West Brom fight back from two down to salvage Watford draw

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Edo Kayembe scores his fifth goal of the season for WatfordEdo Kayembe celebrates his fifth goal of the season for Watford

Play-off hopefuls West Bromwich Albion came from two goals down to snatch a dramatic point against a resurgent Watford at the Hawthorns.

Second-half strikes from Edo Kayembe and Mileta Rajovic put the Hornets in control.

Brandon Thomas-Asante halved the deficit with an angled shot, and Darnell Furlong's piledriver in added time completed an impressive comeback by the Baggies.

Watford interim boss Tom Cleverley was denied a second victory since replacing Valerien Ismael last month and they are 14th in the table, while the Baggies strengthened their grip on fifth place.

Hornets goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was called into action inside the first 10 minutes when Thomas-Asante robbed Francisco Sierralta and fired at goal.

Ryan Porteous denied Mikey Johnston the opportunity to profit from the rebound, deflecting his effort over the bar.

Moments later, Bachmann thwarted Thomas-Asante again, this time palming away his goal-bound header, before he saw another effort sail over the bar.

The striker completed a frustrating first half in stoppage time when he failed to direct Tom Fellows' cross on target.

Watford offered little in terms of attacking threat before the break, but the second half was a different story as, on 51 minutes, Kayembe put them in front by controlling a weak clearance from a corner and unleashing a powerful strike low into the net from the edge of the area.

Suddenly, the visitors were in the ascendancy. Alex Palmer pushed away Tom Dele-Bashiru's forceful effort from distance before Emmanuel Dennis struck the post from a tight angle.

Their pressure told again on 66 minutes when Rajkovic, who had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes, tapped home Jamal Lewis's byline cross at the back post.

But West Brom hit back through Thomas-Asante four minutes later as he collected substitute Grady Diangana's reverse pass and found the net via a deflection off Porteous.

Furlong struck in the 91st minute after good combination with Diangana, firing into the roof of the net from the edge of the area and giving Bachmann no chance.

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Palmer
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Townsend
  • 35YokusluSubstituted forM'Vilaat 67'minutes
  • 27MowattSubstituted forReachat 67'minutes
  • 31FellowsSubstituted forJ Wallaceat 71'minutes
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forDianganaat 67'minutes
  • 23JohnstonSubstituted forWeimannat 84'minutes
  • 21Thomas-Asante

Substitutes

  • 7J Wallace
  • 10Phillips
  • 11Diangana
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Pieters
  • 17Weimann
  • 20Reach
  • 22M'Vila
  • 33Griffiths

Watford

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Bachmann
  • 5Porteous
  • 3Sierralta
  • 4Hoedt
  • 45Andrews
  • 39KayembeSubstituted forLivermoreat 85'minutes
  • 24Dele-Bashiru
  • 6Lewis
  • 11KonéSubstituted forAsprillaat 56'minutes
  • 19BayoSubstituted forRajovicat 56'minutes
  • 25DennisBooked at 30minsSubstituted forMartinsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ince
  • 8Livermore
  • 9Rajovic
  • 15Pollock
  • 18Asprilla
  • 26Hamer
  • 37Martins
  • 42Morris
  • 58Massiah-Edwards

Live Text

  1. Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2.

  2. Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2.

  3. Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Francisco Sierralta.

  4. Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Watford 2. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Grady Diangana.

  5. Yann M'Vila (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Matheus Martins (Watford).

  7. Substitution, Watford. Jake Livermore replaces Edo Kayembe.

  8. Attempt saved. Ryan Andrews (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamal Lewis with a cross.

  9. Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Andreas Weimann replaces Mikey Johnston.

  10. Hand ball by Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Attempt saved. Matheus Martins (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Hand ball by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Attempt missed. Edo Kayembe (Watford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Attempt saved. Yáser Asprilla (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matheus Martins.

  15. Corner, Watford. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

  16. Hand ball by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).

  17. Substitution, Watford. Matheus Martins replaces Emmanuel Dennis.

  18. Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

  19. Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jed Wallace replaces Tom Fellows.

  20. Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Watford 2. Brandon Thomas-Asante (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grady Diangana with a through ball.

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