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West Brom   2 - 1   Aston Villa

Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie's 14th league goal of the season pulled West Brom level

By Les Roopanarine

A late strike from Youssouf Mulumbu gave 10-man West Brom their first league victory against Aston Villa for more than a quarter of a century.

The home side fell behind in the fourth minute when Abdoulaye Meite sliced a Stewart Downing cross into his own net.

West Brom hit back on the hour when Peter Odemwingie volleyed home a close-range equaliser.

Paul Scharner was dismissed moments later, but with six minutes left Mulumbu flicked home the winner.

It was another feather in the cap for West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, whose side not only overhauled Villa, all but extinguishing any lingering relegation fears, but also claimed their first league win against their local rivals since a 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns in April 1985.

Hodgson delighted at comeback win

Back in February, when Roberto Di Matteo was dismissed as manager with only goal difference separating the Baggies from the bottom three, that scenario would have been unimaginable.

Yet such is the alchemy wrought by Hodgson, who has overseen just one defeat in nine matches since his appointment, that his side now sit proudly above their three West Midlands rivals in the Premier League table.

That looked an unlikely outcome after four minutes, when West Brom's hopes of keeping a clean sheet for the first time since the second game of the season were snuffed out in inept fashion.

Had Meite shown greater faith in his left foot, he would surely have completed a routine clearance from Downing's flicked centre.

Instead, with Darren Bent lurking behind him on the six-yard line, the Ivory Coast international attempted to flick the ball away with the outside of his right boot, sending it spinning beyond the stranded Scott Carson.

To score one faintly comical goal may be regarded as a misfortune. But, when a Stiliyan Petrov effort deflected off the hapless Meite's outstretched boot a few moments later, almost causing Carson further embarrassment, you began to suspect it was not going to be the Baggies' day.

Looking to extend a four-game unbeaten run, Villa were as relentless in their onslaught as West Brom were ineffectual.

Mulumbu tried his luck for the home side from 25 yards, drawing an acrobatic save from visiting keeper Brad Friedel, while Carlos Vela's first touch let him down following a defence-splitting ball from Simon Cox.

Otherwise, though, it was all Villa. Downing fired into the side netting when a pass to Bent or Gabriel Agbonlahor would surely have brought greater reward. Kyle Walker capped a lightning Villa break by standing up a far-post cross for Bent, obliging Carson to tip away. Agbonlahor drilled wide.

Dressing room hurting after derby defeat - McAllister

Villa would have cause to rue these moments of profligacy. Only Tottenham have equalled the home side's ability to salvage points from a losing position this season, and when Odemwingie won a 60th-minute free-kick along the right channel, the worm began to turn.

James Morrison curled the resulting set-piece to the far post, Jonas Olsson sent a header back across goal and, as Cox's scrambled effort popped up off Petrov, the Nigeria international stabbed home a close-range volley.

It was Odemwingie's 14th Premier League goal since his August move from Lokomotiv Moscow, although the home support had little time to enjoy it.

Two minutes later, Scharner - earlier booked for unsporting behaviour by referee Phil Dowd - recklessly hauled Petrov to the ground and promptly received his marching orders.

A sustained spell of Villa pressure followed and, as Downing drew a sprawling save from Carson, it briefly looked as though the depleted home side might be overwhelmed.

But when Cox slotted the ball through to Mulumbu with six minutes remaining, the Congo international spun away from Ciaran Clark and lifted the ball over Friedel to bring West Brom's 26-year wait for a win against Villa to a deliriously celebrated end.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Odemwingie 60
  • Mulumbu 84
  • Meite (og) 4

West Brom

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 25,889
WEST BROM
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • West Brom 42%
  • Aston Villa 58%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 4
  • Aston Villa 6

