Author: Tony MacDonald
West Bromwich Albion
Published: 14:07 03/12/2014
West Brom's official digital betting partner Freebets.com discusses some of Albion's great escapes and memorable comebacks in recent years.
We couldn't help noticing that in our recent article about West Brom's best Premier League results against Aston Villa, that the Baggies had come from behind in each of those games. It got us to thinking, what is your all-time favourite West Brom escape?
As recently as October this season WBA were staring at defeat against Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns, with first half goals by Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak giving the visitors a cosy 2-0 lead at the break. Alan Irvine brought on an extra striker for the second half and within five minutes of the re-start super-sub Victor Anichebe had pulled one back. West Brom sensed they could still get something from the game and the pressure finally told in injury time when Saido Berahinho tucked away a penalty to beat the odds and tie the game 2-2.
Last season under Pepe Mel, Albion came back from a goal down against Swansea to record their first victory in eight attempts under the Spaniard's guidance. Swansea went ahead early on through Roland Lamah's solo effort, but a powerful curled shot by Stephane Sessegnon found the mark from 25 yards and levelled the scores after the break. West Brom looked galvanised by that effort and went in search of the win which would lift them three points clear of the drop-zone, which they got thanks to an accurate finish off the woodwork by Mulumbu with just five minutes to play.
Rescuing a point and denying Aston Villa a win in January 2013 must rate as one of the most enjoyable comebacks with Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie cancelling out early goals by Benteke and Agbonlahor to keep Villa in a relegation scrap.
Looking a bit further back, who could forget that memorable 5-5 draw with Manchester United to deny Sir Alex Ferguson a win in his final game before retiring? The visitors were 3-0 up at one point through Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Buttner and an unfortunate Jonas Olsson own goal, before James Morrison reduced the deficit and Baggies' substitute Lukaku made it 3-2. The margin was then increased back to three goals when Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez put United 5-2 ahead, but Mulumbu and Lukaku scored within moments of eachother in the final 10 minutes before the latter completed his hat-trick and the scoring in a bizarre, yet thoroughly entertaining game.
2011 saw probably the two most memorable comebacks for West Brom against Aston Villa. Peter Odemwingie equalised to cancel out an Abdoulaye Meite own goal at the Hawthorns, before Youssuf Mulumbu spun away from Ciaran Clark in the box and lifted the ball over Brad Friedel to end 10-man West Brom's 26-year wait for a win against Villa. Then at Villa Park the following season the hosts went ahead once more through a Darren Bent penalty before Jonas Olsson equalised after Brunt had missed a spot-kick. Then it was the turn of cult-hero Paul Scharner to grab the headlines with a superb volley from close-range which went in-off-the-crossbar to end Albion's 32 year wait for a win at Villa Park.
Those are just a few recent examples of when West Brom have got out of jail in the dying moments of games. Let us know your favourite Baggies comeback of all time by using the comments section below this article.