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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Watford

Richarlison
Richarlison (third right) saved Watford a point with his third goal for the club

Richarlison scored an injury-time equaliser as Watford came from two goals down to save a point at West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies scored twice in three first-half minutes through Salomon Rondon and captain Jonny Evans, before Abdoulaye Doucoure reduced the deficit before the break.

The hosts looked set to record a first Premier League win since 19 August when Brazil Under-20 international Richarlison connected with a Jose Holebas free-kick deep into added time.

The result means Watford maintain their unbeaten record on the road this season.

The Hornets started the match stronger and dominated possession throughout, but the first two clear-cut opportunities went to West Brom, who took them both.

First Rondon shrugged off Christian Kabasele to get onto a Grzegorz Krychowiak pass before finishing past Heurelho Gomes from an acute angle.

Evans doubled the lead after Matt Phillips' whipped corner came off the top of Doucoure's head straight into the path of the Northern Irishman.

Doucoure made amends before half-time, finishing a neat passing move involving Troy Deeney and Richarlison, who was finally rewarded for being a threat when he netted in the 95th minute.

Marco Silva's side move up to fifth, while West Brom climb to 10th.

Hornets loving life on the road

The visitors moved the ball well and had almost two thirds of the possession at The Hawthorns.

Having won league games at Bournemouth, Southampton and Swansea already this season, Richarlison's late goal means Watford have taken 10 points from a possible 12 away from home.

They have already equalled their tally of Premier League away wins last season, and are halfway to their highest number in a campaign.

But they will want to match that at home, with the Hertfordshire side having taken just two points from a possible nine at Vicarage Road.

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Injury-time equaliser 'hard to take' for Pulis

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Watford draw hard to take - Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis accepted his side switched off as Watford scored their late equaliser.

However, the former Stoke boss was unhappy with the decision to award the free-kick from which it was scored.

Referee Michael Oliver adjudged James McClean had fouled Richarlison, and showed the Republic of Ireland international a yellow card.

"When you're playing into the 95th minute of four minutes' added time and they score that's very hard to take," said Pulis.

"The challenge was a good tackle. He plays the ball. A sliding challenge. Oliver was 10 yards away and sees it perfectly and then gives a free-kick."

'We kept believing' - what they said

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Watford deserved late point - Silva

Watford manager Marco Silva: "I believe nobody in the stadium or watching it would say we didn't deserve the point. We came here to play our game with our philosophy and we knew that would involve taking risks

"They want that - to sit and wait for our mistakes. But we don't change because that's our way. In some moments we were too slow in the first half. I told our players at half-time: 'If you continue the same way we'll achieve a good result.'

"Richarlison is an amazing talent. I told my board I want this player because I believe in him. We never know how he'll react coming from Brazil. Brazilian players can have problems in another country but he's been really good."

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure: "You could see with Jose Holebas, he was tackling five minutes before and then got the assist. We kept believing until the end and that's what you get.

"We have to be thankful for the fans because they're always behind us."

West Brom defender Jonny Evans: "We had a good start to the season and we've tailed off a bit maybe.

"But it's still early days. We have nine points, which is something we can build on."

Man of the match - Richarlison (Watford)

Richarlison
The Brazilian was a constant threat in attack for the Hornets, and his late equaliser means he has now scored in the 90th minute in two successive Premier League games, earning Watford three points

Bad day for the Baggies - the stats

  • This was the first time West Brom failed to win a Premier League match they were two goals ahead in since nearly two years to the day (WBA 2-3 Everton - 28 September 2015).
  • Before today, Watford's Premier League record in the 52 games in which they have trailed by two goals was W1 D0 L51 - the only other time they have picked up points being a 4-2 win at West Ham last September.
  • Salomon Rondon scored a Premier League goal at The Hawthorns for the first time since December 2016, ending a run of 13 league appearances there without a goal.
  • Five of Jonny Evans' eight Premier League goals have been headers following corners. He also scored against Watford at The Hawthorns for WBA last season in the Premier League - this was also a header from a corner in the first half.
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure has scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances for Watford this season. The only top-flight campaign in which he has scored more is 2013-14 (six in 20) for Rennes in Ligue 1.

What's next?

After the international break, Watford host Arsenal on Saturday, 14 October (17:30 BST), while West Brom travel to Leicester City on Monday, 16 October (20:00 BST).

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 6EvansBooked at 88mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 20Krychowiak
  • 18Barry
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forMcCleanat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 11BruntSubstituted forLivermoreat 62'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 9RondónSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyom
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Morrison
  • 8Livermore
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 22Chadli

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 21Femenía
  • 6Mariappa
  • 27Kabasele
  • 25Holebas
  • 16Doucouré
  • 29CapoueSubstituted forPereyraat 62'minutes
  • 28CarrilloSubstituted forGrayat 75'minutes
  • 8Cleverley
  • 11Richarlison
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 2Janmaat
  • 3Britos
  • 18Gray
  • 19Hughes
  • 23Watson
  • 30Karnezis
  • 37Pereyra
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
24,606

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2. Richarlison (Watford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Holebas with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Richarlison (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, Watford. Heurelho Gomes tries a through ball, but Troy Deeney is caught offside.

Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by José Holebas.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Tom Cleverley (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andre Gray (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Watford).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richarlison (Watford) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Andre Gray replaces André Carrillo.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by José Holebas.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Salomón Rondón.

Attempt missed. Richarlison (Watford) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

André Carrillo (Watford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Richarlison (Watford).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Kabasele (Watford).

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Ben Foster.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City76102222019
2Man Utd76102121919
3Tottenham7421145914
4Chelsea7412126613
5Watford73311112-112
6Liverpool63211211111
7Arsenal631298110
8Burnley62316519
9Newcastle63036519
10West Brom723268-29
11Huddersfield723257-29
12Southampton722357-28
13Stoke7223711-48
14Brighton621357-27
15West Ham7214713-67
16Everton6213411-77
17Leicester7124912-35
18Swansea712438-55
19Bournemouth7115411-74
20Crystal Palace7007017-170
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