The Warmdown: Late Baggies show provides boost for Bruce
Andy Carroll celebrates after making it 2-2 - Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion provided late excitement as they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield Town at The Hawthorns.

The Terriers were gifted an early goal as Sam Johnstone made a costly error, his clearance was charged down by Danny Ward who bundled into the net.

Ward then found himself with a brace, this time Lewis O'Brien's shot was parried into the path of the striker who tapped in to double the advantage.

It seemed as if Albion were heading for another 2-0 home defeat, but were given a lifeline as Sorba Thomas was judged to have brought down Alex Mowatt with a high-footed challenge.

Former Huddersfield man Karlan Grant then stepped up to calmly stroke the ball into the bottom corner.

But the show wasn't over as less than a minute later Semi Ajayi's cross was met by the head of substitute Andy Carroll and glanced into the bottom corner for his first West Brom goal.

  • Baggies' bright patches

Steve Bruce's side began the game the brightest, their high pressure meant the Terriers found it difficult to progress through the thirds.

The opening quarter was dominated by the home side but they created little clear cut chances to take advantage of that patch of the game.

However, a shocking goalkeeping error from Johnstone meant the wind was taken out of Albion's sails completely.

The Baggies' keeper had plenty of time to lay a simple pass over to Conor Townsend, but instead opted to dither on the ball which meant Ward had the chance to close him down.

That moment meant the atmosphere in the stadium went flat, and any signs of early optimism were extinguished.

Their second goal seemed to kill the game off, with many supporters opting to leave the ground and head home.

But those who stayed were rewarded in some measure, as a late comeback saw Albion grab a creditable draw against one of the EFL Championship's form sides.

It's fair to say that Bruce switching Carroll in for Darnell Furlong changed the game and proved to be an inspired substitution.

The move gave the Terriers’ backline a different skillset to deal with and meant there was more space to exploit down the flanks.

Although the penalty call was dubious at best, the spirit shown by the squad to come back from a losing position for the first time since January should boost confidence in the side.

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  • Terriers' slick passing

Carlos Corberan's side would've felt disheartened by the Baggies' comeback which came out of nowhere.

However, they should take credit for the way they moved the ball with confidence and precision to unlock the home side's defence on several occasions.

They completed 342 passes and occupied 52% of the ball, as they progressively played out from the back to create chances.

The midfield of Jonathan Hogg, Jon Russell and O'Brien looked at complete ease and were willing to receive the ball in tight areas in order to draw in the Albion press.

Although they had some nervy moments early on, particularly when goalkeeper Lee Nicholls had the ball at his feet, they grew into the game and took advantage of the Baggies' lull.

Corberan's men should take credit for the way they played in large parts of the game, but will also be disappointed with their shaky defence during the latter stages.

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