Anwar El Ghazi inspires comfortable Aston Villa win over 10-man West Brom in nightmare start for Sam Allardyce

Bertrand Traore also scored as the Baggies’ first game under Allardyce played out miserably for the hosts

Philip O'Connor
Sunday 20 December 2020 21:26 GMT
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Anwar El Ghazi (centre) started and ended the match by scoring for Aston Villa
Anwar El Ghazi (centre) started and ended the match by scoring for Aston Villa (Getty Images)

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A brace from Anwar El Ghazi and a second-half Bertrand Traore strike gave Aston Villa a 3-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday, handing new Baggies boss Sam Allardyce a defeat in his first game in charge.

Allardyce replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic in midweek, but there was little he could do as his side went behind when El Ghazi deftly steered home Traore's cross at the far post in the fifth minute.

West Brom had captain Jake Livermore sent off following a VAR review for a reckless tackle on Jack Grealish, and Allardyce's new charges barely threatened after that, managing a single shot in the whole game.

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Traore added a second goal six minutes from time and El Ghazi slotted home a late penalty to secure a win that lifts Villa to ninth spot on 22 points after 12 games.

Meanwhile, West Brom remain second from bottom with seven points from 14 games.

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