sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 5:30pm
  • The Hawthorns
  • Attendance: 25,583
West BromWest BromvAston VillaAston Villa
2
  • Brunt, 49
  • Odemwingie, 84
2
  • Benteke, 12
  • Agbonlahor, 31

live commentary

FULL-TIME:West Brom and Villa share the spoils in a cracking West Midlands derby. Villa deserved to be 2-0 up at the break, but the Baggies came out firing in the second half and in the end, the draw was probably a fair result. Villa will be disappointed after blowing their two-goal advantage but a point does at least lift them out of the relegation zone. West Brom move up one to eighth. Thanks for following our coverage.

90+4 mins:West Brom are making their final sub. Brunt is holding his hamstring as he's replaced by Thorne.

90+2 mins:Lukaku shakes off a couple of challenges and drives a dangerous cross into the six-yard box, but Clark gets there ahead of Odemwingie to make a vital clearance.

90 mins:There's only one side who like they can win this now as West Brom pour forward again. Thomas curls in a cross but Odemwingie heads over from the centre of the box. Four minutes added on.

86 mins:From being 2-0 up, Villa are now hanging on for a point as Lukaku volleys just wide from 25 yards.

83 mins: WEST BROM EQUALISER!It was coming. Guzan concedes a cheap corner after the ball slips out of his grasp and Villa fail to deal with the set-piece. McAuley shakes off Benteke, who Villa claim was fouled (looked to me like he slipped), and heads the ball towards goal where ODEMWINGIE is perfectly positioned to hook in from close range. He deserves that because he's been the best player on the pitch in this half.

81 mins:Holman drags a shot wide from the edge of the box before Rosenberg replaces Dorrans for the home side.

79 mins:Another sight on goal for West Brom and again it's Odemwingie, but he rifles his effort miles over after good work from Thomas down the left.

77 mins:Odemwingie, who has been West Brom's best player, cuts inside and drills a low shot across Guzan which just whistles wide of the post. He looks a threat every time he's on the ball.

73 mins:Morrison sends a wayward shot off target with time running out for the home side. They still have two subs available if Clarke wishes to mix things up.

70 mins:It's all West Brom now. Villa do look dangerous on the counter with the speed of Agbonlahor, but the defence are sitting deep and inviting pressure.

67 mins:Lambert makes his final sub as Holman replaces the lively N'Zogbia, who set up both Villa's goals (admittedly they weren't on a plate for Benteke and Agbonlahor).

66 mins:Another chance goes begging for the Baggies. Odemwingie races onto a ball over the top and rounds Guzan, but the angle is tight and the Nigerian is off balance as he scuffs his shot high and wide.

65 mins:Almost an equaliser for West Brom. Dorrans' strike deflects wide, and, from the corner, McAuley's downward header is hacked off the line by Bennett. Morrison then fires over.

62 mins:Busy period for the referee as he dishes out another yellow card - this time for Dorrans.

61 mins:Lowton is booked for tripping Odemwingie and not allowing West Brom to take a quick free-kick.

59 mins:Great chance for Villa to restore their two-goal advantage. Agbonlahor surges forward and burns past a West Brom defender. He only has Foster to beat, but his shot is too close to the keeper who makes a crucial save.

57 mins:West Brom look to counter after clearing a set-piece, but Thomas is brought down by Lichaj just inside the Villa half. The American is shown a yellow card but will take that for his team because West Brom had bodies bombing forward.

55 mins:Half-hearted appeals for a West Brom penalty as Odemwingie goes down under Bennett's shoulder challenge, but the Villa youngster did nothing wrong.

54 mins:Agbonlahor drives into the West Brom box but screws his shot wide under pressure from Olsson. He's been a real handful for the Baggies defence.

52 mins:Villa are being forced into their second sub of the match as a limping Delph is replaced by Bannan. The change gives Villa's defence a breather because they've been under heaps of pressure since the restart.

49 mins: BAGGIES BACK IN IT!Now we've got a game on our hands. Odemwingie breaks down the left and fires in a low cross. Lukaku controls the ball with his back to goal and rolls it to BRUNT, who expertly guides his shot in off the inside of the post from the edge of the box. Cool as you like from the Baggies captain. Superb work by Odemwingie in the build-up.

48 mins:Ridgewell pushes down his side's left flank and floats in a cross which just evades Lukaku.

