April 7, 2018 / 4:51 PM / 7 months ago

Swansea's Abraham denies Albion's Moore a winning start

(Reuters) - Tammy Abraham scored his first goal in 18 Premier League games to secure Swansea City a 1-1 draw at basement side West Bromwich Albion just when Baggies caretaker manager Darren Moore scented victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City - The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, Britain - April 7, 2018 Swansea City's Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

In a sign of attacking intent, Moore chose to bring in winger Matt Phillips as he sought to halt a dispiriting run of nine successive defeats in all competitions.

After a poor first half, Albion took the lead when Jay Rodriguez bundled home a tap-in from two metres for his sixth league goal of the season in the 54th minute.

Swansea could ill afford to lose against such limited opposition and, after Andre Ayew missed an easy first-half chance by shooting wide, they grabbed a 75th-minute equaliser when Abraham rose to meet a cross from Sam Clucas.

The point leaves the Welsh side 15th, just above the relegation zone.

Abraham, who had not scored in the league since October, said Swansea were satisfied with the point against a team benefiting from the new manager “bounce”.

“Every team that replaces their manager has a point to prove and that’s what they did today,” he said. “We got a point, and we’ll keep playing for more, that’s what matters.”

Albion manager Moore faces the difficult job of trying to make up a 10-point deficit on 17th-placed Crystal Palace with five games remaining but he said he was pleased with the response he had seen after just three days with the players.

“I’m always one for if you don’t win the game, you don’t lose the game but I’m really pleased they showed character to stay in it, dig in and work well with each other,” he said.

“I thought the players were first class.”

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Clare Fallon

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