West Brom score late to frustrate Brighton

Brighton's Neal Maupay, right, and West Bromwich Albion's Branislav Ivanovic challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and West Bromwich Albion at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, England, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 27 October 2020

West Brom score late to frustrate Brighton

  • Brighton boss Potter said he was frustrated by the draw

BRIGHTON, United Kingdom: Karlan Grant scored his first goal for West Brom as they came from behind to claim their first away point of the Premier League season in a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Monday.
An unfortunate own goal from West Brom's Jake Livermore gave Graham Potter's side a first-half lead but the Seagulls were unable to hold out for the win.
The home side looked more threatening early on. Neal Maupay converted Adam Lallana's cross only for his effort to be ruled out for offside before Leandro Trossard's shot was saved.
Five minutes before half-time their pressure paid off when an attempted clearance from Branislav Ivanovic struck Jake Livermore and rebounded into the back of the net.
Slaven Bilic's West Brom started the second half positively and had a Conor Gallagher effort blocked just after the restart.
The Baggies continued to put pressure on the home defence as the match wore on, forcing Mat Ryan into another save from Filip Krovinovic.
Matheus Pereira had a good chance for the visitors midway through the second half but he put his effort wide before later clipping the outside of a post.
But West Brom's second-half pressure finally paid off when Grant turned a Callum Robinson ball past Ryan in the 83rd minute to ensure that the Baggies would leave the south coast with a point.
The result, which leaves both teams in the bottom five, means Brighton have won just one of their past 12 home league games.
Brighton boss Potter said he was frustrated by the draw.
"We have to analyse why we were not so good in the second half, why our performance dipped a bit but now we have to give credit for the opposition for raising their performance," he told the BBC.
"We have had some good performances this season. There is more to do, we have to improve but something to learn from and build from."


Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

Updated 28 November 2020

Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

  • All members of the squad tested negative before flying to New Zealand, though six were found positive on arrival
  • The whole New Zealand tour has been called into question since the team is unable to train

CHRISTCHURCH: A seventh Pakistan cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 as the team remained confined to their hotel in Christchurch on Saturday, unable to train and with a question mark over their New Zealand tour.
The Pakistanis, who only arrived four days ago, are already on a “final warning” for breaching New Zealand’s tight quarantine restrictions, with the growing number of coronavirus cases adding pressure to preparations for their opening match on December 18.
Despite all members of the squad returning negative tests before flying to New Zealand, six came up positive after testing on day one in the country.
“One additional member of the Pakistan cricket squad has today tested positive,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday, confirming the seventh patient.
“The remainder of the results from the squad’s day-three swab testing, apart from the six who have already returned a positive result, are negative.”
All overseas arrivals to New Zealand must spend two weeks in quarantine.
The 53-man squad will undergo further tests on Monday and in the meantime they remain confined to their rooms after permission to train while in isolation was revoked by New Zealand authorities.
The ministry said exemptions allowing teams to train while in managed isolation “are very difficult to obtain” and Pakistan’s exemption was put on hold after several players were caught flouting social distancing protocols inside the quarantine hotel.
New Zealand’s director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said Thursday that breaches of the rules were taken very seriously and the Pakistan team “as a whole has been issued with a final warning.”