An added-time penalty from Saido Berahino rescued a 2-2 draw for West Bromwich Albion against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It appeared as though the visitors would be rewarded for an excellent first half as a goal from Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak's spot-kick put Palace into a two-goal lead at The Hawthorns at the interval.
West Brom claimed a share of the spoils, though, as substitute Victor Anichebe halved the deficit shortly after the break before Berahino's seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the season ensured a 2-2 draw at the death.
Hangeland, who continued to deputise for the injured Scott Dann, opened the scoring with a close-range effort from a Palace set-piece, before captain Jedinak added a second from 12 yards in first-half stoppage time.
Anichebe's six-yard header brought West Brom back into the match and West Brom's concerted second-half pressure finally bore fruit as Jedinak was punished for a clumsy foul on Anichebe and Berahino, who also scored in West Brom's 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Monday, stayed cool to level the match.
Albion looked lively in the opening stages but Palace wingers Wilfried Zaha, one of three men to come in from the Chelsea defeat, and Yannick Bolasie soon started causing problems.
One particularly mazy run from Zaha led to a free-kick in a dangerous area on the right, and from Joe Ledley's cross Fraizer Campbell's looping header forced Ben Foster – restored to West Brom's line-up after a calf injury – to tip over the crossbar.
The resulting corner saw Palace move ahead in the 16th minute. Hangeland met Bolasie's delivery in a packed six-yard box and, though Foster saved his first effort, the centre-back poked in the rebound.
West Brom responded well and Speroni made a smart stop from Gardner's stinging 25-yard drive.
Palace weathered the storm and Zaha had claims for a penalty seven minutes before the break when he was felled by Dawson on the left of the area.
The visitors were awarded a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time, though. Sebastien Pocognoli slid through Bolasie prompting referee Mark Clattenburg to point to the spot.
And Jedinak kept his cool and sent Foster the wrong way with a penalty to the bottom left-hand corner.
Anichebe was introduced at half-time and made an almost-immediate impact. Speroni pulled off a fine save to keep out Berahino's curling effort, but from Chris Brunt's resulting corner, Anichebe nodded home. To make matters worse for the visitors Speroni was replaced between the posts by Wayne Hennessey after taking a knock on the head in the build-up to the goal.
Anichebe's strength was causing the Palace defence problems and he another of his shots was blocked in the penalty area, before Gardner's looping long range effort beat Hennessey but not the crossbar.
However, the pressure finally told in stoppage time, as Jedinak needlessly chopped down Anichebe and Berahino placed his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.
West Brom head coach Alan Irvine: "I am disappointed because it wasn't us for 32 minutes. At half-time I was the most angry I have been.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. But credit to the players for keeping going to the end and I think we got what we deserved. I was pleased to get a point, having left ourselves a lot to do."
“We go into every game plan for what we’re going to do with the ball and without the ball and with the ball we didn’t do what we had worked on during the week, I was really disappointed.
"The players know me well enough and I’ve said many times that they've been a real pleasure to work with, I've never had any cause to question them but today they didn’t do what we’d planned and as a result I had to tell them. You don't want to be falling out with players but there also comes a time when you have to be very straight with them and tell them what you’re expecting."
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "I love coming here, my teams always seem to do well here. It's a good football stadium here, good fans. They say one or two bad things, a few rude words to me, but I can',t report 5-6,000, can I?"
"Every morning on a matchday when my guts are up Ii feel horrible until the whistle goes but it's what we're here for. It's a great league the Premier League and a great opportunity, and now I've got a fabulous group of players who give absolutely everything. They're on their last legs and as a manager that’s all you can ask so if you’re proud of your players and you see them in the trenches alongside you've got to enjoy these moments."
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