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Relief for match-winner Solly

Penalty decision was right says March after his goal seals 2-1 win over Villa.

By Charlie Hanson • 22 November 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March celebrates what proved to be Albion's winner.

Solly March admitted he thought he was going to cost Albion a precious victory at Villa Park on Saturday.

Having put Albion back in the lead against Aston Villa with a sumptuous finish into the top right corner, the academy graduate's heart skipped a beat when referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot after he appeared to bring down Trezeguet in the dying moments of the game.

But after consulting VAR, Oliver reversed his decision which helped Albion go onto secure their second win of the Premier League season with a 2-1 success.

“For a moment I thought I had undone all the work we had put in!  But I got a bit of the ball and it's the right decision in the end.

“It's a massive win, we haven't been in the best of form, but we have been playing well. To get that win is huge for us, we got a bit of luck maybe, but we deserved the three points.”

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March on winning goal and penalty decision

Pascal Gross wrote his name into the Albion history books as the club's biggest goal contributor in the Premier League, as he laid on his 17th top-tier assist for March's fine curling effort - the German's 29th league goal involvement.

“It was a gorgeous cutback from Pascal,” March added. “My right foot isn't my strongest and I just wanted to make good contact – I managed to hit it well and put it in the top corner.

“We had chances and they had chances as well, there probably should have been a few more goals. Overall I would say that we controlled the game for 80% of the time and created the better chances.

“It was just for the last ten or 15 minutes we were under the cosh, but that's going to happen away from home.”

The only dampener on an otherwise perfect afternoon was the late dismissal of Tariq Lamptey.

“He's rapid and he's so good on the ball. It's going to be a miss not having him in the next game because of suspension.”

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