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Scharner nets Baggies winner


Paul Scharner (right)

Paul Scharner (right)

Paul Scharner (right)

Paul Scharner's second-half goal earned West Brom their first away league win over 10-man Aston Villa for 32 years as they came back to record a 2-1 victory.

Villa went ahead through Darren Bent's penalty but the game turned Albion's way after midfielder Chris Herd was send off after 35 minutes for a challenge on Jonas Olsson inside his own box.

Chris Brunt missed the spot-kick but the Baggies cashed in on Villa's frailty at set pieces with Olsson equalising before half-time and Scharner netting the winner - both from Chris Brunt corners.

Bent squandered a golden chance after five minutes. Barry Bannan's mishit fell straight to the England striker eight yards out but he scooped his shot over.

Villa took the lead after 23 minutes after a defensive mix-up. Steven Reid tried to chest the ball back to Ben Foster but Gabriel Agbonlahor nipped in and was brought down by the on-loan Birmingham goalkeeper. Up stepped Bent to send Foster the wrong way.

Herd was sent off after 34 minutes after an apparent off-the-ball clash with Olsson. Phil Dowd brandished a straight red card before pointing to the penalty spot, but Brunt drilled wildly wide.

Alan Hutton suffered a head injury and was replaced by Carlos Cuellar before Shay Given did well to turn aside a shot on the turn from Somen Tchoyi.

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But a minute before half-time Olsson outjumped the Villa defence to head home Brunt's corner.

Given parried a fierce drive from Youssouf Mulumbu after the break and Olsson headed another Brunt corner over, but the visitors were not to be denied in the 57th minute.

Agbonlahor failed to deal with Brunt's corner and Scharner volleyed home via the bar.

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