Brighton & Hove Albion celebrated their first Premier League win since September after Danny Welbeck helped them to a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday with his first goal for the club

Solly March also scored a nice goal for the visitors to undo Ezri Konsa’s equalizer, as Brighton left the relegation zone with nine points in as many games

The thrilling clash came to a dramatic climax when Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey was sent off in the stoppage moment moments before referee Michael Oliver canceled a penalty he awarded Villa after a VAR control

The uneven form of Villa, sixth, continued to suffer their third straight loss at home, with the setback against Brighton coming after a 3-0 win at Arsenal following losses to Leeds and Southampton

Welbeck, who endured a difficult year at relegated Watford last season with just two league goals in 18 appearances, was elated after opening his account at Brighton

“These are three very important points,” the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker told the BBC

“We had a good performance but today we also got the result. I’m obviously happy to get out of goal with the goal I just kept my cool and put it on the keeper”

Villa missed a series of chances in the first half and was penalized as Welbeck ran flawlessly from inside his own half in the 12th minute and beat goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a deliciously finish smothered

Konsa equalized shortly after the break when he slipped to the far post to give Bertrand Traore the free kick and Villa looked set to complete his comeback as they continued to besiege Brighton’s goal

But they were stunned again in the 56th minute when March capped off a smooth movement with a sublime first-time shot from 18 yards into the top corner, leaving Martinez rooted in his line.

March, whose tackle on Trezeguet was initially viewed by Oliver as a penalty, was relieved, the referee changed his mind after watching the replay of the incident on a monitor

“For a while I had my heart in my mouth but got a bit of a bullet,” he told the BBC “I haven’t seen him again but sometimes with follow-up , you cannot avoid making contact “

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