Emiliano Martinez made an instant impact for Aston Villa on his Premier League debut saving a first-half penalty in a 1-0 win against Sheffield United.
Villa gave away a penalty 33 minutes into the game when Matt Targett fouled Chris Basham in the box but the defender’s blushes were spared.
John Lundstram stepped up to take the spot kick but Martinez dived to his right and pushed the ball away.
It was the 27-year-old’s first real test following his £20million move from the Gunners and he is already proving to be a solid investment.
His good start for Villa was further evidence of his case for being one of the top ‘keepers in the league.
It was an eventful first-half at Villa Park with the Blades being reduced to 10 men just 12 minutes into the match.
Defender John Egan was shown the red card by referee Graham Scott after tussling with Watkins as he attempted to latch on to a long ball forward from Tyrone Mings, the decision standing following a VAR check.
The half-time whistle came with the two sides still goalless but Chris Wilder’s side knew a tough 45 minutes would be ahead with a man down.
Villa finally made the extra player count in the 63rd minute when Ezri Konsa headed past Aaron Ramsdale.
Targett’s corner was flicked on by Tyrone Mings, who today signed a new contract until 2024, where his centre-back partner was waiting head home.
The goal was enough to give Dean Smith’s side a 1-0 win in their first Premier League outing of the season.
It was also a second defeat of the campaign for the Blades but playing 78 minutes with 10 men did not help their cause. Talk Sport