Updated: 30/09/2012 18:32 | By pa.press.net

Midlands derby ends all square



Darren Bent, right, celebrates scoring the equalising goal

Darren Bent, right, celebrates scoring the equalising goal

Record signing Darren Bent came off the substitutes' bench to rescue a point for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw against West Brom at Villa Park.

Bent was axed by Villa boss Paul Lambert with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke preferred upfront.

But he had only been on the pitch 11 minutes when he fired the equaliser in front of England head coach Roy Hodgson to cancel out Shane Long's opener.

Albion were in the ascendancy in the early stages and debutant Goran Popov appealed in vain for a penalty after his cross appeared to strike the arm of Marcus Albrighton.

Villa started to settle and Albion keeper Ben Foster finger-tipped a long-range drive from Brett Holman over the bar.

Albion were forced into a change five minutes before the interval when Chris Brunt sustained a leg injury blocking a cross from Matthew Lowton and was replaced by Graham Dorrans.

Benteke then carved out an opening for himself and winning a touch-line battle with Gareth McAuley but could not keep his shot down after cutting into the area.

Billy Jones became the second Albion player to hobble off on the stroke of half-time with a knee injury and he was replaced by Gabriel Tamas.

Long had the ball in the net five minutes into the second period only to have strayed a yard offside. But the former Reading player made no mistake when breaking the deadlock 60 seconds later with his fourth goal of the season, turning home James Morrison's cross.

Lambert brought on Bent mid-way through the second half in place of Benteke and he quickly made an impact with an 80th-minute equaliser. Ciaran Clark's volley from a Barry Bannan corner was blocked but Bent was perfectly placed to convert the loose ball and squeeze it home from six yards.

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EE Turd, you maggot, where have you been hiding all day ? have you been going through your moth eaten scrap book of ancient Arsenal victories of long, long ago ? its been so long since Arsenal won silverware, no one is sure who was on the throne in those days.
30/09/2012 21:03
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If  i was   Shay  Given  i  would  put in  a transfer  request  ,  as  he should  be playing  regularly  , as  he   is still  premiership  quality .

01/10/2012 00:06
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I watch all premier league football but can anyone tell me why whatever match and whatever channel the match is on that the 'commentators' always mention manchester united and oldtrafford but not in a good way do they all have a perverse obsession with them
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all brummy people are bastards they are the thickest pond life c###s of all time
30/09/2012 23:16
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up the baggies, still top midlands team, boing boing
30/09/2012 20:05
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what is the opposite of super sunday ? Only Stoke City missing.  Wont be long before Man U's OAPs are the crap games and last on MotD.
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