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Half-Time Report: Shane Long's brace gives West Bromwich Albion the lead

Shane Long's two goals give West Bromwich Albion a comfortable lead against Aston Villa at half time.

Shane Long's brace has given West Bromwich Albion a 2-0 lead at the break against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Irishman grabbed both goals inside the first 11 minutes as Steve Clarke's side dominated their Midlands' rivals.

Long scored after just three minutes when he brought down Chris Brunt's long ball over the top and slotted home with his left foot.

Shane Long of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa on November 25, 2013© Getty Images

The Baggies striker had his second of the evening when he pounced on a sloppy ball across the Villa defence to take it away from Nathan Baker and clip over the on-rushing Brad Guzan.

Morgan Amalfitano gave Stephane Sessegnon a great chance to make it three on 18 minutes, but the Benin international could not connect properly with the cross, with the goal at his mercy.

Long wanted his hat-trick when he drove at the Villa defence after the half-hour mark, but his well-struck effort was beaten away by Guzan with Sessegnon screaming for it to the forward's left.

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Aston Villa's English midfielder Ashley Westwood celebrates scoring his team's second goal to equalise with Aston Villa's English striker Gabriel Agbonlahor during the English Premier League game on November 25, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds28166647301754
2Norwich CityNorwich28158552361653
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn28101083741-440
11Birmingham CityBirmingham2891274033739
12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
14Queens Park RangersQPR28116113439-539
15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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