Aston Villa fight back against West Brom to claim Championship play-off lead

Jay Rodriguez

West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez scored in both Championship fixtures against Aston Villa during the regular season

They head into the second-leg with an important goal advantage, but Villa will know that their opponents will be without one of their key men for this crucial clash.

Egypt worldwide Ahmed Elmohamady who played the full game was satisfied with his side's performance and believes they can recreate this form in the second leg.

Both players are expected to retain their places in the starting line-up, along with Matt Phillips, who wasn't able to complete 90 minutes on Saturday due to fatigue. We've got to go and perform at The Hawthorns now. "We have to go there and play our game and be confident". At home West Brom have won five games in a row and the hosts have scored three or more goals in four of those five. Everyone had a lot of confidence and patience, we just needed to be patient with the ball and that's what happened in the second-half.

With Dwight Gayle I think West Brom would have had enough to win and advance, but with him suspended I like Aston Villa to get the win and advance to the final. We created more opportunities but it took a really good shot from Hourihane to get us back into it.

If Aston Villa are to win promotion back into the Premier League this season, then you can nearly guarantee that Abraham will play a crucial role in the success of the Villans this year. In the second half, he had licence to go and find space that wasn't there in the first half.

"He's got booked for allegedly time-wasting for the throw-ins". It's a fantastic delivery from James, great timing from Dwight and if he gets contact he's a two-goal hero. "That's the approach we need". "We're frustrated with that one and the momentum swings with them".

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