Aston Villa 1 West Brom 1 - match report

Darren Bent responded to Paul Lambert’s decision to drop him with the equalising goal as Aston Villa and West Brom played out a thrilling derby draw at Villa Park.

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Shane Long had given Albion the lead six minutes after half-time with a tap in after he latched on to James Morrison’s cross.

But it was Bent who grabbed the headlines when he came off the bench in the 68th minute and smashed the ball home from a corner 12 minutes later.

Albion boss Steve Clarke made two changes from their last Premier League game against Reading at The Hawthorns as Long was given the nod ahead of Romelu Lukaku, who dropped to the bench, in attack.

Defender Liam Ridgewell was ruled out with a calf injury so Macedonia international Goran Popov came in for his Albion debut at left-back.

Villa manager Lambert made four changes from the side which lost 4-1 at Southampton, the most significant of which was the decision to axe Bent and partner Gabby Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke up front.

Fabian Delph came in for the injured Stephen Ireland while Joe Bennett and Marc Albrighton were preferred ahead of Eric Lichaj and Barry Bannan.

The Baggies carved open a golden opportunity to score in the sixth minute when Chris Brunt’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Morrison for the unmarked Long who headed wide from close range.

Brett Holman latched on to Karim El Ahmadi’s flick in the 26th minute and unleashed a sweet half-volley from all of 30 yards which Albion keeper Ben Foster tipped on to the crossbar.

Agbonlahor teed up Holman just outside the 18-yard box in the 37th minute and he drilled a low shot well wide of Foster’s goal while Ciaran Clark headed wide from an Albrighton corner moments later.

Foster, who had a shaky game against Liverpool during the week, produced a brilliant save to claw away a deflected Holman effort in the 41st minute.

Benteke should have done better shortly before half-time when he picked the pocket of Gareth McAuley and cut across the box only to lift his shot over the bar.

Albion thought they had scored four minutes after the break when Yousuff Mulumbu’s cross was headed past Villa keeper Brad Guzan by Long but the assistant referee had already flagged for offside.

However, Long was not to be denied in the 51st minute when Morrison broke clear down the right and delivered a low cross to the back post which left the Ireland forward with a simple tap in.

Benteke was denied by Gabriel Tamas from close range as Villa went in search of an immediate equaliser while Bennett curled a free-kick inches past the post shortly afterwards.

Romania international Tamas, who had replaced Billy Jones in the first half, almost scored a freak goal in the 64th minute when his miss-hit cross looked destined for the top-right corner but was pawed away by Guzan.

Bent replaced Benteke with 22 minutes left and the club’s record signing equalised in the 80th minute with a typical poacher’s goal.

Bannan’s corner fell to Clark who saw his shot rebound off Tamas into the path of Bent and the £24m striker cracked a low shot past Foster.

Both sides had chances to win it in the remainder of the game as Lukaku skimmed the outside of the post with a curling effort and saw a near-post shot saved well by Guzan while Bent cured a spectacular long-range effort wide.

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Comments for: "Aston Villa 1 West Brom 1 - match report"

ill take the point today ,longs goal should of standed

Jack ♣ Hat.


That is a Long intro to your post mate, ☺☻☺☻.

We were unlucky not to take the three points, even with their goal it had to be a fortunate rebound.



Solid performance dug deep again and well worthy of a point. Defence stood strong and we looked good on the counter attack with Shane long putting in an excellent shift. Midfield assisted defence and attack admirably.

We now have a team that should fear no one, we may not always win but this team is now one to be respected as the established premier league team that we are.

Well done to Steve and the team

Wall Heath Baggie

Decent point with the first half injuries not helping.

I would like to wish Jarrod all the best.From that thread its nice to see Trbh saying he is taking a back seat and then returning with a 20 page tome to bore everyone rigid

Brummie Roader Ryan is quite correct on the Liverpool thread the happy clappers are taking over to the point it is gettting boring. Trbh wil

just love it .

Kev in Mallorca

Tode Ya! There's only one bloke fit to replace Bomber and that's you my dear boy!



