West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa (23.01.2016) Live Commentary

90+3′
The game can’t be described as thrilling. We can only hope that the next matches won’t follow the same pattern and that they will bring more exciting moments and goal opportunities. The visiting team was controlling the game most of the time. In terms of strategy, the hosts were waiting for the correct moment to win the ball and to launch the counter-attack. The visiting side applied playmaking style of football.
90+3′
Nothing more will happen today, Robert Madley has blown his whistle and the game is over.
90+2′
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
90′
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
90′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) shows his amazing technique as he gets to the edge of the box alone and pulls the trigger just to send the ball miles of the right post. Nice run, but poor finish!
89′
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
89′
Jonny Evans (West Brom) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Robert Madley blows a whistle for a foul. That’s a free kick to Aston Villa.
88′
Attempted cross from Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) is cleared.
86′
The attendance for today’s match is 26165.
85′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wastes a big opportunity! He controls the ball after a nice low pass and shoots the ball towards the goal from a promising distance. His poor effort goes miles wide of the right post.
85′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
82′
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) rises high to meet a cross from the corner kick and plants a header from inside the penalty area. His effort went just narrowly wide of the left post.
82′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) takes the ball to the corner flag to send it into the box from there.
82′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) dribbled past his opponents before finding himself in a great position to strike. His attempt from just outside of the box went towards the bottom right corner, but it wasn’t dangerous and Ben Foster made a comfortable save. The ball goes out for a corner. Aston Villa can continue in their attacking effort.
81′
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) is leaving the pitch due to injury. Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) will take his place on the pitch.
80′
The game is interrupted now, Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
79′
This one will not go through. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
77′
James McClean (West Brom) with a slide tackle, but referee Robert Madley calls for a foul.
75′
James McClean (West Brom) with a teasing cross into the area, but Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) intercepts the ball.
75′
Callum McManaman (West Brom) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
75′
James McClean (West Brom) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The ball is out-of-play and West Brom manage to earn a corner.
74′
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Callum McManaman (West Brom) comes onto the pitch so that Stephane Sessegnon can be given a rest.
73′
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) misses a promising opportunity! He rises for a cross and unleashes a poor header from near the penalty spot. The ball floats high over the crossbar!
71′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) takes the corner with a short pass.
71′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Aston Villa will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
71′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Aston Villa have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
69′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety.
69′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
67′
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) connects with a cross from the side, but produces a header which goes miles wide of the right post.
66′
A lofted cross from Darren Fletcher (West Brom) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
64′
We are about to witness a substitution. Victor Anichebe (West Brom) is replacing Jose Rondon.
64′
Remi Garde decides to make a substitution. Libor Kozak is going off the pitch and Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) is coming on.
64′
Substitution. Craig Gardner leaves the pitch to be replaced by Saido Berahino (West Brom).
62′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) produces a ferocious strike from the edge of the box. His dangerous low effort, directed towards the middle of the goal, is blocked by Ben Foster (West Brom) who pulls off a superb save to keep the ball out of the net.
61′
Craig Gardner (West Brom) serves in a nice cross, but Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) punches the ball away.
61′
The ball is cleared after Jose Rondon (West Brom) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
58′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
57′
Jose Rondon (West Brom) latches onto a brilliant cross and fires the ball towards goal, but his shot goes high over the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
56′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
55′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
53′
What a close effort by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the right post.
52′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) serves in a nice cross, but Ben Foster (West Brom) punches the ball away.
51′
Good movement by James McClean (West Brom), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
50′
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
48′
Craig Dawson (West Brom) creates himself some space in front of the goal and connects with the resulting free kick. His completely inaccurate header sails high over the bar. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
47′
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Robert Madley stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually only a warning comes. A free kick to West Brom.
46′
The second half has just started.
45+2′
The players are likely to put the fans to sleep with their performance rather than receiving any greater amount of support. Let’s hope we are about to see an improvement in the second half. Both teams try to control the game but unsuccessfully. Their overall performances are more or less even. Both sides try to prevail using combination football.
45+2′
Robert Madley has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
45+1′
A free kick into the box, taken by Craig Gardner (West Brom), is comfortably averted by the opposition’s defence.
45+1′
Robert Madley blows the whistle. Jores Okore (Aston Villa) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. West Brom will take a free kick nearby the side line.
45′
We will have 1 min. of added time.
45′
The free kick is taken by Craig Gardner (West Brom), but the delivery is cleared.
45′
Robert Madley couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) and blew the whistle. West Brom win a free kick.
43′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) sends an inaccurate cross from the corner kick as he overhits his effort. The ball goes out-of-play.
43′
Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. Aston Villa have a corner.
42′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
42′
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa). Good work from Aston Villa as they win a corner.
41′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
41′
Robert Madley shows a yellow card to Micah Richards (Aston Villa) for his blatant foul.
40′
Robert Madley blows the whistle, Micah Richards (Aston Villa) is penalised for a foul.
39′
Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates.
37′
Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
35′
James McClean (West Brom) whips a long ball in from the free kick which is intercepted by Mark Bunn (Aston Villa).
34′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Robert Madley blow the whistle.
32′
A precise low pass is received by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and sends a poorly placed shot that sails well wide of the right post.
32′
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
31′
Jonny Evans (West Brom) is penalised for holding. Robert Madley signals for a set piece.
31′
The Aston Villa players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
29′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) with a teasing cross into the area, but Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) intercepts the ball.
27′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) weaves his way through opponents and strikes the ball from the edge of the area, but it is blocked by a defender.
27′
Jonny Evans (West Brom) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
26′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Robert Madley has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
25′
Craig Dawson (West Brom) sends a cross into the box, but Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) comes off his line to gather the ball.
23′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
22′
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle.
22′
The resulting set piece from Aston Villa is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
21′
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa have been awarded a corner kick.
21′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) gets on the end of a pass and takes a low shot from the edge of the box which is straight at Ben Foster (West Brom), who makes a comfortable save.
18′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players.
15′
Craig Gardner (West Brom) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
15′
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. The ball is out-of-play. West Brom will have a chance to score from a corner.
14′
Jonny Evans (West Brom) commits an ugly challenge. The referee sees it and immediately blows the whistle.
13′
Jose Rondon (West Brom) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
11′
James McClean (West Brom) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
11′
Robert Madley blows the whistle for a foul. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) hacks down one of his opponents.
10′
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
9′
James McClean (West Brom) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
7′
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Mark Bunn (Aston Villa), who smothers the ball.
6′
The free kick is delivered by Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
5′
Robert Madley has a clear vision and sees a foul from Craig Gardner (West Brom).
5′
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
5′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Robert Madley signals. There is a free kick given to Aston Villa.
4′
Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
3′
The game is interrupted as Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) is flagged for offside.
1′
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
Aston Villa will kick the game off.
Today’s referee will be Robert Madley.
You can have a look at the starting XIs of both teams in the details of this match.
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