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Game #5483

Aston Villa

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Lost

11th (-2)

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

Championship

Attendance: 39,263

West Bromwich Albion

Villa Park

The night is always darkest before dawn. As Villa lose in a fashion reminiscent of games earlier in the decade any chance of promotion seems over and a toil to the season end seems inevitable after six wins, eight draws and four defeats in eighteen League matches under Dean Smith.

Aston Villa

0-2

West Brom

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Andrรฉ Green can't stop the rot, 16 February 2019

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 16 February 2019

๐ŸŸจ | 31โ€™ Booking, Tyrone Mings
๐ŸŸจ | 38โ€™ Booking, Kortney Hause for a bad foul
๐Ÿฅ… | 41โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (West Bromwich Albion), Hal Robson-Kanu
๐Ÿฅ… | 45โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (West Bromwich Albion), Jay Rodriguez
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-2 West Bromwich Albion
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ ๐Ÿ”ด, Sub on, Jed Steer
๐ŸŸจ | 61โ€™ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 61โ€™ Sub off, Conor Hourihane, Sub on, Jacob Ramsey ๐ŸŸข
๐Ÿ” | 71โ€™ Sub off, Andrรฉ Green, Sub on, Jonathan Kodjia
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

ON THIS DAY

A chastening defeat at home to Villaโ€™s near neighbours signalled expectations that a fourth season in the second tier of English football beckoned. Dean Smithโ€™s reign that had started in such positive fashion was experiencing a significant downturn in form.

Ironically it was the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns that saw a late, hand ball equaliser that started Villaโ€™s downturn. To that point Dean Smith had a record of P8 W5 D1 L2. Since that game in December, Villa had P14, W2 D7 L5.

Villa had now conceded more goals at home than any other team in English footballโ€™s top four divisions - 32 in 17 games

Midfielder Jacob Ramsey made his Villa debut aged 17 after coming on as a 61โ€™ substitute. Ramsey had graduated from the youth team ranks, signing professional forms in July 2017.

Goalkeeper Lovre Kaliniฤ‡, a ยฃ5.4m signing in January, left the field at half time and would not play for Villa again despite remaining at the club until 2021. Kaliniฤ‡ had conceded 15 goals in 7 games.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

West Bromwich Albion

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1967-68

FIXTURE HISTORY

West Bromwich Albion

Previous 5 vs. Albion: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Seasons | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #36 |
League Game | #33 |
Manager Game | #22 |
Saturday, 16 February 2019

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: James Linington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Isle of Wight, 2008-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score : ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: James Linington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Isle of Wight, 2008-
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 1 Jan 19, Villa 2-2 QPR (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Mark Russell, Rob Merchant

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

West Bromwich Albion

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

James Linington

TEAM NEWS

Andrรฉ Green comes in for Anwar El Ghazi whilst Ahmed Elmohamady replaces Albert Adomah.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.74 |
Oldest Player: M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 35.12 |
Youngest Player: W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.58 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Darren Moore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ”ด | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

West Bromwich Albion

GK Sam Johnstone (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Kieran Gibbs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ahmed Hegazy | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Mason Holgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jake Livermore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Rakeem Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Jacob Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Hal Robson-Kanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Jay Rodriguez | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸข | for M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 61โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | for W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 71โ€™ |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | M Sam Field | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for CF Hal Robson-Kanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | CB Kyle Bartley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Jacob Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 78โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Stefan Johansen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | for M Gareth Barry (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 86โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jonathan Bond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Jefferson Montero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ |
M Wes Hoolahan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ21.42m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ12.10m
Team Cost: ยฃ33.52m
Squad Cost: ยฃ48.91m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ5.40m |
GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.51m |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ39.83m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 10/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ3.86m
Team Cost: ยฃ43.69m
Squad Cost: ยฃ43.69m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 14/18
Homegrown: 2/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Sam Johnstone (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ6.30m |
GK Jonathan Bond | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Kieran Gibbs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ6.43m |

CB Ahmed Hegazy | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ4.29m |
CB Kyle Bartley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.86m |
CB Craig Dawson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.26m |
CB Mason Holgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
CB Tosin Adarabioyo | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Jake Livermore | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ9.86m |
M Gareth Barry (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.94m |
M Rakeem Harper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Sam Field | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Wes Hoolahan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Stefan Johansen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด | Loan |
M Jefferson Montero | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ | Loan |

