Is it ‘The Sherwood Effect’?
There was late drama at Villa Park, as Aston Villa ended their 14-game goal drought to seal all three points against West Bromwich Albion, in a huge relegation fixture.
Christian Benteke’s added time penalty settled the tie, handing new boss Tim Sherwood his first points in the Premier League since taking over.
Much to the surprise of many, it was Sherwood’s side who netted the opening goal, after just 22 minutes, as Gabriel Agbonlahor latched on to Benteke’s flick to slot home beautifully through the legs of Ben Foster.
Not long after, Villa almost scored again, but for quite possibly the save of the season by West Brom defender Joleon Lescott, with this goal-line clearance stopping Agbonlahor from grabbing his second of the game.
And it was Tim Sherwood’s men, once more, with a huge chance to double their lead – when Fabian Delph tried his luck with a curling effort from outside the box, only for the strike to bounce off the post.
Nonetheless, Villa’s luck ran out, when, who else but Saidho Berahino netted the equaliser for the Baggies in the 66th minute, with this timely header. It was goalscorer Agbonlahor who turned villain, after failing to defend Lescott in the corner.
However, with only seconds to go, unbelievably, luck turned the way of relegation-threatened Villa.
This foul by the keeper in the 93rd minute on Matthew Lowton, an easy decision by the referee, ensured late drama in the Premier League.
Striker Benteke, who has suffered in front of goal this season, made no mistakes, securing three crucial points for his side.