Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion - Football Match Report

Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion - Football Match Report

Villa hold a one-goal advantage, after coming from behind to win 2-1 in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg thanks to strikes from Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham within the space of few second-half minutes.

Gayle, who was booked for time wasting, then received a second yellow card after making contact with Steer as he slid in to reach James Morrison's cross. "Yes, Villa have a 2-1 advantage and a lead to protect, but if they score a goal it is a mountain to climb for West Brom and he can help you do that".

Aston Villa are heading to the Hawthorns for victory despite defeating West Bromwich Albion in the first leg, according to Ahmed Elmohamady.

I wouldn't expect a Hawthorns crowd to be happy with them sat behind the ball and to let us have a lot of possession. We've got to go there and put in a really good performance.

Abraham, who scored his 26th goal of the season on Saturday, admitted the forward's absence could be a game changer.

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"We've got some wonderful attacking options and players and we may have to tweak how we play on the pitch". He was evidently grown in confidence with each passing game and his ability with the ball at his feet will keep him in Smith's side for the play offs.

But what have we learnt about Aston Villa after this latest win over the Baggies?

Egypt global Ahmed Elmohamady who played the full game was satisfied with his side's performance and believes they can recreate this form in the second leg.

"Whelan provides security in midfield and reads the game well, but he made a big mistake by going with Whelan in front of Hourihane". If we play to our normal standards we'll be a right threat.

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