July 17, 2020 / 6:53 PM / 18 days ago

West Brom at risk of missing automatic promotion after stumble

Soccer Football - Championship - Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion - John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - July 17, 2020 West Bromwich Albion's Dara O'Shea scores their first goal Action Images/Jason Cairnduff

(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion’s hopes of automatic promotion from the Championship (second-tier) suffered a huge blow as they lost their penultimate game 2-1 at Huddersfield Town on Friday — a result that sealed Leeds United’s return to the Premier League.

Victory would have kept second-placed West Brom’s destiny in their own hands but they fell behind after four minutes when Chris Willock stabbed home from close range.

West Brom equalised shortly before halftime with a Dara O’Shea header at the back post.

They had chances after the break but were stunned late on when the hosts counter attacked and Emile Smith Rowe, on loan from Arsenal, swept in an angled shot.

Victory will likely spare Huddersfield a second successive relegation but West Brom are now in danger of missing out on a lucrative promotion to the Premier League.

West Brom have 82 points from 45 games but will be replaced in the top two if third-placed Brentford, who have 81 from 44 and a better goal difference, avoid defeat at Stoke City on Saturday. Leeds are top with 87 points and have two games left.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris

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