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  1. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Amavi, Westwood, Sanchez, Grealish, Gil, Agbonlahor, Sinclair.
  2. West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Morrison, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Berahino, Rondon.
  3. BBC Radio 5 live commentary on this page

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By Emlyn Begley

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FULL-TIME - Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

Yet another afternoon of disappointment for Aston Villa fans. West Brom deserved their win and go into the top half. Villa one place off the bottom three.

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West Brom bring on Jonas Olsson for James McClean. Eating the last few seconds up.

Villa come forward with a half-hearted attack but it ends up in Boaz Myhill's hands. Seconds left.

It's actually quite impressive that Villa haven't been relegated despite being consistently awful in the last four or five years.

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Rudy Gestede heads over for Aston Villa. That might genuinely be the first thing he's done since coming on at half-time.


Four minutes added on. Not sure Villa would score if 400 minutes was added on.


West Brom bring on Rickie Lambert up front for Salomon Rondon.

Villa fans are flooding out of the ground.

'Great defending from West Brom'

Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live

"We've seen some great defending from West Brom. Villa are going for it, raining balls into the Baggies box, but the defence seems up to it."

Jordan Amavi is set to cross it in for Aston Villa, everyone is waiting for the centre but the defender sees a bit of space at Boaz Myhill's near post and has a go but it's easily saved.

Villa fans have seen far too much of this over the past few years. They average less than a point at game at home since December 2011. That's an awful record for a team who have stayed up each time.

Joleon Lescott comes forward from the back for Villa like he's Franz Beckenbauer, he finds Jack Grealish down the left-hand side but eventually the move comes to an end. Story of Villa's day. 

No, they can't. The corner is cleared by West Brom.

Villa have a corner as Craig Dawson gets the ball out of play. Can they find an unlikely equaliser?

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon heads into the side-netting. It's hard to see Villa equalising here to be honest. They're not knocking on the door.

'Villa have to try something'

Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live

"West Brom are trying to relieve the pressure. Villa are making substitutions - they have to try something."

You can listen to live commentary of this fixture via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

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Jordan Amavi is booked for a foul on Darren Fletcher in a crossing position. Free-kick to the Baggies but it's cleared.


Aston Villa make their final change as Jordan Veretout comes on for Carlos Sanchez in midfield.

Ten minutes to go

Leandro Bacuna takes the free-kick for Villa but slams it straight at the wall.


West Brom enforcer Claudio Yacob is booked for fouling Jack Grealish from behind about 25 yards from goal...

James Morrison curls one over for West Brom. I'm not sure I'll be rushing out to buy a DVD of this game. But then again derbies are rarely classic encounters of open, flowing football.


Villa make a change as Leandro Bacuna, often a right-back, comes on for winger Carles Gil. A few boos from the home fans there.

'A bit of a football match on our hands'

Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live

"We've got a bit of a football match on our hands here, and everything Villa are producing is coming via Jack Grealish."


More controversy. Villa midfielder Jack Grealish puts in a cross which defender Micah Richards heads home. But the referee calls it back because Grealish had been fouled just after playing the ball. 

Ashley Westwood curls the free-kick over.

Where's the advantage?

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Villa have their first corner of the game. And Joleon Lescott hits the turf under pressure. Home fans scream for a penalty but the defender doesn't, which probably tells it's own story.

Gabriel Agbonlahor goes on a run down the left and his cross is deflected goalwards but keeper Boaz Myhill is able to pluck it from the air before it drops under his bar.


West Brom are settling for this scoreline. Off comes goalscoring striker Saido Berahino and on comes ex-Villa midfielder Craig Gardner.

I think Saido will be pleased with his work today.

Controversy at Villa Park. The hosts get a free-kick as Saido Berahino blocks Alan Hutton's cross. It's with his side, but the linesman says it's a handball. Berahino's not happy and neither are Villa who thought it should have been a penalty.

Free-kick is squared to Jack Grealish who curls wide.


Villa midfielder Carles Gil is booked for fouling Saido Berahino on his own half.

Interestingly if you look at the average positions of each player so far, West Brom striker Saido Berahino (number 18) is on halfway - four players have been more attacking than him in the Baggies line-up.

Average positions

Villa have been better in the second half but West Brom almost double their lead as Salomon Rondon's shot from the edge of the box, after turning Joleon Lescott, is fumbled by keeper Brad Guzan, who eventually gathers it. Half an hour to go.

Carles Gil takes the free-kick but it's straight at Boaz Myhill. Easily held by the Baggies keeper.

Free-kick to Villa in a good position. Gabriel Agbonlahor tries to spin away from Claudio Yacob, who holds onto the striker for dear life and brings him down.

Jordan Amavi does well down the left for Villa but his cross is past everyone. The attack isn't over though and Carlos Sanchez shoots from the edge of the box but it's straight at Boaz Myhill. That's the West Brom keeper's first save.

Villa 'need to fire the ball in'

Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom

Martin Keown

BBC Radio 5 live

"Aston Villa keep hopefully lofting balls into the box. They need firing in, and then we'll see how strong at the back West Brom really are."

Ex-Aston Villa player Andy Blair on BBC WM:  This is a better start to the game from Villa in the second half than the whole of the first half…