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  • Westbrom 1-1 Wolves: Ohara superb-volley, Vella last-gasp strike

    West Bromwich Albion's Carlos Vela scored deep in stoppage time to grab a 1-1 Premier League draw against Wolves in the Black Country derby at The Hawthorns.
    The Mexican seized on a rebound in the 92nd minute after Wayne Hennessey spilt a James Morrison shot to ensure Wolves stay bottom of the table.

    Jamie O'Hara had earlier given Mick McCarthy's side the lead from a superbly-worked free-kick.

    Manager Roy Hodgson escaped with a point from his first full game in charge of the Baggies after watching his new team spurn a host of excellent chances to get back into the game.

    Hodgson, who watched his players throw away a three-goal lead against West Ham while caretaker boss Michael Appleton was in charge, made few changes to the personnel used by Appleton and former boss Roberto Di Matteo.

    After a shaky start, West Brom dominated proceedings, winning the corner count 12-1 and carving out some promising openings.

    But it was Wolves who supplied the cutting edge in the 39th minute. Nenad Milijas played a free-kick square to O'Hara, who powered a first-time shot past Boaz Myhill into the top-left corner from 22 yards.

    The Baggies were nothing like as clinical. Marc-Antoine Fortune had a shot from a tight angle deflected behind by Hennessey on 55 minutes, and seconds later George Elokobi made a fine block to deny Peter Odemwingie when the Nigerian appeared to have time and space in the box.

    Wolves had barely time to take breath before Paul Scharner found himself completely unmarked at a corner, but he blazed his shot over.

    Fortune then perpetrated the worst miss of all, exchanging passes with Odemwingie inside the box, then inexplicably failing to take a shot when the ball came back to him with the goal gaping.

    Jonas Olsson then had a header cleared off the line by Matt Jarvis, and Vela saw a deflected shot well saved by Hennessey.

    For Wolves's part, Jarvis missed a gilt-edged chance to double the lead after a hopeless defensive header by Gabriel Tamas.

    Just when it looked like West Brom's chances had passed them by, Morrison was allowed time to line up a low shot from the edge of the box.

    Hennessey fumbled the save, and the ball popped up to Vela to gleefully tuck away his first goal for the club.

    How important that equaliser could prove in the final reckoning.
    Alex Chick / Eurosport

    Team Line-up:

    West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Jara, Tamas, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas, Dorrans, Scharner, Brunt, Odemwingie, Fortune... Subs: Kiely, Tchoyi, Pablo, Morrison, Reid, Vela, Cox
    Wolberhampton Wanderers : Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, O'Hara, Milijas, Jarvis, Doyle... Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Ward, David Jones, Hammill... Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)


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