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Sunday 21 January 2018

Vydra earns Baggies deserved point

WEST BROM 1 HULL CITY 1 Phil Medlicott

West Brom caretaker boss Keith Downing felt Matej Vydra's late equaliser "stopped the rot" for Albion a week on from the sacking of Steve Clarke.

Striker Vydra, who is on loan from Udinese, came off the bench and slotted in his first Baggies goal in the 86th minute to steer the hosts to their first point in five Premier League games.

Reflecting on the strike and the result it secured, Downing -- in charge on a match-day for the first time since the dismissal of Clarke -- said: "I wouldn't say we were jumping (for joy), but certainly it stopped the rot, and that was important to do."

West Brom looked short of confidence in a first half that was low on entertainment and saw them fall behind in the 28th minute when Jake Livermore, on loan at Hull from Tottenham, finished off a counter-attack.

But after leaving the field to the sound of boos from their own fans at half-time, Albion improved in the second half and Vydra's strike earned them a deserved point.

Irish Independent

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