West Bromwich Albion saw their season ended by Aston Villa in the Championship play-off semi-final on Tuesday evening, and after the match their fans headed to social media to reflect on a moment of madness which may have cost them the tie.

The Baggies went into the second leg in front of their own supporters trailing 2-1 from the first game at Villa Park, but with the belief that they could force their way back into the contest, despite the suspensions to Dwight Gayle and Hal Robson-Kanu.

West Brom had to weather an initial storm from Villa, but once they had done so, they set about levelling the tie as early as possible.

Baggies fans didn’t have too long to wait for that dream to become a reality either. Craig Dawson rose highest to flick in a header in the first half to cancel out the visitors’ lead on aggregate.

The match inevitably became nervy and tense from there on in, but it turned on a huge moment in the second half, when West Brom captain and talisman Chris Brunt was dismissed for a second booking, for lunging in on John McGinn.

That resulted in the Baggies having to sacrifice a forward player, and then as players tired in extra time they had to withdraw another forward as they looked to take the tie to penalties.

They got it to the shootout, but were soon regretting that after Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazy missed their first two spot kicks, and there was to be no way back from there for West Brom.

After the match the focus of attention among Baggies fans on social media was that dismissal for Brunt. They were united in their acknowledgement that the red card was deserved, and also in how much it cost their side overall.

Here are some of their messages:


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