International Soccer - England

Westwood's blast saves point for Villa in West Midlands derby

West Bromwich, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Ashley Westwood's stellar second- half blast rescued a point for Aston Villa on Monday as the club battled West Bromwich Albion to a 2-2 draw in the first edition of the West Midlands derby at The Hawthorns.

Both clubs are coming of solid outings in their last league encounters on Nov, 9, but the hosts had the better of the play early as Shane Long struck for a pair of goals inside the first 15 minutes of action.

The first tally of the day came just three minutes in when Chris Brunt served a long ball over the top and Long took the ball down with an immaculate first touch before depositing it past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan with ease.

Eight minutes later, Long made it 2-0 for the Baggies when he cut through the Villa defense and took advantage of a hesitant Guzan to fire it into the top left corner with an exceptional right-footed strike.

After the intermission, Villa manager Paul Lambert went for broke, making all three of his allotted substitutions in one go and the move paid off as the club got one back in the 67th minute.

Christian Benteke got the play started when he swung the ball into the penalty area and it was headed on by Andreas Weimann. The ball fell to Karim El Ahmadi, who smashed it home to pull the Villans within one.

The visitors kept the pressure up in the offensive third and were rewarded with an equalizer in the 76th minute when a failed clearance from West Brom fell to Westwood outside the box and he blasted it past Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill with pace to the bottom right corner.

Both teams improve to 15 points from 12 matches this season, with West Brom in 11th place, one spot ahead of Villa on goal difference.

11/25 17:03:50 ET

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