Mornin' Max,

I said I'd be more than happy to give some input to whoever replaces Jarrod as the new blogger,and most people seem to think you're the 'chosen one',so if this is your first blog,I just wanna say-

Not a bad start,very honest as always,but you might want to 'tweak' the diplomacy a tiny bit-

I only mention this,because if you don't make a slight adjustment,there's a possibility you might start a riot on here before the end of October,that'd resemble a mass bar room brawl in a John Wayne movie.

Then sounds exciting,so on second thoughts,don't change a thing.....

(p.s.-I just had a call from Kev,and in case there's still a doubt who'll be the new regular blogger,he's started a petition to get you instated).


Max, there's nothing wrong with being positive now and again, that doesn't make us 'happy clappers' it makes us fans.

All the best Jarrod, your blogs have very well written. I wish you every success for the future.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Max (and the sound bite generation.)

Where do I start.

Sorry for trying to make cogent points, must try harder to stick to 'they were s**t' type posts to keep the ADHD posters interested. After all everybody has to read my posts to the end, it's the law.

Sorry for daring to think that a club like ours hovering around the top of the PL is something to be proud of. Why aren't we top? What are you playing at JP? Why didn't the Albion reach the World Cup Final?

Sorry for telling other people how long their posts should be... Oh hang on a minute that's not me is it?

Jack ♣ Hat.

Wall Heath,

The good thing is its nice when our team plays well and we cheer them on, if this is what you mean when fans can pick positives from adverse results (How many have we had this season) then happy clapping as it is know, can't be a bad thing, on the other hand mate negative vibes brings forth sulky and argumentative (Even to the point of using bad language) ways as the dark-side has shown us for years now but see how their mood has changed after a few wins. You know I am right mate. Constructive criticism never hurt anyone. All the best and keep clapping.


Jack ♣ Hat.

Well deserved away point from the lads in which G-Mac epitomised this squads fighting spirit. Could easily have been a win but lady luck and the referee put that to bed. Hope our wounded are O.K. for the Q.P.R. home fixture. We now march on and I can carry on happy clapping!. Keep it going you BAGGIES.


CantelloRocket 78

Having thought about the way the game panned out,and then reading Steve Madeley's assessment (to give another point of view) it's difficult not to agree that a draw was a fair result.

I'm sure Villa fans will believe they could have won it,but Albion often looked the 'classier' team,plus with a bit more luck and better finishing, Shane Long might have had a hat-trick.Also,despite Villa having more of the ball,watching the TV highlights again last night,it seems they only had two shots on target before equalising near the end,so they can't complain.

Basically,we've made a solid start to the season,we look every inch a quality premiership club,and we remain the Midland's 'top dogs'.

As for the players,there were several very impressive performances,and they all deserve a big pat on the back,but I've gotta say it-

Argentina's been one of the world's top footballing nations for many years,and Claudio Yacob looks every inch a top international player,the guy just oozes quality.

Did I tell you I predicted he's be something special when we signed him?

OK,I might have mentioned it a few dozen times so far,but it's the first time this week...........:)

The Real Bully Hoo.


I also thought that Villa only matched us by maintaining a frenetic pace. You can do this for a while but players can't keep that up for a sustained period of time before they blow up as MO'N's Villa used to do just after Christmas.

Have to keep it short.

CantelloRocket 78


without wishing to sound biased,I did feel we looked a more polished,organised side than them,and if we'd have gone 2-0 up while we were bossing the game in the second half,I believe we'd have grown even more confident, and they'd have dropped their heads, game over.

By the way,I was impressed with Popov,and I now believe he can also do 'subtle' when he needs to.....

p.s.- you and Kev asked for new Baggies songs awhile ago,so for Max's benefit,I've adopted an old 'un,and will now type all the lyrics-

'there were 180,000 blue and white striped bottles,standing on the wall,

one hundred and eighty thousand blue and.........'

'Oi!, who threw that chair out the window?

Yer better not have hit me horse..........'

The Real Bully Hoo.


I agree and that's what I was getting at. We're now playing controlled football BUT as we showed on Sunday we can switch from a slow build up to slick inter passing in an instant.

