Cullen’s dramatic pen denies West Brom


Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship conflict at The Hawthorns

Last Updated: 26/10/19 6:12pm


Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Charlton Athletic

Josh Cullen’s controversial stoppage-time penalty earned Charlton an ill-tempered level at 10-man leaders West Brom.

The midfielder rescued a 2-2 draw for the Addicks after Semi Ajayi collided with Naby Sarr within the field.

Hal Robson-Kanu seemed to have received it late for the Baggies after Macauley Bonne scored his fifth aim in six video games to cancel out Matt Phillips’ early opener for Albion.

Referee Matthew Donohue courted controversy earlier than the penalty after initially sending off West Brom’s Grady Diangana in a case of mistaken id – earlier than correcting his mistake and dismissing Nathan Ferguson within the second half.

Albion did at the least lengthen their benefit on the prime of the Sky Bet Championship to 2 factors, with Charlton 10th.

The Baggies seemed to take rapid benefit of Leeds’ lunchtime draw at Sheffield Wednesday and opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

Jake Livermore despatched Matheus Pereira clear and his low cross was a present for Phillips to fireside in on the far put up.

But sloppy play nearly allowed Charlton an immediate equaliser when Semi Ajayi offered the ball to Erhun Oztumer and Kyle Bartley produced an outstanding block to thwart Bonne.

Albion rode their luck and survived once more after 27 minutes when Tom Lockyer diverted Conor Gallagher’s low drive over from six yards and three minutes later Chris Solly volleyed extensive

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic then had extra motive to really feel relieved 5 minutes earlier than the break when Sam Johnstone stored the hosts forward.

Sarr was clipped by way of by Oztumer however, regardless of having simply Johnstone to beat, squared to Gallagher.

Charlton Athletic's Josh Cullen (centre) celebrates scoring his side's equaliser Charlton Athletic's Josh Cullen (centre) celebrates scoring his side's equaliser

Charlton Athletic’s Josh Cullen (centre) celebrates scoring his facet’s equaliser

The midfielder’s shot was stopped by Johnstone and the goalkeeper then produced an outstanding block to show away Sarr’s follow-up.

But the guests may have gone into the break additional behind when Darnell Furlong headed extensive from shut vary.

Albion upped their recreation after the restart and Phillips fired over earlier than Diangana wasted an excellent likelihood to make it 2-Zero after 50 minutes.

Pereira discovered Phillips and his low cross begged Diangana to attain however he shot straight at Dillon Phillips from simply 4 yards.

It was a foul miss and Phillips stored Albion out once more, racing out to dam from Furlong, quickly after.

They had been essential saves as, on the hour, Charlton levelled when Cullen’s 25-yard drive looped excessive off Bartley and Bonne stored his cool to nod in from six yards.

It acquired worse for Albion 4 minutes later when Ferguson flew into Solly on the midway line and referee Donohue sparked mass confusion.

The official took his time earlier than issuing a pink card to the bewildered Diangana.

Protesting Albion had been livid and Donohue consulted along with his assistant and fourth official, earlier than lastly dismissing Ferguson.

Cullen nearly made Charlton’s benefit rely however fired extensive earlier than Albion retook the lead with 9 minutes left.

Robson-Kanu lower in from the left and, with Lockyer standing off, curled into the underside nook from 16 yards.

But Charlton hit again within the fourth minute of stoppage time when Ajayi got here along with Sarr within the field and Cullen buried the penalty.

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