Date: 11th May 2019 at 2:42pm
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Aston Villa
2 – 1
West Bromwich Albion

Villa Park

Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg

11/05/2019 12:30 pm

Attendance: 40754

Referee: Scott

Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion
Hourihane (75), Abraham (pen 19) Gayle (16)
Steer Johnstone
Elmohamady Dawson 45
Tuanzebe Bartley
Mings Hegazi
Taylor Holgate
Whelan 67 Brunt
Adomah 67 Johansen 85
McGinn Gibbs
Grealish Phillips 66
El Ghazi 91 Rodriguez
Abraham Gayle


Hourihane 67 Morrison 85
Jedinak Mears 45
Davis Townsend
Green 67 Montero
Kodjia 91 Bond
Kalinic Field
Hause Murphy 66

Game Statistics

21 Goal attempts 5
6 On Target 2
10 Corners 4
3 Fouls 14
0 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 1
69 % 31

Earlier this afternoon Aston Villa welcomed local rivals West Bromwich Albion to the Villa Park pitch for Saturday’s Play-Off Semi-Final first leg affair.

Hopes and optimism were high ahead of the game given the spectacular run of form we’ve been on in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign, and given a shot at promotion looked to be a stretch after our summer and first half to the year, the opportunity was ours to take.

Villa better dominated the tie in terms of possession and chances overall but Dwight Gayle made his chance in the 16th minute count to give them the 1-0 advantage. Second half substitute Conor Hourihane tied things up with 15 minutes remaining in the game with an absolute rifle of an effort and a quick penalty award for a foul on Jack Grealish saw Tammy Abraham step up to make it 2-1 four minutes later.

Things got better for Villa, although goalkeeper Jed Steer may disagree, as Dwight Gayle saw two yellows as he slid in and collided with our stopper and he now misses the second leg.

All eyes to Tuesday to complete the job.

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