Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar has praised his side’s resilience after the Villans came from two goals down against West Bromwich Albion to draw the Midlands derby 2-2, Sky
The Baggies raced into a two-goal first-half lead, with Shane Long on the score sheet twice, and could have been even further out of sight but passed up a host of opportunities, Stephane Sessegnon particularly wasteful.
Villa manager Paul Lambert made a triple substitution just before the hour mark and the changes appeared to breathe new life into the visitors, with goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Ashley Westwood delivering a point.
“I’m very happy with that,” Vlaar said after the final whistle. “We showed some mentality today.
“The first half was not good at all,” the Netherlands international continued. “If you start the game the way we started, you know you’re going to get in trouble, and they scored two goals in the first 10 minutes.
“They had a very good chance of a third goal and we were lucky they didn’t score. In the second half, we turned it around and I’m very proud of that. Today shows we are capable of a lot of things and we have to believe in the things we can do. We should be fine now.”
The result leaves the two teams still neck and neck in the middle of the table, Albion in 11th place on 15 points and Villa a further place back, level on points but behind by a single goal.
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