Karlan Grant scored his first goal for West Brom to rescue a point and deny a frustrated Brighton their first home win of the season.
In only his second game since joining from Huddersfield Town less than two weeks ago, Grant collected a low cross from Callum Robinson and crafted space before firing home an equaliser with seven minutes remaining.
The finish cancelled out Jake Livermore’s first-half own goal, which arrived when Branislav Ivanovic desperately slammed the ball in off his team-mate with Brighton’s Neil Maupay lurking.
Brighton restricted West Brom to shots from range but after Matheus Pereira had twice gone close for the away side, Grant powered home from 12 yards.
The point leaves Brighton 16th in the Premier League, two points above West Brom who sit 17th and are still without a league win since being promoted.
Potter’s men invite late trouble
Brighton boss Graham Potter must have believed his side were set to secure a first win since an eye-catching 3-0 triumph at Newcastle over a month ago.
Since then two defeats and now two draws in the league have prompted questions as to when his side will marry results with an easy-on-the-eye style.
A 15-minute first-half spell saw them find a rhythm which looked like it may prove decisive.
Adam Lallana unselfishly set up Maupay to force West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone to save with his legs and Leandro Trossard brought another stop shortly after.
Livermore’s unfortunate own goal arrived when the energetic Tariq Lamptey slammed the ball across the face of goal and gave the Seagulls reward for their spell of endeavour
However, they offered little after the break and ultimately only had one shot on goal in the second period.
There are green shoots in that they appeared well organised even without the suspended Lewis Dunk but their lack of desire to finish West Brom off ultimately contributed to Slaven Bilic’s side comeback.
“I thought we were the better team first half and they responded well in the second half,” said Potter. “We have to learn from the second half and take the positives from the first.”
Lallana lasted 60 minutes and is yet to complete a league game since joining from Liverpool but the positions he picks up offer hope he will provide creativity around the ever-willing Maupay.
There are unquestionably smart aspects to Brighton’s approach but – not for the first time – Potter may wonder if he can add a touch of grit at key moments.
More to follow.
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion
- 4WebsterBooked at 77mins
- 2LampteyBooked at 42mins
- 20MarchSubstituted forMac Allisterat 70′minutes
- 14LallanaSubstituted forGroßat 61′minutes
- 11TrossardSubstituted forAlzateat 79′minutes
- 10Mac Allister
- 8LivermoreSubstituted forRobinsonat 63′minutes
- 12Costa Pereira
- 11DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 63′minutes
- 29GrantSubstituted forPhillipsat 84′minutes
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Foul by Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion).
Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darnell Furlong tries a through ball, but Matt Phillips is caught offside.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Karlan Grant.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steven Alzate replaces Leandro Trossard.
Foul by Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion).
Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Karlan Grant (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.