Late Ollie Watkins equaliser saves Aston Villa’s blushes against Brentford

If Aston Villa do not qualify for the Champions League, the chances are Unai Emery will pinpoint this draw against Brentford as the day that derailed their best-laid plans. Villa established a 2-0 buffer seconds after the restart but three goals in nine second-half minutes earned Brentford a shock lead.

Villa imploded defensively but Ollie Watkins, who scored the first goal of a crazy game, got his second late on to prevent a stinging defeat. Make no mistake, though, this was a result that will jar. Villa could hardly give Tottenham greater encouragement that fourth spot is still very much up for grabs. Eyebrows will doubtless be raised at Manchester United too.

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