Mel disappointed after Villa collapse

Last updated : 30 January 2014 By Site Editor

Pepe Mel admitted his side threw away three points after Albion again let a 2-0 lead slip against nearest rivals Aston Villa.

The Baggies had a perfect start in Mel’s first game away at The Hawthorns after Chris Brunt’s thunderbolt and a Fabian Delph own goal saw Albion race to a two goal lead.

Diego Lugano’s nightmare night began in the 12th minute when he misjudged a header and played the ball into Andreas Weimann’s who lobbed Ben Foster to pull a goal back.

Villa were level in the 24th minute when Leandro Bacuna scooped the ball over Ben Foster and Delph made amends for his OG when his rocked flew past the Albion keeper to give the hosts the lead.

Remarkably, Albion levelled minutes before half time when a fine team move saw Youssouf Mulumbu slide the ball underneath Brad Guzan.

After the break, Lugano missed a glorious chance to put Albion in front when he missed a free header from six yards with the goal gaping.

His night then went from bad to worse when he dragged down Christian Benteke allowing the striker to put Villa up 4-3 from the penalty spot.

“Did we throw it away? Yes, of course,” said Mel.

“The first 15 minutes at the start of the game were good for us but it is incredible to score three goals away and get no points.

“I wouldn’t say it was chaotic so much, I would say that it was a good spectacle for the spectators that paid their entry money.

“Both teams were trying to win and we produced a good spectacle.

“For me it wasn’t a good spectacle because at the start of the game, for 15 minutes, West Brom looked like they would win.

“Now we have no points.

“For me it is more important tomorrow we start work for the next match.

“I don’t think we need to change things just based on just one result.

“Despite the fact we got no points today, the attack performed very well.

“We just need to stop these errors."

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