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Members of the Aston Villa squad have reacted to their hard-fought point at Brentford that keeps the hunt for European qualification alive.
Unai Emery’s side maintained their place in the top six courtesy of Douglas Luiz’s 87th minute equaliser in West London. They came up against a well-disciplined Bees side who stifled Villa’s midfield and isolated main man Ollie Watkins in the opening 45 minutes, and then looked to take advantage of Emi Martinez’s enforced substitution after the break.
Ivan Toney opened the scoring for the home side but Villa managed to limit the score to 1-0, weathering the storm before pushing for an equaliser in the final stages. Then became the dominant side late on and were rewarded for their pressure when Emi Buendia picked out Luiz in the box for the midfielder to score to earn Villa a valuable point.
The performance disappointed head coach Emery, but the Villa boss praised his side for grinding out a point. And Sunday saw Villa take a step closer to realising their European dream when Spurs were thrashed 6-1 at Newcastle, leaving Emery’s men two points off 5th place ahead of a must-win game against Fulham at Villa Park on Tuesday night.