CHRISTIAN BENTEKE punished West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster for a rush of blood to the head as his late penalty gave Aston Villa their first win under Tim Sherwood and lifted them out of the relegation zone.
The home side were much the better side in the first 45 minutes and took the lead as Gabriel Agbonlahor raced onto Benteke’s knock before slotting past Foster.
Villa went into the game without a win in seven but should have been three goals clear at the break, with Joleon Lescott clearing off the line to deny Agbonlahor a second before Fabian Delph hit the post.
And as the second half progressed it appeared that they would be made to pay for their profligacy as Saido Berahino notched his 12th Premier League goal of the season with a point-blank header.
Yet, with the Baggies seconds from securing an away point, Foster failed to hold on to a stinging effort from Delph and as the ball was returned into the box he made the fateful decision to dive at Matthew Lowton’s feet.
Referee Jonathan Moss instantly pointed to the spot, and Benteke kept his cool to side-foot home and send the Holte End into rapture. (EUROSPORT)
By Martyn Thomas