Karlan Grant scored in the last minute to help West Brom produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Andy Carroll opened the scoring in the 42nd minute before Marvin Ekpiteta equalized in the 53rd minute. Just when it looked like both sides would share the points, Grant scored the match-winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
West Brom’s Steve Bruce: “The gap is five points, which is unbelievable. “It’s ‘what if?’ We are going to ask that all the time. ‘What if?’ Who knows? In football, anything can happen. But I still think we have too much to do. It’s still ‘what if?’ The frustration is there for all to see. When the daffodils come up you start to see strange results. The hardest thing in football is getting over the line. All sorts of nerves come into it. All of a sudden the pitches are a bit more lively, the sunshine is out. The difficult part is always getting it done. All the teams are having a wobble. It’s pretty normal, that. But we had a wobble for too long so we can only blame ourselves.”
Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “It’s a bit deja vu for us. We’ve had this feeling too many times this season. And if we want to improve then we have to make better use of the opportunities that we create and we have got to stop conceding goals near the end of the games that are decisive. It’s happened too many times. So did we deserve to lose? Possibly not. But if that happens, as it has done, on too many occasions then you do get what you deserve. Over the course of the season that is why we are where we are.”
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