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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Barnsley: Baggies come from 2-0 down to draw

Two-goal Barnsley hero Cauley Woodrow (right centre) went to celebrate his opening strike at The Hawthorns with caretaker boss Adam Murray
Two-goal Barnsley hero Cauley Woodrow (right centre) went to celebrate his opening strike at The Hawthorns with caretaker boss Adam Murray

Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion had to come from 2-0 down at The Hawthorns to claim a draw against bottom club Barnsley.

The managerless Tykes, without a win in 11 league games since the first day of the season, stunned Albion with two Cauley Woodrow goals inside six minutes midway through the first half.

Dimitri Cavare burst down the right and centred for Woodrow to head in at the near post after 18 minutes.

Alex Mowatt then cut in from the left before playing a square pass across to Woodrow, who unleashed a well-struck low left-foot shot just inside Sam Johnstone's right upright from 25 yards.

Bottom had already beaten top once in the Championship this season, just 17 days before, when Stoke City won at then leaders Swansea - and Barnsley caretaker boss Adam Murray had already promised before the game that his side "enjoy ruining parties.

But Albion's introduction of Conor Townsend and Filip Krovinovic from the bench at half-time helped Slaven Bilic's Baggies up the pace sufficiently to get something from the game.

They needed some luck when Cameron McGeehan's looping header hit the bar after Cavare again was the provider from the right flank.

And fortune was on Albion's side again when they pulled one back after 68 minutes when Bambo Diaby put through his own goal, glancing Matheus Pereira's inswinging corner past his own keeper Brad Collins.

But Albion generated enough pressure to warrant at least an equaliser, which finally came from Pereira after 81 minutes, when he timed his run perfectly to head home the dangerous Townsend's whipped-in cross.

Albion, who have now rescued 16 of their 26 points from losing positions this season, remain two points clear of Leeds at the top.

Barnsley, who remain without an away win since 22 April, stay bottom, level on points with Stoke City, who lost at Sheffield Wednesday.

In a game of 11 bookings, eight of them were for Barnsley, which earns them an automatic date with the Football Association's disciplinary department.

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"It is mixed emotions. We are never happy with a point, no matter who we play or where. I knew it would be tough. There are no free lunches in life, not to mention the Championship.

"We were not patient enough and were trying to do a killer ball when the situation was nowhere near ready for it.

"Considering half-time and how the result went, we have to take this point as a fantastic point. We deserved to equalise, then we ran out of steam, but the players showed spirit, character and maturity."

Barnsley caretaker manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We had a plan and, going in at half-time 2-0 up, it was working perfectly. In the second half, we saw their quality.

"I've got to give credit to our players. Their work-rate and energy, and their mindset to keep attacking and trying to get that next goal, was fantastic.

"They're dead on their feet in the changing rooms, and rightly so."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2FurlongBooked at 40mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 36FergusonSubstituted forTownsendat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19SawyersBooked at 42mins
  • 8Livermore
  • 21EdwardsSubstituted forKrovinovicat 45'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 67'minutes
  • 15Austin

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 11Brunt
  • 14Townsend
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
  • 27O'Shea

Barnsley

  • 40CollinsBooked at 77mins
  • 5Diaby
  • 6AndersenBooked at 32mins
  • 21Sibbick
  • 4DougallBooked at 60minsSubstituted forWilksat 72'minutes
  • 12CavaréBooked at 74mins
  • 8McGeehanBooked at 85mins
  • 27MowattBooked at 90mins
  • 7BrownBooked at 22mins
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forWilliamsat 88'minutes
  • 11ChaplinBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 3Williams
  • 10Bähre
  • 13Walton
  • 16Thomas
  • 22Oduor
  • 28Simoes Inacio
  • 36Wilks
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
22,086

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

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

Booking

Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion).

Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

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

Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron McGeehan.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Ben Williams replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Attempt blocked. Mallik Wilks (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

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

Foul by Mallik Wilks (Barnsley).

Booking

Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Booking

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Barnsley).

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Barnsley 2. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Townsend with a cross.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Conor Townsend with a cross.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Booking

Bradley Collins (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mallik Wilks replaces Kenneth Dougall.

Attempt saved. Conor Townsend (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

Goal!

Own Goal by Bambo Diaby, Barnsley. West Bromwich Albion 1, Barnsley 2.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mads Andersen.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Grady Diangana.

Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Filip Krovinovic.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom137512415926
2Leeds13733178924
3Sheff Wed137241810823
4QPR137242323023
5Preston1364324141022
6Nottm Forest126421610622
7Swansea136431713422
8Charlton126331812621
9Bristol City125521816220
10Fulham125432012819
11Birmingham136161215-319
12Brentford135351511418
13Cardiff134631919018
14Blackburn134361518-315
15Derby123631518-315
16Millwall133641419-515
17Luton124261820-214
18Wigan124261016-614
19Hull123451619-313
20Reading133371419-512
21Middlesbrough122461117-610
22Huddersfield122371420-69
23Stoke132291323-108
24Barnsley131571125-148
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