Nightmare start for Allardyce as Aston Villa beat 10-man West Brom

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2020 9:10 - Samuel Bannister

Sam Allardyce’s reign as West Brom manager got off to a disappointing start as Aston Villa condemned them to a 3-0 defeat.

Allardyce was taking charge of West Brom for the first time since being appointed as the replacement for Slaven Bilic.

However, he was not able to build on Bilic’s last result, which had seen the Baggies draw with Manchester City.

It was a nightmare start for Allardyce, as Villa took the lead inside five minutes. Anwar El Ghazi got on the end of an inswinging cross from Bertrand Traore to break the deadlock.

Things became even harder for Albion when they went down to 10 men. Jake Livermore was sent off after a VAR check for a studs-up lunge on Jack Grealish.

Villa could have gone down to 10 as well when Kortney Hause caught Grady Diangana with his studs. However, VAR allowed the referee to stick with his original decision of a yellow card.

It looked like Villa had extended their lead midway through the second half when Ollie Watkins finished from a Matty Cash cross.

But VAR was involved again as Watkins was denied for being narrowly offside.

Villa add two goals late on

Villa did manage to get a second goal as the game neared its conclusion. After being the provider of the first goal, this time Traore scored himself.

His first Premier League goal for the club was one to savour, too. He calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner with a clever left-footed finish.

Four minutes later, Villa extended their lead even further. Grealish went down in the box, winning a penalty for his side.

El Ghazi struck the ball down the middle of the goal from the spot to make it 3-0.

Sam Johnstone had to make a good save moments later to deny El Ghazi a hat-trick.

Hence, the gap between the two teams remained three goals – leaving West Brom in the relegation zone.

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