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Unai Emery attributes Aston Villa’s heavy victory over Brighton to the ‘special’ Villa Park atmosphere

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery believes that there is an extraordinary atmosphere developing at Villa Park following his team’s impressive 6-1 victory over Brighton.

During Aston Villa‘s thrashing of Brighton, Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick, while Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz also found the net, along with an own goal by Pervis Estupinan.

Although Ansu Fati briefly narrowed the deficit to 3-1 at the beginning of the second half for Brighton, Villa demonstrated clinical finishing and secured their 10th consecutive home league win, surpassing Brighton in the table.

Emery said: “We have to feel something special at Villa Park and try to create a positive energy between us and the supporters and try to work on the pitch to connect with them.

“We want to compete the same at home and away, we will need time to build the team to be consistent but at home we feel strong with our supporters and the energy the supporters are transmitting to us, we need to keep being consistent at home.

“Ollie Watkins is committed to the club, he is very happy here and we are very happy with him, he works hard every day and tries to learn every day. He did very good work scoring goals and working defensively to help the team.

“We have to be very demanding and try to improve every day, each match is going to demand different things, we have to be ready and be strong in our work to be successful.”

Villa quickly overwhelmed Brighton with three goals in the first half. Ollie Watkins opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a close-range finish, and then found the net again in the 21st minute with a low shot past Jason Steele at the near post.

Emery hails the Villa Park atmosphere

An own goal by Pervis Estupinan in the 26th minute further solidified Villa’s lead. Albion managed to respond when Ansu Fati, who came on as a substitute at half-time, scored his first goal for the club five minutes into the second half.

However, Watkins completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute with a deflected shot, while Jacob Ramsey curled in a goal in the 85th minute. Douglas Luiz added another goal seven minutes into injury time, sealing a convincing victory for Villa over Brighton.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi said: “Everything [went wrong], we played very bad.

“It’s not a problem of our physical condition, first and foremost when we lose this type of game it’s my responsibility. If you lose 6-1, the biggest responsibility is of the coach.

“We are not ready to compete and to play every three days, I’m trying to manage in different ways to keep the physical energy [up].

“The physical energy is not enough, in football you have to be ready to give your all and your best in the head in the mentality. We can’t lose every tackle, every duel and every second ball otherwise you lose the game in this way.

“But I believe in my players because I have big confidence in the people inside of my dressing room, we are suffering a lot for this defeat but this can happen sometimes if you are not ready and you have to adapt quickly.

“We have to learn. We are suffering, it’s a very bad day but maybe one of the most important days – we want to reach this level.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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