West Brom comes from behind to surprise Luton in their victory in the Sky Bet Championship as Grady Diangana score two goals
Last update: 18.08.19 19:09
West Ham's loaned striker Grady Diangana scored when West Brom finished Luton's long, unbeaten home race 2-1 on Kenilworth Road.
The youngster was 1-0 at the start of the second half by Boss Slaven Bilic and scored twice within six minutes to give the baggies a fiercely competitive victory.
Luton had threatened at first as James Collins sent a header from Callum McManaman's cross on goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in the fifth minute.
The Hatters took the lead after 15 minutes. Martin Cranie crossed Harry Cornick from the right and shot a header past Johnstone in the upper corner to score his first goal of the season.
Matt Phillips tried to reach the level right away, but took a shot from 20 meters wide. Jake Livermore's powerful drive was turned upside down by home goalkeeper Simon Sluga.
Cornick was denied a second by the alarming Johnstone, who was about to choke up close and had the rebound bundled behind him.
After a bad first half the baggies were level after just three minutes.
Diangana met practically for the first time and drove past the sprawling Sluga and from 25 meters into the bottom corner.
After 51 minutes, he beat 2-1 and instinctively shot home from close range to stun the home side, who were worthy of the lead right from the start.
Substitute Kazenga LuaLua from Luton tried 20 yards. His Daisy cutter forced Johnstone to tip the ball to the corner, while Pelly Ruddock narrowly missed Dan Potts' tempting cross.
The visitors brought striker Charlie Austin and he immediately had the opportunity to ward off a shot with his left foot.
Southampton's £ 4 million contract had an even better chance after defeating two players with wonderful work by Diangana, but his close-range shot hit the post.
Austin tried again and pounded the crossbar, but the baggies had done enough to finish Luton's unbeaten run in front of home fans, which lasted until March 10, 2018.
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Graeme Jones: "If you looked at an ex-Premier League side, it was us in the first half and we could not stand it, Slav used a bit of power and changed the game, and physically we did not really get out at halftime. " as I would have liked, but of course that's part of the time we're in.
"We have to think about the positive aspect that we dominated the ball in the first 45 minutes and won 1-0 at halftime. We talked about all the things we want to do, we gave up and West Brom got the ball given. " , with space and West Brom did not score two goals today, we gave them two goals.
Slaven Bilic: "We were not bad in the first half, we were there, we got into situations, but we were not brave enough to do it, the ball was not there or the moment was not there, so we needed one a bit a spark and a change, and we did.
"After that, we got the confidence, they were beaten down, of course, because they conceded a couple of goals at a stage when they were completely overwhelmed, they were a bit dizzy like a boxer, and that's always possible." They can score a goal, but we introduced a few players who are very good at the ball and we did not have a serious avalanche, so three great points. "
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