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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Jay Rodriguez penalty earns hosts draw

Jay Rodriguez scores for West Brom
Jay Rodriguez's penalty means he has 16 league goals this season, the same number as strike partner Dwight Gayle

Jay Rodriguez scored a controversial late penalty as West Bromwich Albion twice came from behind to earn a draw against fellow-promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.

Baggies striker Dwight Gayle went down easily in the box following minimal contact from Reds defender Alexander Milosevic and Rodriguez calmly converted his 16th league goal of the season.

Forest, who drop to five points off the play-off places, had a deserved half-time lead when a miscued Ryan Yates strike following a slick team move was unluckily deflected into his own net by Stefan Johansen.

But a much-improved home side upped the tempo in the second period and, after Rekeem Harper's sublime volley hit the bar, Jacob Murphy's first Albion goal made it 1-1 following an almighty goalmouth scramble.

Ryan Yates appeared to have won all three points when he struck home after a neat lay-off by Lewis Grabban.

But Rodriguez kept his composure amid furious Forest protests following referee Lee Mason's spot-kick decision to move the Baggies to within four points of second-placed Leeds.

Even more controversy followed when Forest had strong shouts for a penalty of their own in injury-time as Joe Lolley had his shirt tugged by Kieran Gibbs in the box.

But Mason ignored calls for a second penalty, meaning Forest have now not won away from home in the league in seven matches.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore told BBC WM:

"I'm delighted with the point because tonight's performance was a bit lethargic. Maybe for the first time, is that the volume of games that we've been playing in the Championship?

"The only reason I say that is because all 11 were off colour tonight.

"But we kept on right to the end and that determination won us a point."

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Naturally we thought it was a dive. The ref has made an honest mistake. I have spoken to him and he said that's what he thought he saw.

"It would have been a terrific result away from home against a side vying for automatic promotion.

"It was also a clear penalty [on Joe Lolley]. It's disappointing, but we played well. Our first goal was a delight.

"Overall I was delighted with the team. Physically they made a big, big effort They worked exceptionally hard. I'm disappointed for them and I'm disappointed for the fans."

Nottingham Forest players celebrate their first-half goal
Ryan Yates was involved in both Forest goals


West Brom

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Johnstone
  • 68Holgate
  • 25DawsonBooked at 90mins
  • 24Tosin
  • 3Gibbs
  • 34Harper
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBarryat 64'minutes
  • 6JohansenSubstituted forHoolahanat 70'minutes
  • 70Murphy
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16Gayle


  • 5Bartley
  • 12Mears
  • 18Barry
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 23Bond
  • 28Field
  • 31Tulloch

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 21Janko
  • 17MilosevicBooked at 73mins
  • 29Benalouane
  • 18Robinson
  • 8WatsonBooked at 16mins
  • 6Colback
  • 23Lolley
  • 22YatesSubstituted forYacobat 77'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes


  • 9Murphy
  • 10Carvalho
  • 15Steele
  • 19Cupido Goncalves
  • 24Yacob
  • 33Bonatini
  • 37Ansarifard
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamNottm Forest
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

  3. Booking

    Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

    Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Yohan Benalouane.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Jack Colback is caught offside.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Dwight Gayle draws a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Alexander Milosevic (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ben Osborn.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

As It Stood

3Sheff Utd31167853341955
4West Brom31159762402254
5Bristol City31158840301053
9Nottm Forest32111384638846
10Aston Villa31101475649744
15Sheff Wed311010113445-1140
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