Highlights: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

By on 11th May 2019

Aston Villa came from behind to win the first leg of their play-off semi-final against rivals West Bromwich Albion, 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday.

Neither team played particularly well throughout the majority of the game but it was the visitors who took advantage of a Glenn Whelan mistake to take a first half lead. The experienced midfielder miskicked a pass, gifting possession to Dwight Gayle deep inside the Aston Villa half, before firing home from 20 yards.

Dean Smith’s side saw the majority of possession and territory but were largely poor in the final third, rarely testing Sam Johnstone. The pre-match favourites finally equalised 15 minutes through time through substitute Conor Hourihane who struck a powerful 20-yard effort across goal and into the far corner.

Only four minutes later and the hosts were in front when Jack Grealish was clumsily brought down inside the area by Kieran Gibbs. The full-back escaped a second yellow card having only been booked moments earlier. Tammy Abraham converted the spot kick with his first and only effort on target all game.

There was still time for Dwight Gayle to receive his marching orders. The Baggies’ top scorer had earlier been booked for time wasting over a throw-in when referee Graham Scott deemed his attempt to get onto the cross as a foul when he collided with Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer. Replays suggest it was a very harsh decision.

The second leg at the Hawthorns takes place on Tuesday 14 May.

Watch the highlights from Aston Villa 2-1 West Bromwich Albion here:

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