West Brom 1-1 Brentford: Lewis Macleod stuns Baggies with last-gasp header

3 Dec

Lewis Macleod’s stoppage-time header salvaged a crucial point for Brentford as West Brom were left to rue missed opportunities.

The midfielder rose highest in the second minute of injury time after Harvey Barnes had put the Baggies ahead, although in truth, the home side should’ve been out of sight.

Macleod was the hero

Jay Rodriguez somehow managed to scoop the ball over from a yard out, while Hal Robson-Kanu headed wide from similarly short range, both within the opening 25 minutes of the match.

The Bees eventually settled and Emiliano Marcondes forced West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone into a wonderful save in the second-half.

But the hosts looked set to clinch victory when, in the 77th minute, Barnes finally broke Brentford’s resistance with a sweet left-footed volley.

Barnes put West Brom in front

However, there was a sting in the tail and it came from Macleod, who was expertly found unmarked from Emiliano’s cross to stun West Brom.

The last-gasp equaliser helps Brentford boss Thomas Frank avoid a seventh defeat in his first eight games in charge, while the Baggies will be kicking themselves for missing the chance to go third in the Championship.

Moment of the match

It wasn’t Rodriguez’s night

Jay Rodriguez’s miss in the fourth minute was staggering. It was genuinely easier to score and it eventually came back to haunt West Brom.

Star Man

Phillips was exceptional

Matt Phillips ran the show for much of the game. He was comfortably the best player on the pitch and nearly got the goal his performance deserved with an excellent strike from distance, only for it to cannon off the bar.