Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 West Bromwich Albion: Grant strike earns Baggies a point
Brighton players celebrate the opening goal (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

Karlan Grant’s first goal for West Bromwich Albion earned them a point against Brighton & Hove Albion at  the AMEX Stadium.

A calamitous own goal saw Brighton deservedly in front at the break on the south coast, but the Baggies fought back and were well worth a point as Grant fired home with seven minutes to go.

However, a point does neither team a great deal of help with both staying in the bottom five of the Premier League table.

Graham Potter was forced into one change from the side which drew with Crystal Palace, with John Veltman coming in for  the debut in place of the suspended Lewis Dunk. The game also saw Solly March make his 100th league start for Albion.

West Brom, meanwhile, also made one change with Sami Ajayi coming in defence to make his 50th appearance for the Baggies in place of Ahmed Hegazy.

Story of the match

It was West Brom who had the first real effort on goal as Filip Krovinovic tested Mat Ryan inside three minutes, but the Seagulls keeper was equal to his effort from 18 yards out. Matheus Pereira then lifted the ball over to play in Grady Diangana, but a heavy touch took him away from goal before he teed up Conor Gallagher who fired over.

The Seagulls, however, grew into the game and had the ball in the net after 15 minutes but Neal Maupay’s effort was offside as he volleyed home Adam Lallana’s neat chip through.

And they should have gone in front after 24 minutes through their best move up to that point. Leandro Trossard found Lallana, who put it on a plate for Maupay ten yards out but with just Sam Johnstone to beat, his effort was saved by the legs of the keeper.

And the Seagulls number nine should have done better again when March fizzed in a low cross from the left, but he couldn’t dig the ball out from under his feet inside six yards and the chance had gone.

Albion continued to press forwards, with March doing well to find Trossard in space, but he saw his effort beaten away by Johnstone from the edge of the area.

And they duly got the breakthrough five minutes before half time when Lallana’s blocked shot fell into the path of Tariq Lamptey who got in behind down the right. He steered the ball across looking for Maupay, but Branislav Ivanovic’s sliding clearance went straight against his own player in Jake Livermore and into his own net.

West Brom responded however, and nearly took advantage of a slow start from the hosts when Gallagher’s rasping strike looked to be causing Ryan problems until Veltman got his body in the way to block.

And the Baggies continued to knock on the door, with Pereira slicing an effort wide when well placed just inside the area before Ryan was called into action after the hour.

Grant’s effort was blocked and fell to Krovinovic on the edge, but his drive was turned around the post by the diving Australian international.

Pereira then came even closer with 76 minutes on the clock when Callum Robinson’s cross was half cleared and fell to the Brazilian on the edge, and his first time strike curled just wide of the top corner with Ryan rooted to the spot.

And the Baggies got the equaliser they deserved seven minutes  from time when Pereira was given room on the right and steered the ball into the path of Grant, who turned past his marker and fired beyond Ryan and into the roof of the net from ten yards.

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