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Summary

  1. Sherwood earns first points as Villa boss
  2. Benteke scores dramatic late penalty
  3. Latest: Hull 1-1 Sunderland
  4. Poyet & Bruce involved in scuffle, Poyet sent off
  5. Southampton beat Crystal Palace to move fifth

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Scuffles, penalties and late late winners. Another night in the Premier League office.

See you tomorrow for even more action...

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Tim Sherwood on BT Sport: "Christian Benteke is improving. I spoke to him before the game about what he would do if we get a penalty and he said he just waits for the keeper to move and then puts it into the corner. Easy as that."

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Sally Anders: Forget this Premier League lark...have you SEEN the top of the Championship table tonight?!?!

Curtis E. Bear: Can Bristol City get a mention? staring down the barrel of successive relegations xmas 2013, now 10 points clear at the top!

Sanj: If Norwich win two more, they're in the automatic spots. They've just come storming in the last few months, now probably favourites to win the league!

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OPEYEMI: I just wonder if Southampton will make it to the champions league next season, that's one English team out already..

Mungo Russell: With all the talk about Villa, nobody's noticed that Southampton are now right back in that Champions League dogfight!

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Manager reaction

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Tony Pulis
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West Brom manager Tony Pulis:

"We scrapped away. First half they were better than us but second half we got into it.

"They had couple of long-range shots and we didn't look in any danger.

"Obviously Ben Foster will be disappointed with what happened at the end. It's very, very hard to take but Ben has been brilliant for us this season so I won't be criticising him.

"There is enough said about refereeing decisions without me getting involved. I haven't seen it (Alan Hutton and Saido Berahino) either.

"We are disappointed, we have dug in second-half and got the goal. Maybe we would have liked to have changed one or two things but we have got a few injuries so we have what we have.

"The aim is to get as many points as we can as long as we finish outside the bottom three.

"The FA Cup is another game to come here and play in a wonderful stadium. It's a brilliant club. We will enjoy it."

Manager reaction

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Hull boss Steve Bruce: "We all get carried away with ourselves. I think I'll let Gus Poyet explain. What it had to do with me I'm not too sure. I'll let him speak to the cameras.

"Jack Rodwell dived, he's done a dive and the ref has seen it. It's part and parcel of the nonsense that surrounds us."

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Mark Fletcher: Biggest goal of the season for Villa. Onwards and upwards hopefully. I'm exhausted after that.

Mitch Mansfield: Benteke's pen is the first goal Aston Villa have scored in the last 15 mins of a PL game this season. Only their second in the last 30.

Emmanuel Tange: Ben Foster needs to forget about today, too many mistakes and he has cost his team the points.

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Poyet v Bruce - Grown men acting like children

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Hull manager Steve Bruce on his scuffle with Gus Poyet: "The big contentious issue is Jack Rodwell running through and then from where I was standing he dived and the referee called it right. From Gus's reaction he thought it was wrong. You have to ask him why he came over to myself. I don't know what I was supposed to have done.

"These things happen in the heat of the moment. Grown men acting like a couple of children. They happen in big games. I don't mind being accused. I suppose I'm not flavour of the month. Let's go and have a glass of red."

Manager reaction

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet on Match of the Day: "I was sent off for kicking the bucket. The bottles coming out of the bucket didn't help me. I know it doesn't look good but it's nothing to worry out. I prefer that than saying something I would regret.

"I'm old fashioned. What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch. There are no problems for me at all."

Manager reaction

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood:

"I think so (it's a turning point). We have conceded late against Stoke and it is a real body blow, but to score one late is an excellent feeling and I thought it was thoroughly deserved.

"We are improving every game and we are still alive and kicking. It's a massive football club and it is at the wrong end of the table.

"A Tony Pulis side is never dead. It was always likely to be a set piece.

"We kept at it and someone was looking down on us today. I'll try anything, we are at that stage.

"We hadn't won in 12 Premier League games and had to buck that trend. I think we deserved the three points and onwards and upwards.

"When you are at the bottom you have to grind out results, but today we showed by playing them... it was a great improvement.

"I don't think we can do it the old fashioned way with blood and thunder, we have to play through teams."

Manager reaction

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Poyet
Reuters

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "In football things happen. I have to convince the officials not to put any buckets of drinks around me. I have no regrets whatsoever. If that is a bad image for football I am sorry but I don't think it's something to worry about.

"I'm old fashioned. What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch."

Manager reaction

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "We didn't have that total confidence against Palace who were very organised. It was tough to create and score. It wasn't the best game we have played this season, we were more lucky than in the last few weeks but they deserved this result. It's not easy when you are struggling as a football player, I know that. Finally, it is three points that makes the situation a little more comfortable.

"It was crucial game to win today, now we have 10 days until the Chelsea game and it makes the situation a lot more comfortable and I hope they will get total confidence back and play like we did before."

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

The more I see Sunderland's equaliser the more obvious the handball from Jack Rodwell becomes. I think Sunderland were lucky to get away with that one.

Player reaction

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie: "We were unlucky not to score in the second half. We deserved something from the game definitely.

