May 8, 2021

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Honors even at Hawthorns as West Brom are edged closer to the championship


A goal from Mbaye Diagne was not enough as West Brom slipped closer to relegation after a draw with the Wolves in the Hawthorns.

Diagne jumped in the second period after Fabio Silva happily gave the Wolves a half-time lead. But that was not enough, and games are now running out of an escape.

Wolves started brighter in pouring rain, but the chances early on were few and far between. With 11 minutes played, Vitinha’s Romain Saiss found an opening in the visitors’ left side defense, but his shot was handled easily by the keeper.

It was the first effort on goal from both sides. But two minutes later, Baggies went into action.

Matheus Pereira chose Mbaye Diagne, who again found Darnell Furlong. But the defender pulled his shot from 20 yards.

Young American Owen Otasowie should have done better for Wolves in the 23rd minute, but his effort was blocked by Kyle Bartley.

As the half progressed, Nuno Espirito Santos’ men began to take control of the midfield. And Rayan Ait-Nouri tried his luck from distance as half an hour approached.

Johnstone was equal to the task and was called to action again just two minutes later. Poor defense let Nelson Semedo in and the Baggies goalkeeper pulled a fingertip off to keep the scores straight.

Wolves continued to flow forward, and Vitinha forced another rescue from the busy Johnstone. But West Brom nearly put themselves up another goal after 42 minutes, but some great goalkeeping by Saiss kept the visitors in the game.

Two minutes out of stoppage time in the first half, the Wolves took the lead through Fabio Silva. And that was an unfortunate goal for Sam Allardyce’s men to admit.

Vitinha wheeled the ball to Semedo who could not control, but Bartley’s clearance attempt silenced Silva.

West Brom strike back

The Wolves deserved their lead at halftime and were back on their feet when the second period opened. Ruben Neves fired from a distance for 46 minutes, but after a fine move down the middle West Brom nearly gave the home side a goal after 46 minutes.

Great finish by Conor Townsend after receiving a great pass from the right sideline, he brought it down and banged it home past Rui Patricio ‘s reach. And in 62 minutes, the hosts were straight.

Townsend was in acres of space and crossed excellently to Diagne to bury the ball in the bottom corner.

The goal seemed to arouse the Wolves and they launched a couple of attacks that turned into nothing. And it was Albion who created the next opening in 76 minutes.

Furlong went route 1 and found Diagne on the edge of the box. But when the rain stopped, he struggled to control and Patricio cleaned up the back.

When the game opened, Wolves began to dominate again, and substitute Daniel Podence’s shot was blocked from the edge of the box.

Both sides struggled through the rain but could not find a winner. West Brom now need to win their remaining four matches and hope the results go their way to remain in the Premier League.