The difference between this which is how top Italian and Spanish sides play and the British idea of counter attack that is to hoof a long ball up to a big target man is chalk and cheese. Villa matched us by keeping up a frenetic pace but this only works up to a point, I doubt they can keep this up.

I also think that we tend to slip into the easy optionof the long high ball ourselves when Lukaku comes on even though hes much better with the ball played to his feet (sorry I've drifted away from my happy clapping line there.)

I also agree that the early signs of Popov look good. Again making the continental comparison he looks happy to pass the ball to a player in a tight space and receive it back because he's confident in his own control and passing ability. This is something that is even developing in our British players and can only be good for the club.

I've broken the rules now and written a long boring tome and it's your fault Rocket for going about provoking interesting conversations on here, how dare you. 'You're s**t you are.'

CantelloRocket 78


how very dare you!

I've been insulted in better places than this!

(That 'incomplete' word of yours looks like a crossword clue from one of David Sullivan's publications....:-)


The game never looked to be over IMO which added to the intensity of the game. Neither side wanted a draw and will both be dissapointed.

I like the idea with feeding Shane through either small passes or over the shoulder runs as he will if not cut out get that ball as he is electric, what a player. He reminds me of Andy Hunt but with bags more pace, never stops working and aint affraid to get stuck in. Mcauley had an unusually standard game today but then I suppose it could be down to the young villa forwards having a wee bit more pace. Popov hmm he looks like he will fit in quite nicely, and will have the chance to do so.

Maybe I was getting too greedy by wanting a champions league spot yesterday but we keep picking up points which as Max says will make him happy when 40 points is reached.

Come on you baggie boys!

Jack ♣ Hat.


I liked the way G-Mac kept going after being injured, lesser mortals would have packed it in. Foster again proved he is the best keeper in England with two world class saves. Oh, and we have Osaze back now.


Cyril Randle

Watched it on a relative's 51inch TV from 4 ft away, just right for my eyes. It could have been 3 points from the game's best chances, but in fairness that would have been hard on Villa who deserved a share of the points. Nice to see the passion when the teams scored too, but is there anything uglier than an empty seat ? It was on TV so why not reduce prices and fill the ground ? An opportunity missed by Villa.

Kev in Mallorca

I just hope JP get's his cheque book out in January, that's the only way we'll turn these one pointer's into three.

Foster. Another sloppy goal.

Jones. Huh!

Popov. Who do you think you are Paul Scoles?

Olson Leave now!

McCauly. Cry baby!

Yacob. Am yo ever guna mek a telling pass?

Mulubu. I can see why we only paid peanuts fu ya!

Morrison. Dow get cocky,yo was offside fu the goal, cheat!

Long. ard put sum mowa eddin practice in if r was yo!

Brunt. Wimp!

Let the 'appy clappers try an' disagree with that!


CantelloRocket 78

yow missed out Lukaku,he done absolutely nuthin' for the first 72 minutes,he ay werth a penny over 17 mil........

Jack ♣ Hat.

Well done "Sir" Roy Hodgson on your Finnish knighthood and to your better half "Lady" Hodgson. Hopefully you will get a double and be knighted by your own country, after all you haven't stayed in a comfort zone like Sir Ferg. Who can hold a light to your vast experience in being an Ambassador like individual in many different countries and at different levels up to this point of being boss of England?. Surely worth a knighthood performed by Her Majesty the Queen.



I watched the game in the villa stand yesterday as my Mom is a Villa season ticket holder and I have to say how proud I was watching our support from a Villa perspective, we really got behind our team from start to finish and when we scored I couldn't restrain myself and let out a mighty cheer forgetting for a few seconds where I was, and got a lot of angry looks from a lot of the Villa fans around me, good job i'm a big guy and looks a bit intimidating otherwise I may have been in a bit of bother lol.

Before the game I would have settled for a draw but at full time I did feel disappointed and thought we just edged it in the quality of play and chances on target but that maybe a biased opinion i know.

Long was brilliant with his tireless work again and was very unlucky not to get a brace but must be delighted to get his goal all the same. Lukaku had a few good chances too and was a real threat for us and thought he was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

All in all great day out THANKS Mom and can't wait till the next game Boing Boing!!!

