West Bromwich Albion have one real derby: it is against Wolves. Apologies to Sky et al, but it's not legitimate to hype this game up as worth more than three Premier League points. What's that? They've done it anyway? Oh.
Regardless of the manufactured meaning behind this game, three points would have done nicely for Roberto Di Matteo's West Brom side, but it wasn't to be. Early dominance failed to be converted into goals and a struggling Villa team scored to change the game.
Stewart Downing scored that opening goal for Aston Villa - I forget at what point in the first half. It came against the run of play and forced me into punching my desk. West Brom had managed to win (something like) nine corners before that goal and had controlled possession impressively for long periods.
That about did it for the first half. I went to make some chocolate muffins at half-time, but couldn't be bothered in the end.
After half time the Baggies carried less of a threat. I became increasingly frustrated and chewed off my arm. West Brom attacked with increasing numbers, but with little impact other than to create more space for the likes of Ashley Young and Mark Albrighton for Villa. I greeted each Villa attack with a swig of Lucozade.
Villa scored again, though I forget how it happened. Then, late on, after I had switched off the game, Paul Scharner found the net for West Brom. It ended 2-1. A disappointing afternoon for West Brom, but one which promised better afternoons to come.
After the game, I did some doodles and went for a nap. Why not share your match experiences in the comments? Because no-one wants to do that, Ethan - it's, frankly, weird, and not as funny as you think it is. Fine
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