending in November 1981.
- Only Manchester City (7) have conceded fewer away goals in the Premier League this season than Aston Villa (10), with the Villans keeping more clean sheets on the road than any other team (7).
- The last seven league games in which Brighton have hosted Aston Villa have seen just eight goals scored in total, with neither side managing to score more than one goal in a game this round (one win each, five draws ).
- Brighton and Hove Albion have attempted 26 shots – the most they have ever recorded in a single Premier League game.
- Emiliano Martínez has kept seven clean sheets away in the Premier League this season – the only Aston Villa goalkeeper to record more away shutouts in a single campaign in the competition was Brad Friedel in 2009-10 ( 8).
- Despite only arriving in the 62nd minute, no player created more chances in the game than Brighton’s Adam Lallana (4).
Brighton welcomes Crystal Palace ON Monday night football February 22, live Sky Sports Premier League from 19h; Kick-off at 8 p.m.
Aston Villa then hosts a Midlands derby with Leicester visiting Villa Park on February 21, live on Sky Sports Premier League as part of Super sunday from 1 p.m. Kick-off at 2 p.m.