Kev in Mallorca

Your path in life reminds me of an old mate of mine who was a fellow baggies fan,

we couldn't understand how it happened but his son turn out a Villa fan, I think your mother's experience was the better of the two.

Again I had a similar experience at Villa Pk, in the year of Robinson's goal.

I sat in the Holt end with the son-in-law who's a Villa fan and never said a word except obviously when we scored at the death I jumped up and punched the air, this irate Villa fan jumped up shouting for the stewards "hey we've got an Albion fan in here and I want him out NOW!" while shacking his fist at me, I gave him a very broad grin, the Ref blew the whistle and I said "it's all right mate I'm gooin' now" and left while giving him a couple of backward glances still with the biggest grin that anybody could grin, still makes me chuckle.



I've been to Villa Park to see Albion about 4 times and I've never seen them win there so I think that was part of the disappointment yesterday also ggrrrr but enjoyed it all the same can't wait till round 2 at the Hawthorns bring it on Boing Boing!!!


My Dad is an Albion fan and the first game he took me to was against Coventry and we beat them 7-1, I think I was about 8 then so Albion was always going to be my team as much as I love my Mom ;-)

It's an awful feeling not being able to sing along with your fellow Baggie supporters especially in a local derby I don't think i'll do it again.

Jack ♣ Hat.


Correct me if I'm wrong but was that the game Coventry wore that horrible brown kit for the last time and Johnson played a blinder on the left and scored one of the goals?.



Droitwich think yourself lucky mate, the last time i went to Villa Park the Witton End was an open Terrace, and we won i think 3-1 nasty place in them days iv'e been twice i think we won on the other occasion.At the Hawthorns the atmosphere was something else buddy the crowd would be split 50-50 over 40.000 Many things i don't miss from those days, but that atmosphere was special boing boing all the best South-Coast Baggie

The Real Bully Hoo.


I think you're hit the nail on the head there. If only we could bring back the atmosphere of those days without the violence.

Jack ♣ Hat.


I wouldn't call three Villa fans a lot, ☺☻☺☻s.


danish baggie

Great point. See you on sat. at the Vine and the Hawthorns. Cant wait to come over. Danish Baggie


I was at Villa park when we lost 4-0 and Andy Gray scored a hat trick. My Villa supporting brother was in the Witton end with me and my dad and he went down the front to the steward, showed him his villa scarf which was hidden under his coat and asked if he could get through the villa end "cos I'm gonna get battered in here" - to which the steward replied "don't worry, St Johns Ambulance is over there" !!!

Well pleased with the performance yesterday, especially considering our injuries and having PO out... like the look of Popov and I thought Claudio was brilliant - never puts a pass wrong.

Brummie roader Ryan

I would have taken a point before the game so ill still take it now.

Thought we would of won it going 1-0 up but we got pushed further back with Villa's pace and energy but I can't complain with most of out defence injured with McAuly playing through the pain.

I like the look of Popov, he looks solid, a bit of pace and power and can pick a pass, Ridgewell should worry for his place in the team.

Jimmy Mozza played well again and I thought Tamas and Dorrans done okay when they come on.

Yacob and Mulumbu solid again in the middle I really Hope they stay fit all season as they are the heartbeat of the team.

QPR next weekend lets av em lets make the Hawthorns a fortress.

By the way I'd just like to point out I'm not all doom and gloom nor am I a happy clapper I say it how it is when we are doing well and I say when a certain players are not up to it.

I hope the lads on here know what I mean?

Boing boing.

Kev in Mallorca

Cause we know what you mean son!

Anyway I'd like to thank you after our little téte á téte, it seems to have stirred mar mate Max from his slumbers,which can only be a good thing.

He's like a big cuddly grisly bear who's body clock is all wrong he sleeps in the summer and wakes in the winter.


Cyril Randle

Fine BrR, as long as you don't expect us to always agree with you. One thing I've learned with old age is that nobody makes any sense at all unless I agree with them.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Well done to our Ryder Cup golfers.

For all the non-golf fans on here I'll try to explainthe enormity of it in football terms.

It was better than when Stanley Matthews Blackpool came back from 3-1 down to beat Bolton 4-3 and win the cup.

