Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion - Football Match Report

Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion - Football Match Report

Villa recovered after Dwight Gayle opened the scoring in the first half but the on-loan Newcastle hitman is banned for Tuesday's game after being sent off late on at Villa Park.

The match stayed that way until the second half when Villans boss Dean Smith brought on Conor Hourihane, and it was he who lashed home an equaliser from the edge of the box to send their fans wild.

Two goals in four minutes saw Aston Villa's bid to restore their Premier League status given a huge boost as they beat Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in their Championship play-off semi-final at Villa Park.

"We've got to go there full of confidence".


"It'll be a different game".

It was a tricky first half for the Villans, as their visitors sat in deep to frustrate them in a 5-4-1 formation without the ball and the job became more hard when Glenn Whelan's mistake allowed Dwight Gayle to open the scoring.

"We've got some wonderful attacking options and players and we may have to tweak how we play on the pitch". "If we win, we're through".

"He's got booked for allegedly time-wasting for the throw-ins".


"It's a new one on me if you have to jog and sprint to restart every time the ball goes out".

"I always think to myself does he ever get exhausted? Luckily we got two goals". He's obviously a big player for us, that's obviously a big frustration.

'So it gives Jay the opportunity to get a more central role, and he can be a big threat from there.

Shan admitted Albion must approach the home leg on the front foot if they are going to overturn the deficit and reach Wembley.


"We knew it was going to be hard".

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