West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long took advantage of some sloppy defending by Ciaran Clark and Ron Vlaar to slot home the first goal of the match in the 51st minute. It came approximately 2 minutes after a previous Long goal was disallowed for his having been offside.
For those of you who missed it, here's the goal in moving gif form:
For what it's worth, Villa looked absolutely dominant in the first half. In the final 10 or so minutes they had more than 70% possession. With a few key substitutes, Paul Lambert still has the power to get Villa three points. Neither Christian Benteke nor Fabian Delph have looked very good today, and Marc Albrighton looks tired. I'd expect them to be coming off before too long.
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