Baggies pay the penalty as Aston Villa edge first leg

Baggies pay the penalty as Aston Villa edge first leg

Conor Hourihane's rocket and Tammy Abraham's penalty turned the game around in the final 15 minutes to give Villa a narrow lead in their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

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Aston Villa's game against West Bromwich Albion was the first of the day, and for a while, it looked like the home side were in trouble.

It encouraged the Baggies and, after Abraham's acrobatic volley flew over, the visitors took a 16th-minute lead thanks to Whelan's gift.

"At this level, I've said before, when he plays down the middle he can go and score 25/30 goals as he did with Newcastle a couple of years ago".

The two Egypt worldwide started the game and played the full 90 minutes at the Villa Park as both sides eyeing a return to the Premier League. I think Albion came here to sit behind the ball, slow the game down and take their time with throw-ins, free-kicks.

Villa won a penalty four minutes later when midfielder Jack Grealish was brought down by defender Kieran Gibbs and Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, held his nerve to slot the ball in for the victor. He's obviously a big player for us, that's obviously a big frustration. "We have a great side and we will just have to find a way to beat them".

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