x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Premier League round-up: Aston Villa and West Brom turn the tide

Results of 2-1 should have them breath easy but Norwich City and Southampton grind out a goalless draw in tough conditions.

West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal against Swansea City. Darren Staples / Reuters
West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal against Swansea City. Darren Staples / Reuters

Reading 1 Aston Villa 2

Reading Baker 32' (og) Aston Villa Benteke 33', Agbonlahor 45'

Aston Villa recovered from a Nathan Baker own goal to haul themselves out of the relegation places with victory at fellow strugglers Reading. The Royals were level two minutes later, however, when Christian Benteke fired in before Gabby Agbonlahor grabbed the winner in first-half injury time. The victory was only Villa's second in 12 Premier League games.

West Brom 2 Swansea City 1

West Brom Lukaku 40', De Guzman 61' (og) Swansea Moore 33'

West Bromwich Albion maintained their push for a European spot but needed an own goal from Swansea City midfielder Jonathan de Guzman to seal victory at The Hawthorns. Swansea took the lead through former West Brom striker Luke Moore's header. Romelu Lukaku equalised with his 13th goal of the campaign but failed to convert a second-half penalty. The visitors had a late effort from Roland Lamah ruled out for offside.

Norwich City 0 Southampton 0

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed the "massive" penalty save of Artur Boruc after the Poland goalkeeper earned his side a 0-0 draw at Norwich City with a dramatic stop in added time. Full-back Luke Shaw was ruled to have pushed over Grant Holt inside the penalty area, but Boruc produced a stop down to his right. "Boruc made a massive save for us and saved us a point," Pochettino said. "I am happy overall with the team's performance because we regained our fighting spirit which we lost a bit against QPR."