Ryan keeps clean sheet as Brighton start season in winning ways

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Socceroos shot stopper Mat Ryan started the season in fine form keeping a clean sheet in Brighton's impressive 3-0 win against Watford at Vicarage Road.

It was a perfect start for Ryan and new Seagulls coach Graham Potter who could've scarcely wished for a better start to his reign as Brighton & Hove Albion head coach.

Brighton went ahead on 28 minutes when Abdoulaye Doucoure diverted Pascal Gross' cross past his own goalkeeper. 

Florin Andone converted Davy Propper's cross to double the visitors' advantage 20 minutes into the second half. 

Ryan preserved his side's lead with a fine save from Watford's Craig Dawson before substitute Neal Maupay marked his Premier League debut with a goal to secure the Seagulls' victory with 13 minutes to play. 

Aaron Mooy was named on the bench for the match after completing a deadline day loan move from Huddersfield Town but will have to wait another week to make his Brighton debut.

In other action Crystal Palace and a 10-man Everton played out a goalless draw, while Sheffield United grabbed a late equaliser to claim a point at Bournemouth.

In the last game of the day, Tottenham scored three times in the final 17 minutes to complete a dramatic 3-1 comeback victory at home to Aston Villa.

NDOMBELE & KANE STAR IN SPURS LATE SHOW

Tanguy Ndombele scored a sensational debut goal and Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham came from behind to thrillingly deny Villa as Dean Smith's side made their Premier League return.

John McGinn's ninth-minute goal for the visitors seemed set to mark the occasion in style as Champions League finalists Spurs – playing without the benched Christian Eriksen for over an hour – struggled to create chances.

Eriksen's introduction sparked urgency into Tottenham's attack and, after Tom Heaton had made a fantastic stop to deny Davinson Sanchez, Ndombele curled in a brilliant equaliser.

Another terrific Heaton stop kept Eriksen at bay and with five minutes left the match was still level, as Spurs sought to follow Liverpool and City by starting with three points.

But Villa's resistance was ended when Kane capitalised on a mistake from Jack Grealish before excellently tucking in another from Moussa Sissoko's assist in the last minute, adding gloss to a hard-fought win.
 

MISERABLE STARTS FOR SAINTS

Ashley Barnes struck twice as Burnley beat Southampton 3-0 with a dazzling second-half performance.

Southampton had the better of the first half, with Che Adams shooting wide early on, while Nick Pope produced a stunning save to deny Nathan Redmond.

But Burnley opened the scoring after 63 minutes, as Barnes latched on to Erik Pieters’ long pass and beat Angus Gunn with a low finish.

And it was the same two players who combined seven minutes later, Pieters crossing for Barnes to steer a volley past Gunn.

Gudmundsson made it three with 15 minutes remaining, curling a superb shot into the corner of the net to secure on opening three points for the Clarets.

SHARP GRABS LATE POINT FOR BLADES

Substitute Billy Sharp finished off a goalmouth scramble with two minutes remaining to earn newly promoted Sheffield United a 1-1 draw away to Bournemouth.

Chris Mepham had earlier put the hosts in front when he converted a close-range rebound, but Sharp ensured the Blades got something from their first Premier League game since 2007.

There was also a draw as Crystal Palace held Everton at Selhurst Park, with the visitors having Morgan Schneiderlin sent off with 14 minutes remaining.

The midfielder picked up a second yellow card for a high foot Luka Milivojevic, while Wilfried Zaha - who reluctantly had to stay at Palace having been heavily pursued by Everton in the transfer window - played the last 25 minutes after coming off the bench.

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