EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

West Brom Albion 1-1 Cardiff City Post Match Analysis

West Brom, Six Sports

As Cardiff held West Brom to a 1-1 draw, three players were sent out, two after the final whistle.

On 76 minutes, Alex Mowatt was sent off for a foul, and after the final whistle. Sam Johnstone and Aden Flint were also sent off their roles in a scuffle.

In 34 minutes, James Collins scored his second goal for the Bluebirds, heading in Joe Ralls’ chance.

Three minutes after the restart, Callum Robinson equalised for West Brom, despite Cardiff’s appeals for offside.

Albion was subsequently denied a penalty in the closing seconds of the game. Resulting in an ensuing brawl at full-time, with Johnstone and Flint receiving red cards.

The draw is nevertheless a positive result for Cardiff, who stay in 20th place in the Championship. While West Brom is fourth, four points behind second-placed Blackburn Rovers.

West Brom manager Valerien Ismael made four changes from the squad that was beaten 1-0 by Derby County on Monday. While Cardiff boss Steve Morison was missing Kieffer Moore and Leandro Bacuna. Who was sent out in Cardiff’s 3-0 loss at Bournemouth, due to an injury and suspension.

The visitors were competitive in the first half against Scott Parker’s league leaders, and they got off to a strong start at the Hawthorns. Pressing the hosts back with a series of long throws.

Despite Cardiff’s confident start, Callum Robinson came the closest to opening the score. Shooting just wide on 15 minutes before forcing Alex Smithies into a fingertip save four minutes later.

How did West Brom capitalize on the Draw?

Ralls’ attempt was deflected wide, and the Bluebirds may have taken the lead with their first notable assault.

Collins leapt to head into the bottom corner of the goal from the resulting corner as Ralls made atonement for his mistake with a magnificent pass.

West Brom scarcely produced any further opportunities in a first-half performance that saw them booed off the pitch by the home crowd, which may explain why the Baggies have acquired USA international striker Daryl Dike for an unknown amount.

The hosts came out firing in the second half, equalising three minutes after the restart when Karlan Grant’s ball found Robinson, who smoothly beat Smithies despite Cardiff’s appeals for an offside flag that never came.

As West Brom pushed for a second, Grady Diangana forced Smithies into a wonderful save only a minute after coming on, while Cardiff threatened with a counter-attack when Mark Harris got Will Vaulks, but he blasted over the crossbar from a decent position.

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