Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth despite hitting the woodwork in the closing stages and missing a penalty.

Match Reports: Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionMatch Reports: Bournemouth 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Albion started well and Craig Gardner almost opened the scoring in the second minute when he deflected a shot wide of Artur Boruc’s goal with his heel.

When the Cherries responded, Max Gradel fired in a volley that Ben Foster saved.

Albion took the lead in the 16th minute when Jonny Evans’ excellent cross was headed past Boruc by Salomon Rondon for his ninth goal of the season.

Harry Arter lashed a 25-yard shot wide of Foster’s left-hand post as Eddie Howe’s side stepped up their search for an equaliser while at the other end Gardner forced Boruc to tip his effort past the post.

Just before half time the Baggies were awarded a penalty when Tommy Elphick brought Craig Dawson down only for Boruc to dive to his right to push Gardner’s spot-kick onto the bar and the Albion midfielder was unable to convert the rebound.

At the start of the second period Gardner’s curling shot was claimed by Boruc while Simon Francis scooped an effort way over Foster’s goal.

Bournemouth substitute Callum Wilson looked very dangerous when he came on and twice went close to grabbing an equaliser while Baggies striker Saido Berahino saw an effort blocked.

With eight minutes left poor defending by Albion allowed substitute Matt Ritchie to head Bournemouth level but Tony Pulis’ side went close to restoring their lead in the last few minutes when Dawson hit the woodwork.

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