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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Phillips snatches a point for Baggies

Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips grabbed a late equaliser as West Brom snatched a point against Nottingham Forest in a thrilling 1-1 draw at the City Ground.

Adlene Guedioura's 25-yarder looked to have won the game for Aitor Karanka's men, only for Phillips to crash home a late leveller as Forest were left to rue a series of missed chances.

West Brom handed a debut to Manchester City loanee Oluwatosin Adarabioyo and it was in-demand Jay Rodriguez who had the game's first chance, but Tobias Figueiredo did enough to put him off his stride and he could only hook his shot well over.

At the other end, a sweeping move resulted in Forest's record signing Joao Carvalho having an effort deflected just wide.

Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone was called into action for the first time as he beat away a Grabban shot, before Forest should have taken the lead seven minutes before the break.

Grabban took advantage of a defensive error, but with only Johnstone to beat dawdled on the ball and the visiting custodian thwarted him only for the ball to run loose, with Joe Lolley eventually sending his looping effort over the bar.

Lolley was in the thick of it again a minute later when he forced Johnstone into another save.

During his first spell at Forest, Guedioura was renowned for scoring spectacular goals and the Algerian produced a piece of magic just before the hour mark, cracking a low 25-yard drive past the despairing dive of Johnstone to give Forest the lead.

West Brom boss Darren Moore responded by introducing new signing Dwight Gayle.

Guedioura almost scored the goal of the decade as an Albion attack broke down and as he raced with the ball through his own half, let fly from what must have been 70 yards and the back-peddling Johnstone just managed to tip the ball over.

Forest were made to pay, however, as the Baggies pushed forward with Phillips given too much space on the right and he smashed a shot past Costel Pantilimon.

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