West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa play out entertaining 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 2 Aston Villa

  • 3" Shane Long
  • 11" Shane Long
  • 67" Karim El Ahmadi
  • 76" Ashley Westwood

Ref: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 24,902

West Brom - The Hawthorns

Aston Villa fought back to claim a draw in an enthralling encounter againsr rivals West Brom.

The Baggies had taken an early lead through a sensational brace from Irish striker Shane Long. The way he took the ball out of the air, and curled it into the net was even compared to Dennis Bergkamp by SkySports pundit Jamie Carragher.

His second was a perfectly judge chip over Brad Guzan after the Villa defence had been caught flatfooted, and the score at half-time was 2-0.

The second half saw a real resurgence from Aston Villa, even though star striker Christian Benteke was unable to get on the scoresheet.

Karim El Ahmadi brought them back into the game in the 67th minute, before Kieran Westwood scored his first goal for the club with a rasping striker from the edge of the box with 15 minutes to go.

Villa could have gone onto win it, and Paul Lambert's 57th minute triple substitution was the game-changer. In the end though, a 2-2 draw was a fair result.

Statistics

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Possession

51.4%
48.6%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

West Bromwich Albion

  • Boaz Myhill
  • Steven Reid
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Goran Popov
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Morgan Amalfitano
  • Youssuf Mulumbu
  • Chris Brunt
  • Stéphane Sessegnon
  • Claudio Yacob
  • Shane Long

Substitutes

  • James Morrison
  • Craig Dawson
  • Luke Daniels
  • Nicolas Anelka
  • Saido Berahino
  • Victor Anichebe
  • Matej Vydra

Aston Villa

  • Brad Guzan
  • Nathan Baker
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Yacouba Sylla
  • Aleksandar Tonev
  • Karim El Ahmadi
  • Libor Kozák
  • Christian Benteke

Substitutes

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Andreas Weimann
  • Chris Herd
  • Jed Steer
  • Fabian Delph
  • Jordan Bowery
  • Matthew Lowton

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