West Brom 1-1 Burnley: Vincent Kompany’s Clarets side blow chance to go top of the Championship as they are downed by a last-gasp Brandon Thomas-Asante equaliser for the hosts
- Brandon Thomas-Asante scores right at the death to salvage a point
- Vincent Kompany’s side had been due to go top of the league with a win
- Burnley will rue plentiful missed opportunities after equaliser in added time
New West Bromwich Albion man Brandon Thomas-Asante clinched a last-gasp equaliser to deny Burnley going top of the Sky Bet Championship at The Hawthorns.
Jay Rodriguez, 33, had appeared to break the hearts of his old club, who dominated the game and hit the woodwork twice and missed numerous other chances.
But Thomas-Asante, signed from Salford City for £300,000 in the transfer window, popped up to earn a richly-deserved point.
Brandon Thomas-Asante popped up at the death to earn the Baggies a richly deserved point
Defeat would have added more frustration for West Brom manager Steve Bruce, who was no doubt still fuming after seeing two deadline-day transfers fall through after documents failed to arrive with the EFL in time.
The Baggies had tried to sign Fulham midfielder Josh Onomah on loan and Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Steven Alzate but both fell through.
West Brom wasted numerous chances in a dominant first half only to trail at half-time.
Burnley blew the chance to go top of the league as they succumbed to a late West Brom equaliser at the end of added time
Jed Wallace crashed an angled rising drive over the bar from 12 yards after he started the move before Taylor Gardner-Hickman’s cut back.
Captain Dara O’Shea then headed over the bar after meeting Wallace’s corner at the far post, before John Swift curled a shot straight at goalkeeper Arijanet Muric.
There was brief respite as Rodriguez glanced a header straight at David Button.
But the hosts returned to the attack as Conor Townsend’s far-post volley forced Muric to scramble around the post before Kyle Bartley headed Wallace’s corner against the top of the bar.
Burnley’s tactic of hitting Albion on the break threatened to succeed when the dangerous Nathan Tella picked up a loose ball, but his half volley from the edge of the box flew a few yards wide.
The Hawthorns exploded into pandemonium when Asante-Thomas, their new signing, scored right at the end to salvage a point
Vincent Kompany was left to rue what might have been as he saw his players succumb to late West Brom pressure
On-loan Southampton striker Tella was a suddenly a huge threat to Albion, winning a penalty after latching onto Muric’s long kick only to be brought down when Button’s right foot caught his left instep.
Rodriguez coolly sidefooted home from the spot to give Burnley a 30th-minute lead, scoring his fourth goal of the season.
Albion wasted three more chances to take the lead before half-time.
Muric tipped a shot from Wallace around the post then Dara O’Shea headed straight at the Burnley goalkeeper when Okay Yokuslu headed on Swift’s free kick.
Wallace then beat Muric at his near post after galloping onto a through ball only to see his shot hit the near post.
Jay Rodriguez’s first half penalty had appeared to have given Burnley all three points and sent them top of the league on Friday night
After the break, Wallace wasted yet another chance for Albion after scuffing his effort straight at Muric from Townsend’s cross.
Against the run of play, Burnley substitute Darko Churlinov headed against the run of play after a woeful Townsend back pass.
Albion piled on the pressure in the latter stages but Burnley remained resolute and kept clearing their lines.
That pressure finally told in in the eighth minute of time added on.
Thomas-Asante, signed from Salford City for £300,000 in the transfer window, equalised when he scooped home after Swift’s free kick had been scuffed across goal by Burnley defender Connor Roberts.
Burnley missed a host of chances late on in the second half to clinch the three points
West Bromwich (4-2-3-1): Button 6; Gardner-Hickman 7 (Phillips 79 minutes 6), Bartley 6 (Thomas-Asante 70 minutes 7), O’Shea 7, Townsend 5; Molumby 6 (Livermore, 79 minutes 6), Yokuslu 6; Wallace 8, Swift 7, Diangana 7; Grant 6.
Substitutes: Zohore, Reach, Palmer, Ashworth.
Burnley (4-3-3): Muric 7 (Peacock-Farrell 83 minutes 6); Roberts 6, Harwood-Bellis 7, Taylor 7, Maatsen 6 (Gudmundsson 64 minutes 6); Cullen 7, Cork 7 (Bastien 77 minutes 6), Brownhill 6; Vitinho 7, Rodríguez7 (Barnes 77 minutes 6), Tella 8 (Churlinov 64 minutes 7)
Substitutes: CJ Egan-Riley, Manuel Benson.
Booked: Cork, Harwood-Bellis.
Referee: James Linington.
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