Premier League: West Brom comeback against local rivals Wolves

London: West Bromwich Albion won first time under new coach Sam Allardyce with P3-2 Premier League victory at local rivals Wolves on Saturday. 

Allardyce had did not win any of his first five matches since replacing the sacked Slaven Bilic.

But the previous England manager was finally ready to celebrate after a pulsating Black Country derby at Molineux.

Pereira put Albion ahead from the spot before goals from Fabio Silva and Willy Boly put Wolves at commanding position at half-time.

Semi Ajayi equalised after the half time and Pereira’s second penalty fixed West Brom’s first win after playing eight league matches.

Albion remain second bottom of the table after their second league victory this term, but are now just three points from safety.

Wolves are winless in six league games and haven’t beaten the Baggies in 10 years.

It was the primary time these two local rivals had met since 2012 when West Brom won 5-1 at Molineux and this was an equally memorable success for the visitors.

West Brom were hit by COVID-19 in the week , forcing keeper Sam Johnstone and winger Matt Phillips goes into self-isolation after getting tests postive.

David Button replaced Johnstone in goal, while new signing Robert Snodgrass made his Albion debut in Phillips’ absence.

Wolves just won only one of their eight league games since Mexico striker Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November in 2020.

They fell behind within the eighth minute with a self-inflicted wound.

After a VAR review confirmed the foul, Boly caught Callum Robinson with a rash challenge and Pereira stepped up to convert the penalty.

That made it nine consecutive league games during which Wolves had fallen behind.

Silva’s leveller came within the 38th minute when Albion did not clear a Romain Saiss cross and Boly’s deft backheel found the teenage forward, who slotted home from close-range.

Sloppy defending was Albion’s downfall again as Wolves went ahead five minutes later.

Joao Moutinho’s corner wasn’t cleared by Jake Livermore and Boly slammed his shot past Button from seven yards.

Boly was the primary Wolves player to concede a penalty, assist a goal and score a goal within the same Premier League game since Adlene Guedioura in 2011 — also against West Brom at Molineux.

Albion equalised within the 52nd minute when an extended throw was flicked on by Kyle Bartley and Ajayi looped his header over Wolves keeper Rui Patricio into the far corner.

A dramatic game took another turn when Conor Coady conceded a penalty with a visit on Robinson and Pereira stepped up to attain from the spot again.

Wolves should have finished with some extent , but Silva miscued after Moutinho found out a possible equaliser before the unmarked Patrick Cutrone shot over from close-range.

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