Saturday April 28, 2012 Day 36 Finished The Hawthorns

  1. Villa cling on at West Brom

    Villa cling on at West Brom

    Aston Villa are still embroiled in the Premier League's relegation battle after a 0-0 draw at Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Aston Villa
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    • 90'+4 That's the end of the match! It's finished goalless at the Hawthorns. An incredible finish, with both sides really going for it in the closing stages. That might prove to be a crucial point for Villa though. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90'+4 The ball falls for Jones in the Villa box and he lashes his shot just wide of the post!
    • 90'+3 Well, if only the rest of the game had been like this! Sensational finish at the Hawthorns.
    • 90'+2 Now West Brom nearly score! Odemwingie is found free in the box and it's saved dead on the line by Given. Great save.
    • 90'+1 Corner for Villa, taken by Warnock but it's away by West Brom.
    • 90'+1 They'll be four minutes of added time.
    • 90' Change for Villa, Clark comes off to be replaced by Carruthers.
    • 90' Another chance for Villa! A bit of a goal mouth scramble which is eventually claimed by Foster.
    • 89' Villa have a great chance to score! It's a mix up at the back and Foster punches weekly. Agbonlahor hooks the ball back across goal, it falls to Heskey, who, instead of shooting, squares it to Clark who shoots towards goal. It's blocked by Olsson. Possibly handball.
    • 88' The throw is poor and Dorrans looks to set Odemwingie forward to attack but he fould Lichaj.
    • 87' Too many hopeful long balls being played by Villa. Lichaj will have a chance to try a long throw now.
    • 86' Chances starting to become few and far between at the Hawthorns.
    • 85' Herd tries a low header inside the West Brom box but it's straight at Ridgewell.
    • 84' Risky play at the back by West Brom. They played it around far too casually in their own box but Foster eventually clears.
    • 83' Hutton takes his time with the throw but gives it away.
    • 82' Agbonlahor switches the play the Herd on the right side, but he slips over and it's out for a throw.
    • 81' Free kick given to West Brom on the half way line from another foul by Hutton.
    • 80' Another change for West Brom. Mulumbu makes way to be replaced by Andrews.
    • 79' Fortune attacks down the left but the cross is sliced out for a goal kick to Villa.
    • 78' Warnock floats a free kick deep into the West Brom half but Herd climbs all over Olsson and it's a free kick to Albion.
    • 77' Mulumbu nearly unlocks the Villa defence with a decent through ball.
    • 76' Dunne had a difficult start to this game, but he's grown into it. He's what's coming between West Brom and a goal at the moment.
    • 75' Gardner takes a corner for Villa but can't beat the first man, which was Fortune.
    • 74' Another defensive player joins the line up for Villa. Gardner replaces N'Zogbia.
    • 73' West Brom are getting closer and closer. Thomas crosses for Olsson - it's a decent header but just over the bar.
    • 72' Thomas attempts a cross from the left which is headed away by Cuellar. The Baggies continue to attack, but the Spanish defender mops up once again and it's a corner to the home side.
    • 71' Brunt tries a clever free kick into the Villa box towards Olsson but it's just too long for the Swede.
    • 70' First change of the match sees Long replaced by Fortune for West Brom.
    • 69' Odemwingie with an effort inside the Villa box, he curls it towards goal, beats Given but it's a wonderful saving header by Cuellar on the line.
    • 68' Heskey has a header on goal but it's easy for Foster to claim.
    • 67' West Brom look increasingly more likely at the moment.
    • 66' Odemwingie gets down the right and tries to play in Jones on the overlap. It'll be a West Brom throw, which is wasted. Possession is back with Villa.
    • 65' Brunt delivers the ball in and it's well headed away by Dunne.
    • 64' Dorrans floats a ball high into the Villa box, Long tried to head it back across goal and it's out for an Albion corner.
    • 63' The referee isn't being shy with the cards now.
