West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner scored against former club Aston Villa to end the Baggies’ run of five Premier League matches without a win.
Gardner, 28, capitalised on a scramble inside the area and fired through a crowd of bodies after Stephane Sessegnon’s shot had been blocked.
Villa had earlier been reduced to 10 men after Kieran Richardson was sent off for a late tackle on Sessegnon. Christian Benteke’s close-range shot late on was the best Villa could offer. This week Villa chief executive Tom Fox outlined a desire for the club to challenge for European football within the next three years.
Here are what both Managers had to say:
West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: “Everyone assumes it’s easy with 10 men but it isn’t. It was never a foregone conclusion.
“However, I felt as long as we played with composure and didn’t try to hurry things we would do it. “From my point of view it’s a great goal. Craig Gardner did well to finish it off. The players have been great for me.”
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert : “I’m disappointed but I felt we did well with 10 men. “The sending off changed the course of the game. “I don’t think there was any malice in it from Kieran but I can understand why the ref’s sent him off.”
West Brom (Gardner 72’)