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Summary

  1. West Brom undefeated in five games
  2. Crystal Palace are in the relegation zone on goal difference

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace

Palace are out of the bottom three.

Two great goals.

Is Allardyce about to lead 'the great escape' again?

STOPPAGE TIME

West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace

We have about two minutes remaining.

Amazing Andros!

West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace

What a goal Andros! What a goal!*

Andros Townsend picks up the ball from the edge of his own area on the left and runs.

He runs some more.

And runs some more.

He then produces a couple of lollipops to baffle Gareth McAuley inside the area, before firing low past Ben Foster.

Brilliant.

*The shot took a slight deflection off Jonny Evans.

GOAL - West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace

Andros Townsend

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Baggies midfielder Darren Fletcher is off and forward Jonathan Leko - aged 17 aka the second year of A Levels - comes on.

Pit-stop

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

It's a good thing the Baggies medical staff aren't doing F1 tyre changes.

Jonny Evans is leaking blood from his bandage and it appears to take a while for the home bench to realise. Eventually, the defender is seen too.

Moments later, Jake Livermore accidentally pushes ref Mike Jones to the ground.

The home crowd cheer. It was quite funny, I guess.

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye, who provided that great assist for Zaha's goal, is replaced by defender Scott Dann.

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Allan Nyom is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu. 

It's the 20th time the forward has come off the bench - the most used sub in the league this season.

What an honour!

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Hal Robson-Kanu is about to come on the Baggies. It needs some of his Euro 2016 magic to give the home side a boost.

You can barely hear the West Brom fans.

Zaha's goal

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Read my goal description from earlier and imagine the photos below are moving.

Works doesn't it?

No?

Fine, be like that.

Zaha
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Zaha
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SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

James McClean is on for Nacer Chadli. 

McClean has been on the bench for 16 matches and come on in 14 of them. He's covered a lot of bench.

SUBSTITUTION

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt is on the deck. Injured.

He is consequently taken off on a stretcher. 

Jeff Schlupp comes on.

CLOSE AGAIN!

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha nearly grabs his second. He's on fire - not literally.

The Ivorian dances into the area - he only has Ben Foster to beat, but falls under pressure from the keeper and the tracking Gareth McAuley.

A brilliant goal

West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

That wasn't coming.

Only the second effort on target in the entire match sees Wilfried Zaha score.

The Ivorian controls a brilliant long diagonal from Yohan Cabaye. He chests down the ball on the left of the area and fires a low, angled shot past Ben Foster.

An exceptional goal.

GOAL - West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

...Chadli is on the end of a corner from the left but fires his first-time shot over the bar from 14 yards.

There was no unjust end for Palace to that passage of play.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

The Baggies win a corner but the ball appears to come off Nacer Chadli.

Hmmm...

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Palace are out of the traps like Mick the Miller, but Andros Townsend's ball from the right is aimless.

KICK-OFF

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

We are back under way.

Players back out

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

This has got to get better as a spectacle.

  • Will Sakho produce more defensive heroics?
  • Will Evans and Benteke clash heads again?
  • Will Gareth McAuley score for the 20th game running or something?

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HALF-TIME

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Not a thriller.

At least we saw a rainbow.

YELLOW CARD

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

The honour of first booking goes to Christian Benteke.

The Belgian is spoken to by ref Mike Jones after a tussle with Jake Livermore, and is then shown a yellow after appearing to question the official that little bit too long.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Was that naughty from Jonny Evans?

Referee Mike Jones blows after the Baggies defender again clashes heads with the Belgian striker in an aerial battle.

Intentional or accidental?

The Palace striker is OK, but this is brewing.

PENALTY APPEAL

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Salomon Rondon bursts down the left and cuts inside into the area where he goes down seemingly under the challenge of Yohan Cabaye.

The Baggies striker protests, but ref Mike Jones isn't interested.

TV replays suggest there was barely any contact made with Rondon.

Hmm...

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Head wrapped up with a bandage.

And a new shirt.

Jonny Evans returns to the pitch.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

This has got 0-0 written all over. 

West Brom's Jonny Evans is seeping claret after an accidental clash of heads with Christian Benteke.

He's getting patched up at the side.

Rainbow alert

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

There's a rainbow arching itself above The Hawthorns.

West Brom's Chris Brunt also fires a 16-yard volley over the bar and nearly hits the rainbow.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke attempts a spectacular overhead from a free-kick but his effort almost takes out James Morrison. It doesn't though.

Benteke never made contact with the ball either.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Palace defender Mamadou Sakho is angling for a man-of-the-match award, isn't he?

This time the on-loan Liverpool defender cuts out a delivery from Craig Dawson before Rondon can pounce.

An intriguing encounter so far.

CLOSE!

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

So close for the visitors.

The corner is met by the head of Christian Benteke, whose near-post header is cleared of the line by 'man-on-the-line' Chris Brunt.

The importance of having a man of the line ...blah blah blah...

That should give Big Sam's men a boost.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

McAuleyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

... gets nowhere near it.

It falls to Jake Livermore at the edge of the area who makes a hash of his sidefoot shot.

Moments later, Allan Nyom's brilliant delivery from the left is superbly cut out by the head of Mamadou Sakho before Salomon Rondon could get his boot on it.

That surely would have been a goal had the Venezuelan got on the end of it.

Now Palace have a corner...

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

West Brom are pressing Palace back - they have their first corner of the game.

Watch for McAuley.

Slippy o'clock

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

It's very rainy at The Hawthorns.

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

Great play by Palace's Wilfried Zaha on the left but his cross is cut out by Gareth McAuley - who, I hear, apparently defends too.

Palace's Luka Milivojevic is on the deck after a collision with Craig Dawson - it appeared accidental. He seems OK.

Aaaand relax..

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

This, so far, is a tad bit more sedate than the Man Utd v Bournemouth match I've just written about.

It'll stay like this won't it?

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

The Baggies have a free-kick from about 30 yards after Luka Milivojevic decides to scythe down Nacer Chadli.

The home side fail to make anything of the opportunity though.

KICK-OFF

West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace

We are under way.

Will Gareth McAuley play until he's 40?

Ready?

West Brom v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)

We are about to get under way at The Hawthorns.