46 mins:Villa's two goalscorers kick-off to get us back underway. No subs at the break. Jason says, "West Brom to come out all guns blazing still see them winning this one."

HALF-TIME:Villa deservedly lead by two goals in this West Midlands derby. Benteke opened the scoring with a scorcher before Agbonlahor doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark. And it could have been worse for West Brom had Lichaj finished off N'Zogbia's good work a few minutes before the break. I expect there will be a few fireworks going off in the Baggies dressing room. Join us for the second half soon.

45+3 mins:Excellent effort from Brunt, who meets a bouncing ball on the edge of the 'D', controls it with his chest and then smacks a left-footed volley down the throat of Guzan.

45 mins:Three minutes added on.

44 mins:Nasty challenge from Lukaku, who slides in recklessly on N'Zogbia and catches the Frenchman with his studs. The Baggies striker is deservedly booked.

42 mins:WHAT a chance for Villa to go 3-0 up! N'Zogbia does brilliantly as he dances around his man on the byline and pulls the ball back for Lichaj, but the American is denied from six yards out by a sprawling Foster.

41 mins:Dorrans goes close for the home side as he plays a one-two with Odemwingie on the edge of the box before blasting his shot just wide of the post.

38 mins:This is West Brom's best spell of the match as Morrison tries his luck from distance but slices his shot well wide.

36 mins:West Brom are making a change. Yacob, who injured his shoulder earlier in the half, is being replaced by Thomas.

33 mins:Couple of efforts from West Brom as they attempt to salvage something from this derby. Guzan comfortably saves an effort from Dorrans before Morrison skies a shot from just outside the area.

31 mins: VILLA DOUBLE THE LEAD!Well this is turning into quite the coupon buster. AGBONLAHOR latches onto N'Zogbia's pass, moves inside McAuley and calmly slots the ball past a wrong-footed Foster. Lovely finish. He celebrates by cupping his ears in front of the West Brom fans. Can't see that going down too well.

27 mins:Half-chance for Villa skipper Vlaar from a corner. The Dutchman rises unmarked towards the near post but brushes his header wide of the target.

24 mins:West Brom have been very disappointing so far. Villa are enjoying more possession and are enjoying quite a few attacks down their left side.

21 mins:The handbags are out. Agbonlahor appeals for handball after his cross is blocked by Olsson. Nothing is given by the officials and the West Brom defender is furious with his opponent's attempt to win a free-kick. The pair square off and neither of them is interested in backing down until they are eventually separated by their team-mates. Yellow card apiece.

18 mins:Yacob has hurt his shoulder and needs treatment off the pitch. John from Dearne Valley says, "Come on Villlaaa!! 4-0 Baggies, Jason? Dream on mate VTID."

17 mins:Danger for Villa as they struggle to clear a corner. The ball bounces up to Lukaku, who has his back to goal, but his volley from six yards out is saved by Guzan.

14 mins:Agbonlahor races down the left and earns Villa another corner but it comes to nothing.

12 mins: BENTEKE BULLET!Just what this derby needed - unless you're a Baggies fan. Benteke collects N'Zogbia's pass, drops his shoulder to turn away from Yacob and drills a thunderous shot from 20 yards into the far left corner of Foster's goal. The keeper didn't stand a chance. Magnificent strike.

10 mins:Scrappy start as Olsson heads clear a Villa free-kick into the box. Jason, who is a Liverpool fan from Kent, says "Villa to be given a hiding think they will lose 4-0. Come on WBA."

8 mins:Brave goalkeeping from Guzan as the Villa stopper catches Lukaku's left-wing cross and clatters into Odemwingie, who was lurking at the near post.

5 mins:Early sub then for the visitors as the injured Baker is replaced at left-back by Lichaj. Hope the American has warmed up properly. Villa clear the corner.

4 mins:Odemwingie skins Baker down West Brom's right and plays a low ball across the box for Lukaku, who sees his shot deflect behind. Worryingly for Villa, Baker is on the deck and appears to have pulled a muscle. There was no contact.

2 mins:Villa force an early corner but Benteke is penalised for a foul inside the box. Aaron from Birmingham says, "West Brom will win this easily. Even with Vlaar back, Villa are shocking in defence and concede too many goals."

