West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (13.12.2014) Live Commentary

90+6′
Let’s hope the players will show us more in future games as today’s one has been rather average, without many exciting moments. The home side dominated the game. The home players presented themselves with long passes and crosses into the box, while the away team’s main priority was a flawless defence.
90+6′
The referee blows for the end of today’s match.
90+5′
Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) tries his luck with a long-range shot from a rebound, but it isn’t precise at all and the ball flies well wide of the right post towards the corner flag. Very poor shot.
90+5′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) takes the free kick from a long way out but the defender manages to get it clear.
90+5′
Craig Gardner (West Brom) gets a yellow card. The main referee Michael Dean made a right call.
90+3′
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) produces an effort from the edge of the box, but doesn’t hit the ball properly and sends it yards of the right post.
90+3′
Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
90+2′
Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Brom.
90+2′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) attempts to create a scoring opportunity with a wonderful long ball, but his pass is blocked.
90+1′
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
90′
4 additional min. will be played.
90′
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) fails to deliver a decent cross from a long-range free kick. The opposition’s defence intercepts the effort.
90′
A clumsy foul by Ideye Brown (West Brom) and Michael Dean blows the whistle.
89′
Saido Berahino (West Brom) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
89′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
89′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
89′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
88′
A great teamplay by West Brom as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
86′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
85′
Jores Okore (Aston Villa) makes a rough challenge and Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul.
84′
Saido Berahino (West Brom) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
84′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. The ball goes out for a corner. West Brom can continue in their attacking effort.
83′
Flag goes up against Christian Benteke (Aston Villa). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
83′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) had a good opportunity as he fired from long range. His shot was directed towards the right side of the goal, but Ben Foster (West Brom) was alert and made a comfortable save.
81′
Saido Berahino (West Brom) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
79′
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) has a huge chance to score from close range, but his effort goes just a few inches wide of the right-hand post.
78′
Paul Lambert decides to make a substitution. Aly Cissokho is going off the pitch and Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) is coming on.
78′
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) replaces Carlos Sanchez.
78′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) is given a yellow card.
77′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) slams the ball to the middle of the goal, but it doesn’t surprise Ben Foster (West Brom) who is equal to it.
72′
Goal! Craig Gardner (West Brom) was in the right place at the right time to pounce on the rebound inside the box, and he fires the ball home. It is 1:0.
72′
Well-positioned Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) was first to the rebound to fire a shot, which was aimed to the middle, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) reacted superbly to keep the ball out. The fans could not believe their eyes. It was a miraculous stop!
72′
The game is interrupted. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
72′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) passed the ball and slowed down the tempo. His team can continue with combination play.
71′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
70′
Substitution. Saido Berahino (West Brom) replaces Graham Dorrans.
69′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels low towards the middle of the target, but Brad Guzan comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
69′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
68′
Ideye Brown (West Brom) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety.
67′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) takes the resultant free kick from the edge of the box to find one of his teammates with a cross, but the keeper gets to it first and climbs high to collect the ball.
65′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle.
65′
Stephane Sessegnon sends a lofted pass into the box, Ideye Brown (West Brom) shows good awareness to connect with it but blazes his shot high over the crossbar.
64′
Ideye Brown (West Brom) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. The ball is behind the sideline and West Brom will take a throw-in.
63′
The game is interrupted. Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) is given a yellow card. He has to be more careful now.
63′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
62′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. West Brom will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
62′
The West Brom players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
60′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
59′
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by Silvestre Varela (West Brom), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches over the top.
58′
Long pass, produced by James Morrison (West Brom), missed precision to reach his teammates.
58′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
58′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) is unable to feed a through ball into the path of his teammates.
56′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
56′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
56′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety. West Brom will take a corner kick.
55′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) has now solved the difficult situation with a good pass and comfortably gets rid of the pressing opponent.
55′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Ben Foster comes off the line to clear the ball away.
53′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) meets a delivery on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the top right corner. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Brad Guzan pulls off an easy save.
52′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) smashes the ball towards goal from the edge of the penalty box, but it goes well wide of the right post.
52′
Ideye Brown (West Brom) is forced to stop his attacking move after the linesman signals for offside.
