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Long revels in gaining revenge on Villans

SHANE LONG gained sweet revenge on Aston Villa after being the victim of a horror tackle in the same fixture last season.

The Irish international broke a bone in his knee at Villa Park last season after an ugly lunging tackle from Alan Hutton but had the last laugh yesterday, although he was disappointed his side couldn't hold out for the three points.

"I came away from here with a crack in my leg last time I was here so I had extra incentive to put in a performance and leave here on a high," he said. "Today I had a few chances and probably could have done better with one or two of them but it's nice to hit the back of the net.

"I'm disappointed it wasn't the winning goal but I'm happy with my performance and long may that continue."

It was the arrival into the action of Bent midway through the second half which sparked a Villa revival before his 80th-minute close-range effort cancelled out Long's opener.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has been rotating the Baggies attack and Long is happy to share the goal burden at the Hawthorns.

"We have plenty of attacking options this season and you know that whoever starts has an able replacement to come on," he added.


"The gaffer said that he will share the load. It seems that me and Romelu are alternating the scoring at the minute and that is working well.

"Whoever comes off the bench is a real threat. Don't forget there is also Peter Odemwingie and Marc-Antoine Fortune who weren't involved."

Long praised Clarke for the way the manager had continued the good work of former West Brom boss Roy Hodgson.

"He has instilled a bit of confidence and you can see that in the way we get the ball down and pass it," he said.

"What you see on the pitch is what we are doing in training, day in and day out. A lot of the success is down to the shape and the two rocks at centre-half (Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley) and one of the best goalkeepers (Ben Foster) in the Premier League."