Aston Villa beat West Brom in first leg of Championship playoffs semifinals

Aston Villa beat West Brom in first leg of Championship playoffs semifinals

Gayle, who won promotion to the Premier League with parent club Newcastle United in 2017, will now likely be suspended for the return leg at The Hawthorns on Tuesday.

WEST Brom's top-scorer Dwight Gayle will play no further part in the play-offs after being sent off in West Brom's 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa.

Speaking after Villa's play-off semi-final first leg win over West Bromwich Albion, Abraham said: "I always knew this was the place I wanted to be".

The introduction of Hourihane had a massive effect on the tie, and could be the difference between the Villans making it back to Wembley or not. "I'd expect them to be a little more open", Smith told BBC WM 95.6.

"We never created as many chances as we should have with the players we've got. If we win, we're through". I don't think he ever runs out of breath - he keeps going.

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"He's got booked for allegedly time-wasting for the throw-ins".

"I've got no problem with the referee discussing that with him and trying to hurry him up, but not once did Dwight stand still, every time he's walking to take the throw-in". He got on the ball and had to try and beat four or five players.

It's certainly going to be a closely-fought encounter between the two sides when they meet again on Tuesday, and Aston Villa will be hoping they can ease those nerves with an early goal at The Hawthorns.

"It is a bonus for us that someone like him is going to be missing from the next game". Maybe tactically we have to have a different approach.

"It's simple communication, when the ball gets squared (for the first goal), to get people in the right slots".

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