London - Huddersfield Town left West Brom Albion entrenched at the
bottom of the Premier League standings with their 2-1 victory on Saturday.
Rajiv Van La Parra's goal minutes after the restart knocked
the stuffing out of a struggling West Brom side, who were further pegged back
by Steve Mounie.
Craig Dawson pulled a goal back with plenty of time to
rescue the tie, but the home side were ultimately unable to further affect the
West Brom started brightly with Salomon Rondon firing in the
first attempt of the afternoon from 25 yards out that ultimately flew well over
Huddersfield were getting on the ball but doing very little
with in during the opening exchanges, but they appeared more than happy to soak
up the early pressure from the Baggies.
A Kieran Gibbs cross on 26 minutes failed to pick out Rondon
or Jay Rodriguez while Jonas Lossl got fingertips to a Matt Phillips free-kick
from a very tight angle with 32 minutes on the clock.
Rodriguez may well have handed the Baggies a 32nd minute
lead but he swung and missed a ball from James McClean following a corner
Ben Foster was quick off his line to pounce on the loose
ball as it fell to Van La Parra as Alex Pritchard's initial shot was
inexplicably blocked by his own teammate, Mounie, en route to goal.
Florent Hadergjonaj blocked a McClean shot as the half drew
to a close, ahead of West Brom's best chance of the half where a Phillips cross
was met by on the volley by McClean, but squirmed off target.
After a less than action-packed first-half, Huddersfield
found themselves ahead three minutes into the second period through Van La
A low cross from the goalscorer was picked up by Mounie who
picked out Collin Quaner to in turn feed Van La Parra, whose mis-hit shot
Daniel Williams was close to extending the Terriers' lead
with a shot from 20 yards that flew wide, moments before Gareth Barry stung the
palms of Lossl at the other end.
But it only got worse for the hosts as Mounie scored on 56
minutes to leave West Brom with a mountain to climb to get back into this game.
A Pritchard through ball dissected the Baggies defence,
leaving Mounie to race through and curl a shot past Foster.
But just when it appeared as if all hope was lost, Craig
Dawson popped up on 64 minutes with a free header from well whipped in corner.
Foster then did well to palm away a Williams volley ahead of
a fingertip save from Lossl to deny Chris Brunt from a 71st minute free-kick.
Foster was also able to keep out Van La Parra's low shot
with his foot to stop Huddersfield from running away with this tie, as Dawson
wasted the chance to secure a point for West Brom with a header he failed to
Alan Pardew's side were camped in their opponents final
third for the rest of the tie, but try as they might, West Brom were unable to
force an equaliser.