Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Aston Villa: Visitors dominate on the South Coast
Matty Cash sends a tribute to Ukraine after opening the scoring against Brighton/Photo: Henry Browne/Getty Images

Brighton & Hove Albion slumped to a third Premier League consecutive defeat, losing 2-0 against Aston Villa at the AMEX Stadium.

Matty Cash put the Villains in front with a superb strike from outside of the area and Ollie Watkins doubled the lead with just over 20 minutes to play.

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The hosts swarmed around Villa’s goal in the opening stages and Jakub Moder's deflected shot nearly dropped for Leandro Trossard in the six-yard box.

Aston Villa went in front on 18 minutes. Cash picked up a loose ball 20 yards from goal, found himself in plenty of space and his right-footed volley from the right-hand corner of the box flew past Rob Sanchez and went in off of the far post.

The Seagulls should have levelled three minutes later when Marc Cucurella found Solly March down the left, who laid the ball off to Alexis Mac Allister, but his shot skimmed the bar.

Brighton's defense had to be on guard as Joel Veltman produced a well-timed interception in the six-yard box to prevent Jacob Murphy from shooting and Sanchez blocked a close-range effort by John McGinn. 

Five minutes into the second half, Sanchez made a brilliant save from a free kick by Philippe Coutinho after Lewis Dunk fouled Ramsey on the edge of the area.

In the 68th minute, the visitors doubled their advantage. Veltman misjudged a long ball down the left by Lucas Digne and Watkins got in behind, running onto Tyrone Mings' searching ball before beating Sanchez with a left-footed shot.

March then picked out Danny Welbeck with his cross but the striker couldn’t direct his header on target and with 11 minutes to go, Neal Maupay forced Emiliano Martinez into a fine save.

That was the last meaningful action of the game as Aston Villa walk away with three well-deserved points.

Was a master in the midfield and saved his best work for the defensive end, keeping things right on point for his side.