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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Crystal Palace

By Pete OliverBBC Sport
Saido Berahino scored his fifth goal in six games to earn West Bromwich Albion a point.
Saido Berahino scored his fifth goal in six games to earn West Bromwich Albion a point.
  • Injury-time penalty gives West Brom a point
  • Palace let slip a 2-0 lead
  • Saido Berahino scores sixth goal in five games
  • Palace keeper Julian Speroni goes off injured

An injury-time penalty from Saido Berahino completed a West Bromwich Albion comeback and denied Crystal Palace a first win in three games.

Berahino beat substitute goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to score his sixth goal in five matches after Mile Jedinak fouled substitute Victor Anichebe.

Anichebe had headed home six minutes after the break to launch the fightback after Palace led 2-0 at half time.

Brede Hangeland volleyed Palace ahead before Jedinak scored from the spot.

West Brom, beaten at home only once this season, had earlier struggled to build on their impressive performance in drawing 2-2 with Manchester United on Monday night as Palace took control.

Hawthorns hero
Saido Berahino, 21, was West Brom's top scorer last season with nine goals. He now has eight so far this season.

The lively Yannick Bolasie put an early effort into the side netting and Fraizer Campbell and the returning Maroune Chamakh, who scored twice against West Brom last season, kept the home side on the back foot.

But the game changed when Anichebe pulled a goal back and Palace keeper Julian Speroni went off injured.

West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace: Alan Irvine 'very pleased with point'

Baggies boss Alan Irvine had sent on former Everton striker Anichebe in place of Stephane Sessegnon to offer greater support to England Under-21 international Berahino.

Anichebe's added muscular presence proved key as the Nigeria international headed in Chris Brunt's delivery, Speroni taking a blow to the face from Craig Dawson's arm as the West Brom defender also challenged for the corner.

Speroni, who thought he had been fouled, was keen to stay on after lengthy treatment but new guidelines on head injuries introduced this season by the Premier League mean players can only continue if permitted by a club doctor.

Wales international Hennessey was sent on in his place and although the former Wolves keeper was not at fault, the momentum swung West Brom's way.

Graham Dorrans went close with a long-range effort before Craig Gardner clipped a curling shot against the bar from almost 25 yards.

Hangeland is congratulated by Fraizer Campbell, whose header earned the decisive corner
Hangeland is congratulated by Fraizer Campbell, whose header earned the corner

James Morrison also had a shot blocked by Hangeland, with Berahino putting the follow-up over the bar.

Berahino had struggled to make an impact but when Jedinak brought down Anichebe in stoppage time he stepped up to score from the spot and underline the new-found resilience West Brom are showing under Irvine.

Palace have also been revived under Neil Warnock and, having drawn at Newcastle and won away at Everton since he returned for a second spell at the end of August, again looked a threat, with wide men Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha causing persistent problems for the hosts before the break.

Centre-half Hangeland volleyed Palace ahead after his initial header from a Bolasie corner had been blocked, and Zaha was then unlucky not to get a penalty when he appeared to be tripped by Dawson.

They did get one when Bolasie was fouled by Sebastien Pocognoli for captain Jedinak to double their lead in first-half stoppage time.

But despite seemingly surviving West Brom's best spell of the game after Anichebe's goal, it was not to prove enough of a cushion.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock on Craig Dawson's challenge on goalkeeper Julian Speroni: "It's almost an assault. (I don't know) how one of the four officials can't be in a position to see that.

"Dawson had smashed him in the face and I am lost for words. No wonder Julian is a bit groggy. He wanted to carry on.

"I've had enough talking to the FA. I have not seen something like that since Bert Trautmann.

"I can't say anything about the referee or I get fined and I don't want to because I thought he had a cracking game. But he made two or three really bad mistakes."

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine: "They did see another side to me, one which doesn't come out very often.

"I was bitterly disappointed with the first 32 minutes of the game. We were awful.

"After that we did what we were supposed to be doing and we eventually got a reward for that.

"There's no doubt Victor made a difference. Having watched Palace and looked at their strengths and the way they are able to play I felt Victor would be needed at some point."

Brede Hangeland puts Crystal Palace 1-0 up at West Bromwich Albion
Brede Hangeland scored his first goal since hitting the target on his Palace debut at Arsenal in August
Mile Jedinak scored his second penalty of the season to give Crystal Palace a 2-0 half-time lead at West Bromwich Albion
Mile Jedinak scored his second penalty of the season to give Crystal Palace a 2-0 half-time lead
Victor Anichebe heads home from a corner for West Bromwich Albion
Victor Anichebe's goal was his first since an equaliser against Chelsea in February
Wayne Hennessey replaces injured Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni
Wales international Wayne Hennessey came on for his first Premier League appearance of the season


West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 25Dawson
  • 6Lescott
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 7Morrison
  • 8GardnerBooked at 82mins
  • 17DorransSubstituted forBlancoat 83'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 29SessegnonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAnichebeat 45'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 18Berahino


  • 9Ideye
  • 10Anichebe
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Gamboa
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Blanco

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1SperoniSubstituted forHennesseyat 55'minutes
  • 34Kelly
  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Hangeland
  • 2Ward
  • 11ZahaSubstituted forPuncheonat 64'minutes
  • 15JedinakBooked at 66mins
  • 28Ledley
  • 7Bolasie
  • 29ChamakhSubstituted forGuédiouraat 73'minutes
  • 10Campbell


  • 8Guédioura
  • 9Doyle
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 19Fryers
  • 25Bannan
  • 42Puncheon
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Crystal Palace 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Crystal Palace 2.

  3. Post update

    Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

  6. Post update

    Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Crystal Palace 2. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) after a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sebastián Blanco (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli.

  13. Booking

    Sebastián Blanco (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sebastián Blanco (West Bromwich Albion).

  15. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sebastián Blanco replaces Graham Dorrans.

  18. Booking

    Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Gardner.