Emiliano Martinez error gifts Brighton forward Alexis Mac Allister opener after just 48 seconds following Aston Villa defensive mix-up

    A goalkeeping blunder from Aston Villa star Emiliano Martinez gifted Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister a goal after just 48 seconds at the AMEX Stadium.

    The Seagulls were preparing for a tricky test against Unai Emery’s side in a clash that had the potential to be decided by a single moment and one of those came inside the first minute.

    Mac Allister couldn’t believe his luck as he slotted home inside a minute

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    Mac Allister couldn’t believe his luck as he slotted home inside a minute

    Martinez played the ball out from his penalty area and was put under immediate pressure

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    Martinez played the ball out from his penalty area and was put under immediate pressure

    Mac Allister was quicked to react and slotted home after being gifted the opportunity

    Mac Allister was quicked to react and slotted home after being gifted the opportunity

    Having had the ball played back to him, Martinez tried to play the ball from inside his six-yard box towards Douglas Luiz in midfield, however a poor pass immediately put Villa under pressure.

    Unable to get the ball under control, Mac Allister nipped in to take the ball, before slotting the ball past Martinez from 12 yards out for his fifth goal of the season.

    The Argentine forward couldn’t believe his luck as he wheeled off in celebration with the delighted fans.

    As for Martinez and the Villa contingent, it was a disastrous start to a tricky test on the south coast.

    Thankfully for the goalkeeper, his blushes were spared after 20 minutes when Lewis Dunk brought down John McGinn.

    This allowed Danny Ings to level the contest from the penalty spot although his strike only narrowly avoided the gloves of Robert Sanchez

    More to follow…

    The strike certainly wiped the smile off Emery’s face

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    The strike certainly wiped the smile off Emery’s face

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