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Summary

  1. Albion XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Gardner, Yacob, Fletcher, McClean, Sessegnon, Rondon
  2. Villa XI: Bunn, Bacuna, Okore, Lescott, Richards, Cissokho, Gil, Westwood, Gana, Ayew, Kozak

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Manager reaction - Pulis

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Albion manager Tony Pulis: "We had to grind it out, it was a typical derby game, very ferocious, with effort and commitment. We've had eight games in four weeks and although people might be disappointed, the effort and commitment put in was first class. 

"We need every point to maintain our Premier League status - and that's what we've done."

Manager reaction - Garde

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: “I'm a little bit disappointed because we wanted three points. In another situation we might be happy with a point but we need more points than that. We tried, we did our best, especially in the second half, but they defended well.

“If you see the team playing now, we look more like a team now than we used to. Players have the right attitude, but sometimes we miss talent or quality to score goals.

On Jordan Ayew’s first-half penalty shout: “I talked with the referee and he told me he didn’t see it like that. Even without a penalty we created many chances and with more accuracy could have scored.”

Player reaction

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster: "It was a bit scrappy to be honest and neither side probably deserved to win. I think 0-0 was a fair result."

FULL-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Nope, no winner. Game over. Nothing much else to tell you. Villa happier with the point, but really they needed all three. Head over here for all the post-match reaction.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Anyone going to nick a winner? Three minutes of stoppage time to do so...

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa sub Jordan Veretout knocks a free-kick into the Albion box, but the home side clear. Moments later, Leandro Bacuna lashes an ambitious shot over. 

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa knocking on the door as we head into the final five minutes of normal time. Carles Gil's cross flashes across goal without getting a vital touch, before Jordan Ayew storms into the Albion box....and trips over the ball. Pretty much sums this game up.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Former Albion forward Tony Brown on BBC WM 95.6: "Villa should have gone in front there, big miss from Micah Richards, WBA have offered very little second half and Villa have made all of the running and they are lucky to still be level."

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at The Hawthorns

"Villa starting to clearly think that they can actually win this.

"It has gone very quiet at The Hawthorns, as a lot of Albion fans reflect on their traditionally very poor record in this fixture!"

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa's Ashley Westwood drills low at the bottom corner to force Ben Foster into action, before Micah Richards heads wide from the resulting corner. This game is still anyone's...

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Oh hang on...Rudy Gestede looks like he is heading off already. The Villa sub has only been with us for 15 minutes or so, but pulls up clutching his hamstring when arriving in the box to support Jordan Ayew who has a shot blocked.

On comes Jordan Veretout.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Rudy Gestede is the sort of striker that most defenders would hate having to face. Unless you're a man mountain too. He has brought a threat to the Villa attack, just beaten to another high ball swung in from the left.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Brian Little

Former Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

“Both managers have been positive by bringing on Gestede for Villa and Berahino for Albion so they now need to get the right service and the deadlock could be broken, the game is definitely opening up.”

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Callum McManaman! I'd almost forgotten about him. Albion introduce the former Wigan winger as Tony Pulis throws his last roll of the tactical dice.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Quality tackle from Crag Dawson. The Albion right-back has no margin for error as he prepares to slide in on Leandro Bacuna, who has made a driving run into the area from the left. Dawson takes the ball clean as you like - bet he can time a poached egg to perfection. 

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

The Hawthorns seems a bit edgy all of a sudden. Villa are the team which has been boosted - initially at least - by their tactical change.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Here's what Rudy Gestede is employed to do! The big Villa sub sticks his noggin on the end of a teasing cross from Ashley Westwood, but he cannot make Ben Foster work. Encouraging signs for Villa though...

SUBSTITUTIONS

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

The fourth official is the busiest man inside the Hawthorns at the moment. Three substitutions are made - and they're all forwards. Albion introduce Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe for Craig Gardner and Salomon Rondon, while lanky Villa striker Rudy Gestede replaces Libor Kozak. If these changes don't create a goal then I don't know what will..

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Looks like there is some activity on the touchline...

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Finally we see both goalkeepers forced to earn their weekly pay packet. Villa's Mark Bunn is the first called upon, palming clear a dangerous cross from the right. And moments later Albion's Ben Foster holds on to Ashley Westwood's drive from 25 yards.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Better. Well the approach play anyway. Albion neatly create a half chance with some triangular passing down the right. The square pass finds Salomon Rondon at the near post, but he slashes wide under close attention from Joleon Lescott.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Brian Little

Former Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

"The second half has been really scrappy so far, mistakes being made from both sides.

