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West Brom 1-1 Reading: Zohore’s late equaliser rescues a point after stunner by Liverpool Ejaria

A young footballer who was stamped with both Arsenal and Liverpool hallmarks as a child suggests at a talent even if it is still to be tapped.

Reading will be hoping that Ovie Ejaria, still only 21, will blossom and flourish this season. The young midfielder, on loan from Anfield certainly has an eye-catching presence which promises much in the Championship.

What an eventful night for the youngster though. Having thought he had scored the winner with a fabulous breakthrough goal from the edge of the area, he then gave away a late penalty.

Liverpool loanee's Ovie Ejaria's stunner looked to have given the Royals victory

Liverpool loanee’s Ovie Ejaria’s stunner looked to have given the Royals victory

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs, Sawyers, Livermore (Edwards 82), Phillips, Krovinovic, Diangana (Matheus Pereira 69), Austin (Zohore 76).

Subs Not Used: Brunt, Townsend, Bond, O’Shea.

Booked: Gibbs, Sawyers.

Goals: Zohore 88 pen.

Reading: Rafael Cabral, Miazga, Morrison, Moore, Yiadom, Ejaria, Swift (Adam 84), Pele, Richards, Boye (Lucas Joao 66), Puscas (Rinomhota 77).

Subs Not Used: Loader, McIntyre, Virginia, Barrett.

Booked: Yiadom, Adam.

Goals: Ejaria 71.

Att: 21,803

Ref: Peter Banks (Norwich).

Season at a glance

  • Championship
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga

 

 

Ejaria fouled Filip Krovinovic and up stepped substitute Kenneth Zohore to equalise.

The midfielder will learn. His goal was the perfect response to the ultimate compliment by Albion enforcer Romain Sawyers, who earlier stopped him in his tracks with a tackle which instantly earned him a yellow card. It’s called taking one for the team.

As for Albion, this was redemption. Two strong penalty shouts, two rebuttals so this was third time lucky. Where is VAR when you need it?

West Brom’s players were in no doubt but referee Peter Bankes was having none of it. In the first few minutes Omar Richards and Darnell Furlong tangled.

In the second half Andy Yiadom’s challenge on Krovinovic was deemed not to be a penalty, to the collective amazement of fans, players and bench. What was not in doubt was the class of Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral, who made one point-blank save from Charlie Austin and was a general pest to the home side’s forwards.

Ejaria went from hero to zero as he gave away a late penalty at The Hawthorns

Ejaria went from hero to zero as he gave away a late penalty at The Hawthorns

The evening started with a farewell for one of West Brom’s favourite sons.

James Morrison, released this summer, was given a wonderful reception by the fans while the programme was one big tribute to the midfielder who is now looking for another club.

Back on the pitch, Albion were looking for their first home win of the season having already clocked up two victories on the road.

Striker Kenneth Zohore stepped off the bench to score his first goal for West Brom

Striker Kenneth Zohore stepped off the bench to score his first goal for West Brom

The start was good, apart from the rejected penalty. There is nothing like a sense of injustice to fire up the crowd. Sadly for the supporters, Albion could not capitalise on that early pressure as Reading began to flex their muscles too.

John Swift, taker of corners and set pieces, shot over the bar following a penetrating run from Andy Yiadom and then forced a save from Sam Johnstone.

Ejaria clicked into action, going just wide with a low shot before having another effort saved by Johnstone. The Reading midfielder was quick to spot George Puscas making a run but the striker was off target.

Zohore levelled from the spot with two minutes left after Ejaria's rash tackle on Krovinovic

Zohore levelled from the spot with two minutes left after Ejaria’s rash tackle on Krovinovic

Having weathered that spell, the home side built up pressure with a series of corners but without really testing Cabral until Austin’s effort.

The game was crying out for a breakthrough. Grady Diangana, two-goal star at Luton last weekend, was convinced he had been fouled in the area but his appeal was solitary.

By half-time it looked as if the sides were cancelling each other out but Albion began to step up the pressure. Reading scored against the run of play and looked as if they might hang on. They didn’t. 

West Brom striker Charlie Austin has a shot at goal against Reading on Wednesday night

West Brom striker Charlie Austin has a shot at goal against Reading on Wednesday night

West Brom midfielder Grady Diangana (left) battles for the ball with Reading's Judilson Pele

West Brom midfielder Grady Diangana (left) battles for the ball with Reading’s Judilson Pele

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7381053/West-Brom-1-1-Reading-Zohores-late-equaliser-rescues-point-stunner-Liverpool-Ejaria.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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