    • 62' Heskey is late and leaves a foot in on Olsson. He picks up a yellow card for it.
    • 61' Another bad challenge from Hutton. He's on a booking and he's going to have to be careful not to pick up a second yellow.
    • 60' Much more competitive now, but the quality on show is still a little poor.
    • 59' It's starting to get a little feisty now. Clark gets booked for a poor challenge on Jones.
    • 58' McLeish is off the bench and he's seething at what looked like a poor tackle from behind by Thomas on N'Zogbia, which has gone unpunished by Clattenburg.
    • 57' Agbonlahor shows his pace down the left once again and he clips a cross in to N'Zogbia who attempts to side foot an effort towards goal. Well saved by Foster.
    • 56' We're starting to settle back into a similar pattern of play as the first half. Promising looking attacks breaking down with poor passing.
    • 55' Boos are ringing around the ground for Hutton as he attempts to attack down the right.
    • 54' Clark does very well to chase down a stray pass on the left and tackles Jones well. He goes down far too easily to try and win a free kick and the referee is having none of it.
    • 53' Villa are starting to come back into this half now. Most of their attacking play is coming down the left side.
    • 52' Villa sloppy in attack. They've got men over on West Brom but no less than four players are offside.
    • 51' Villa now looking to come forward.
    • 50' Roy Hodgson cuts a forlorn figure on the Baggies bench. He's not impressed at all with that decision. Replays make it look even worse - it was a blatant handball.
    • 49' Ridgewell heads towards goal from a corner and it's blatantly handled on the line by Villa defender Alan Hutton. It's a great save - West Brom are livid as no penalty is given.
    • 48' West Brom have the better of the opening stages of this half.
    • 47' Thomas has space down the left and cuts inside to cross which is headed away by Lichaj.
    • 46' Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the second half underway.
    • 45'+1 That's the half time whistle, it's goalless at half time. Aston Villa have perhaps had the better chances, Agbonlahor especially. The visitors need to up their game, or they're on course to be dragged further into a relegation fight.
    • 45'+1 Just the one minute of stoppage time.
    • 45' Seen that handball shout again. That could easily be a penalty, and Villa certainly feel a little hard done-by.
    • 44' Villa look like building a promising attack but once again it's given away, this time it's Lichaj.
    • 43' Dorrans swings in the free kick and Heskey heads over his own bar for a Albion header.
    • 43' Yellow card for Hutton for a foul on the edge of his own area.
    • 42' Shout for handball from the Villa players. It's crossed in and appears to hit the hand of Brunt, but it's no penalty.
    • 41' After an 'edgy' first 20 minutes, this has been a 'scrappy' second 20. Both sides have been poor on the ball and the finishing has been worse.
    • 40' No goals so far. The only game this afternoon that hasn't had one.
    • 39' Brunt crosses from a corner and Ridgewell gets up to head the ball but he did so by climbing over Clark and play is brought back for a Villa free kick.
    • 38' If Villa lose this, other results are really not going their way. Wigan are beating Newcastle 3-0, whilst Bolton are 1-0 up at Sunderland.
    • 37' Break in play for treatment for Long.
    • 36' That's a poor tackle from Warnock and he picks up a yellow card for it. The Villa left-sided player can't control the ball, loses it, and slides in on Long.
    • 35' Thomas attacks down the left, cuts inside and tries a shot. The ball falls to Heskey, who comes away with it, gives it away, and Albion attack again.
    • 34' Odemwingie combines well with Brunt, he crosses but it's cleared for a corner.
    • 33' Agbonlahor is once again through on goal and he shrugs off Jones well, he tried to place the ball past Foster but it's well saved once again. Another big chance to open the scoring.
    • 32' Both sides very evenly matched so far, neither side showing enough conviction.
    • 31' Lichaj floats in a cross from the left which Heskey gets up to, but it's slightly too high and his header is weak and wide of the Baggies goal.
    • 30' Ridgwell takes far too long to pick a pass from a throw and it's given away to Aston Villa, who come forward through Lichaj.
