What a night! What a feeling! Albion’s draw with QPR, thanks to other results swinging in the Baggies’ favour, means that West Brom are promoted to the Premier League!
The game was nervy, to say the least, and I’m sure many of us had one eye on The Hawthorns and the other on Griffin Park, with Brentford simply needing to win — and Albion to draw/lose — and the automatic promotion spot was theirs.
QPR took the lead through a Ryan Manning strike in the 34th minute with Albion not really looking on the ball after the drinks break. However, Albion levelled the scoring through Grady Diangana as he latched onto a ball played into him by Callum Robinson.
At half-time, Albion were in second place, with Brentford and Fulham both trailing 1-0 in their respective matches.
In the second-half, Grady Diangana set up Callum Robinson in the 49th minute to return the favour. But the ecstasy felt by the fans from going in front was short-lived and soon turned to nerves after a sublime Eberechi Eze goal in the 61st minute saw the ball float over Johnstone into the top corner.Embed from Getty Images
Callum Robinson had just missed a glorious chance moments earlier, striking the ball wide from close range.
The atmosphere at The Hawthorns remained tense as Kyle Bartley turned into a makeshift centre-forward after Brentford equalised against Barnsley, which meant a single goal for the Bees would have sent them up if the game in B71 ended 2-2.
Then came the news from Griffin Park: there had been a goal.
But thankfully, to the relief of every Albion fan up and down the country, it was Barnsley who had scored!
News clearly travelled quickly as Bartley was promptly instructed to return to defence.
As the referee blew the full-time whistle, Fulham’s slim chances of automatic promotion evaporated and everyone of a West Brom persuasion turned their attention to Griffin Park, waiting around two minutes for the curtains to be drawn on Brentford’s chances for second place.
Celebrations across West Bromwich, across the country, even across the world, erupted once the final whistle was blown in London. The result meant that Albion had a two-point cushion on their promotion rivals.
The celebrations went on long into the night with fans and the club celebrating a hard-earned promotion following a gruelling 46-game season in the Championship.
The Premier League called, and West Bromwich Albion answered.
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