OGUN, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) –In a wild match that saw both teams given red cards, Aston Villa rallied late to defeat Brentford 2-1. Ollie Watkins scored the game’s winning goal against his old team to pull Villa within one point of leaders Arsenal.
Brentford defender Ben Mee’s sending off in the 71st minute sparked the Villa turnaround as Alex Moreno cancelled out Keane Lewis-Potter’s first-half opener.
Watkins then scored an 85th-minute header which was followed by a celebration that saw him stand inside the goal and point at a Brentford supporter in the home end causing a melee between the two sides.
Watkins reports “personal abuse” from a Brentford fan fuelled his celebration, with the comments made understood to be related to the England striker’s family, but were not of a racial nature
The match then descended into stoppage time, with Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez pulling Neal Maupay off the ground by his shirt. This sparked another altercation, and in the 97th minute, midfielder Boubacar Kamara of Villa was sent off.
A fiery game ended with two red cards, 10 bookings and both managers being cautioned.
But Villa held on to win three straight league games, moving them up to second place briefly before Liverpool’s goalless draw with Manchester United moved Unai Emery’s team back into third.