"Perhaps both teams need to freshen things up, possibly Gestede for Villa could make an impact but I don't think Berahino can for WBA!"

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Albion have already managed more shots at goal in the past eight minutes than they did in the previous 45. Stephan Sessegnon fancies his chances from distance, but his right-footed strike is always arcing away from the Villa goal.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

James McClean appears to be the biggest threat for Albion, the Irishman whipping in a cross from the left. But it has too much juice on it as Craig Gardner fails to meet the ball as he races in from deep.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Albion still making sure the play takes place in the Villa half. Skipper Darren Fletcher floats in a 40-yard diag towards James McClean, but the winger is a couple of inches too short to meet it. 

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Albion straight on the front foot. Their ears are probably still stinging from Tony Pulis' half-time rollicking.

And they have a chance when Villa midfielder Idrissa Gana clatters into the back of Salomon Rondon near the left-hand byline.

Craig Gardner fizzes in the free-kick, but Craig Dawson cannot keep his header down. The search for an Albion effort on target continues...

Must do better?

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

This is West Brom's touch map against Aston Villa. Just two touches inside the penalty box. And just one shot at goal (which didn't hit the target).

Must improve...

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KICK-OFF

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Right let's get ready to rumble. Both sets of players wander out, no changes for either side. Albion kick off...

HALF-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Former Albion forward Tony Brown on BBC WM 95.6: “West Brom just haven’t been able to get into the game, they have not supported Rondon and he hasn’t been given any service to hurt Villa.”

HALF-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Brian Little

Former Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

“Villa are slowly getting on top they are just lacking that final shot or ball to make the pressure count.”

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Not as thrilling as one would have hoped it would be about an hour ago. Plenty of endeavour, plenty of cut and thrust, but not plenty of quality. Which is what you would expect from two sides in the bottom half of the Premier League - including one which has been cut adrift.

However, it is the marooned team (Villa, in case you had any doubt) which is bossing possession and territory at The Hawthorns.

West Brom v Aston Villa
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HALF-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Ged Scott

BBC Sport at The Hawthorns

"Taking a long time to truly spark into life at The Hawthorns.

"Villa skipper Micah Richards' high, late challenge on Claudio Yacob was the sort of moment that might have lit the blue touch paper.

"But referee Bobby Madley waved play on, to allow Albion the advantage. . . . And by the time he came to book Richards, it was almost three minutes later and the moment had almost been forgotten."

HALF-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Craig Gardner stands over the free-kick, just outside the Villa penalty area on the left. But his delivery is flicked over the crossbar and that is that for another 15 minutes.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Eeek! Uncertainty from Villa keeper Mark Bunn as he flaps at a floated Albion free-kick from deep, the home players desperately trying to ping the ball goalwards. Villa partially clear, only for Jonas Okore to heap the pressure back on to his side by bundling over James McClean. Last chance of the half...

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Decent spell of pressure here for Villa. But not very productive. Albion keeper Ben Foster is not needed to get his gloves dirty.

YELLOW CARD

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Ooof! 'Robust' would be a polite way of describing a sliding challenge from Villa skipper Micah Richards on Claudio Yacob. 'Downright filthy' less so and probably more accurate. Ref Bobby Madley allows an ultimately fruitless Albion attack to continue, before hauling back play to scrawl Richards' name in his notepad.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Villa hit the post! But Villa striker Libor Kozak had already been flagged offside. Sorry for getting you excited.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

And Brian Little is almost instantly proved right! Villa defenders Micah Richards and Jonas Okore get themselves into an almighty mess - a Chuckle Brothers moment if you like. "To you." "To me." Eventually they sort themselves out and hack clear.

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Brian Little

Former Aston Villa player & manager on BBC WM 95.6

“Villa look how they have all season so far, fairly solid but you fear there might be a nasty surprise lurking around the corner.”

West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

Dear oh dear. This sums it up. Albion have a free-kick about 40 yards out near the left touchline, so they send the big lads up from the back. But James McClean drills the set-piece straight into Mark Bunn's hands. The Villa keeper didn't have to move.