Game #5317

Season | 2014-15 |

Matchday | #17 |
League Game | #16 |
Premier League Match-week | #16 |  
Manager Game | #104 |
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Premier League | Away | West Bromwich Albion | The Hawthorns | 24,684 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Paul Lambert | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Mike Dean | 
HT Score | 0-0 |

FT Score | 0-1 |
FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | DDWWL | 

League Position | 12th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson |
SENT OFF | 22' | 
RB Alan Hutton | BOOKED | 65' |
RB Aly Cissokho | SUB OFF | 78' |
CB Jores Okore |
CB Ciaran Clark |
M Carlos Sánchez |
SUB OFF | 78' |
M Tom Cleverley | BOOKED | 42' |
W Charles N’Zogbia | SUB OFF | 46' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor |
CF Christian Benteke |

Substitutes |

M Fabian Delph for W Charles N’Zogbia | 46’ | 
CB Ron Vlaar for M Carlos Sánchez | 78’ | 
F Andreas Weimann for RB Aly Cissokho | 78’ |  

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Shay Given
M Chris Herd
RB Matt Lowton
M Jack Grealish

Cards |

 Yellow | Tom Cleverley | 42’ |

 Yellow | Alan Hutton | 65’ |

 Red | Kieran Richardson | 22’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.31 | 

Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 30.28 |

Youngest Player | CB Jores Okore | 22.35 |

Unavailable |

Injury |

CF Libor Kozák |

CB Nathan Baker |

CB Philippe Senderos |

M Joe Cole |

M Ashley Westwood |

Loaned Out |

CF Nicklas Helenius | Aalborg BK | 9 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

M Yacouba Sylla | Kayseri Erciyesspor | 14 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

LB Antonio Luna | Hellas Verona | 4 August 2014 - 1 February 2015 | 

W Aleksandar Tonev | Celtic | 11 August 2014 - 30 June 2015 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Tranmere Rovers | 18 August 2014 - 7 January 2015 | 

LB Joe Bennett | Brighton & Hove Albion | 20 August 2014 - 4 May 2015 |

M Gary Gardner | Brighton & Hove Albion | 26 August 2014 - 31 December 2014 | 

GK Jed Steer | Yeovil Town | 31 October 2014 - 1 February 2015 | 

D Enda Stevens | Doncaster Rovers | 6 November 2014 - 4 May 2015 | 

F Darren Bent | Brighton & Hove Albion | 26 November 2014 - 30 December 2014 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 43
Possession A | 57
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 11
Shots on Target F | 3
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 12
Fouls A | 17

Match Report

Sky Sports

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Craig Gardner’s first Premier League goal in over a year gave West Brom a much-needed 1-0 victory over 10-man Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.


The visitors were up against it after just 21 minutes when Kieran Richardson was shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Stephane Sessegnon.

 

The dismissal forced Villa on to the back foot and their resistance was finally broken in the 72nd minute following the introduction of Saido Berahino.


Just minutes after coming on, Berahino put in a dangerous cross from the right that Brad Guzan couldn’t clear and the ball fell for Gardner - a former Villa player and Birmingham City fan - to fire home.


Christian Benteke wasted Villa’s best chance to equalise in the dying stages when he shot wide, but in the end it was a deserved and important victory for West Brom.
 

Certainly the importance of Gardner’s goal was clear on the touchline as Baggies boss Alan Irvine pumped his fists in celebration at the strike.
 

Irvine has been under pressure in recent weeks following the disappointing run but was positive with his team selection as he handed starts to Silvestre Varela and Brown Ideye.
 

Villa made one enforced change from their win over Leicester City, with the injured Ashley Westwood replaced by Richardson.
 

Neither side offered much of a goal threat in the early stages, although most of West Brom’s best moments came down the left.
 

Sebastien Pocognoli forced Guzan into a save from a tight angle after he stepped inside Alan Hutton, while Valera also beat the full-

back but saw his dangerous cross into the six-yard box cleared.
 

With 20 minutes gone there looked to be little between the sides, but Richardson then did the Baggies a huge favour when he went lunging in on Sessegnon and was dismissed.
 

The former Baggie was always chasing the ball after a heavy touch and Mike Dean had little choice but to show him a straight red for the studs-up tackle.
 

But the Baggies were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage before the break and didn’t test Guzan until the 41st minute, when Sessegnon had a shot that the keeper saved with his legs.
 

After the interval it was a different story as West Brom dominated possession and started to threaten more regularly.
 

Varela saw a close-range volley blocked before Ideye missed a header and then blazed over the bar from eight yards out when he should have at least hit the target.
 

Villa were seeing little of the ball but it looked as though they might hold out until Gardner finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute.
 

Berahino, who had only come on a few minutes earlier, put in a dangerous cross from the right that Guzan didn’t deal with properly.

The ball fell to Sessegnon and although his shot was blocked, Gardner made no mistake with the follow-up as he fired into the bottom corner.
 

It was no more than West Brom deserved for their second-half dominance, but Villa almost snatched a draw after a couple of late openings.
 

First, Benteke flicked a shot past the far post in the 80th minute, before the Belgian sliced wide from the edge of the area after a knock down from Gabriel Agbonlahor in stoppage time.
 

That was to be the last chance for Villa as the Baggies held on to secure a vital victory.

 

Soccer Saturday verdict - Matt Le Tissier

 

“From what I saw today I think these two sides will probably be looking over their shoulders come the last few games of the season. I don’t see them being that far clear of the relegation zone come the last few weeks.”
 

Player ratings

West Brom: Foster (6), Lescott (6), McAuley (6), Pocognoli (5), Wisdom (7), Dorrans (5), Gardner (7), Morrison (6), Varela (7), Ideye (5), Sessegnon (7).

Subs: Berahino (7).

Aston Villa: Guzan (5), Cissokho (6), Clark (6), Hutton (5), Okore (6), Cleverley (5), Richardson (4), Sanchez (6), Agbonlahor (6), Benteke (5), N’Zogbia (5).

Subs: Vlaar (5), Delph (6), Weimann (5).