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 4
  • Aston Villa 5

Corners

  • West Brom 3
  • Aston Villa 7

Fouls

  • West Brom 12
  • Aston Villa 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:33 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+4:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Kyle Walker. Kyle Walker takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:58 Substitution Somen Tchoyi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Odemwingie.
  • 90:00+1:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Youssouf Mulumbu. Shot comes in from Ashley Young from the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:10 Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 89:20 Peter Odemwingie takes a short corner.
  • 88:09 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Pires. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:36 Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 85:28 Substitution Stiliyan Petrov leaves the field to be replaced by Marc Albrighton.
  • 83:45 GOAL - Youssouf MulumbuWest Brom 2 - 1 Aston Villa Youssouf Mulumbu scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • 83:04 Booking Youssouf Mulumbu goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:15 Unfair challenge on Luke Young by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Kyle Walker takes the free kick.
  • 81:29 Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 80:23 Stiliyan Petrov is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 76:19 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Walker. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 74:26 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela goes off and Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on.
  • 74:26 Kyle Walker produces a cross, Header from close range by James Collins misses to the right of the goal.
  • 72:47 Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:47 Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor is shown a yellow card.
  • 72:42 Gabriel Agbonlahor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • Correction - 71:20 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. James Morrison gets a block in.
  • 71:20 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Abdoulaye Meite gets a block in.
  • 70:37 The official flags Darren Bent offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 69:40 Corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line. Effort on goal by Robert Pires from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 68:09 Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:09 Booking The referee cautions Gabriel Tamas for unsporting behaviour.
  • 68:06 Ashley Young fouled by Gabriel Tamas, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 67:16 Substitution Robert Pires comes on in place of Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • 66:16 Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young, free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Gabriel Tamas. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
  • 66:11 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
  • 65:54 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
  • 65:22 A cross is delivered by Carlos Alberto Vela, clearance made by James Collins.
  • 62:54 Ashley Young takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:00 Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:00 Sent off Paul Scharner is shown a red card.
  • 62:00 Foul by Paul Scharner on Stiliyan Petrov, free kick awarded.
  • 59:30 GOAL - Peter OdemwingieWest Brom 1 - 1 Aston Villa Peter Odemwingie finds the net with a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 59:24 Paul Scharner provided the assist for the goal.
  • 58:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Peter Odemwingie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by James Morrison from right channel.
  • 55:28 Ashley Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Alberto Vela. The ball is sent over by James Morrison, Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 53:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Darren Bent. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:39 Foul by Paul Scharner on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Stewart Downing, Peter Odemwingie gets a block in.
  • 51:20 Peter Odemwingie is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 50:06 Substitution Gonzalo Jara leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 50:06 Substitution Richard Dunne leaves the field to be replaced by Ciaran Clark.
  • 48:33 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young.
  • 46:46 The referee blows for offside. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:41 Jonas Olsson fouled by Darren Bent, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:04 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:29 Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball.
  • 42:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Richard Dunne. Carlos Alberto Vela produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 41:34 Kyle Walker delivers the ball.
  • 40:56 Simon Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
  • 39:37 Foul by Paul Scharner on Nigel Reo-Coker, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 38:22 Short corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line.
  • 37:48 Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
  • 37:13 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 36:19 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 35:39 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing played to the near post, clearance made by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 35:30 A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, save by Scott Carson.
  • 31:32 Stewart Downing has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 30:45 Foul by Jonas Olsson on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:10 Luke Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdoulaye Meite. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 28:42 Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Dunne takes the free kick.
  • 27:21 Paul Scharner has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
  • 24:25 Effort on goal by Carlos Alberto Vela from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 23:43 Effort from inside the area by Ashley Young misses to the right of the target.
  • 22:45 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Carlos Alberto Vela, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Paul Scharner. Direct free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 18:39 Corner taken by James Morrison from the right by-line, save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 18:20 Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 17:10 A cross is delivered by Simon Cox, save by Brad Friedel.
  • Correction - 17:04 Simon Cox produces a cross, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:04 Centre by James Morrison, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 15:39 Unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 14:43 Centre by Stewart Downing, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
  • 12:01 Nigel Reo-Coker concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. James Morrison takes the free kick.
  • 8:10 Stewart Downing delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
  • 8:10 Booking Paul Scharner is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 7:51 Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker.
  • Correction - 6:03 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 6:03 Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 5:18 Peter Odemwingie handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 3:56 GOAL - Abdoulaye MeiteWest Brom 0 - 1 Aston Villa Abdoulaye Meite puts the ball into his own goal. West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa.
  • 3:56 Stewart Downing provided the assist for the goal.
  • 3:35 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Alberto Vela restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:58 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 34 39 73
2 Chelsea 35 38 70
3 Arsenal 34 31 64
4 Man City 33 21 59
5 Tottenham 34 7 55
6 Liverpool 34 12 52
7 Everton 35 5 48
8 Bolton 35 0 46
9 Fulham 35 7 45
10 Stoke 35 0 43
11 West Brom 35 -14 43
12 Newcastle 34 1 41
13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
15 Blackburn 35 -14 38
16 Birmingham 34 -17 38
17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
18 Wigan 35 -23 35
19 Wolves 34 -23 33
20 West Ham 34 -22 32

see also
Saturday football as it happened
30 Apr 11 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
30 Apr 11 |  Football
Hodgson hails West Brom survival
30 Apr 11 |  Premier League



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