West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea: Final score 2-1; controversy at Hawthorns as Swans denied draw

Laurence Griffiths

West Bromwich Albion grabbed all three points with a 2-1 win against Swansea City, but the game's major talking point was a wrongly-disallowed 87th minute equaliser.

It was a quiet start from WBA, with Swansea having by and large the better of play. Michu nearly put the visitors ahead on a lovely fast break only to send his right-footed effort inches wide of Ben Foster's far post. That was a warning for the Baggies, and they failed to heed it. Luke Moore would make them pay in the 33rd minute. A Jonathan de Guzman corner was floated into the six yard box, and Moore managed to flick a superb header past Foster and into the bottom corner.

But going 1-0 down seemed to galvanise the hosts. Romelu Lukaku finally came into the match, pinging in a 45-yard diagonal to set up Chris Brunt for WBA's first real chance of the match. Seconds later, they were level. It was route one stuff -- a long goal kick was the catalyst -- but the finish, which saw Lukaku speeding ahead of Garry Monk to slam a deflected cross past Michel Vorm, was lovely.

There are still flaws in the 19-year-old's game, of course, and they showed up when Anthony Taylor gave West Brom a dubious penalty early in the second half. It remains unclear whether or not Wayne Routledge actually fouled Morrison or not, but either way Lukaku's spot kick was weak and easily saved by Vorm.

Not that that stopped Swansea from going behind. The unfortunate visitors saw Angel Rangel do very well to clear a Gareth McAuley header off the line, but the ball cannoned straight off the de Guzman's back and ended up in the net anyway.

The Swans pushed forward in an attempt to draw level, but despite having more or less half an hour to get themselves into the game they couldn't manage the equaliser. That wasn't entirely their fault -- they had a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside in the 87th minute when Roland Lamah saw the ball bounce back to him off a Baggies defender and slotted into the back of the net.

That would prove to be the last major action of the match. If Swansea feel aggrieved, they're well within their rights.

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