West Brom and Villa in dour stalemate

West Brom and Aston Villa shared the spoils in a lacklustre 0-0 stalemate at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
  • West Brom 0 Aston Villa 0 
  • Albion and Villa fire blanks at The Hawthorns 
  • Richards lucky to stay on after two-footed lunge 
  • Sub Gestede goes close for visitors 
  • Baggies fans boo team off at the end 

Match Summary

Both teams lacked a cutting edge up front in a dour Premier League contest, although the visitors pressed forward much more in the closing stages as they looked for a winner.

A point away from home is usually a decent return but Villa need wins, while Baggies fans were not happy with the poor fare on offer from Tony Pulis' side.

Full Report

Both teams began the match in tentative fashion and it was not hard to see why West Brom and Villa are at the wrong end of the table.

Jordan Ayew had the first real chance when his shot on goal was blocked in the 22nd minute.

Two minutes later and the striker went down under a challenge from Jonas Olsson – but referee Bobby Madley ignored Villa's valid pleas for a penalty.

Libor Kozak then went round Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster only to fire his shot against the post. However, the flag had gone up as Villa's Czech striker was offside when played in by Carles Gil.

Micah Richards was lucky to stay on the pitch after the Villa defender committed a two-footed challenge on West Brom's Claudio Yacob in the 40th minute.

Madley played the advantage for West Brom before issuing a yellow card two minutes later once play had stopped.

West Brom almost opened the scoring early in the second half but Gardner's free-kick from the left was headed over by Craig Dawson from close range.

Stephane Sessegnon then fired wide from 25 yards out in the 54th minute as West Brom tried to fashion an opening.

Salomon Rondon then hit a shot high and wide on the turn as Albion knocked on the door.

Saido Berahino, who has been linked with a January exit from The Hawthorns, then came on for Gardner just after the hour mark, while Villa's Rudy Gestede replaced Kozak and the momentum swung Villa's way.

Ashley Westwood crossed from the left and Gestede headed just wide for Villa in the 66th minute.

Leandro Bacuna then drove into the West Brom box from the left only for Dawson to make a last-ditch tackle, before the corner was cleared and the second corner was collected by Foster.

Ayew had a shot blocked by Olsson before Villa suffered a blow as Gestede had to go off with a hamstring injury.

Westwood then cut inside from the left in the 81st minute and his low shot was palmed wide by Foster before Bacuna fired high and wide as the match ended in stalemate.