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West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Charlton Athletic: Baggies held with 10 men

Matt Phillips (left) and Grady Diangana celebrate a West Bromwich Albion goal
Matt Phillips (left) netted his fifth goal of the season on his return to the West Brom side

Charlton Athletic scored a stoppage-time penalty to deny 10-man Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion victory at The Hawthorns.

Matt Phillips rifled in Matheus Pereira's left-wing cross from close range to give the Baggies a 10th-minute lead, but the visitors drew level on the hour mark when Macauley Bonne nodded past Albion keeper Sam Johnstone to notch his fourth goal in as many games.

After Albion had left-back Nathan Ferguson sent off for a challenge on Chris Solly, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu curled in with nine minutes remaining to put Slaven Bilic's side 2-1 ahead.

But Josh Cullen netted from the spot in the fourth minute of added time to claim a point for the visitors after Naby Sarr was pushed by Semi Ajayi in the Albion area.

Charlton went into the game five points behind the Baggies in the table and it proved to be a lively encounter in wet and windy conditions.

After Phillips had put the hosts ahead with his fifth goal of the season, Johnstone pulled off a double save from Conor Gallagher and Sarr to preserve his side's advantage.

West Brom had chances to extend their lead, but Darnell Furlong headed wide and was foiled by Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips in a one-on-one, while Grady Diangana also had an effort saved after break.

Once Bonne had equalised, on his 24th birthday, the south-east Londoners found themselves a man up when Ferguson was given his marching orders - after referee Matt Donohue had originally shown a straight red card to Diangana in a case of mistaken identity.

Wales international Robson-Kanu looked like he had given Albion a third win in four, but Cullen's strike denied the hosts the chance to establish a four-point lead at the top of the table.

However, Bilic's Baggies have still lost just once in the Championship this season, with their sole defeat coming at Leeds United on 1 October.

West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"I asked the boys to put a stamp on the game. We're playing at home, they're a young, enthusiastic team - but put a stamp on the game. We didn't.

"We were winning 1-0 but we were slow, sloppy without the ball, and we gave them time to have the ball.

"Although we had a chance for Darnell [Furlong] to make it 2-0, we wouldn't have deserved it.

"We were magnificent from the start of the second half. Then they had that little spell and the red card - but we didn't feel it, we defended really well, attacked in numbers and scored a great goal and we were managing the game quite well.

"That decision was beyond me - it's not a penalty. To give that, it's scary."

On Ferguson's sending off: "The red card wasn't blatant or malicious. Nathan is a young player and he went for the ball.

"He got the ball but he didn't get enough of the ball to not give him an option."

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer said:

"With West Brom's second goal, it hits his (Hal Robson-Kanu's) arm and if that's on VAR it's no goal.

"I thought the referee did OK, he got the sending off right - which was the most important thing. It's the worst and hardest job in the world.

"The penalty looked soft, but we've had a lot of decisions go against us over the season. Both our goals had a bit of luck to them, but maybe that's what we needed."

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5BartleyBooked at 84mins
  • 36FergusonBooked at 67mins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 2mins
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forTownsendat 71'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forBruntat 88'minutes
  • 15AustinSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 7Krovinovic
  • 11Brunt
  • 14Townsend
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi

Charlton

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Phillips
  • 5LockyerBooked at 41mins
  • 6PearceSubstituted forDavisonat 88'minutes
  • 23Sarr
  • 20Solly
  • 24CullenBooked at 90mins
  • 15PratleySubstituted forKayalat 87'minutes
  • 11GallagherBooked at 76mins
  • 3Purrington
  • 29OztumerSubstituted forAnekeat 74'minutes
  • 17Bonne

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 10Aneke
  • 21Kayal
  • 30Maynard-Brewer
  • 33Dempsey
  • 44Davison
  • 45Doughty
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
25,356

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

  4. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Chuks Aneke.

  5. Booking

    Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Charlton Athletic 2. Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Charlton Athletic. Naby Sarr draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Post update

    Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Grady Diangana.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Josh Davison replaces Jason Pearce.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Beram Kayal replaces Darren Pratley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lockyer.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Macauley Bonne.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom147612617927
2Preston1474327161125
3Leeds14743178925
4Sheff Wed147341810824
5Fulham146532314923
6Bristol City136522017323
7QPR137242323023
8Charlton146442116522
9Nottm Forest136431712522
10Swansea136431713422
11Birmingham147161416-222
12Hull145452020019
13Brentford135351511418
14Cardiff134631919018
15Millwall144641619-318
16Derby144641620-418
17Blackburn144371721-415
18Luton144282125-414
19Wigan134271017-714
20Huddersfield143471621-513
21Reading133371419-512
22Middlesbrough142661117-612
23Stoke1422101325-128
24Barnsley141581227-158
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