Premier League: Valiant Villa rally from 2-0 down to draw at West Brom

Reuters| Updated: Nov 26, 2013, 08:45 AM IST

London: Aston Villa fought back after conceding two goals in the opening 11 minutes to grab a 2-2 draw at Midlands derby rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.

Ireland international Shane Long put Albion in front after three minutes, controlling Chris Brunt`s long ball superbly as it dropped over his shoulder before turning to fire past keeper Brad Guzan.

Eight minutes later Long seized on a misplaced midfield pass from Villa`s Leandro Bacuna to charge through the defence and chip the ball home for his second goal.

Stephane Sessegnon then missed from four metres for West Brom before Villa turned round a different side after the break.

Karim El Ahmadi reduced the deficit from close range and Ashley Westwood produced a fierce long-range drive - his first goal for Villa - to level in the 76th minute.

Both teams have 15 points from 12 games, Albion in 11th place and Villa in 12th.

Leaders Arsenal are four points clear on 28.