It was better than Man Ure being a goal down with a minute to go and winning the Champions League 2-1.

It was better than Liverpool being 3-0 down at half time and coming back to win the CL on penalties.

Let's see now.

It would be like a club with loads of money and another with very little who then lose their two key players to long term injuries and then on transfer deadline day the loadsamoney club gazump them to a player they're about to buy and when they're eleven points behind with just a few games left it looks all over but nobody tells them and they keep winning games and pip their big time rivals on the final day of the season. But nobody would believe a story like that would they?

If only I could think of an example like that to explain it all to our non-golf fan supporters

Jack ♣ Hat.


There is no mention in my book about golf being better than football mate, an arve read et tew toimes. Mind you what a win, it's as big as getting a helicopter airbourne on the moon.


The Real Bully Hoo.


I'm not really a golf fan either. It was a baited hook but all the fishermen are otherwise engaged basking in the glory of beating the Championship's three bottom feeders.

Jack ♣ Hat.


I put the helicopter bit in for the same reason, ☺☻☺☻.


We got solbakken the club

Ha,ha,ha seems that the oxygen thieves mission to impregnate teenage cynicism is complete.

Hook and bait taken,swallowed and passed with no problems at all.

Au revoir our kid...

Kev in Mallorca

Even Clark's at now, 'appy clappin' about bloody Foster huh! soon forgot about that goal against Liverpool's youth team ay'e?


CantelloRocket 78


according to that story on here ya talkin' about, SC was quoted as saying 'everybody pointed the finger at Foster for his mistake against Liverpool'-

what Steve ACTUALLY said at the interview was-

'Ben's just been mass Carson'd !!!'

But it sounded like something illegal, so they changed the words.......


Jack ♣ Hat.

Wall Heath,

Stop using Kev's nom de de guerre,☺☻☺☻s.


Robin Brittain

Before I get castigated for listening to Talk Sport there was an interesting conversation with their South American correspondent who was asked about Claudio Yacob and his standing in Argentina. The guy in South America replied that he was considered a good player but not in the top rank of Argentinian defensive midfield players which makes you wonder just how high the quality is over there. I thought he showed real class against the Villa. We have to be pleased as well with the debut of Goran Popov.who looked very assured in his first game for us.

The Real Bully Hoo.


I heard that and he was very luke warm about Yacob, like you I'm thinking 'if they have any more 'average' players over there send them to us. Like you I listen to Talksport because it's about football, it's biased and puerile at times but it's still football. Good example this morning, on TS last week we were in fourth place behind Everton even though it was by one goal on goal difference, today West Ham are fifth equal with Everton despite them being actually seventh on goal difference. London rules in both meanings of the word rules.


Eveing all,

got to be happy with a point but.....with luck we could have had all 3! Still think Long was on side and we were not helped at all by injuries to key players. A couple of things did stand out to me though - apart from G Mac being brilliant for carrying on! Yacob and Mulumbu just fit so well together in the middle! They seem to always have time and find room to play - and still get forward to cause problems and cover all the gaps at the back! I mean come on - in the last 30 years when has this happened?? we've had good midfield partnerships but this is sublime. As for Brunty.....still feeling his way back and then gets injured again. The bloke must have run over a dozen black cats to get the luck he has at the moment. Dozza comes on and is looking better (just needs games) and St Jimmy just seems to ozze class this season. A tidy first start for popov, but some of his passing was a little off (mind you he played well against scotland last time out so no worries for the future!) How far have we come to be a little disapointed that we only got a draw? Got to be happy with the progress again so far this season - got to be happy.

And well done to the Europe lads for the Ryder cup.....class that!



Wall Heath Baggie

Sorry mate but Long was off for my money. You are quite correct about the

Ryder Cup however, i only missed the holes when the Albion were playing , the

standard of skill and shear nerve those golfers showed was truly outstanding . I am looking forward to the next one already.

Kev in Mallorca


Just spoke to the son-in-law and in his words we played the better football and look like a Premiership team, they huffed and puffed and never stopped running so overall a draw was a fair result,his man of the match who he thinks is a great player was Shane Long.


PS. Max, hurry up with your first blog? cor wait!

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