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Villa earn comeback draw against West Brom

Published: Sunday 30 September 2012, 19.09CET
Darrent Bent scored 11 minutes after coming off the bench to earn Aston Villa FC a valuable 1-1 draw with West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion FC at Villa Park.
Villa earn comeback draw against West Brom
Darren Bent is congratulated by his team-mates after drawing Aston Villa level ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 30 September 2012, 19.09CET

Villa earn comeback draw against West Brom

Darrent Bent scored 11 minutes after coming off the bench to earn Aston Villa FC a valuable 1-1 draw with West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion FC at Villa Park.

Trailing with ten minutes remaining, Aston Villa FC rallied to earn a 1-1 draw with West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion FC at Villa Park.

Buoyed by their English League Cup triumph at Manchester City FC in midweek, the hosts sparkled in the opening exchanges with Brett Holman stinging the fingertips of Ben Foster with a venomous 30-metre strike. The adroit dribbler came to the fore again five minutes before the break but failed to apply the finishing touch to a dazzling run.

West Brom emerged after the interval with renewed vibrancy and found a reward when James Morrison's inviting cross was turned in at the back post by Republic of Ireland forward Shane Long. Stung into action, the home side replied with intent, only to be denied by a string of last-ditch blocks and interventions.

The introduction of Darren Bent was manager Paul Lambert's last throw of the dice and his decision paid dividends when the predatory striker capitalised on a goalmouth scramble by coolly steering the ball past Foster. The action switched ends at dizzying pace thereafter and it was the visitors who came closest to stealing the points when Romelu Lukaku's deflected effort struck a post.

Last updated: 01/10/12 0.25CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 15/11/2012 17:06 CET

30/09/2012

Aston VillaAston Villa1-1West BromWest Brom

Bent 80

Long 51

Venue: Birmingham

29/09/2012

Man. UnitedMan. United2-3TottenhamTottenham

Nani 51, Kagawa 53

Vertonghen 2, Bale 32, Dempsey 52

Venue: Manchester

29/09/2012

SunderlandSunderland1-0WiganWigan

S. Fletcher 51

Venue: Sunderland

29/09/2012

FulhamFulham1-2Man. CityMan. City

Petrić 10 (P)

Agüero 43, Džeko 87

Venue: London

29/09/2012

EvertonEverton3-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Osman 25, Jelavić 32, 38

Ramirez 6

Venue: Liverpool

29/09/2012

ReadingReading2-2NewcastleNewcastle

Kebe 57, Hunt 62

Ba 58, 83

Venue: Reading

29/09/2012

NorwichNorwich2-5LiverpoolLiverpool

Morison 61, Holt 87

Suárez 2, 38, 57, Nuri Şahin 47, Gerrard 68

Venue: Norwich

29/09/2012

StokeStoke2-0SwanseaSwansea

Crouch 12, 36

Venue: Stoke

29/09/2012

ArsenalArsenal1-2ChelseaChelsea

Gervinho 42

Torres 20, Juan Mata 53

Venue: London

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