- Aston Villa vs West Brom

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Wednesday 29 January 2014 | Villa Park | Referee: Mark Clattenburg | Attendance 36,083

Aston Villa
  • Andreas Weimann (12)
  • Leandro Bacuna (24)
  • Fabian Delph (37)
  • Christian Benteke (64 Pen)
Aston Villa
4 - 3
West Brom
  • Chris Brunt (4)
  • Fabian Delph (9 OG)
  • Youssuf Mulumbu (43)
West Brom

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Aston Villa notched their 300th Barclays Premier League win by battling from two goals down to beat Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-3 at Villa Park.

A thunderous strike from Chris Brunt and a Fabian Delph own-goal inside the first 10 minutes seemed to have put West Brom well on their way to three points on Wednesday.

Villa were reading from a different script, however, and Andreas Weimann's lobbed finish in the 12th minute inspired the hosts, with Leandro Bacuna equalising before the half-hour mark.

Against all odds, Paul Lambert's side looked set to take a lead into the break as Delph scored at the right end with a thunderous strike, but Youssouf Mulumbu levelled the scores again with a composed finish in the 43rd minute.

West Brom coach Pepe Mel admitted in the build-up to the game that he tried to sign Christian Benteke in his days at Real Betis and it was the Belgium star who netted the winner when he converted a second-half penalty to move Villa into 10th.

Matthew Lowton replaced the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor in Villa's only change from the 2-2 draw with Liverpool in their last Premier League outing.

Mel restored Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe to his starting XI after missing out against Everton, replacing Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra.

It took the visitors just four minutes to take the lead and it came in style as Brunt lashed home a fearsome half-volley from 30 yards out, giving Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan no chance.

Villa had a fight on their hands five minutes later as a well-worked free-kick released James Morrison in the left side of the hosts' area and Delph directed the eventual cross into his own goal.

The hosts responded almost immediately, however. Guzan's long ball from the back was inadvertently flicked on by Diego Lugano, allowing Weimann to drop the ball over Ben Foster and into the net.

Bacuna continued Villa's stunning comeback in the 25th minute as he fortuitously sliced Lowton's low cross over the diving Guzan before Delph made amends to score at the right end as he burst into the area and unleashed an unstoppable drive eight minutes before the break.

There was still enough time for one more goal before half-time as West Brom levelled the scores again, with Mulumbu confidently slotting past Guzan following a delicate first touch.

Ten minutes after the break, Lugano missed a glorious chance to give West Brom the lead as he headed Brunt's free-kick wide at the back post and the Uruguayan played a big role in Villa's fourth goal in the 64th minute.

Lugano hauled down Benteke in the penalty area as he jumped to reach a cross and the Belgian buried the spot-kick, scoring for the third consecutive match.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "It's not great for the heart, to go down 2-0 in a derby. All credit to the team, the response was fantastic.

"With derby games, it doesn't matter where you are in the table, they're really unpredictable.

"We've done so much in a short space of time. We have a young side and we are giving it a right good go."

"[On Christian Benteke’s return to form] He did the same last season with the incredible scoring run. His general game is getting back to what it was."

West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Pepe Mel: "It was an incredible match. To score three goals away and no points is remarkable. We need to work on our defensive mistakes.

"I'm very proud of the players, they tried very hard.

“The players did everything to win but it wasn't meant to be. We now need to have a strong mentality as we face a big team on Sunday”

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Brad Guzan 2.67 6.12
6. Ciaran Clark 4.0 4.79
23. Ryan Bertrand 3.0 5.14
34. Matthew Lowton 2.67 4.7
4. Ron Vlaar 5.0 5.2
15. Ashley Westwood 2.67 5.03
16. Fabian Delph 4.5 5.64
7. Leandro Bacuna 4.0 5.2
8. Karim El Ahmadi 3.0 5.04
10. Andreas Weimann 3.75 5.76
20. Christian Benteke 5.0 7.08
Substitutes All Fans BFR
29. Grant Holt 0.5 4.0
9. Nicklas Helenius 5.0 3.93
24. Aleksandar Tonev 5.0 4.46
13. Jed Steer 5.0 3.95
2. Nathan Baker 5.0 5.11
18. Yacouba Sylla 5.0 4.68
12. Marc Albrighton 2.5 5.43
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Ben Foster 4.0 5.9
14. Diego Lugano 1.33 4.24
2. Steven Reid 0.75 4.08
3. Jonas Olsson 4.0 4.64
6. Liam Ridgewell 3.5 4.28
5. Claudio Yacob 3.4 5.29
21. Youssuf Mulumbu 3.0 4.94
11. Chris Brunt 5.75 5.29
7. James Morrison 3.5 5.19
16. Victor Anichebe 2.75 5.18
39. Nicolas Anelka 1.67 5.14
Substitutes All Fans BFR
18. Morgan Amalfitano 1.0 5.56
28. Billy Jones 1.0 4.58
38. Saido Berahino 0.0 5.53
23. Gareth McAuley 0.0 4.64
20. Matej Vydra 0.0 5.64
17. Graham Dorrans 0.0 4.92
13. Boaz Myhill 0.0 4.56

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