Brandon Thomas-Asante
West Brom goalscorer Brandon Thomas-Asante joined from Salford on Wednesday

West Bromwich Albion left it until the last second to rescue a point against Burnley as debutant Brandon Thomas-Asante came off the bench to scramble in a 97th-minute equaliser.

Former Albion striker Jay Rodriguez looked to have made a winning return to The Hawthorns when he scored from the penalty spot in the first half.

Rodriguez coolly slotted home the spot kick after Albion goalkeeper David Button brought down Nathan Tella when clean through.

On a night when Steve Bruce’s Baggies twice hit the woodwork and had no luck in front of goal, Burnley substitute Darko Churlinov could have settled it, only to hit the post himself.

Just when Vincent Kompany’s Clarets looked set to go top of the Championship, Thomas-Asante, a midweek signing from Salford City, brought the house down with his close-range finish.

While Kompany might have been irritated by the lateness of the Albion leveller, it was in reality the very least the hosts deserved for another vibrant display, even if it was the Baggies’ sixth draw in eight games this season.

An instant Hawthorns hero

Albion made one change, bringing in Taylor Gardner-Hickman at right-back, while Dara O’Shea shuffled across to centre-back in place of the injured Semi Ajayi.

Burnley made two changes, bringing back on-loan Chelsea midfielder Ian Maatsen from suspension and starting Brazilian winger Vitinho.

Brandon Thomas-Asante
Brandon Thomas-Asante gave West Brom a spark after coming on in the 70th minute

But it was Albion who made the brighter start – and they had just gone close twice in quick succession, with Conor Townsend denied at the near post by Burnley keeper Arijanet Muric before Kyle Bartley bounced a header on top of the crossbar, when Burnley stole in front.

It was route one, straight from the boot of keeper Muric, but Tella’s sublime first touch to bring it down in his stride was pure box office, worth a goal on its own.

His next touch took him around Button, to the Albion keeper’s right, before he was tripped by the outstretched right leg.

The only surprise was that Button stayed on the pitch, only being yellow carded before Rodriguez, who scored 33 goals in two seasons with Albion before re-joining Burnley in 2019, stepped up to the spot to send him the wrong way with a well-struck effort.

Albion then found the woodwork again when Jed Wallace’s left-foot shot was touched onto the post by Muric.

After the break, they saw another Bartley header bounce over, and a handball penalty shout against Taylor Harwood-Bellis go unrewarded.

Burnley should have had a second penalty themselves when Churlinov’s cross hit O’Shea’s outstretched arm, but their protests were waved away.

The visitors then wasted a great chance to settle it when Townsend played a weak backpass and winger Churlinov raced clear, only to hit the left upright.

But Thomas-Asante always looked a handful after coming on for Bartley on 70 minutes, the home crowd immediately took to him and, from the last set piece of the night, with the hosts’ eighth on-target effort, he was in the right place at the right time to touch the ball home.


West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1ButtonBooked at 29mins
  • 29Gardner-HickmanSubstituted forPhillipsat 79′minutes
  • 5BartleySubstituted forThomas-Asanteat 70′minutes
  • 4O’Shea
  • 3Townsend
  • 14MolumbySubstituted forLivermoreat 79′minutes
  • 35Yokuslu
  • 17J Wallace
  • 19Swift
  • 11Diangana
  • 18Grant


  • 8Livermore
  • 9Zohore
  • 10Phillips
  • 20Reach
  • 21Thomas-Asante
  • 24Palmer
  • 26Ashworth


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 49MuricSubstituted forPeacock-Farrellat 83′minutes
  • 14RobertsBooked at 71mins
  • 5Harwood-BellisBooked at 50mins
  • 3TaylorBooked at 80mins
  • 29MaatsenSubstituted forGudmundssonat 64′minutes
  • 4CorkBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBastienat 77′minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 22da Silva
  • 8Brownhill
  • 23TellaSubstituted forChurlinovat 64′minutes
  • 9RodríguezSubstituted forBarnesat 77′minutes


  • 6Egan-Riley
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 10Barnes
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 17Manuel
  • 26Bastien
  • 27Churlinov

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