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Premiership: Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom

Christian Benteke scored from the penalty spot deep into injury time to give Tim Sherwood his first win as Aston Villa manager and lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Saido Berahino’s 18th goal of the season looked to have extended Villa’s run without victory to 13 league games after he equalised Gabriel Agbonlahor’s first-half goal.

But with only seconds remaining, West Brom keeper Ben Foster capped a performance riddled with uncertainty by fumbling a clearance then rushing out to bring down Matthew Lowton.

Benteke kept his cool to slide in the spot-kick in front an ecstatic Holte End to give Villa three points for the first time since 7 December.

Sherwood celebrated wildly with his backroom staff as the first of the six wins he says Villa need to stay up was secured – thanks in large part to Foster’s poor handling and a rush of blood with the game almost over.

The former England midfielder will have been delighted by a vibrant first-half performance that was an example of the “front foot football” he is demanding, but Villa went off the boil after the break and needed that dramatic conclusion to get the win.

Sherwood will hope it not only provides the momentum required in the run-in but also a psychological lift ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final between these two teams at Villa Park on Saturday.

Albion’s in-form attacking partnership of Brown Ideye and Berahino were declared fit – but were virtual spectators and starved of supply as Villa dominated the first half.

In contrast, Villa used the pace of Agbonlahor and the power of Benteke to great effect, the pair combining as they took a lead they fully deserved after 22 minutes.

Benteke flicked on keeper Brad Guzan’s clearance for Agbonlahor to outpace Joleon Lescott and roll a finish under Foster.

Agbonlahor thought he had put Villa ahead earlier when Foster fumbled a routine shot, but goal-line technology confirmed West Brom’s keeper had scrambled back just in time to grab the ball as it rolled towards goal.

And Foster needed the help of Lescott to salvage another desperate situation when the defender raced back to clear off the line after Albion’s defence had again been exposed by the pace of Agbonlahor.

Villa’s only frustration was that they had failed to increase their lead and they were denied by the woodwork in first-half stoppage time when Delph’s precise shot from 20 yards bounced off the outside of the post to safety.

It was safe to assume manager Tony Pulis would have had harsh words with his players after a dreadful first-half performance and they were almost on terms early in the second half when Craig Dawson should have done better than miss the target from seven yards after meeting Chris Brunt’s perfect free-kick.

Villa did not heed the warning signs and another super delivery from Brunt yielded the equaliser in the 66th minute, his dangerous corner being met at the far post by Lescott and Berahino reacting instinctively in a packed six-yard box to head past Guzan.

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Premiership: West Brom 1-0 Southampton

West Brom took another big step towards Premier League survival as Saido Berahino’s strike proved enough to beat Champions League-chasing Southampton.

Berahino scored after just 71 seconds at The Hawthorns when he rifled in from Maya Yoshida’s headed clearance.

However, the 17-goal striker lasted just 10 minutes of the second half before going off injured.

Graziano Pelle squandered Southampton’s best chance when he failed to tap in Ryan Bertrand’s excellent low cross.

West Brom headed into the match with the same team that drew 0-0 at Sunderland after top-scorer Berahino passed a late fitness test to take his place up front alongside the club’s record signing Brown Ideye, who had scored four goals in his last four games.

That strike partnership has added a cutting edge to a Baggies side that has now recorded six clean sheets during a run of only one defeat in 10 games since manager Tony Pulis took control on 1 January.

And when Chris Brunt’s free-kick was only half-cleared by Yoshida, it was Berahino who was on hand to fire the rebound into the top corner from the edge of the box with barely a minute on the clock.

Southampton responded with some tidy football but failed to test goalkeeper Ben Foster and, on 25 minutes, manager Ronald Koeman made a tactical change, bringing on Dutch winger Eljero Elia for Florin Gardos and switching to a back four formation.

Koeman began the match with three at the back in a changed 3-5-2 formation as he looked to shake up the team following last week’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, which saw the Saints drop out of the top four.

Sadio Mane was dropped to the bench for that Liverpool defeat after turning up late, but was restored to the side at The Hawthorns and provided the Saints’ main threat in the first half – albeit firing over from long-range and then missing the target from inside the box.

The Saints finished the half increasingly frustrated as both Koeman and the travelling fans accused West Brom of time-wasting.

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FA Cup: West Brom 4-0 West Ham

Brown Ideye scores twice as West Brom reach FA Cup quarterfinals

Reinvigorated striker Brown Ideye inspired West Brom to a 4-0 FA Cup romp against West Ham as the Baggies reached the quarterfinals in style.

The striker bagged two as he continued his remarkable return to form under head coach Tony Pulis.

James Morrison and Saido Berahino also scored while former Albion loanee Morgan Amalfitano was sent off for the Hammers just 10 minutes after coming on.

Ideye, a 10 million pound record buy, was set to leave the Baggies on deadline day for Qatari club Al Gharafa but stayed because they failed to land Carlton Cole from the Hammers.

