Aston Villa storm into FA Cup semi-finals

Sherwood celebrating his second win of the week
Sherwood celebrating his second win of the week


Fabian Delph's first goal in a year helped fire Aston Villa to Wembley as they beat West Brom 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, as the Tim Sherwood inspired revival continued at Villa Park.

Stand-in skipper Delph scored for the first time since March 2014 before Sott Sinclair grabbed a late second after Claudio Yacob was controversially sent off with 10 minutes left.

Villa substitute Jack Grealish was also dismissed in stoppage time, picking up a second yellow card for diving, with the potential Republic of Ireland international grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

"It's huge, a massive for the club and we're delighted. I spoke to the boys in there and I'd like to dedicate it to the fans. They've stuck with us," said Sherwood.

"It's great as a day out at Wembley is a great day out for everyone and the fans especially.

"I thought it was boring in the first half and I had a few words during the break and told them to step it up and it worked."

Sherwood offered words of consolation for red carded Grealish as he stated: "It's a shame for Jack Grealish who has his head down in there, but there's plenty more opportunities for him."

Villa's win was marred by ugly scenes which saw seats thrown from the West Brom fans towards the Villa supporters.

Victory completed a dream double over the Baggies after Villa's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win on Tuesday, which lifted them out of the relegation zone.

In the day's other FA Cup quarter-final, Bradford and Reading played out a 0-0 draw.