W Jacob Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

CF Jay Rodriguez | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ11.75m |
CF Hal Robson-Kanu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 6 |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Tom Carroll | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 13 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Motherwell
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cambridge
F Callum Oโ€™Hare | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Carlisle
W Corey Blackett-Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Walsall
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ipswich
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Cambridge
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
F Harry McKirdy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newport
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Caen

Not Selected | 1 |
CF Keinan Davis | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

M Jacob Ramsey | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

FINAL APPEARANCES

GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 63%
Possession A | 37%
Shots F | 11
Shots A | 10
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 9
Corners A | 2
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*

โ€œWeโ€™re making it hard for ourselves. We didnโ€™t have enough quality in the final third to put enough decent balls in. But, If Tammy takes that early chance, itโ€™s a different story.

โ€œThere was nothing in it, then Robson-Kanu gets his head on a cross and I donโ€™t think any keeper in the world would save that. Itโ€™s looped over a 6ft 7ins keeper. Then we make a mistake, Rodriguez scores off his foot this time, from outside the box, in off the post.

โ€œKalinic came off after a kick on the head. He was dizzy at half-time. He comes from a league where keepers are more protected.

โ€œThe injuries havenโ€™t helped. Now we lose McGinn to suspension as well. Itโ€™s where weโ€™re at. And why we had to stick a 17-year-old kid (Jacob Ramsey) on for his debut for the last half hour.โ€

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 16 February 2019

*West Bromwich Albion were comfortable winners in the West Midlands derby as two goals in four late first-half minutes disposed of punchless Aston Villa.*

With top scorer Tammy Abraham firing blanks for once, Villa were well beaten as their total of home goals conceded this season rose to 32 in 17 games, the worst in English footballโ€™s top four divisions.

Hal Robson-Kanu headed the first on 41 minutes, before Baggies joint top scorer Jay Rodriguez fired home a 20-yard shot off the post just four minutes later, although a subtle deflection took it beyond Villa keeper Lovre Kalinic.

Fourth-placed Albion stay within six points of top spot in the Championship - but Villa are now seven points adrift of the play-off places.

Villa wasted their best chance early in the first half when Abraham, who had scored in all his sideโ€™s last eight home games, for once fluffed his lines.

After Albionโ€™s defence got in a right muddle, Andre Greenโ€™s square pass found Abraham unmarked 12 yards out, but he took a poor first touch and that gave Sam Johnstone - who was on loan at Villa last season - the chance to dash off his line and make a scrambled brave save.

Even before that, Villa had already survived a scare themselves when Holgate sneaked in round the back at the far post, only to be thwarted by a desperate sliding challenge from Tommy Elphick.

Villa then went close again when Kortney Hause headed just over from Conor Hourihaneโ€™s free-kick, but Albionโ€™s Jacob Murphy was twice denied by saves from Kalinic before the visitors broke through.

Robson-Kanuโ€™s fourth goal of the season - and his first in three months - was rapidly followed by a 17th of the season and second in five days for Rodriguez.

And they were rapidly followed by the half-time whistle - and the exit from the contest of Villa keeper Kalinic, who had earlier received first-half treatment.

The hosts did threaten more after the break as Elphickโ€™s header bounced off the top of the bar, and John McGinn - booked for the 10th time this season - had a shot parried before Ahmed Elmohamadyโ€™s header crept wide.

But Villa have now won just once in nine matches and few will give them any chance of making the play-offs.

On a day when Albion became the first side to stop Villa scoring in a Championship home game this season, one rare bright spot for the hosts was the reception given to the introduction of exciting local-born teenager Jacob Ramsey for his debut.

*Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith told BBC Sport:*

โ€œWeโ€™re making it hard for ourselves. We didnโ€™t have enough quality in the final third to put enough decent balls in. But, If Tammy takes that early chance, itโ€™s a different story.

โ€œThere was nothing in it, then Robson-Kanu gets his head on a cross and I donโ€™t think any keeper in the world would save that. Itโ€™s looped over a 6ft 7ins keeper. Then we make a mistake, Rodriguez scores off his foot this time, from outside the box, in off the post.

โ€œKalinic came off after a kick on the head. He was dizzy at half-time. He comes from a league where keepers are more protected.

โ€œThe injuries havenโ€™t helped. Now we lose McGinn to suspension as well. Itโ€™s where weโ€™re at. And why we had to stick a 17-year-old kid (Jacob Ramsey) on for his debut for the last half hour.โ€