The Warm Down: Late goal earns West Brom a point at Brighton
Karlan Grant of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion at American Express Community Stadium on October 26, 2020 in Brighton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Glyn Kirk - Pool/Getty Images)

West Bromwich Albion equalised late on through Karlan Grant to draw 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Monday night.

Brighton took the lead five minutes before half-time in comical style when Albion midfielder Jake Livermore turned into his own net from teammate Branislav Ivanovic’s attempted clearance.

The visitors dominated the second half and got their deserved equaliser through summer signing Grant, who emphatically rifled his shot past Brighton ‘keeper Mat Ryan.

The result means the Baggies are now unbeaten in their last two matches and remain outside the relegation zone, however they are still searching for their first victory.

Baggies' defence impresses again despite conceding

After starting the season with one of the worst defensive records in the league, manager Slaven Bilic made drastic changes to his backline in the game against Burnley, resulting in a strong defensive display and his side's first clean sheet of the season. 

After the sale of defender Ahmed Hegazi - a transfer which angered Bilic - Semi Ajayi came into the centre of defence in his place to partner Ivanovic, and the defensive duo put in a solid effort which would please the Albion boss.

There was nothing they could've done about the goal when Livermore turned the ball into his own net - so the Baggies can feel unfortunate to have not left East Sussex with a clean sheet. 

Goal for Grant as he impresses Bilic

After being in the market for a new striker the whole of the summer, it took until the last day of the transfer window for West Brom to finally get their man, and in his second appearance for his new side, Grant got his first goal for the West Midlands side. 

The 23-year-old forward impressed on his debut against Burnley and did have the ball in the back of the net in that affair, however it was ruled out for offside.

Grant did struggle in the first half where he didn't see much of the ball, however, he showed why West Brom paid the big bucks for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.

One chance was all it took for the former-Huddersfield striker to get his goal as he lashed the ball into the roof of the net to equal the scoring on the night and earn his side a vital point. 

A game of two halves

Yes, a cliché, however it describes the game perfectly.

Brighton dominated the first half and went into the break 1-0 up looking like they would cruise to their second victory of the season, however they came out for the second 45 as a completely different side.

The free-flowing attacking football from Brighton disappeared when the second half started. Graham Potter's side took their foot off the gas and lived to regret it.

Credit to West Brom - they stepped their game up and took advantage of the poor standard being set by the Seagulls, but Brighton fans will be looking back on this fixture as two points dropped rather than one point gained. 

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