The game had become end to end and Brighton restored their advantage after 56 minutes. Gross switched play to the left flank, picking out March with a raking pass. March then curled a fine shot beyond Martinez and into the far corner of the net.
The frenetic pace looked to have caught up with the players at the midway-point of the second half as the tempo hit a bit of a lull. Villa were starting to look tired and devoid of ideas, while Brighton were also a little leggy and in no real rush to get up the pitch.
When they did, via a counter-attack in the 78th minute, Maupay, at full stretch attempting to get on the end of a Gross cross, headed the ball wide.
Brighton were comfortably protecting their lead but it all threatened to go wrong in the closing stages. Lamptey was sent off in injury time after collecting two yellow cards in quick succession.
Villa were then awarded a penalty, although replays suggested March might have played enough of the ball. Referee Oliver thought so after taking a look at the pitchside monitor and overturned his initial decision, much to the fury of Villa boss Smith.
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