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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
19 January 2013
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 25583
West Bromwich Albion
C. Brunt 49'
P. Odemwingie 84'
C. Benteke 12'
G. Agbonlahor 31'
Paul Lambert will be kicking himself for playing the game too safe when the hosts got a goal back. N'Zogbia was taken off following his dazzling display in order to create more of a structure for the visitors. However this gave West Brom freedom to charge forward and Villa were not able to counter through the wings and ulitmately conceded when the pressure was piled on.
West Brom did a fantastic job to recover from their dismal display in the first-half. Steve Clarke gathered his squad together and they came out fighting for round two. It was a game of two halves with Benteke, Agbonlahor and N'Zogbia linking up together in the first half followed by Lukaku, Odemwingie and Brunt feeding off each other in the second.
90' + 5'
Lee Probert whistles for full-time to the frustration of Odemwingie who boots the ball into the net from the half-way line but five seconds too late!
90' + 4'
90' + 3'
Guzan catches the ball but Villa give it away to Odemwingie, who fails to take advantage.
90' + 2'
Lukaku strolls past the Villa defence but his cross can't find Odemwingie and goes out for a corner.
Four added minutes are shown by the fourth official as both teams are urging for that crucial goal.
Lukaku creates a brilliant opportunity for a winner but his shot just goes past the wrong side of the post!
Assist Gareth McAuley
Goal Peter Odemwingie
Odemwingie finally finds the back of the net and with some style! McAuley lays the ball off from a corner for the Nigeria international to volley into the top left-hand corner. Game on!
Corner for West Brom as Guzan scuffs his clearance during an attack.
Odemwingie shoots from a promising position but is yet again unsuccessful as the ball ends up off camera.
Time for a Villa attack, Bennett's hard drive has too much power and the ball goes behind the line for a goal kick.
Odemwingie collects the ball from the throw in, he cuts in but his shot is yet again off target.
Lukaku's attack is halted by Holman who clears the ball for a West Brom throw in.
Villa haven't had a threatening attack since the West Brom goal, this will be a testing finale for the visitors.
Odemwingie charges forward again but his shot is sent into the stands to a roar of ironic cheers from the visiting faithful.
N'Zogbia comes off for Brett Holman, a strage decision from the manager as the winger was a dangerous threat during the first half.
Brunt's corner finds McAuley but his header is scrambled off the line by Bennett as the referee blows for a Villa free kick amidst a scramble.
Villa are looking very structured and in control, they look to have finally recovered from the scrappy defending that saw them humiliated against Chelsea last month.
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
Yellow Card Eric Lichaj
Agbonlahor penetrates through the West Brom defence and has two men in support, but goes alone to no avail. That was a real chance for the visitors.
The home fans shout for a penalty as Odemwingie is floored but the referee waves play on.
Lambert is not taking any chances and Barry Bannan is called upon on to add more of a presence in the middle of the park.
West Brom are playing with that much-needed purpose as the Villa defence retreats to allow space for an attack.
Assist Romelu Lukaku
Goal Chris Brunt
Odemwingie crosses the ball short to Lukaku who calmly lays the ball off for Brunt, who approached outside of the box to blast home as the Hawthorns erupts.
We are back for the second half at the Hawthorns!
The half-time team talk will however not be so calm from Steve Clarke, who will be commanding his team to play with more urgency.
N'Zogbia has been having one of the best games of his Villa career having played a part in every threatening Villa attack. Paul Lambert will be very satisfied with his squad's display and will hope for more of the same in the second half.
Referee Lee Probert blows the whistle for half-time to a chorus of boos from the home fans, who have witnessed a very dissapointing display from their team.
Yellow Card Romelu Lukaku
N'Zogbia creates another brilliant chance, charging forward and finding Lichaj, whose shot is fantastically saved by Foster from point-blank range.
N'Zogbia picks up a knock, allowing the hosts some respite before half-time.
Dorrans tries to bring his team back into the game but his wild shot flies high and wide into the jeering away fans.
The change is showing its worth as West Brom have had the first share of attacking possession since kick-off.
Claudio Yacob comes on for Jerome Thomas as the manager implements a change in personnel to grab momentum.
The home fans are left shocked, the manager has allowed Villa to press on with ease and will be expected to shake things up.
Assist Charles N'Zogbia
Goal Gabriel Agbonlahor
Fantastic finish from Agbonlahor who cuts in from the right after another assist from N'Zogbia and sends Foster the wrong way with his left foot!
Villa are looking comfortable and are looking likely to grab a second as they press on.
Benteke links up well with N'Zogbia, who squares the ball to Bennett to send in a sweet cross but Guzan does well to halt the attack with a strong catch.
Another slow build up for Villa, who switch the ball between the midfield, finding a hole to supply the likes of Benteke.
Both teams playing long-ball football as Westwood hoofs the ball forward to give West Brom a chance to build.
Yellow Card Jonas Olsson
Yellow cards for Agbonlahor and Olsson, as referee Lee Probert attempts to calm the players down during this tense derby.
Yellow Card Gabriel Agbonlahor
Agbonlahor claims that Olsson has handled the ball, causing a square off between the two.
Lukaku's volley is comfortabley saved by Guzan, who distributes the ball for another Villa attack.
Corner for West Brom following Delph's crunching slide tackle on Odemwingie.
That goal has woken up the players, challenges are flying in all over the pitch as Villa bomb down the right flank.
The away fans are in full voice, singing the name of their the number 20, who has been in great form in his debut season.
Assist Charles N'Zogbia
Goal Christian Benteke
Wonderful strike from Benteke! The Belgian controls N'Zogbia's pass before creating a yard of space and thumping the ball into the top right corner, leaving Ben Foster no chance.
Tremendous atmosphere at the Hawthorns as Aston pass the ball around at the back while waiting for an opening.
Lukaku crosses the ball in to a dangerous area but Guzan makes a brave leap and grabs hold of the ball.
Lichaj comes on for the injured man as Villa prepare to defend a corner.
Baker is down injured after pulling a muscle when trying to defend an Olsson attack.
Benteke gives away a free kick in the West Brom penalty area following a corner from Delph's deflected shot.
Agbonlahor quickly charges down the left wing but his cross is diverted away for a throw in.
The referee blows as the hosts kick off at the Hawthorns!
A minute's applause before kick-off for legendary West Brom and former England striker Derek Kevan, who passed away just over two weeks ago at the age of 77.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, N'Zogbia, Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Marshall, Lichaj, Ireland, Holman, Bannan, Bent, Bowery.
West Brom: Foster, Olsson, Ridgewell, McAuley, Jones, Yacov, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Lukaku. Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill. Popov, Dawson, Tamas, Thomas, Thorne, Rosenberg.
Welcome to the play-by-play commentary of the Premier League clash between West Brom and Aston Villa! My name is Sumit Rehal and I'll be taking you through the anticipated West Midlands Derby.
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