"Southampton started quickly but we created a few chances in the second half. We were unlucky. Southampton are a good team and we have to look forward to the next game."

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Aston Villa need everybody on board. You need every single fan behind you. I don't expect them to go on a fantastic run and cruise relegation, they are not that kind of team. It doesn't matter how it is won, Tim Sherwood wants to stay in this league to build for next season."

Manager reaction

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Pardew
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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "In the first half Southampton were by far the better side in a game they had to win. Second half we were the better team and had two great chances. We also should have had a penalty and it is so disappointing we have let in a soft goal.

"Our keeper Julian Speroni is big enough to hold up his hand but we should have stopped it before it got anywhere near there. Jose Fonte is over aggressive on Yannick Bolasie and I think we should be given that.

"The performance level was high. We are disappointed we haven't come away with a point, because we think we deserved it.

"We had little protection from the referee because the centre halves were coming through our strikers, which they do here."

Player reaction

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Agbonlahor
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Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor: "This result will give us confidence. We believe we can stay up and we're not going to look back now. Any point is crucial but to get all three...

"We've not had any luck all season but we did today with the late penalty."

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Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Dan Hayes: Wow I'm exhausted... That was emotional

Steve Mather: Unbeaten in March!! Great win, needed something to believe in and we got it tonight

Simon Murphy: Villa didn't win that game, Ben Foster lost it for WBA.

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DOWN AT THE BOTTOM

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

table
BBC

A huge win for Aston Villa. They are now three points clear of QPR - who do have two games in hand now.

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Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Gary Lineker

BBC Sport

"There are big goals, then there are huge goals. Benteke's penalty was enormous."

Player reaction

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton match winner Sadio Mane: "It was so difficult the last two or three games. The win is good for the confidence and we keep going. Confidence was a little bit low. but today finally we win."

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A: YESSSSSSS!!! Been a long time coming for us villa fans! Scraped it but I'm feeling positive for the first time in ages!

Jon Evans: Get in, hopefully this is the turning point for Villa. Sherwood has a 50% win ratio at Villa in all competitions!

Tom Castle: Tim Sherwood questioned for his starting XI, tactics, and subs all match long ... but comes away the hero.

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Player reaction

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

John O'Shea
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Sunderland defender John O'Shea: "There was very little in the game. Both teams went for the win and we had a couple of good chances to nick it. We showed great sprit and that's what we will need. We have stopped the rot now, but look, we know we have to battle."

Goalscorer Jack Rodwell: "It hit my arm but they all count! It happened so quickly, luckily the ref gave it."

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Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Villa fans - you've won a game! How do you feel?

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NathB: It's hard being a Villa fan! Well done lads!

Rich Lang: Get in there! That was just not allowed to be that cool from Christian Benteke. Confusing confidence!

Peter Collins: Feel good factor back? That could be the moment that saves Villa this year.

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FULL-TIME

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"The Aston Villa bench looked like they have won a cup tie. Even the fans, that is not just league win. They are back fighting in this league.

"Ben Foster did not too particularly well in the first half. If he let one through his legs in the first half, it would have gone viral. To do what he did at the end, unthinkable."

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Aston Villa's first Premier League win since December 7th. You'd think they'd won the league, the way they are celebrating right now. But what a way to do it too, right at the end. The last kick!

FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Tim Sherwood
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Huge celebrations from Tim Sherwood and his players! Villa win for the first time in 12 games.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Three mistakes in one set of play from Ben Foster. He hasn't covered himself in glory in this match so far anyway.

"Unbelievable for him to make so many errors in such a short period of time. Goalkeeping is a horrible job when you make ONE mistake, but three? It has cost his team a point."

FULL-TIME

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

GOAL

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom - Christian Benteke (90+4 mins)

Christian Benteke
PA

How cool can you be? Christian Benteke takes his time and just rolls it in!

Benteke celebration
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PENALTY to VILLA

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

Wow! Ben Foster makes a great save to keep out Fabian Delph but moments later he is the villain, sweeping down Matthew Lowton. Penalty!

INJURY TIME

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

Into added time. There are FOUR MINUTES of it at Villa Park...

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

West Brom corner - Brad Guzan flaps! Nobody there this time to take advantage. How are your nerves Villa fans?

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Alan Hutton cannot go in there, he has put his studs up on Saido Berahino. That is unacceptable. As a player, you need to let the ball go down to a reasonable level."

YELLOW CARD

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

Alan Hutton
PA

Oooof! That's a nasty one! Alan Hutton catches Saido Berahino on the touchline, high? Very high? He almost cuts the striker in half! Both players are booked after the striker reacts.

FINAL FIVE

Into the last few minutes now. All of our games are on a knife-edge...

Hull 1-1 Sunderland

Next goal could be vital for either side. Jermain Defoe has a shot blocked...

Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park

"For the first time tonight Aston Villa's fans are showing signs of frustration with their team. Saido Berahino's equaliser appears to have knocked their fragile confidence and the zip they demonstrated in the first 45 minutes has gone out of their play. Five minutes to rediscover it."