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West Brom, Notts Forest share spoils

West Brom had to be content with a point after being reduced to 10 men and withstanding a late surge by Nottingham Forest in a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns.

Albion had to play the last 19 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Jayson Molumby was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Until then West Brom had looked the more likely scorers but they were left with plenty of defending to do in the late stages of the game.

Albion forced the first save of the game in the 18th minute when Grady Diangana cut inside from the right and fired in a low shot which was tipped away by goalkeeper Brice Samba.

Darnell Furlong had Albion’s next chance and should have done better than to blaze a left-footed effort over the bar from 10 yards out after Karlan Grant crossed from the left.

Forest improved after the break but found their way blocked by Albion’s defence.

Instead it was West Brom who continued to look the more threatening team as Grant flashed a rising effort on the break.

Just before the hour, Callum Robinson had the best chance to date but, after Mowatt’s pass left him clean through, his shot was blocked by Joe Worrall.

The game then turned in Forest’s favour in the 71st minute when Molumby was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Molumby won the ball in a lunging challenge on Joe Lolley, but his follow through unavoidably made contact with the substitute, and the referee had little choice but to show him a second yellow card.

Forest then had the chance to snatch it but Ryan Yates bulleted a header over from Lolley’s corner.

“We are really strong defensively but our issue at the minute is to cross the line,” said West Brom manager Valerien Ismael.

“The chances are there and we are strong defensively and we’re really strong on set-pieces, but we need to get the results.”

Forest manager Steve Cooper was ‘annoyed’ with his side’s performance after being on the back foot for much of the game.

“We didn’t play with enough intensity or urgency and maybe lacked a bit of belief,” said Cooper.

“I thought we could play better than we did and I’m slightly annoyed with it.”

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