An unfortunate self-defeating goal from West Brom’s Jake Livermore put the home side ahead, but Karlan Grant late equalized
Karlan Grant showed why Slaven Bilic is determined to add the striker to his West Bromwich Albion side with a debut goal for his new club who secured a valuable point at Amex Stadium
Bilic’s side are still on the hunt for their first win of the season, but the manager could be pleased with how his side have recovered after falling behind to a home side goal in the first halftime with Grant, signed for £ 12million from Huddersfield Town, leveling in the 83rd minute
The takeover provided Bilic with some degree of satisfaction following reports the manager was angered by the decision to sell center-back Ahmed Hegazi, who joined Saudi team Al Ittihad for 4 million pounds on Sunday
For Graham Potter, the Brighton manager, it was disappointing that he failed to keep his team’s lead in the first half thanks to Jake Livermore’s own goal in the 40th minute after dominating in the first half, the home side fainted alarmingly in the second half and were fortunate not to suffer a loss
Brighton turned into the game after a ramshackle opening and although an early effort by Maupay was ruled out for offside, the opening was a sign of their growing control Yet as Potter’s team dominated long stretches of the first half, they struggled to make the most of the opportunities that lay before them.
They finally forced the lead when Adam Lallana found space before seeing his shot blocked and the ball deflected widely towards Tariq Lamptey The right-back drilled a low cross from a tight angle that Branislav Ivanovic attempted to cross but only managed to shoot the ball against Livermore who could not prevent the ball from bouncing into the net
For a team desperately looking for a first league victory to boost morale, it was a painful goal to concede It was then to the visitors’ credit that the responded positively after the break West Brom’s attacking efforts in the first half were little threatening, but a shot from Connor Gallagher shortly after the restart signaled their intention before that Matheus Pereira does not come close twice from a distance and Filip Krovinovic made a good save of Mathew Ryan
Bilic’s side was building up and their efforts paid off when Grant equalized in the 83rd minute after a good job from substitute Callum Robinson Robinson carried the ball forward before finding Grant, placed near the penalty spot, and the striker took a throw-in before piercing a right-footed shot past Ryan
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