Aston Villa won the first-leg of their play-off semi-final against fierce local rivals West Brom 2-1 thanks to two second-half goals from Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham.

Dean Smith’s men started the game on the front foot, but they found themselves behind in just the 16th minute due to a pretty poor error from Glenn Whelan.

Whelan, to be fair to him, has been playing very well, but he definitely won’t want to watch this one back. Jack Grealish played him a simple pass, but he miscontrolled it, allowing Dwight Gayle to nip in and slam the ball past Jed Steer in the Villa goal.

Villa tried to get back on level terms, but they looked out of ideas in the first-half and went in at the break a goal down.

Smith must have gave them an absolute rollicking at half-time as they came out with a lot more purpose.

West Brom were trying to soak up the pressure, but you just sensed that a goal was coming. It finally arrived in the 75th minute when Grealish laid the ball back to Hourihane, who then proceeded to rifle a shot past Sam Johnstone.

Four minutes later, Villa were ahead. Grealish burst into the box and he was taken down by Gibbs. Abraham stepped up and comfortably sent Johnstone the wrong way.

Things got better for Smith and his men late on when Gayle saw a second yellow that rules him out of the return leg at The Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Here are our Villa player ratings for today’s game: