Villa march on as fans sour game

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP QUARTER-FINALS - By John Hunter

FABIAN Delph and Scott Sin­clair were the he­roes for As­ton Villa as they con­tin­ued their resur­gence un­der new boss Tim Sher­wood to dump West Brom out of the FA Cup.

In a keenly con­tested Mid­lands derby, vet­eran goal­keeper Shay Given was the star of the show for As­ton Villa mak­ing a num­ber of cru­cial saves to deny West Brom.

Ham­mered in the first half, Villa were trans­formed af­ter the break as Delph scored six min­utes af­ter the restart be­fore Sin­clair scored a late break­away goal – but a late pitch in­va­sion by home fans marred the con­test.

West Brom should have gone ahead as early as the sixth minute but Saido Ber­ahino saw his first time shot well saved by Given.

And just three min­utes later the Bag­gies wasted an­other glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity as Craig Gard­ner fed Brown Id­eye but the striker could only fire over.

Villa ended the half on the front foot as winger Sin­clair tested West Brom goal­keeper Boaz My­hill with a low shot but the half ended as a stale­mate.

The game turned on its head on 51 min­utes as Charles N’Zog­bia switched play with a low squared pass, which Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Delph col­lected be­fore ri­fling low past My­hill at his near post.

The Bag­gies should have been level six min­utes later but some­how for­mer Eng­land de­fender Joleon Lescott headed wide of an open goal.

Given was quick off his line to deny the ad­vanc­ing Ber­ahino mid­way through the half, while at the other end Gabby Ag­bon­la­hor was halted by My­hill when he looked clean through. West Brom were re­duced to ten men on 80 min­utes as Clau­dio Yacob was given a sec­ond yel­low card, harshly, for a foul on Villa’s Le­an­dro Ba­cuna.

With five min­utes re­main­ing, Jack Gre­al­ish picked the ball up on the counter attack and re­leased Sin­clair who raced clear to fire past My­hill.

But in stop­page time Villa’s Gre­al­ish was handed a sec­ond yel­low card for div­ing. But by then the con­test was long over.

CLINCHER: Scott Sin­clair nets Villa’s sec­ond


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