Tyrone Mings was despatched off within the first-half of Aston Villa’s house conflict in opposition to Crystal Palace… nevertheless it didn’t cease Dean Smith’s facet securing a superb Boxing Day win.
Mings’ dismissal got here shortly earlier than half-time and after Bertrand Traore had opened the scoring for the hosts, with Kortney Hause and Anwar El-Ghazi netting within the second interval to ensure Villa all three factors.
Villa have been nicely price their win, outplaying their opponents regardless of having a person much less for greater than half the sport – and so they took their probabilities too.
Wilfried Zaha was Palace’s largest menace and he performed a key position in Mings being despatched off.
Each gamers have been proven yellow playing cards after an on-pitch scuffle simply earlier than the 40-minute mark, with Zaha then drawing a foul from Mings a couple of minutes later which noticed the defender rightfully dismissed for a second bookable offence.
The consequence lifted Villa into the Premier League’s prime six – for a couple of hours not less than – whereas Palace have now conceded ten objectives in two matches after final weekend’s hammering by Liverpool.
Palace practically made the right begin when Zaha was performed clear by means of, catching Mings on his heels, inside the primary minute however Martinez produced save.
And it was Villa who took the lead with lower than 5 minutes on the clock.
Traore performed in Ollie Watkins down the correct and was available to thump the ball into the online when goalkeeper Vicente Guaita parried Watkins’ shot into the center of the field.
Villa regarded harmful each time they got here ahead and Traore virtually grabbed a second within the 17th minute, chopping in from the correct and beating Guaita with a shot that bounced away off a publish.
The Palace keeper then denied Jack Grealish after he had taken benefit of extra holes within the guests’ defence.
Palace thought they need to have had a penalty when Patrick Van Aanholt went down beneath a slipshod problem from Matty Money.
Having determined in opposition to giving a spot-kick, referee Anthony Taylor went to have a second take a look at the pitch-side monitor earlier than sticking together with his authentic resolution to conclude a prolonged delay.
With 39 minutes on the clock, Mings and Zaha have been each proven yellow playing cards for some argy-bargy following a foul by the Palace man on John McGinn.
Villa once more got here near a second moments later, Watkins inflicting extra bother down the correct earlier than El Ghazi and Grealish each had photographs blocked.
The hosts’ failure so as to add to their lead turned a extra worrying subject within the 45th minute when Mings caught out an arm to dam Zaha and was proven a second yellow.
He reluctantly left the pitch and boss Dean Smith reacted by withdrawing Traore, who had been most likely one of the best participant on the pitch, to permit Ezri Konsa to return on, whereas Martinez produced a leaping save to maintain out Luka Milivojevic’s shot.
Regardless of their numerical drawback, Villa continued to benefit from the higher of the sport within the early levels of the second half.
And the second aim that arrived within the 66th minute was not more than they deserved. Palace didn’t defend an El Ghazi free-kick, Watkins headed in opposition to the crossbar and Hause adopted as much as rating his second Premier League aim for Villa.
Guaita clawed the ball out however not earlier than it had crossed the road.
With Palace compelled to commit extra males ahead, Villa regarded much more harmful, and, after Watkins noticed a shot blocked, the spectacular winger teed-up El Ghazi for his fourth aim in 4 video games – a superb, curling effort in off the far publish.
The guests finally utilized some constant strain, with Eberechi Eze firing at Martinez and Joel Ward curling a cross onto the highest of the bar.
However Watkins practically completed the match with the aim he deserved, just for his effort to hit a publish.