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West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Charlie Austin penalty earns Baggies late victory

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates his first-half goal against Sheffield Wednesday
Hal Robson-Kanu's first-half strike was his fourth goal in six games

Substitute Charlie Austin's 88th-minute penalty earned West Bromwich Albion victory over Sheffield Wednesday to ensure that they stayed top of the Championship by two points.

The Owls started brightly only to trail after 10 minutes when Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu ran through to coolly slot home for his fourth goal in six matches.

Wolves old boy Steven Fletcher's second-half spot-kick, after Filip Krovinovic was caught in possession and fouled Kieran Lee, looked to have a secured a deserved point for the Owls.

But the Baggies pushed forward in the latter stages and Austin kept his cool to earn a 10th league win of the season following Owls keeper Keiren Westwood's foul on Matheus Pereira.

Wednesday, who dropped a place to ninth in the table, were unable to force a leveller and had Liam Palmer sent off for a late challenge on Grady Diangana in injury time.

Palmer's frustration spilled over in a dramatic finish at The Hawthorns, as Albion stretched their unbeaten run to seven games with a third consecutive win.

The Owls could easily have been ahead during a promising start, when Kadeem Harris and Julian Borner both saw shots deflected wide, and they fought back well after Robson-Kanu's early strike.

The hosts had threatened to seize control and started to dominate possession, but Wednesday defended solidly and Fletcher's calm penalty drew them level.

Morgan Fox also hit the bar with a header from substitute Adam Reach's free-kick as the visitors pressed for a winner.

But it was the Baggies who took all the points when Austin netted with his own penalty soon after he had hit the post with a glancing header from Diangana's cross.

West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"It was a good game. A very difficult one, but we expected it to be difficult as I rate them very highly.

"We were not that greedy in a positive way and in the second half they stepped up and we gave them a penalty. After that they gained momentum and we needed a good reaction from the bench and we had it.

"It takes courage to take a penalty like that but that's why he's Charlie Austin."

Striker Charlie Austin told BBC WM:

"I'm confident enough in my ability. When the opportunity came, I knew which way I was going. Everyone thinks Kieren Westwood was close as he dived the right way but he was picking that one out of the net. If you hit them well enough, they go in.

"But as much as it got us another three points and me another goal, the main thing was that it was reward for the lads. We found a way to win but we deserved to, as we worked so hard for it."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk:

"I feel sick for the players. To come to the league leaders and play that well and get nothing. The first half was even, but in the second we were the better team.

"To create that amount of chances and not win. How we've not won that game, let alone not take any points is astounding. Everything in terms of performance is there apart from being ruthless and clinical.

"We can't continue in that way. So much of that game was exactly what we needed it to be. We'll stick together and, if we continue to perform like that, results will turn for us."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 5Bartley
  • 26HegaziSubstituted forBarryat 74'minutes
  • 14Townsend
  • 7KrovinovicSubstituted forBruntat 81'minutes
  • 6Ajayi
  • 10PhillipsBooked at 63mins
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29Diangana
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forAustinat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbs
  • 9Zohore
  • 11Brunt
  • 15Austin
  • 18Barry
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2PalmerBooked at 90mins
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 3Fox
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 42minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 89'minutes
  • 14Murphy
  • 5LeeBooked at 23minsSubstituted forLuongoat 70'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forReachat 60'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 15Lees
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 20Reach
  • 21Luongo
  • 22Odubajo
  • 25Dawson
  • 45Forestieri
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
25,566

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Pereira.

  6. Dismissal

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  7. Post update

    Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Gareth Barry (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Sam Hutchinson.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Charlie Austin (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Matheus Pereira draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Grady Diangana with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Post update

    Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.