Aston Villa fell 2-0 to West Bromwich Albion in a fairly droll West Midlands derby.
The game itself started off with promise, as both teams through a lot at each other - with meaty tackles and dodgy refereeing also coming into play. However, the chances would be limited and Villa would quickly fall after being unravelled by West Brom.
In a nightmare spell, Villa were overrun and conceded two soft efforts - one especially humiliating as Villa lost the ball in midfield and Jay Rodriguez struck home after the ball took a hefty deflection and slammed in off the post. Hal Robson Kanu headed a looping header over and beyond Lovre Kalinic for the first. To respond, Tommy Elphick hit a header onto the cross bar at the start of the second half of play. Later on John McGinn forced Sam Johnstone into a diving save. And that was it.
All the chances of the game fell into a short window and two fell into the ahnds of West Brom. The Baggies took theirs and Villa did not.
The Villans found bookings aplenty, and looked increasingly stricken of confidence as they attempted to work their way back into the match.
Villa saw Lovre Kalinic leave the field of play after receiving a head injury, and his substitution was the most eventful act of the second half for either team. Young Jacob Ramsey emerged as a highlight but was largely unable to operate under turgid conditions.
All in all, it wasn’t a good game and Villa were found out and found wanting. They must find their confidence quickly if they are to make anything of this season.