Match Reports

Albion 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

An image of Jayson Molumby scoring against Blackburn

Albion had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night.

Jayson Molumby’s second-half header looked to have been enough for a Baggies win, but Ben Brereton Diaz’s late free-kick ensured a pulsating contest finished level.

Carlos Corberán’s men are next in Sky Bet Championship action this Monday when they travel to Watford.

Corberán made four changes to his XI for the visit of Rovers, handing Josh Griffiths his Albion debut as well as bringing Nathaniel Chalobah, John Swift and Brandon Thomas-Asante in for David Button, Molumby, Grady Diangana and Daryl Dike.

Despite it being Academy product Griffiths’ maiden Baggies start, it was also his 100th EFL appearance – and he introduced himself to the Hawthorns faithful with an excellent save three minutes into the game, brilliantly pushing away Brereton Diaz’s half-volley.

The scare seemed to wake Albion up, and they went close to opening the scoring when Swift’s corner found Darnell Furlong at the front post, but his header was well saved.

Okay Yokuslu saw a nod towards goal deflected wide, and Jed Wallace smashed off-target, in a good spell for the hosts midway through the opening period, yet Griffiths had to be alert down the other end to gather Bradley Dack’s volley too.

Thomas-Asante struck a long-ranger narrowly over as the interval approached, before Swift almost netted a stunner via an acrobatic overhead kick. However, he guided it just above the crossbar and the sides went in goalless at half-time.

There were further exchanges of chances at the start of the second 45, notably Griffiths saving another Brereton Diaz effort and, for Albion, substitute Molumby watching his deflected shot come back off the post.

The home team persevered despite the visitors’ defensive determination, and finally grabbed their goal 17 minutes from the end. Furlong picked up possession and sent in a dangerous cross which Yokuslu met – and even though Aynsley Pears parried his header away, Molumby was on hand to convert the rebound and send the Baggies in front.

Wallace curled a free-kick wide as Albion searched for another, while Grady Diangana also inadvertently forced a good stop from Pears.

Instead there was late heartbreak, Brereton Diaz hitting a free-kick into the corner and stealing Rovers a point at the death.

Albion: Griffiths; Furlong, O’Shea, Pieters, Townsend; Yokuslu, Chalobah (Molumby 52); Albrighton (Diangana 63), Wallace, Swift; Thomas-Asante (Dike 82).

Substitutes: Button, Ajayi, Reach, Grant.

Attendance: 21,840 (666)