Match Reports

country flag The Championship Round Play-Off 1/2 Final (1)
Aston Villa 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion
Sat 11 May 2019 12:30

Aston Villa

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West Bromwich Albion

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Shots On Target
  • 6
Shots Off Target
  • 8
Woodwork
  • 0
Possession
  • 69%
Shots On Target
  • 2
Shots Off Target
  • 2
Woodwork
  • 0
Possession
  • 31%
Unused Substitutes
Player. Rat. Pos. No.
Lovre Kalinic 28
Mile Jedinak 15
Kortney Hause 30
Keinan Davis 17
Player. Rat. Pos. No.
Jonathan Bond 23
Conor Townsend 14
Jefferson Montero 15
Sam Field 28

West Bromwich Albion

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Shots On Target
  • 2
Shots Off Target
  • 2
Woodwork
  • 0
Possession
  • 31%
Substitutes
Unused Substitutes
Player. Rat. Pos. No.
Jonathan Bond 23
Conor Townsend 14
Jefferson Montero 15
Sam Field 28

Game Report

Highlights

Aston Villa claimed a first leg play-off advantage as they came from behind to see off West Brom 2-1. Dwight Gayle had given Albion an early lead but Villa hit West Brom with two goals in three minutes through Conor Hourihane and a Tammy Abraham penalty. Gayle was later sent off and his season is now over due to suspension.

Detail

Villa welcomed back Abraham while Jack Grealish and John McGinn played after being rested. West Brom appeared at their best as they employed a wing back system.

West Brom were a huge threat from the off with Gayle and Jay Rodriguez continuing their constant threat in attack. It was Gayle who capitalised on an error by Glenn Whelan to score his 24th of the campaign.

Villa's decision to bring on Hourihane for Whelan paid dividends as the midfielder levelled matters with a superb finish having been set up by Grealish.

Within moments and Villa had taken the lead as Abraham scored his 26th of the season as the impressive Grealish was brought down by Kieran Gibbs.

To compound West Brom's misery, Gayle was sent off late on in harsh circumstances, a second bookable offence for fouling Villa keeper Jed Steer.

Summary

Advantage Villa but this tie is certainly in the balance and it promises to be an intriguing second leg. West Brom will be annoyed that they now have Gayle suspended as he has been a vital player for them this season.

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