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West Brom fight back twice to keep up promotion push

The win kept West Brom in fourth place in the Championship table, just four points off the automatic promotion places to the Premier League.

football Updated: Mar 30, 2019 11:06 IST
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Birmingham City's Isaac Vassell, left, and West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore battle for a high ball.
Birmingham City's Isaac Vassell, left, and West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore battle for a high ball.(AP)
         

West Brom kept their automatic promotion hopes on course when they twice came from behind to defeat trouble-hit Birmingham City 3-2 on Friday.

The win kept West Brom in fourth place in the Championship table, just four points off the automatic promotion places to the Premier League.

Birmingham, meanwhile, are five points above the relegation zone having been deducted nine points for breaching financial regulations.

Gary Gardner gave Birmingham the lead at the Hawthorns after seven minutes before Albion equalised through Dwight Gayle’s 17th goal of the season in the 47th minute.

Lukas Jutkiewicz ended a four-month goal drought to regain the lead for the visitors 12 minutes later.

It was short-lived as Jay Rodriguez drew Albion level again five minutes later from the penalty spot before Jake Livermore struck the winner 16 minutes from the end.

First Published: Mar 30, 2019 11:06 IST