    • 29' West Brom happy to play the ball around the middle of the pitch.
    • 28' Jones fails to deal with a ball over the top and Agbonlahor is on to it in a flash, his touch is poor and Foster is out well to smother the ball.
    • 27' Dorrans finds himself on the edge of the Villa box, he leaves it for Odemwingie to shoot but it's well wide.
    • 26' Mulumbu gives the ball away cheaply in the centre of midfield, he wins it back, and West Brom attack.
    • 25' Big chance for Villa. It's Dunne who finds himself on the right wing, he brings the ball down expertly and swings and crosses for Herd, who hits his shot too close to Foster.
    • 24' West Brom attempt to attack down the left, but Long pulls back Hutton, for seemingly no reason, and Villa have the free kick deep inside their own half.
    • 23' The corner is a deep and Olsson is completely unmarked on the back post. He volleys towards goal but it's cleared by Dunne.
    • 22' Dunne gets away without a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Jones. Opportunity here on the right side from West Brom. Brunt swings in the free kick but it's Dunne who heads away for a corner.
    • 21' Herd tries a clipped pass in into the West Brom box but it's not as clever as he might have thought it was and it's cleared by Albion.
    • 20' A promising looking attack for West Brom breaks down as Ridgewell plays the ball behind Dorrans.
    • 19' Brunt is receiving a bit of a ticking off from the referee for a clumsy challenge. May be his last warning.
    • 18' Lichaj has a real arm on him with the long throw. I'm not completely sure why they're trying those from their own half though. A couple of times now that's been how Villa have given the ball straight back to the Baggies.
    • 17' N'Zogbia is played through by Agbonlahor but instead of crossing, he hits a poor shot wide of the left post.
    • 15' This hasn't been the stalemate a lot were expecting so far. It's edgy, but Villa aren't looking bad, and they've won a free kick on the right side which will be taken by N'Zogbia.
    • 14' Clark is pressing hard and he's getting his rewards. Twice now West Brom have given the ball away under pressure .
    • 13' The corner is cleared away easily by the Villa defence, but Albion have the ball back.
    • 12' Brunt has an effort from around 25 yards out, it's blocked by Cuellar and the ball is out for a corner to the Baggies.
    • 11' Warnock plays a nice through ball to Agbonlahor but he can't arc his run enough to avoid being caught offside.
    • 10' Odemwingie looks keen today, his pace is getting the better of Dunne at the moment.
    • 9' Powerful run from Long and his cross-shot isn't dealt with by the Villa's Cuellar. It doesn't fall well for Odemwingie, the ball is a bit behind him, he tries to dig out a shot but it's blocked by Given.
    • 8' The ball falls to Warnock on the edge of the West Brom penalty area, but his shot is blocked, the ball loops up in the air and it's cleared.
    • 7' Chance for West Brom to counter attack through Long but he hasn't got enough support. Thomas overlaps but instead Long tries to switch the play, but the Villa defence are back quickly.
    • 6' It's all Villa at the moment. Impressive start from the visitors.
    • 5' Well played from Heskey. He takes a heavy touch but keeps the ball in and wins a corner. The ball is swung in by N'Zogbia which is met by the head of Agbonlahor. Under pressure from Foster, he heads over.
    • 4' Clark wins the ball back well just outside the West Brom box - he plays it to Heskey, who is muscled off the ball.
    • 3' Villa looking to attach down the left. Lichaj gives the ball away from a throw.
    • 2' West Brom are playing the ball around the ground very nicely from the off. Warnock, playing on the left of midfielder, has just clattered into Dorrans.
    • 1' We're underway at the Hawthorns!
    • 14:57 Aston Villa need goals. They need wins. McLeish has picked six defenders - right or wrong tactics Villa fans? Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 14:55 Mark Clattenburg will be our referee at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
    • 14:50 Albion manager Roy Hodgson has won seven and lost just two of his 10 Premier League matches against Aston Villa.
