Aston Villa beats WBA in FA Cup quarterfinal clash
Aston Villa beat West Brom 2-0 in a Midlands derby on March 7th to earn a trip to the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley next month. Fabian Delph scored his first goal in a year for the winner while Scott Sinclair added a late tally to seal the win. Delph scored the only goal Villa needed in 51st minute the all-Premier League cup clash at Villa Park while Sinclair added the insurance marker with just over five minutes remaining on the clock. Both teams had a man sent off in the second half due to a pair of yellow cards.
Delph was the acting skipper for the match and managed to hit the back of the net for the first time since March of last year. Villa is the first side to reach the final four of the FA Cup this year since Bradford City and Reading played to a goalless draw at Valley Parade earlier in the day. Claudio Yacob was given his marching orders in the 80th minute for West Brom with the score 1-0. That sending off seemed to inspire the home side and Villa then went for the kill.
Sinclair doubled the lead just five minutes after Yacob received his second yellow card and this led to a mini pitch invasion by home supporters. Villa substitute Jack Grealish then joined Yacob for an early shower as he received a second yellow card and was sent off in stoppage time. Grealish’s second card was handed out for diving. Things got ugly towards the end of the match when West Brom hooligans started to hurl seats towards Villa fans and thousands of supporters flooded onto the pitch at the final whistle.
Villa may now face a probe by the English FA following the ugly scenes at the end of the contest. Police arrested 17 people for public order offences. Villa should be facing a huge fine and possible ground closure for failing to control the crowd.