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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,583) 19th January 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: L Probert

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa A Villa

W Brom 2

C Brunt (49)
P Odemwingie (83)


A Villa 2

C Benteke (12)
G Agbonlahor (31)

West Bromwich Albion come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa

By Rebecca Stephenson (@1rebs).   Last Updated: 20/01/13 4:01pm

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Peter Odemwingie: Celebrates his equaliser for West Brom

Peter Odemwingie: Celebrates his equaliser for West Brom

West Brom came from 2-0 down to snatch a point as Aston Villa climbed out of the relegation places in an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns.

With earlier results going against them, Villa found themselves second from bottom of the Premier League at kick off, and reacted swiftly, racing into a two goal lead before half time through Christian Benteke and Gabby Agbonlahor.

But the second half belonged to West Brom as they created a host of chances to breach the nervy Villa defence, and once Chris Brunt had halved the arrears, it was just a matter of time before the equaliser came, with Peter Odemwingie obliging with just seven minutes remaining.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match - Charles N'Zogbia showed he could be a big help to Villa's relegation fight. He linked play fantastically between the midfield and attack and was instrumental in Villa's attacking play.
  • Goal of the match - Christian Benteke's opener showed superb skill. He received the ball with his back to goal and dropped a shoulder before turning and powering the ball in from the edge of the box.
  • Should-have-done-better - Peter Odemwingie may have scored the equaliser but he squandered numerous efforts beforehand. Twice he fired over and when given a chance to create, he overhit his cross into the opposite stand.
  • Handbags - Agbonlahor and Olsson both saw yellow after the Swede took exception to the Villa man's claim that he had handballed. Pushing and shoving ensued before the referee called both captains in to calm things down.
  • Clearance - Joe Bennett was in the right place at the right time to block Gareth McAulay's header on the line in the 65th minute.

It was little more than West Brom deserved, despite emerging second best from a first half that will give all at Villa Park hope of a better second half to the season.

Paul Lambert's youngsters raced from the blocks showing little fear, in spite of the predicament they found themselves in at kick off, languishing 19th in the table after the afternoon's games.

Charles N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor and Benteke provided a formidable attacking triangle, and West Brom had no answer to their movement that was relentless down both channels.

And it was little surprise that the opening was not long in arriving. A piece of individual brilliance from the Belgian Benteke saw him lose his marker with a drop of the shoulder and turn to power a right-footed shot into the far corner.

The pressure continued, and the home crowd were becoming increasingly frustrated by their side's lack of shooting composure. Graham Dorrans and Brunt were both wayward with efforts on Brad Guzan's goal, whilst Romelu Lukaku struggled to get the better of the returning Ron Vlaar.

So the second goal was richly deserved and predictably the opening was created by N'Zogbia. His drive down the right and pin-point ball inside to Agbonlahor saw the forward finish with aplomb to silence the home crowd still further.

Half time came at a bad time for Villa, and gave Steve Clarke the chance to regroup his troops, and West Brom did just that.

A far more positive West Brom outfit emerged for the second period, and immediately set about reducing the arrears.

Chris Brunt took just over four minutes to find his shooting boots, side-footing in from the edge of the box to start the nerves jangling in the Villa camp.

And after several missed chances, not least by Odemwingie, the Nigerian international finally got his reward, and broke Villa hearts, hooking in from a corner after Gareth McAuley had knocked the ball down.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30


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