Cole stayed at Upton Park after their move for Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor broke down and since then Ideye has scored four goals in three games.

Ideye and Berahino started as their blossoming partnership continued while Craig Gardner replaced the cup-tied Darren Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon came in for Callum McManaman.

Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble returned for the Hammers with ex-Baggies target Cole on the bench.

After an even opening Ryan Cresswell fired a free-kick over but the Baggies took control and deservedly opened the scoring on 20 minutes.

Craig Dawson won Gardner’s crossfield ball ahead of Cresswell to break down the right and, with Ideye free in the centre, found the striker who converted from five yards.

The Nigeria international has admitted he feels reborn under Pulis and he had the Hammers in trouble again soon after, going down under Nolan’s challenge in the area with replays suggesting it was a penalty.

Albion were dominant and Sessegnon blazed over but Gardner almost scored in spectacular style eight minutes before the break.

The midfielder collected the ball 35 yards from goal and unleashed a fierce drive which crashed off Adrian’s bar.

Gareth McAuley lashed the rebound over but the Baggies did not have long to wait before doubling their lead.

They had been on top since scoring and grabbed a deserved second when Morrison rode Noble’s challenge and lashed into the corner from 25 yards.

A third then arrived on 57 minutes from Ideye when he nodded in Sessegnon’s cross from six yards.

The Hammers had offered little but Ben Foster had to save well from Diafra Sakho’s header, with McAuley then clearing off the line on 65 minutes.

But West Ham imploded with 20 minutes left when Amalfitano – who was on loan at West Brom last season – was sent off just 10 minutes after replacing Nolan.

He was initially booked for a foul on Chris Brunt but reacted by pushing the midfielder in the face to receive a straight red.

Then, barely two minutes later, Berahino rifled in from a tight angle to spark a mass exodus of the travelling West Ham fans.

They had jeered Sam Allardyce’s substitutions and also briefly abused the manager in the second half.

Adrian then saved well from Ideye’s flick late on to deny the striker as the Baggies cruised through.

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Premiership: West Brom 2-0 Swansea

West Brom moved four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone as goals from Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino secured victory over Swansea.

Ideye, who was close to joining Qatari club Al Gharafa on transfer deadline day, opened the scoring with a low shot – his second goal in two games.

He then turned provider, cutting the ball back for strike partner Berahino to slot home from 12 yards.

The result moves the Baggies up to 14th, while Swansea remain ninth.

West Brom made three changes to the side that fought back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw at Burnley on Sunday. The introduction of top scorer Berahino and club record-signing Ideye from the bench was key to that turnaround and manager Tony Pulis opted to start with the strike duo at The Hawthorns.

Ideye has struggled since making a £10m move from Dinamo Kiev last summer, but he showed signs his partnership with Berahino could blossom when the duo cleverly combined to earn a corner and provide the Baggies with the first chance of the game.

Both of West Brom’s goals against Burnley had also come from corners but on this occasion goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was equal to Craig Dawson’s near-post flicked header and palmed away Albion’s best chance of the first half.

Swansea’s best threat came from hard-working lone striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who fired a difficult chance at the near post over the bar before providing Garry Monk’s ponderous side with their first shot on target in the 40th minute – a volley straight at home keeper Ben Foster.

Gomis, who had spent much of the campaign as second choice to Wilfried Bony, has failed to find the net in six starts since the Ivorian’s £28m move to Manchester City last month.

And while Swansea continued failed to trouble Foster after the break, West Brom’s new strike pairing of Ideye and Berahino continued to threaten.

First, Berahino played in Nigerian Ideye, who swivelled on the ball and fired into the corner to open the scoring on 60 minutes.

Ideye then set up his strike partner 14 minutes later to secure all three points for West Brom, who have now lost just once in seven matches since Pulis’ appointment on 1 January.

With time running out for Swansea, Gomis squandered a further chance to end his goal drought when he headed over from the penalty spot. The 29-year-old has not scored since January’s FA Cup victory at Tranmere, while his only Premier League goal came in November’s victory against Arsenal.

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Premiership: West Brom 2-2 Man Utd

Daley Blind’s late goal salvaged a point at West Bromwich Albion but could not end Manchester United’s winless run away from home under Louis van Gaal.

Stephane Sessegnon’s first-time 18-yard strike put Albion ahead at the break.

Half-time substitute Marouane Fellaini levelled with his first United goal – a powerful shot from just inside the box.

Saido Berahino’s low finish restored the home side’s lead but United’s Robin van Persie hit the post late on before Blind’s 20-yard shot earned a point.

The draw means United are unbeaten in three games and have one more point after eight games than they did last season in a campaign which saw David Moyes sacked as manager for underachieving.

It will come as a relief to new boss Van Gaal, who this week called his previous request to be judged after three months in the role “stupid”, as United continue to adapt to his philosophy.

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