Saturday 3 December 2016

Rondon to rescue for shot-shy Baggies

West Brom 1 Swansea City 1

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon celebrates scoring their first goal. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
West Bromwich Albion's Sandro is challenged by Swansea City's Andre Ayew. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Salomon Rondon rescued a point for West Brom with a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Swansea victory at The Hawthorns.

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It looked like Gylfi Sigurdsson's goal would continue Swansea's revival under Francesco Guidolin with a third straight win and see the Welsh side go above West Brom in the table.

But Lukasz Fabianski, who had been in decent form on the night, was finally beaten in the second minute of time added on when Rondon blasted the ball home from close range after a scramble inside the six-yard box.

It was harsh on Fabianski, who had produced good saves to deny Darren Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon, most notably.

West Brom turned down bids for Saido Berahino on Monday because they felt his goals could keep them up, so after watching his team struggle and miss chances - boss Tony Pulis will be hoping his striker will be fit enough to start soon.

Berahino, the subject of a £20m-plus bid from Newcastle on transfer deadline day, began on the bench because of a dead leg.

He must have wished he was on the field as he watched Fletcher squander three decent opportunities.

Swansea went ahead after 64 minutes, Sigurdsson steering a shot across Ben Foster and into the bottom corner of the net after the shot-shy Baggies lost possession.

Irish Independent

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