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Carroll nets late leveller for Baggies

Andy Carroll scored a late equaliser as West Brom staged a comeback to spare the blushes of England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and rescue a 2-2 Championship draw against promotion-chasing Huddersfield.

Mistakes by Johnstone saw a brace from Danny Ward give Huddersfield a 2-0 lead, but late goals in the last six minutes from former Town striker Karlan Grant and substitute Carroll earned Steve Bruce’s side an unlikely draw.

The point was enough to put Huddersfield into second place, at least until Saturday’s action.

Huddersfield took a bizarre lead midway through the first half as Baggies goalkeeper Johnstone’s kick was charged down by Ward after a back pass from Kyle Bartley and the ball sailed into the empty net behind them.

The visitors then appeared to seal the points when Ward tapped home to double their lead – after Johnstone failed to hold O’Brien’s drive – after 74 minutes.

But the comeback started when Grant drove home a penalty after Sorba Thomas caught Alex Mowatt with a high kick.

A minute later, Carroll glanced home Semi Ajayi’s deep cross to grab an unlikely point for the Baggies.

“Sam made a mistake,” said Bruce. “It’s how he reacts that matters.

“I thought we started well and got the crowd behind us, but then the mistake for the first goal put us back.

“I can’t remember Sam having a save to make apart from the one that he didn’t make, for the second goal.

“We gifted them two goals, but apart from that there wasn’t much in it.

“I’m sure he will have a sleepless night, but I’m sure he’s made mistakes before and I’m sure he will get over it.”

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