NEWS NOW: Aston Villa player ratings vs Brighton as Ollie Watkins scores hat-trick in 6-1 win


Aston Villa player ratings vs. Brighton, with Ollie Watkins scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory.
BirminghamLive brings you the latest Aston Villa news as Unai Emery’s team thrash Brighto.

Aston Villa continued their Premier League winning streak at home by defeating Brighton 6-1 at Villa Park.

After Villa scored three goals in 12 first-half minutes to take the game away from Brighton, Ollie Watkins completed his hat-trick in the second half. Villa become the ninth club in Premier League history to win 10 straight league matches at home with their latest excellent triumph.

Unai Emery’s team has now won three consecutive games against the Seagulls, who finished one point ahead of Villa last season despite only winning two of their first 13 games prior to the Spaniard’s arrival in November. Brighton had only won one of their previous 16 visits to Villa Park, but they got off to a good start when Emi Martinez was called into action early to save Perivs Estupinan from breaking the deadlock.

Watkins opened the scoring with a tap-in from Matty Cash’s cross after John McGinn slipped the right-back in down the right channel. Seven minutes later, the striker scored his second goal, beating Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele at his near post.

After Diaby’s strike rebounded off the defender, Estupinan turned the ball into his own net. Roberto De Zerbi made three substitutions at halftime, bringing on Ansu Fati, Joao Pedro, and Tariq Lamptey.

Brighton started the second half strongly, with Fati cutting the gap, but Watkins scored his third goal of the game just after the hour mark. Jacob Ramsey scored his first goal of the season after replacing Nicolo Zaniolo earlier in the second half, before Douglas Luiz scored the sixth in second half extra time.

Villa have already won five of their first seven Premier League games for the third time, having done it previously in 1998 and 2020.

Player evaluations
Martinez, Emi

In the early minutes of the game, he made a great stop to deny Estupinan what would have been the first goal. Was denied a clean sheet after Villa conceded a poor goal early in the first half. 8

Cash, Matty

I kept sprinting down the right channel. He had a big assignment to keep Mitoma quiet, which he accomplished by minimizing the winger’s activity in the penalty box. He made one error as he tried to guide the ball out instead of dealing with it under Mitoma’s pressure. 8

Mr. Ezri Konsa

Outstanding. In the first half, he kept Evan Ferguson quiet and used the ball nicely. Konsa spearheaded the counter-attack, which arrived just as Villa was about to score.

Kamara Boubacar

He intimidated the Brighton midfield. In the middle of the field, Kamara was combative and aggressive, quickly snuffing out danger and winning the ball back numerous times throughout the 90 minutes. 9

Luiz Dougals

He’s consistently one of Villa’s best players, week in and week out. Some superb touches and passes to keep possession and advance the ball. He became the second Villa player to score in five consecutive Premier League home matches, following in the footsteps of Dwight Yorke in late 1996. 9

McGinn, John

He’s played in every game Villa has played this season, and he still gave it his best in the 90th minute today. What an opponent. 8

Zaniolo, Nicolo

Carrying a threat that Brighton struggled to deal with in the beginning

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