World News – GB – Brighton 1 West Brom 1 – Report and photos


A lively second-half game saw Albion clinch a point at Brighton after both sides drew 1-1

In a fascinating clash at Amex Stadium, Karlan Grant scored with around 10 minutes left to win the Baggies a result they more than deserved.

In what was a cliché two-half game, the hosts were by far the brightest of the teams heading into the break and took a deserved lead when Jake Livermore scored a goal against his unfortunate side when the clearance of Branislav Ivanovic hit him

Previously, Sam Johnstone – in his 100th appearance in Albion – had made a fantastic save to turn Neal Maupay down

After the break, however, the Baggies improved considerably with Matheus Pereira closing in on two long-distance efforts – one of which cut the post

But as time passed, Grant grabbed his first Baggies goal after shooting about 10 yards after impressively sidelining a defenseman

This meant – on the balance of the game – that a draw was probably a good result

Albion, however, was fortunate enough to win it and will be disappointed that he couldn’t find a second goal that would have secured that elusive first Premier League win of the season

All pre-kickoff talks centered on Ahmed Hegazi’s surprise departure from Albion – the Egyptian having left for the Saudi side of Al-Ittihad 24 hours later

This led to speculation Bilic was angry with the board, the Croatian would not be happy to lose a likely starter at AMEX a day before the game

Hegazi’s departure, however, forced the boss to make a change from the squad that impressed in the goalless draw against Burnley

Semi Ajayi was the man who arrived at center-back to replace the Egyptian – the Nigeria international starting for the first time alongside Ivanovic

Otherwise, Albion remained in a 4-3-3 system with Grant the center forward and Pereira and Grady Diangana on the sidelines

Brighton lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Adam Lallana and Leandro Trossard operating in the hole behind Maupay

In what turned out to be an even and hotly contested 20-minute open, it was the Baggies who threatened first with a dive Mathew Ryan who was doing well to hold a fierce training from Filip Krovinovic at 25 yards

But with the pass difficult to control, the winger’s first contact took him away from goal with the movement and then the break when Darnell Furlong hit a much larger shot

After winning the ball in Albion’s half of the field, Potter’s men broke three to three with Lallana then squared for Maupay who looked destined to shoot at home

But Sam Johnstone got as tall as he could and pulled out a boot to brilliantly maintain the attacker’s effort at close range

Trossard then forced Johnstone to make two good saves with two fierce efforts just outside the box

And with the pressure building, it was no surprise to see the hosts take the lead in the 40th minute – with the goal coming in disastrously for Bilic’s side

After Ajayi blocked a shot from Lallana, the ball fell for Tariq Lampety at the corner of the penalty area

But not knowing who was behind him, Ivanovic tried to clear – with his gunning clearance in Livermore and sailing the line

Albion threatened shortly after the restart with Conor Gallagher hitting a half volley that flew towards goal but was blocked by a defender

This was followed by a spell where the Baggies came under a lot of pressure on the left with Conor Townsend and Diagana both whipping up two dangerous crosses that Brighton defended well.

Bilic made a double change just past the hour with Livermore and Diangana replaced by Callum Robinson and Kyle Edwards

This meant a move to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Robinson on the right, Edwards on the left and Pereira in his favorite number 10 role

And the change almost paid immediate dividends, with Albion set to find an equalizer twice

First, Edwards did well to take on a few challenges before finding Townsend who then cut the ball for Pereira

But just inside the box, the Brazilian then completed a wide shot when he should have hit the target

A good hold-up from Grant then saw the ball work to Krovinovic who, 18 yards away, saw a shot blocked by Ryan

The Brazilian completed a magnificent strike that seemed destined to fly into the top corner with the goalkeeper rooted there

But the ball cut off the outside of the post and sailed wide with Albion continually knocking on the door without being able to find a way

With just under 10 minutes to go, however, the Baggies shot level – with Robinson finding Grant in the box with an excellent cross

The attacker then used a lot of force to hold back his marker and launch a strike from around 10 yards

And they nearly got three more minutes deep in time when Pereira struck after a corner was only half-cleared

Brighton (3-4-2-1): Ryan, Lamptey, White, Webster, Burn, March (MacAllister 70), Bissouma, Veltman, Trossard (Alzate 79), Lallana (Gross 60), Maupay

Albion (4-3-3): Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Townsend, Livermore (Robinson 63), Gallagher, Krovinovic, Pereira, Diangana (Edwards 63), Grant (Phillips 84)

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, West Bromwich Albion FC, Premier League, Slaven Bilić, Graham Potter, Karlan Grant

World news – GB – Brighton 1 West Brom 1 – Report and photos



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