Danny Ings scored twice as Aston Villa ended their wait for an away win in the Premier League this season with a 2-1 victory at Brighton on Sunday. Alexis Mac Allister fired Brighton ahead inside the first minute but Villa hit back, Ings equalizing with a first-half penalty before his deflected strike early in the second period did for the Seagulls, who were denied a late penalty by VAR. The victory meant Villa, who have now won both their league matches since Unai Emery replaced the sacked Steven Gerrard as manager, moved up to 12th in the table ahead of the World Cup break.
“As a team, we were excellent today,” Ings told Sky Sports. “Our grit and determination got us over the line.
Turning to Emery’s influence, he added: “He’s only been with us a short time but we’ve come a long way already. We’ll have a break now and try to implement as much as he wants to install with us.”
Mac Allister, one of several players on show heading to Qatar for the World Cup, celebrated his Argentina call-up with a goal after 49 seconds against compatriot Emi Martinez.
Villa goalkeeper Martinez played himself into trouble with a short pass to Douglas Luiz, the Brazilian then brushed aside by Mac Allister, who fired in his fifth goal of the season.
But the Midlands club responded well and were deservedly level in the 20th minute.
Emi Buendia’s through ball allowed John McGinn to race onto Lewis Dunk bringing down the Scotland captain inside the area.
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