Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Irish Mirror
Irish Mirror

Jayson Molumby scores brace for West Brom to keep play-off hopes alive

West Brom kept their play-off hopes alive as they came from behind to edge a fiery Midlands derby and defeat Stoke 2-1.

Jacob Brown handed the hosts the lead when he headed home an accurate Morgan Fox cross on the half-hour mark.

However, the Potters’ first-half momentum was stunted with Ben Wilmot and Baggies’ forward Daryl Dike both stretchered off the field from separate incidents.

READ MORE: Ireland striker Evan Ferguson limps off for Brighton in Chelsea clash

Carlos Corberan’s visitors emerged for the second period with the wind in their sails, with Jayson Molumby levelling shortly before the hour mark.

And the Republic of Ireland international completed the turnaround with his second strike, securing West Brom a first away victory in eight matches on their travels.

A miserable afternoon for the hosts was compounded when Ben Pearson was sent off for a second booking in stoppage time.

Stoke started brightly with Dwight Gayle – who scored 23 league goals for West Brom whilst on loan in 2018/19 – nearly inflicting damage on his former employers.

A brisk Potters attack ended with the ball popping up fortuitously for the forward, but Gayle dragged his drilled shot narrowly wide of the far post.

The hosts’ early momentum continued to grow with captain Josh Laurent’s powerful header drawing a smart save from Alex Palmer.

Eventually, Stoke’s persistence was rewarded inside 30 minutes when Brown notched his ninth goal of the season.

Defender Fox advanced forward with purpose and his pinpoint cross found the onrushing Scotland striker, who nodded beyond Palmer from close range.

An entertaining opening period was then disrupted by two long stoppages, which resulted in more than 13 minutes of stoppage time.

Potters’ defender Wilmot and West Brom forward Dike were both stretchered off after suffering awkward landings, with the first half drawing to a disrupted close.

The Baggies returned to the dressing room in desperate need of inspiration and Corberan’s instructions paid dividends after the restart.

Karlan Grant was the first to go close for the visitors with the substitute’s venomous strike forcing a smart save from Jack Bonham.

However, the Potters’ stopper had his celebrations cut short as he was left picking the ball out of his own net from the resulting corner.

Brandon Thomas-Asante’s strike deflected off team-mate Nathaniel Chalobah onto the crossbar before Molumby eventually converted the rebound.

West Brom should have taken the lead when Thomas-Asante advanced through on goal, but the forward’s strong effort was saved excellently by Bonham.

But the lively Thomas-Asante had his blushes saved moments later when Molumby completed his brace and his side’s comeback, again in strange circumstances.

John Swift’s shot was blocked on the line by Dujon Sterling with Grant striking the crossbar on the follow-up before Molumby eventually bundled home the winner.

A fiery contest boiled over in added time with Pearson given his marching orders by referee Andy Woolmer.


Get the latest sports headlines straight to your inbox by signing up for free email alerts

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.