West Brom 2-2 Nottingham Forest: Baggy’s miss the chance to go clear nine times after the late equalizer
West Brom is used to dramatic endings with eight promotions and relegations since 2002, but this was a final current manager that Slaven Bilic did not like.
Albion went nine points clear in the top of the championship until Matty Cash scored an amazing injury-time tying run for Forest. Then Callum Robinson crossed the line in the 96th minute for an Albion winner, just before the flag of a linesman to controversially rule Kyle Bartley on the goal line.
It was an exciting end to an attritional afternoon that also included two goals of its own. Albion dominated the lunch kick-off in monsoon conditions where Forest recorded only one shot at goal.
Matty Cash scored a stunning last minute equalizer to earn Nottingham Forest a point
Cash celebrates its late goal of earning Forest a point at the expense of West Bromwich Albion
After the final whistle, referee Keith Stroud was popular on social media, with both managers feeling shocked about the goals scored, aborted goals and red cards not being given.
“We have seven out of nine points this week, but there should be nine,” said Bilic, whose party remains in pole position for the Premier League.
“It was our best achievement, we have created so many opportunities and the third goal was absolutely good. Kyle was in fact on the goal line, so I don’t see that as interfering with the game.
‘If we played basketball, we would have won with 20 points. Unfortunately it’s football and we didn’t kill them. “
Bosbaas Sabri Lamouchi, whose party remains in the play-off pursuit, summarized it by saying: “This competition is crazy.”
No one in The Hawthorns on Saturday could disagree.
EQUAL FACTS, PLAYER REVIEWS AND CHAMPIONSHIP LIST
West Brom (4-2-3-1: Johnstone 6: O’Shea 6.5, Ajayi 7, Bartley 6, Townsend 6; Livermore 7, Sawyers 6.5; Pereira 8 (Phillips 72 6), Krovinovic 7 (Harper 90), Robinson 7; Robson-Kanu 6 (Grosicki 84).
Subs not used: Bond, Hegazi, Furlong, Austin.
Glike that: Robinson 37, Figueiredo own goal 65
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba 7; Cash 7.5, Worrall 6, Figueirido 6, Ribeiro 7; Watson 7, Sow 6 (Diakhaby 70 6); Lolley 6, Silva 6 (Walker 80), Ameobi 7 (Semedo 70 6); Grabban 6.5.
Subs not used: Muric, Jenkinson, Dawson, Yates.
booked: Cash, sow
Goals: Bartley (OG) 45, Cash 90
booked: Cash, sow
Referee: Keith Stroud 5.5
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Callum Robinson celebrates after scoring the opener for West Brom in the 37th minute
Not a quarter of an hour was given of the opening whistle and referee Stroud can regret afterwards that he was too early.
Jake Livermore just mastered Yuri Ribeiro. Lamouchi considered it an attack with a red card, but the skipper of Albion didn’t even get a yellow one. Indeed, despite the tasty tackles flying around, the cards were kept in Stroud’s pocket for up to 25 minutes when Cash dropped his studs over the back of Matheus Pereira’s leg.
Albion went on after 37 minutes when Forest’s Samba Sow got stuck in his own half and was robbed by Pereira.
The Brazilian rushed toward the penalty area before releasing Sheffield United’s borrower, Callum Robinson, who took control once and shot keeper Brice Samba for his first Albion goal one second.
The party mood was already filled in at half time when Sammy Ameobi rushed through the forest to the left and drilled a ball in the box for Grabban. Kyle Bartley was aware of the danger, but in an attempt to intercept he led the ball past his own goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
West Brom Kyle Bartley (right) looks down on the floor after his own goal made 1-1
Bilic was furious that Cash, already warned, was shot for a very tough challenge on Pereira. “He (Pereira) is always the target and that was a second yellow card in today’s game,” he said. “We go to seminars and learn that it is a reckless challenge.”
It was Forest who felt indignant when Albion took the lead after 65 minutes. Ameobi was dirty and turned his ankle through the center line, but the referee waved. Pereira and Filip Krovinovic manipulated the ball to Livermore on the right and his low cross as he cut through two sets of forest legs for a third defender, Tobias Figueiredo, cutting the ball into his own net as he tried to stop Hal Robson-Kanu tapping.
“We should have taken a free kick in a dangerous area and they scored instead,” complained Forest Skipper Ben Watson and even Bilic agreed.
The last 20 minutes were goal training for West Brom, but they couldn’t beat an inspired Samba in the goal of Forest.
It took them the first five-minute injury time with Watson, who fed Cash and hit an absolute howitzer in the top corner from 18 meters.
Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates after Tobias Figueiredo led his own goal West Brom
Even then, the drama wasn’t completely over yet. Robinson turned and shot in a crowded penalty area with seconds left and the ball squeezed the line with Bartley lying over it. A flag was raised to interrupt the celebrations.
Bilic did his best to make the annoyance of what he saw disappear when two points dropped, but it didn’t do great. “I told the players that I am disappointed and that they will get frustrated, but if we keep playing like this, we have a very good chance of doing what we want to achieve.
The side of Lamouchi showed character in continuing the game, especially after losing their last game 2-1 at home against Charlton, a result that the manager criticized for making five changes.
By the end, he had calmed down enough to offer Stroud an olive branch for the second Albion goal that shouldn’t have been given and leniency to Livermore.
“Some people and referees can make mistakes. I may have made mistakes on Tuesday and will do it again before the end of the season. We must, of course, help the officials. Decisions can change the games and we don’t play with the same VAR as the Premier League. “
The championship drama will continue until the season ends.