West Brom score a second goal against Aston Villa as Mbaye Diagne's shot is deflected into the net via a deflection off Tyrone Mings
West Brom are nine points from safety with five games left

West Brom’s faint hopes of avoiding relegation suffered a significant setback after substitute Keinan Davis scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for Aston Villa.

The Baggies fell behind when Anwar El Ghazi marked his return to the side by firing Villa ahead from the penalty spot after Semi Ajayi had clipped Ross Barkley.

They were then awarded a penalty of their own, Matheus Pereira beating Emiliano Martinez to equalise after Ezri Konsa caught Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Brazilian forward Pereira then hit the bar from a free-kick after creating chances for Okay Yokuslu and Maitland-Niles before Mbaye Diagne’s deflected finish off Tyrone Mings looked to have sealed a third win in four games.

But Davis pounced in the closing moments for his first Premier League goal after a defensive mix-up to deny the Baggies, who are now nine points from safety with five games remaining.

Baggies edge closer to relegation

West Brom’s players dropped to their knees when referee Stuart Attwell blew for full time after seeing three points ripped from their grasp by Davis’ dramatic goal.

They had shown tremendous character to bounce back from Thursday’s tame defeat at Leicester and come from behind to lead their West Midlands rivals at Villa Park,

West Brom started this game 10 points from safety following Burnley’s handsome win at Wolves earlier on Sunday and could quite easily have collapsed after El Gahzi’s ninth minute penalty.

Instead they clawed their way back with Pereira outstanding, the former Sporting Lisbon player scoring one, hitting the bar and setting up numeous chances for his team-mates.

At the other end Sam Johnstone, whose long clearance led to the second goal, produced a huge save to stop England striker Ollie Watkins from equalising.

But they could not hold on and face a quick return to the Championship one season after winning automatic promotion with Leeds.

Wesley enjoys Villa return

Despite Davis’ equaliser, it is now one win in eight games for an Aston Villa side who continue to miss their influential captain Jack Grealish.

Villa’s season is fizzling out but there were positives for Dean Smith despite their failure to secure maximum points against their struggling neighbours.

While it remains unclear when Grealish will be back, Brazilian striker Wesley got his first taste of action 480 days after he suffered a serious knee injury.

Mid-table Villa have taken just six points from the last 24 on offer but against West Brom they at least showed they are prepared to battle to the end.

Smith knows he has work to do to improve his squad this summer but this has been a highly satisfactory season for Villa after surviving relegation on the final day of last season.

More saves than anyone else – the stats

  • Including nine in this game, West Brom’s Sam Johnstone has made 137 saves in this season’s Premier League, more than any other goalkeeper.
  • Anwar El Ghazi has scored five goals against West Brom in all competitions, at least three more than he has against any other opponent in his time at Aston Villa.
  • Tyrone Mings’ own goal was Aston Villa’s first of the season, and 47th overall in their Premier League history. Only Everton (53) have scored more own goals in the competition.
  • West Brom have picked up just 11 points in their 17 away league outings this season. Only relegated Sheffield United (four) have fewer away points in this season’s Premier League.

What’s next?

Villa are away at Everton on Saturday (20:00 BST) while West Brom host neighbours Wolves in the Black Country derby on Monday, 3 May (18:00).

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number39Player nameDavis

  2. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  3. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  4. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  5. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  6. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

  7. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  8. Squad number27Player nameAhmed El Mohamady

  9. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  10. Squad number9Player nameWesley

  11. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  12. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  13. Squad number5Player nameMings

  14. Squad number20Player nameBarkley

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  2. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  3. Squad number30Player nameMaitland-Niles

  4. Squad number18Player nameGallagher

  5. Squad number17Player nameDiagne

  6. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  7. Squad number35Player nameYokuslu

  8. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  9. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

  10. Squad number10Player namePhillips

  11. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

  12. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  13. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forRamseyat 78′minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forWesleyat 90+1′minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forDavisat 82′minutes
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 9Wesley
  • 19Nakamba
  • 22Engels
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey
  • 52Philogene-Bidace

West Brom

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 35YokusluBooked at 77mins
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 18GallagherBooked at 54mins
  • 30Maitland-NilesSubstituted forO’Sheaat 86′minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forPhillipsat 67′minutes
  • 17Diagne

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 8Livermore
  • 10Phillips
  • 11Diangana
  • 19Sawyers
  • 22Peltier
  • 25Button
  • 27O’Shea
  • 29Grant

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