Albion have their first ever win at Villa Park – after sidestepping the sort of late heartbreak which has dogged them here in recent years.

There were hugs among Albion players and coaching staff at the end.

The win was significant from a historical perspective. Of course it was - and it felt sweet for that.

But, more importantly, it could be pivotal in terms of the season.

For once they got what they deserved - or more than they deserved according to Villa boss Dean Smith.

But there was no doubt Solly March’s 56th-minute goal, curled expertly into the top corner after a fine move, was worthy of securing such a famous result.

That’s two for the season from left wing-back for March – a header and now right-foot.

It followed patient build-up and a clever pass by Pascal Gross to mark his 100th Premier League outing.

Albion fans watching the late drama from afar must have had flashbacks of previous cruel finales in those tense final moments beneath the towering Holte End.

Like when a Jack Grealish goal denied them the Championship title in 2017 or Matt Targett struck very late last year.

This time it was March again involved in the late twist – penalised for a trip on Trezeguet in the box just after Tariq Lamptey had been sent off for a second yellow.

We were well into a minimum of four added minutes when referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.

But video assistant Chris Kavanagh advised a tip to the screen and Oliver changed his mind.


Albion produced two clinical finishes and rang the tactical changes as they defended valiantly.

And Danny Welbeck, who opened the scoring with a clever 12th-minute chip, showed what he offers as an attacking focal point.

As ever, if only the fans could have been present! But they will have enjoyed following from afar.

Tariq Lamptey will be missed next Saturday. His second yellow maybe was an injustice.

That is a disappointment.

But, for once, Albion won’t be going away from Villa with a sense of despair.

And that is a very pleasant change.