Winger reflects on injury-time equaliser
JONATHAN Leko admitted coming on and setting up the injury-time equaliser at Stoke on Saturday is what “you dream of as a youngster”.
The winger, who replaced Matt Phillips in the 88th minute at the bet365 Stadium, saw his teasing corner headed home by Salomon Rondon as the Baggies grabbed a 1-1 draw.
It was the impact Leko was hoping for after being introduced to the action, and the youngster was over the moon with his contribution.
He said: “We are delighted to get a point, especially with it being a goal in the last minute too.
“I was really happy to come on and make the goal.
“My substitution was quite late on too.
“I was told before I came on that I would be on corners and the instruction was to whip it towards the near post.
“I just tried my best to do that and thankfully it was a good delivery and Rondon managed to flick it into the net.”
The Venezuelan’s goal, his third of the campaign so far, sparked wild scenes of celebrations in the Albion end – a sight which Leko loved.
“It was a great feeling to run towards the fans who were going crazy," he added.
“It’s what you dream of growing up as a youngster, scoring or making a goal in the last minute which means something.”