Jay Rodriguez scored a controversial injury-time equaliser with his hand as West Brom denied Aston Villa victory at the last in a crackling West Midlands derby on a wet night at the Hawthorns. After a hesitant opening few minutes Villa drew first blood. El Ghazi was given too much room to shoot from the edge of the box and the ball took two deflections, the first off Jake Livermore and the second off Ahmed Hegazi’s head, on its way into the net. El Ghazi celebrated but it was eventually ruled a Hegazi own-goal.
Dwight Gayle had been recalled up front by West Brom and it was he who scored their equaliser after a flash counterattack. A long clearance left Harvey Barnes and Alan Hutton chasing the ball on the left wing. Barnes won the tussle and floated a delightful chip in to Gayle who side-footed home on the volley from six yards out. Both sides continued to press but the best chances were Villa’s, with John McGinn striking the post with a beautiful long-range shot in the 39th minute.