Black Country derby ends all square

Carlos Vela scored an injury-time equaliser to earn West Bromwich Albion a point in their derby clash with bitter rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, a result that leaves both sides in serious relegation trouble.

A disjointed match short of quality at the Hawthorns looked to be heading for a 1-0 win to the Premier League’s bottom side, after a clever free-kick allowed Jamie O’Hara, the on-loan Spurs midfielder, to smash Wolves in front in the first half.

Roy Hodgson’s side looked short of ideas to break down a stubborn Wolves defence, and they should have fallen further behind but Matt Jarvis spurned a glorious chance to double Wolves lead mid-way through the second period.

Jarvis did make somewhat of an amends, clearing a Jonas Olsson header off the line, after the Swede had beaten Wayne Hennessey.

However, in the second minute of injury-time, Mexican international Vela followed in on a Hennessey fumble to earn Albion a point, and leave Mick McCarthy bitterly disappointed.

“I’m feeling a bit lousy” the Wolves boss told BBC Sport.

“It seems like a win to them, we played well and just a mistake cost us at the very end but it was a good performance by our lads.

“In the first half we were terrific, in the second they had to take chances and push people forward.

“Overall it was a good performance by us, but we needed that second goal as we don’t get too many 1-0s.”

New Baggies boss Roy Hodgson was pleased with his sides efforts, although he felt that his side had done enough to win the game.

“We knew it would be tough but I’m happy with point” said Hodgson.

“All draws are either wins or defeat – last week’s 3-3 was like a defeat, this 1-1 is a victory.

“I think the players will feel content they got something out of it, but after a day or two we’ll be disappointed we had chances but didn’t do enough to win it.”

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