    • 14:45 Here's a fact Villa supporters will shudder at: They've won just two Premier League games in 2012, only Wolves have won fewer.
    • 14:40 West Brom manager Roy Hodgson senses an opportunity to rub salt into the Villa fans' wounds: "We’ve actually talked about (overtaking Villa as the Midlands’ top club) and it would be our next major goal. To have 33 years where you’ve always seen a rival above you is a long time. Now is our time to try to break that. We have a great opportunity, of course, because we’re also playing them."
    • 14:35 Albion can break their own records today - if they win they'll reach the 48-point mark in the Premier League. They've never achieved that before.
    • 14:30 Villa manager Alex McLeish has received a storm of abuse from fans angry at the way the season has gone. He's been responding to that: "What do you want me to do (about the personal nature fan abuse)? Do you want me to go and batter them all or something? It's part of the game, they have to put up with it too. I was the most upset person out there after (a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton), but I understand why the fans would react."
    • 14:25 Richard Dunne’s return to the Aston Villa line-up is a huge boost. The Republic of Ireland defender has been out for 10 weeks with a broken collarbone.
    • 14:20 West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Fulop, Andrews, Shorey, Dawson, Cox, Fortune, Scharner. /// Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Lichaj, N'Zogbia, Clark, Herd, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Collins, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner, Carruthers.
    • 14:15 Where do you see this game going? Will Aston Villa be in even more danger by the end of the day? Fire your comments to me via Twitter: @rich_newman
    • 14:10 The Baggies will be glad to make life difficult for their Midlands rivals. They're not in bad form either, having won three of their last four matches. That included a 1-0 victory at Liverpool last weekend.
    • 14:05 This has become a crucial match for Villa. They're just three points off the relegation zone, after a stretch of games that's left them without a win in the last seven outings.
    • 14:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League game between West Brom and Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.
  • Summary

    • 90'+4 The ball falls for Jones in the Villa box and he lashes his shot just wide of the post!
    • 90'+2 Now West Brom nearly score! Odemwingie is found free in the box and it's saved dead on the line by Given. Great save.
    • 90' Another chance for Villa! A bit of a goal mouth scramble which is eventually claimed by Foster.
    • 89' Villa have a great chance to score! It's a mix up at the back and Foster punches weekly. Agbonlahor hooks the ball back across goal, it falls to Heskey, who, instead of shooting, squares it to Clark who shoots towards goal. It's blocked by Olsson. Possibly handball.
    • 73' West Brom are getting closer and closer. Thomas crosses for Olsson - it's a decent header but just over the bar.
    • 69' Odemwingie with an effort inside the Villa box, he curls it towards goal, beats Given but it's a wonderful saving header by Cuellar on the line.
    • 57' Agbonlahor shows his pace down the left once again and he clips a cross in to N'Zogbia who attempts to side foot an effort towards goal. Well saved by Foster.
    • 49' Ridgewell heads towards goal from a corner and it's blatantly handled on the line by Villa defender Alan Hutton. It's a great save - West Brom are livid as no penalty is given.
    • 33' Agbonlahor is once again through on goal and he shrugs off Jones well, he tried to place the ball past Foster but it's well saved once again. Another big chance to open the scoring.
    • 25' Big chance for Villa. It's Dunne who finds himself on the right wing, he brings the ball down expertly and swings and crosses for Herd, who hits his shot too close to Foster.
    • 9' Powerful run from Long and his cross-shot isn't dealt with by the Villa's Cuellar. It doesn't fall well for Odemwingie, the ball is a bit behind him, he tries to dig out a shot but it's blocked by Given.
    • 14:20 West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Thomas, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Fulop, Andrews, Shorey, Dawson, Cox, Fortune, Scharner. /// Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Lichaj, N'Zogbia, Clark, Herd, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Heskey. Subs: Guzan, Collins, Ireland, Bannan, Weimann, Gardner, Carruthers.

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