0 mins:West Brom get this West Midlands derby underway. So what are your predictions? I'm going 3-1 to the Baggies, but David from Lichfield reckons the opposite scoreline will happen with Benteke to score first.

1730:A minute's applause is taking place to remember Derek 'The Tank' Kevan, who scored 173 goals for the Baggies in 291 matches. He passed away just over two weeks ago at the age of 77. The players are also wearing black armbands.

1726:Reading's win at Newcastle has dropped Villa to 19th, but Lambert's side need just a point to move out of the relegation zone. West Brom are ninth - their lowest position of the season - but will climb three places if they win. The teams are in the tunnel.

1710:Good evening and welcome to our live coverage from The Hawthorns. Odemwingie starts up front alongside Lukaku for the Baggies with Long (dead leg) still sidelined, while Yacob is back from a hamstring injury. Villa are boosted by the return of skipper Vlaar, who has been out for two months with a calf problem. Agbonlahor is recalled to the starting XI, but Bent has to settle for a place on the bench.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 5:30pm
  • The Hawthorns
  • Attendance: 25,583
West BromWest BromvAston VillaAston Villa
2
  • Brunt, 49
  • Odemwingie, 84
2
  • Benteke, 12
  • Agbonlahor, 31

match report

West Brom came from 2-0 down to snatch a point as Aston Villa climbed out of the relegation places in an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.

With earlier results going against them, Villa found themselves second from bottom of the Premier League at kick off, and reacted swiftly, racing into a two goal lead before half time through Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.

But the second half belonged to West Brom as they created a host of chances to breach the nervy Villa defence, and once Chris Brunt had halved the arrears, it was just a matter of time before the equaliser came, with Peter Odemwingie obliging with just seven minutes remaining.

It was little more than West Brom deserved, despite emerging second best from a first half that will give all at Villa Park hope of a better second half to the season.

Paul Lambert's youngsters raced from the blocks showing little fear, in spite of the predicament they found themselves in at kick off, languishing 19th in the table after the afternoon's games.

Charles N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor and Benteke provided a formidable attacking triangle, and West Brom had no answer to their movement that was relentless down both channels.

And it was little surprise that the opening was not long in arriving. A piece of individual brilliance from the Belgian Benteke saw him lose his marker with a drop of the shoulder and turn to power a right-footed shot into the far corner.

The pressure continued, and the home crowd were becoming increasingly frustrated by their side's lack of shooting composure. Graham Dorrans and Brunt were both wayward with efforts on Brad Guzan's goal, whilst Romelu Lukaku struggled to get the better of the returning Ron Vlaar.

So the second goal was richly deserved and predictably the opening was created by N'Zogbia. His drive down the right and pin-point ball inside to Agbonlahor saw the forward finish with aplomb to silence the home crowd still further.

Half time came at a bad time for Villa, and gave Steve Clarke the chance to regroup his troops, and West Brom did just that.

A far more positive West Brom outfit emerged for the second period, and immediately set about reducing the arrears.

Chris Brunt took just over four minutes to find his shooting boots, side-footing in from the edge of the box to start the nerves jangling in the Villa camp.

And after several missed chances, not least by Odemwingie, the Nigerian international finally got his reward, and broke Villa hearts, hooking in from a corner after Gareth McAuley had knocked the ball down.

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team line-up

1Ben Foster
3Jonas Olsson
23Gareth McAuley
6Liam Ridgewell
28Billy Jones
7James Morrison
17Graham Dorrans82
24Peter Odemwingie
11Chris Brunt94
5Claudio Yacob36
20Romelu Lukaku

substitutes

15George Thorne94
30Gabriel Tamas
4Goran Popov
14Jerome Thomas36
25Craig Dawson
8Markus Rosenberg82
13Boaz Myhill

referee

Lee Probert

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
32Nathan Baker5
6Ciaran Clark
4Ron Vlaar
16Fabian Delph53
27Joe Bennett
34Matthew Lowton
15Ashley Westwood
10Charles N'Zogbia67
11Gabriel Agbonlahor
20Christian Benteke

substitutes

25Barry Bannan53
7Stephen Ireland
30Eric Lichaj5
14Brett Holman67
21Jordan Bowery
9Darren Bent
33Andy Marshall

referee

Lee Probert

match stats

possession %5742
shots on target66
shots off target155
corners88
tackles won1413
offsides23