Controversial Rodriguez goal denies Villa win at West Brom
LONDON: A disputed stoppagetime equaliser by Jay Rodriguez salvaged a point for West Brom in a 2-2 draw at home to local rivals Aston Villa in the Championship on Friday.
Once-capped England international Rodriguez bundled home a 91st-minute cross as the ball twice appeared to strike his hand before trickling over the goalline at The Hawthorns.
Anwar El Ghazi had twice given Villa the lead in the West Midlands derby, his second goal a magnificent swerving 25-yard drive that put the visitors back on top after Dwight Gayle levelled for West Brom.
But Dean Smith’s in-form side were denied a fifth win in six outings as Rodriguez’s late effort was allowed to stand despite furious protests from Villa players.
“We probably should have put the game to bed with the chances that we’ve had,” Smith told Sky Sports.
“But they’ve scored a goal that should not have been disallowed. - AFP