Aston Villa’s Ezri Konsa grabs win after 10-man Sheffield United waste penalty

Last time it was a glitch in goalline technology that denied Sheffield United at Villa Park, this time Chris Wilder’s men were frustrated by an early red card for John Egan and a moment of class from the home team’s new goalkeeper. Emiliano Martínez marked his first appearance since a £20m move from Arsenal by saving John Lundstram’s first-half penalty. Ezri Konsa secured a winning start to the season for Aston Villa by heading the only goal in the second half.

Villa aspire to doing much more than repeating last season’s late escape from relegation and they have recruited accordingly. Before this game they confirmed the £17m purchase of forward Bertrand Traoré from Lyon, and once this game got going, other expensively acquired recruits began to demonstrate their worth.

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