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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Reading: Zohore penalty gives Baggies a point

Kenneth Zohore scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion after joining from Cardiff City in July
Kenneth Zohore scored his first goal for West Bromwich Albion after joining from Cardiff City in July

Summer signing Kenneth Zohore rescued a point for West Bromwich Albion with a late penalty equaliser to deny Reading a rare away win.

On-loan Liverpool starlet Ovie Ejaria looked set to be the Royals' matchwinner when, in a game of few chances, he smashed in a right-foot stunner on 71 minutes.

But the evening suddenly turned sour for Ejaria when he was judged to have brought down Filip Krovinovic with just two minutes left - and Zohore's left-foot finish from the spot into the left corner sent keeper Rafael Cabral the wrong way.

Albion probably deserved a point. But they had already had a steam of weak, increasingly desperate penalty appeals turned down. And the initial impression was that, although Ejaria's challenge might have been a little rash, Krovinovic had gone down too easily this time too.

After starting well with an early tide of Albion pressure, the visitors could then have been stung when John Swift's curling right-foot free kick over the wall had to be parried away by home keeper Sam Johnstone.

But, from then on, chances were sporadic. Matt Phillips had a half volley dragged wide, then had a shot deflected over and on-loan Grady Diangana, like Charlie Austin on his full Albion league debut, almost jinked his way through.

At the start of the second half, Darnell Furlong then got to the right byline to pull back and Austin's low shot forced keeper Rafael Carbal to save with his legs.

Diangana also homed on goal with a menacing run only to power his finish over the bar.

Then came the big breakthrough when Ejaria jinked his way to the edge of the box unchallenged, then lashed a ferocious right-foot screamer past a startled Johnstone - and Albion could not argue that it had not been coming.

After Reading had scored, Albion sub Zohore came on and twice might have done better, blazing over, then firing straight at Cabral. But, when he got his best chance from the penalty spot, he did not fail.

It was Albion's third failure to win at home this season under Slaven Bilic, a bizarre statistic after ending last term with six straight home victories under caretaker boss Jimmy Shan. But, having been one down with two minutes left, the Baggies still had cause to be very grateful for a point.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport:

"This was our best performance yet against a good team who have players who can frustrate you.

"I am happy with the way we are playing but I am not happy that we only have eight points to show for it. We should have more points and we should have more goals.

"It was a brilliant goal from Ovie Ejaria but it should have been a four to us for a foul on Romaine Sawyers, who had their players jumping all over him.

"I am very pleased for Kenneth Zohore. It is not easy to come off the bench and take a penalty but that will have done his confidence good."

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It's a very good sign that we feel frustrated and disappointed to have only come away with a point.

"It means we were close to getting a win. At some stages, they were better than us and controlled possession better with the danger they can pose outside our box.

"But, we didn't allow them to get through to our box too often so I'm very happy with the way we defended and the brave spirit shown to fight.

"We must keep the ball for longer to create more chances, but I think this West Brom side will be really difficult to beat, they a very strong side.

""I don't want to talk about the referee. But it is very disappointing for it to end like that when you think you have the points in your pocket."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3GibbsBooked at 40mins
  • 19SawyersBooked at 49mins
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forEdwardsat 82'minutes
  • 10Phillips
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forCosta Pereiraat 69'minutes
  • 15AustinSubstituted forZohoreat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Zohore
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 14Townsend
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 27O'Shea

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 5Miazga
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 17YiadomBooked at 50mins
  • 14Ejaria
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forAdamat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 27Richards
  • 18BoyéSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 66'minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forRinomhotaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Rinomhota
  • 15Loader
  • 16McIntyre
  • 20Neves Virgínia
  • 26Adam
  • 31Lucas João
  • 39Barrett
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
21,803

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamReading
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Reading 1.

Booking

Charlie Adam (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pelé (Reading).

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matheus Pereira with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Filip Krovinovic.

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matheus Pereira following a set piece situation.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Reading 1. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Filip Krovinovic draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ovie Ejaria (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Attempt blocked. Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Jake Livermore.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces George Puscas.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kenneth Zohore replaces Charlie Austin.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Reading 1. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jake Livermore following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matheus Pereira replaces Grady Diangana.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Matt Miazga.

Attempt missed. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Filip Krovinovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas João replaces Lucas Boyé.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Austin tries a through ball, but Grady Diangana is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).

goal

As It Stood

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2Swansea431084410
3Fulham43018269
4Sheff Wed43016249
5Charlton42208538
6West Brom42206428
7Bristol City42116517
8Birmingham42114407
9Millwall421135-27
10Preston42028536
11Blackburn420234-16
12Cardiff420268-26
13Nottm Forest41216425
14Derby41215505
15Reading41126604
16Middlesbrough411245-14
17Hull411245-14
18Brentford411223-14
19QPR411247-34
20Barnsley411236-34
21Wigan410338-53
22Luton401358-31
23Huddersfield401347-31
24Stoke4013510-51
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