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‘Having a go’: Jamie Carragher spots Douglas Luiz going mad at 30-year-old Aston Villa player today
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‘Having a go’: Jamie Carragher spots Douglas Luiz going mad at 30-year-old Aston Villa player today

Jamie Carragher spotted Douglas Luiz going mad at Emiliano Martinez during Aston Villa’s clash with Brighton today on Sky Sports

Unai Emery’s men were looking to build on an impressive 3-1 over Manchester United last weekend. But they found themselves behind inside the first minute and were the architects of their own downfall. 

Martinez attempted to play the ball to Luiz but Gary Mac Allister raced in front of the Brazilian and produced a composed finish. 

Villa did get back on level terms midway through the first-half after Danny Ings made no mistake from the spot. 

But Carragher spotted Luiz ‘having a go’ at the 30-year-old Martinez in the 28th minute of today’s game. 

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Luiz going mad at Martinez 

Emery is clearly intent on his side playing out from the back, but his players seemed to be struggling with the approach in the first-half today. 

Villa invited more pressure on themselves after Martinez passed to Mings, who was then hassled by Danny Welbeck. 

Mings was forced into his own corner and eventually won a throw-in after a battle with Welbeck. And Carragher says Luiz did not look happy with Martinez after the moment. 

“Douglas Luiz having a go at the goalkeeper, saying he should go long,” he said on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game

“The plan for Unai Emery, he wants his team to play out from the back. Sometimes your goalkeeper has got to make a decision what’s best for the team, not just what the manager tells you to do before the game. 

“You have to smell it also how confident your own players are in receiving [the ball].” 

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Emery will be furious that his side gave away a goal in the opening moments of the game, but they did respond well. 

Ings looked a real threat in the first-half and was linking up brilliantly with Jacob Ramsey. 

The English striker bagged another goal in the second-half after Luiz won possession for his side in an almost identical fashion to the goal Villa conceded. 

The Brazilian robbed Mac Allister of the ball on the edge of the Brighton box and played it to Ings. 

The Villa striker took the ball round Lewis Dunk and his deflected effort crept past Robert Sanchez. 

Brighton thought they should’ve had a penalty midway through the second period as Lucas Digne appeared to kick Solly March. But luckily for Emery’s men, the decision wasn’t overturned by VAR.

It was a statement win for Emery against an in-form Brighton side. The Spaniard has now won his first two games as Villa boss and will be looking forward to working with his players during the World Cup.

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