Danny Welbeck off the mark as Brighton are saved by VAR in win at Aston Villa

In this strangest of seasons Aston Villa are the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle, while VAR remains the most contentious. Since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, Dean Smith’s men have won away to Leicester and Arsenal but lost all three of their home matches, including this rollicking duel with a smart, tenacious and slightly lucky Brighton side who – and this is rare – proved more efficient than their opponents.

After goals by Danny Welbeck and Solly March either side of one by Ezri Konsa, Brighton benefitted in stoppage time from the surprising reversal of a penalty decision, with Michael Oliver deciding to overturn his own ruling after going to the pitchside screen to review a tackle by March on Trezeguet. That came moments after the brilliant Tariq Lamptey had been harshly sent off for two offences deemed bookable.

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