21 Feb 2011

Vela scores as West Brom draw with Wolves

6:34 am on 21 February 2011

Carlos Vela scored an injury-time equaliser to give West Bromwich Albion a 1-all draw with Premier League football rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in a typically passionate Black Country derby.

The 21-year-old Mexican striker, on loan from Arsenal, came off the bench to score his first goal for the Baggies to the delight of new manager Roy Hodgson, who was taking charge of West Brom for the first time since succeeding the sacked Roberto Di Matteo earlier this month.

The goal came after Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled a shot from substitute James Morrison, with Vela on hand to earn a vital point for the home side and deprive Wolves of a rare away success.

Wolves had looked to be heading off the bottom of the table with only their second away win of the season but the result leaves them on bottom with 25 points from 27 matches, level with West Ham United and two points behind Wigan Athletic (27 from 27).

West Brom stay one place and one point above the relegation zone on 28 points from their 27 games.