West Brom had the poor record of blowing a lead twice at home this season, but they managed to keep the nerves in the 2-1 win over Arsenal during the weekend.
It was mightily impressive victory, but the club were certainly helped by Arsenal missing a penalty. Even then, the players can be proud of the victory and former Manchester United defender Darren Fletcher was especially happy with the resilience shown by the players. This victory was crucial for the club as it came on the back of two consecutive defeats in the league. It looked like they were heading more for the same when Olivier Giroud scored the opening goal in the 28th minute.
However, the club managed to stage an amazing recovery even before the first half break through goals from James Morrison. Mikel Arteta scored an own goal for West Brom to put the home team in front. The crucial moment came late in the second half when Arsenal had a golden opportunity to equalise through Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard, though, missed his penalty and West Brom held on for a famous victory. These three points have helped take the club’s position to 12th in the table. They are now very short of entering into the top half.
"First and foremost I thought we gave a very good performance in the first half.We showed great character coming back from a goal down, especially against a team as good as Arsenal.We showed great resilience to hold on - something we've not managed to do a few times this year when we've been in winning positions, especially at home," said Fletcher. The next match for the club is against West Ham away from home. These points were crucial given that upcoming games against Tottenham and Liverpool promise to be very difficult.