Odemwingie and Mulumba lead West Brom fightback against A. Villa

Ahram Online & AFP, Saturday 30 Apr 2011

Nigeria Peter Odemwingie and DR Congo Youssouf Mulumbu score for West Bromwich to beat Aston Villa on Saturday.

Nigeria and West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie

Youssouf Mulumbu clinched 10-man West Bromwich Albion's first victory over local rivals Aston Villa for 26 years as they fought back to win 2-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

An own goal from Abdoulaye Meite gave Villa an early lead before Peter Odemwingie levelled for the Baggies with his 14th goal of the campaign.

Albion midfielder Paul Scharner was sent off after 62 minutes for two bookable offences, but Mulumbu netted the winner with six minutes remaining.

West Brom, who have now taken 16 points from nine matches under boss Roy Hodgson, moved above Villa into 11th place in the Premier League.

With Villa boss Gerard Houllier still recovering from severe chest pains, Gary McAllister remained in charge and the Scot saw his side take the lead in the fourth minute.

Gabriel Agbonlahor held the ball up inside the Baggies box before picking out Stewart Downing.

Meite was unable to deal with Downing's low cross and deflected the ball past Scott Carson into the corner of his own net.

Carson was then unable to cling onto a deflected shot from Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, but he recovered in time to grab the rebound before Darren Bent could take advantage.

Scharner became the first player to be booked for a challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker.

Carlos Vela missed a great chance to bring Albion level, the on-loan Arsenal striker latching onto Simon Cox's defence-splitting pass but failing to keep his shot down as he tried to chip Brad Friedel.

England winger Downing teed up Kyle Walker, whose menacing cross was tipped over the bar by Carson.

But in-form Nigerian striker Odemwingie brought West Brom level in the 60th minute.

James Morrison's deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Jonas Olsson and Cox and Scharner miskicked before Odemwingie lashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Albion were reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Scharner hauled down Petrov and was sent off for a second booking.

Carson parried away a curling attempt from Ashley Young as Villa looked to make the most of their numerical advantage.

However, Albion played with great composure in unpromising circumstances and won the points thanks to Mulumbu's sixth goal of the season in the 84th minute.

Malumbu ran onto Cox's pass and evaded Luke Young before nicking the ball past Friedel and into the net.

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