Berahino rescues point for Baggies


Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Saido Berahino’s injury-time penalty rescued a point for West Brom as they fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace.

The striker slammed in his eighth goal of the season after Mile Jedinak had felled Victor Anichebe, who had started the Baggies comeback when he nodded in early in the second half.

Palace were upset, though, as Craig Dawson fouled Julian Speroni to allow Anichebe to score – forcing the keeper off with a head injury.

Brede Hangeland and Jedinak’s penalty had fired Palace into a commanding half-time lead.

Palace were also denied what appeared to be a clear first-half spot-kick when referee Mark Clattenburg failed to spot Dawson’s foul on Wilfried Zaha.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster returned for West Brom having missed Monday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United with a calf injury.

Berahino started up front for the in-form Baggies, with £10million record signing Brown Ideye again on the bench after recovering from an ankle injury.

Palace boss Neil Warnock made three changes from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea as Zaha, Adrian Mariappa and Marouane Chamakh replaced Jason Puncheon, James McArthur and the suspended Damien Delaney.

After a quiet opening Palace began to dominate against the lethargic Baggies.

Yannick Bolasie’s 18-yard effort deflected wide before Foster turned Fraizer Campbell’s header over on 16 minutes – only for Palace to score from the resulting corner.

Bolasie’s cross caused chaos and Hangeland poked in from inside the six-yard box after his initial header had cannoned off Dawson.

It was a poor goal to concede but the Baggies almost levelled five minutes later only for Speroni to turn Craig Gardner’s rising drive wide.

Graham Dorrans then fired over but it was a brief bright spot from the sloppy Baggies who struggled to deal with Bolasie and Zaha.

The duo were a constant threat and Bolasie’s cross was inches away from Campbell after West Brom had lost possession.

Organised and robust the visitors were in control against their hosts, who looked short of ideas despite just one defeat in their last five games.

And Palace probably should have had a penalty nine minutes before the break when Dawson appeared to fell Zaha but Clattenburg ignored any – muted – appeals.

Yet the Eagles did make it 2-0 from the spot on 45 minutes when the hapless Sebastien Pocognoli clattered into Bolasie.

It was a foolish tackle so close to half-time and Jedinak sent Foster the wrong way to put Palace in complete control – a position which weakened six minutes after the break in controversial style.

Berahino – who had been quiet – forced Speroni into a fine low stop from 18 yards but the Baggies scored from the resulting corner.

Brunt’s delivery found Anichebe, who had replaced Stephane Sessegnon at half-time, to nod in but Speroni had been fouled after defender Dawson clattered into him.

The keeper needed treatment for a head injury and was eventually replaced by Wayne Hennessey – although not before initially refusing to come off in comical fashion.

The game had changed and Palace had relinquished their comfortable advantage with the Baggies finding their missing belief.

Gardner kissed the bar from 25 yards before Berahino blazed over from the edge of the area with 14 minutes left.

Palace’s threat had been nullified and the Baggies finally levelled in injury time when Jedinak’s rash challenge on Anichebe in the area allowed Berahino to drill in low from the spot.

Published: Saturday 25th October 2014 by The News Editor

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