West Brom end Norwich’s six-game winning streak

West Brom end Norwich's six-game winning streak

Dara O’Shea’s goal earned West Brom their seventh draw of the season

West Brom ended Norwich’s six-game winning streak as they got a deserved point at Carrow Road.

Dara O’Shea was left unmarked six yards out at the back post to head in John Swift’s free-kick to give the Baggies an early lead.

Gabriel Sara almost equalized on his first league start of the season when his angled shot hit the crossbar.

West Brom looked comfortable but were held to a seventh draw of the season when Teemu Pukki’s shot beat team-mate Sam Byram and the wrong keeper David Button.

Conor Townsend made a goal-saving challenge to deny Byram, and Button saved from Kieran Dowell, but a late Norwich winner would have been harsh from Steve Bruce.

The Baggies manager reacted to their miserable derby defeat to Birmingham with four changes, and his game plan worked: cede possession to Norwich in inoffensive areas as they looked to break.

Still, they remain just one place above the bottom three with a win from their first 10 games as Byram’s inadvertent finish made it seven games unbeaten for the under-par Canaries. They are second, three points behind leaders Sheffield United.

Norwich came into the game with eight goals in their previous three games, with Josh Sargent scoring six in his last six games, but neither he nor Pukki had a sniff for much of the game as Albion kept the hosts at bay distance

After O’Shea’s first-half opener, Jayson Molumby almost doubled the lead on the hour when he curled an effort wide of the post, before Brandon Thomas-Asante smashed an effort wide deviated

But the Baggies have scored more than once just twice this season and were made to pay moments later when the hosts’ equalizer was allowed to stand despite strong protests that Byram had handled the ball.

Norwich manager Dean Smith told BBC Radio Norfolk:

“I think it hit him (Sam Byram) on the shoulder, which I’m now led to believe is not handball, it must be below the shirt line.

“So it was a clear deflection and we were lucky to get that goal, but I think by the letter of the law they got it right.

“Today we got away with one, we know that, we didn’t play well enough. We conceded a soft goal at the start of the game, which allowed them to drop deep, close the spaces in front of them. , and today we didn’t we never found the solutions.

“It was a very soft goal and after that we ran out of ideas at times. We ran down some alleyways, got frustrated and made some really bad decisions.”

West Brom boss Steve Bruce told BBC WM 95.6:

“It’s difficult at the moment because we’ve come here again and played really, really well and I’ve said that for a lot of games.

“We’ve just got to keep believing it’s going to change. I still think we’re close, but I’m aware we’ve got a couple of wins to put together.

“But keep playing like this and we’ll be fine. It’ll come back to us eventually.”

[On the Norwich equaliser]: “When you see eight or nine appealing [handball], around the ball, then you understand that it is. I have to say that the three officials did not do their job well enough, for me, throughout the day.”

alignments

Norwich

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Krul
  • 2AaronsBooked at 58 minutes
  • 4Omobamidela
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Byram
  • 26NúñezReplaced byDowellat 78′minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 17Gomes SaraReplaced byHernandezat 60′minutes
  • 24sergeant
  • 22Pukki
  • 20A RamseyReplaced byCantwellat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Hugh
  • 10Dowell
  • 14Cantwell
  • 21sinani
  • 25Hernandez
  • 33McGovern

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1button
  • 2FurlongBooked at 85 minutes
  • 4O’Shea
  • 3Townsend
  • 15Pieters
  • 8Livermore
  • 14MolumbyReplaced byPhillipsat 90+2′minutes
  • 17J Wallace
  • 19quick
  • 11dianaReplaced byit arrivesat 87′minutes
  • 21Tomás-AsanteReplaced byGrantat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Phillips
  • 16Kelly
  • 18Grant
  • 20it arrives
  • 24Palmer
  • 29Gardner-Hickman
  • 35Yokuslu

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Thomas Bramall

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