Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion exploded for six goals in the first 45 minutes of play on Wednesday, with the Lions pulling out victorious at Villa Park, 4-3, in Premier League play.
Villa forward Christian Benteke broke a 3-3 tie in the 64th minute after West Brom’s Diego Lugano conceded the penalty. The Baggies were seeking just their second victory in their last 14 matches, while Villa ended a quick two match winless run. Benteke upped his squad-leading total to seven goals on the season.
West Brom began the match with a promising 2-0 lead after midfielder Chris Brunt hit the back of the net in the first four minutes of play with a deep left-footed strike well outside the box, and Villa midfielder Fabian Delph’s own goal blunder five minutes later.
From there Villa’s Andreas Weimann, Leandro Bacuna, and Delph willed the squad back with three goals in a 25-minute span before the half.
Delph made up for his mistake by capping Villa’s three-goal run by converting Benteke’s header pass into a top shelf right-footed goal to the center of net.
Baggies midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu provided the equalizer in the 43rd minute with a simple right-footed shot after James Morrision slipped a light through ball past Villa’s backline.
The loss means West Brom manager Pepe Mel still without a win on the job.