Will have been glad not to have been called into action for Brunt's penalty, but could not be faulted for either goal. Made a great save from Tchoyi when needed.
Booked after 15 minutes for two challenges on Long, the first of which was not penalised but was two-footed and should have been a red. The striker had to go off soon after, as did Hutton after receiving an accidental blow to the head.
A shaky return to the Villa side for the centre-back. Was out-jumped by Olsson for his goal and failed to keep a track on the West Brom front line.
Got down the left effectively to begin well and did reasonably well in defence as his side came under pressure.
Not his best game at the back, but he managed to clear many balls aimed forward by the West Brom midfield as he tried to keep his side in the game.
Recalled after a few games on the bench, the former Wigan man failed to find much space on the pitch and as such could not influence the game as much as he would have liked. Hauled off in the second-half.
Allowed more of a forward role with Herd in the side, but he did not seem the same player as in previous games as he failed to get much of a foothold in the game.
A surprise inclusion in the side, but you can see why Alex McLeish wanted him in as he went in for every challenge imaginable. He certainly upset the West Brom players with some of his tackles as he sometimes went over the top with his enthusiasm. But his game was unluckily cut short for what seemed a nothing collision on Olsson which resulted in a penalty and a red card.
Some nice passes early on and two shots, one which fortunately set up Bent and another which whistled wide. More subdued after the red card.
Could not produce the same exploits as in previous games here with West Brom often doubling up on him, although he looked Villa's best attacking threat.
Will want his first chance back after skying over from eight yards out, but stuck away his penalty nicely.
Brought down Agbonlahor for the penalty, although that was more the fault of Reid who should have cleared the ball.
An interesting game to say the least. Unwittingly won a penalty, scored then missed a good chance. He did not do anything to get Herd sent off but Villa fans were still not happy with him.
An unusually poor game for the right-back. He allowed Agbonlahor in for the spot kick and his poor clearance almost saw Bent open the scoring inside the first 10 minutes. Villa looked dangerous attacking down his side.
Relatively untroubled throughout the match, with Villa rarely being able to get forward.
Booked for a challenge on N'Zogbia, but managed to keep the winger fairly quiet. Rewarded when his opponent was substituted early in the second half.
Unhappy with some of the challenges coming his way, but he stayed strong and prevented any attacks coming through the middle. Stung Given's gloves with one drive.
Stuck to his defensive duties well and provided the assist for Olsson to score, but nobody here will forget that penalty in a while.
Looked a threat going forward, missing with one shot then seeing another unluckily ruled out for offside.
Another composed performance from the Austrian, who marked an assured display with a well-taken goal, followed by a display of his now famous t-shirt.
Played a nice through ball to Thomas for his offside goal, but was unusually quiet on his recall to the side as others shone.
Spoke before the game about wanting revenge on Villa for an FA Cup loss when he was a Reading player, but he will have to wait until the return fixture after being the victim of a horror tackle from Hutton and having to be replaced inside the first 20 minutes
- 22 B. Guzan
- 21 C. Clark
Came on for Hutton and looked much more composed in defence, but was slow to reacting to the corner which saw Scharner score.
- 7 S. Ireland
Replaced Bannan in midfield but could not deliver enough quality into the area for the three strikers on the pitch.
Thrown on after West Brom's second goal to make a difference, but was too isolated and could not change the pattern of play
- 14 N. Delfouneso