Belfast Telegraph

Baggies beat Villa

Youssouf Mulumbu sealed 10-man West Brom's first win over Aston Villa for 26 years as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory in a pulsating Barclays Premier League derby at the Hawthorns.

An own goal from Abdoulaye Meite gave Villa an early lead before Peter Odemwingie levelled for the Baggies with his 14th goal of the campaign.

Albion midfielder Paul Scharner was sent off after 62 minutes for two bookable offences but Mulumbu netted the winner with six minutes remaining.

West Brom fell behind after four minutes as Gabriel Agbonlahor held the ball up inside the Baggies box before picking out Stewart Downing and Meite deflected his low cross past Scott Carson.

Scharner became the first player to be booked for a challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker before the home side threatened for the first time when Brad Friedel turned a curling 25-yard drive from Mulumbu behind.

Carlos Vela then missed a great chance to bring Albion level, latching onto Simon Cox's pass but failing to keep his shot down as he tried to chip Friedel.

Downing created space for himself but dragged his left-footed shot wide. He then created an opening for Agbonlahor, whose shot was deflected wide.

Albion levelled when James Morrison's deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Jonas Olsson and Scharner miskicked before Odemwingie lashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Two minutes later, they were reduced to 10 men when Scharner hauled down Stiliyan Petrov and was sent off.

But Mulumbu grabbed the winner after 84 minutes. He ran onto a pass and evaded Luke Young before a challenge saw the ball ricochet off Mulumbu's standing foot and over Friedel.


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