May 18, 2021

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Diagne saves Ajayi’s West Brom against Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Senegal international was the Baggies’ hero after scoring the equalizer against visiting team Nuno Espirito Santo

West Bromwich Albion continued their relegation battle with a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men were heading for a famous victory at the Hawthorns following Fabio Silva’s effort at halftime.

However, Mbaye Diagne made sure the game ended square with his leveler two minutes past the hour.

Inspired by their 2-2 draw at Aston Villa last time around, Sam Allardyce’s side hosted Wolves who suffered an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to Burnley on April 25.

The victory for them would strengthen their battle against demotion, although both teams were content with one point each.

Knowing what was at stake, the hosts started the game on an electrifying note and their dominance saw them clinch a corner kick in the opening 10 minutes thanks to Darnell Furlong. Unfortunately, the resulting kick was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

For the visiting Wolves, they were calm in possession trying to grab an opportunity, but West Brom did well to limit the outside side to ranged shots.

In the 31st minute, Nelson Semedo snuck in to take the ball from Semi Ajayi at the edge of the Baggies’ penalty bench.

The Portuguese defender passed Kyle Bartley and shot on goal, but Sam Johnstone matched the effort with a nice save that sailed over the crossbar.

Despite a tactical change from West Brom in the 33rd minute – which saw Dara O’Shea withdraw for Mathew Phillips, it was Wolves who took the lead in the 45th minute.

Nigerian-born American defender Owen Otasowie accelerated inside the wing, played the ball in Vitinha who sent the ball to Semedo as the defender slid it for the striker. Silva hit the ball and looped over Johnstone at the back of the net.

In the 62nd minute, Diagne put Allardyce’s side on a level playing field after coming home on a cross from Conor Townsend. The latter’s assist was his first in 46 league games for the team, since he scored a goal against Barnsley in October 2019 in the Championship.

At the end of full time, West Brom settled for one point but they would regret their debauchery in front of goal.

They remain 19th and remain stranded in the relegation zone with a trip to Arsenal afterwards.