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West Brom secure 97th-minute draw against Burnley

Published on: 30 August 2022

West Bromwich Albion left it until the last second to rescue a point against Burnley as debutant Brandon Thomas-Asante came off the bench to scramble in a 97th-minute equaliser.

Former Albion striker Jay Rodriguez looked to have made a winning return to The Hawthorns when he scored from the penalty spot in the first half.

Rodriguez coolly slotted home the spot kick after Albion goalkeeper David Button brought down Nathan Tella when clean through.

On a night when Steve Bruce's Baggies twice hit the woodwork, again created plenty of chances and had no luck in front of goal, Burnley substitute Darko Churlinov could have settled it, only to hit the post himself.

But, just when Vincent Kompany's Clarets looked set to go top of the Championship, Thomas-Asante, Albion's midweek signing from Salford City, brought the house down with his close-range finish.

While Kompany might have been irritated by the lateness of the Albion leveller, it was in reality the very least the hosts deserved for another vibrant display, even if it was the Baggies' sixth draw in eight games this season.

An instant Hawthorns hero

Albion made one change, bringing in Taylor Gardner-Hickman at right-back, while Dara O'Shea shuffled across to centre-back in place of the injured Semi Ajayi.

Burnley made one change, bringing back on-loan Chelsea full-back Ian Maatsen from suspension.

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