51′
Joleon Lescott (West Brom) sends a promising through ball, but the defence is alert and cuts out the pass.
50′
A cross from the free kick is whipped in by Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa), but one of the defenders steps in and averts the threat.
49′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) commits a rough challenge, and Michael Dean blows the whistle for infringement.
48′
Michael Dean has a clear vision and sees a foul from James Morrison (West Brom).
47′
The game is interrupted as Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) is flagged for offside.
46′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) crosses the ball forward but it is intercepted.
46′
Half-time substitution. Paul Lambert decided to make a change. Charles N’Zogbia is replaced by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).
46′
The second half has just started.
45+3′
Today’s clash hasn’t been extremely attractive up to now, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home players try to win the ball back as quickly as possible every time they lose possession. The away team tries to prevail using combination football.
45+3′
Michael Dean has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
45+2′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) takes the rebound on the edge of the box and fires the ball just over the crossbar.
45+2′
The free kick into the penalty area from James Morrison (West Brom) is averted.
45+1′
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) pulls the shirt of his opponent and the referee stops play for a foul. West Brom with a free kick.
45+1′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) attempts to find Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) with a through ball, but one of the defending players makes a timely intervention.
45′
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
44′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Michael Dean calls for a foul.
42′
Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) is cautioned by the referee.
42′
Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) whips the ball from the long-range free kick, but the first man gets it clear.
42′
Michael Dean interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom). Aston Villa will take a free kick nearby the side line.
41′
Brad Guzan pulls off a great save to deny Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) after receiving a precise defence-splitting pass. The effort is headed for the left side of the goal, but the goalkeeper dives superbly to stop it. Definitely the best save of this match so far!
40′
The ball flies way wide of the left post as Craig Gardner (West Brom) produces an imprecise volley strike from long distance.
39′
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender.
36′
Ideye Brown (West Brom) escapes without any punishment from the referee after using excessive force to foul his opponent.
36′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
34′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) is trying to send the ball in front of the goal, but the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
34′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
33′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
32′
Silvestre Varela (West Brom) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. It’s a throw-in for West Brom.
32′
Andre Wisdom (West Brom) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
31′
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
29′
James Morrison (West Brom) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone.
26′
Brad Guzan leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom).
26′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. Now West Brom with a corner.
26′
Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) puts a cross into the box from the free kick but it’s cleared.
25′
Joleon Lescott (West Brom) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Michael Dean blow the whistle. Aston Villa win a free kick.
24′
Craig Gardner (West Brom) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
24′
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
24′
The game is interrupted now, Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
22′
Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) is shown a red card by the referee for a horror tackle that simply has no place in football!
22′
The Aston Villa players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
20′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) got rid of the defending players and unloads a powerful, but inaccurate effort from long distance. The goalkeeper can stay completely calm as the ball ends near the left corner flag.
20′
Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) attempts to find a teammate with the corner, but their effort is stopped by the goalkeeper.
19′
The free kick is taken by Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa), but the delivery is cleared. The ball goes out-of-play. Aston Villa are awarded a corner kick.
18′
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) has tested the patience of referee Michael Dean and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
18′
It could have been a good chance to score! Craig Gardner (West Brom) fails to release Stephane Sessegnon with a through ball as the defence is alert to make a clearance. The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa will take a throw-in.
17′
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
16′
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
15′
The ball is cleared after Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for West Brom.
14′
Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.
14′
Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The ball goes out-of-play. Aston Villa are awarded a corner kick.
13′
The ball goes out-of-play and West Brom will have a goal kick. A pass by Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
12′
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked.
10′
Brad Guzan makes a brilliant save! Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) weaves easily through the defence and unleashes a shot from just outside of the box. His effort goes towards the left side of the goal but it is denied by the mentioned goalkeeper!
7′
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
6′
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
5′
James Morrison (West Brom) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
3′
Half-chance! Ideye Brown (West Brom) plays a pass into the box, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) reacts well to thwart the attack.
2′
Some patient build-up play from Aston Villa as they look to unlock the defence.
1′
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are on the pitch and West Brom will have the kick-off.
Michael Dean will referee today’s match.
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