Championship play-offs: Murphy replaces banned Gayle for West Brom v Villa

Championship play-offs: Murphy replaces banned Gayle for West Brom v Villa

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  1. Away goals rule not in operation – tie goes into extra time and could be settled by penalties
  2. Albion captain Chris Brunt sent off for two yellow cards following long-running tussle with John McGinn
  3. Craig Dawson headed West Brom level on aggregate in first half at The Hawthorns
  4. Aston Villa won Saturday’s first leg 2-1 at Villa Park
  5. Winner will reach Wembley final on Monday, 27 May
  6. Get involved using #bbcefl on social media

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    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Keinan Davis replaces Ahmed Elmohamady for Aston Villa, who still have one sub remaining.

    Dean Smith’s side have less than seven minutes to find a goal, while West Brom hang on for penalties.

  2. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    That’s some ball across the box from Ahmed Elmohamady!

    But where is the man on the end of it?! No-one has gambled and West Brom escape.

  3. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Tammy Abraham takes aim from outside the area but the ball is always rising.

    It smacks of desperation from Aston Villa, who are really struggling to break down this well-drilled Baggies back-line.

  4. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Jonathan Leko is buzzing around for West Brom in attack, trying to put some kind of pressure on the Villa defenders.

    But he can’t do it on his own and the ball just keeps coming back.

    Having said that, West Brom look pretty comfortable – considering they’re knackered and a man down!

  5. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Jack Grealish and Mason Holgate

    Copyright: Rex Features

    Is Jack Grealish feeling the weight on his shoulders?

    The Villa playmaker tries to do it all himself on the byline but runs the ball out of play.

    He’s certainly the man all his team-mates will be looking to for inspiration.

  6. Second half

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    The second half of extra-time has started.

    Villa have 15 more minutes to break down the 10 men of West Brom, or it’s a penalty shootout.

  7. Eddie Robson: The winners will have 13 days to recover from this match, lads. I don’t think they’ll still be tired by the time they get to Wembley.

    Tommy: Why are Leeds fans getting excited about WBA/Villa players being “tired” at Wembley because of extra time in a game more than a week before the final?

    Fair point.


    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Jack Grealish

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    Half-time in extra-time.

    Job half-done for West Brom, who are keeping their opponents at arm’s length despite being a man down.

    We are 15 minutes away from a penalty shootout to reach the Championship play-off final.

  9. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Jack Grealish is becoming more and more influential for the visitors.

    He plays a one-two and wins a corner – Villa try a couple shots from range but they’re blocked.

    Well into an extra minute at the end of this first additional half.

  10. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    It’s not quite happening for Villa going forward at the moment.

    Tyrone Mings steps out of defence and plays a slick one-two with Jack Grealish, but the defender kicks the ball against his standing foot and it loops over.

    West Brom are hanging in there valiantly.


    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Villa bring on Jonathan Kodjia in place of Anwar El Ghazi.

    While West Brom have used their regulation three substitutions and the extra one granted in extra-time, Villa still have two left up their sleeve.

    John McGinn almost unlocks the Baggies defence with a wonderful through ball but Tammy Abraham can’t quite get on the end of it.


    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    James Morrison becomes the third Baggies player to go in the book for a late challenge on Conor Hourihane.

    Villa play a sloppy ball forward but get it back again as West Brom cannot get up the pitch.

  13. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Chris Kavanagh

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    The West Brom faithful erupt as Jonathan Leko looks to be in on goal after a counter attack.

    But the substitute uses his hand to control the ball and referee Chris Kavanagh rightly blows up.

    A warning for Villa though.

  14. Mark Rankin: Extra time in the Villa v West Brom game then. Hopefully we can do the business against Derby and go up against tired legs.

    James Levy: I can’t be the only fan of Leeds (and Derby) hoping this goes all the way to penalties. The longer they have to play for the better it is for us at Wembley! Also, given the players WBA keep losing, here’s hoping they win!

    I’m sure there are far more interested onlookers in Leeds and Derby…

  15. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    We understandably get a few questions on this, so let me set the records straight.

    There’s no away goals rule in the play-offs – not after 90 or 120 minutes.

    And we’ll play the full extra 30 minutes regardless. No golden goal etc. Strap yourselves in!


    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Expect Villa to add to the 67% possession they had in the regular 90 minutes.

    But West Brom have shown plenty of heart and desire tonight – expect them to put up a real fight, even with 10 men.

    The visitors have a throw-in deep in enemy territory but first Albion take off Jay Rodriguez – who gets a standing ovation as Jonathan Leko replaces him.

  17. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at The Hawthorns

    West Brom fans

    Copyright: Rex Features

    Fair play to Albion, they’re trying every trick in the
    book to keep the fans buzzing.

    They’ve just stuck The Liquidator back on for a second
    play, and the fans have responded.

  18. Extra-time

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    It’s always insightful to see the team-talks held on the pitch.

    Both teams are in huddles as both Dean Smith and Jimmy Shan try to plot a way to get to a Wembley final.

    But we’re off again now.

  19. Post update

    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Well that was pretty frantic.

    Please keep your thoughts coming in using #bbcefl on social media – if I’ve got to do an extra 30 minutes, so do you!

    Will Villa’s extra man count or can the Baggies continue to out-fight them?


    West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (2-2 agg)

    Yes they have – we have extra-time at The Hawthorns!

    West Brom have won ‘on the night’ – in 90 minutes – thanks to Craig Dawson’s first-half header.

    The hosts have been the better side but had Chris Brunt sent off with 10 minutes to go, handing the initiative to a Villa side who’ll have the extra man in this additional 30 minutes.

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