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Cardiff’s turning point

West Brom 3 Cardiff 3

Cardiff’s turning point

And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is convinced Daehli’s leveller — which came moments after Thievy Bifouma looked certain to have won it for West Brom — can act as a catalyst to change the course of his side’s season.

Two weeks ago Solskjaer had looked on in agony as Seamus Coleman denied his side a point with a last-gasp strike for Everton, but he finally had something to celebrate as Daehli’s strike ended a run of seven straight away league defeats. Cardiff will still head into next week’s home clash with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace three points adrift of safety, but Solskjaer said: “We’ve been waiting 32 games for the turning point and I think we’ve finally got it. We have got six games left and we will start better next Saturday.”

A fixture held up as a crucial relegation showdown threatened to turn into a nightmare for Solskjaer after Baggies midfielder Moran Amalfitano spotted Cardiff keeper David Marshall off his line and opened the scoring with a sensational lob from the right wing after just two minutes.

And it seemed Pepe Mel could start dreaming of a first home win since taking charge when Matej Vydra squared for Graham Dorrans to sweep home the Baggies’ second just seven minutes later.

After Marshall saved from Vydra, they finally got a slice of good fortune their manager says they have lacked all season.

Even Solskjaer himself conceded Jordan Mutch’s long-range effort on the half-hour had been intended as a cross, but it stalled West Brom’s momentum, and a much better start to the second half from the visitors resulted in Steven Caulker heading a 73rd-minute equaliser.

West Brom were stunned but Mel urged his team forward, introducing Thievy in place of the tiring Vydra with 12 minutes remaining and appearing to reap the rewards four minutes into injury-time when the Frenchman turned in Stephane Sessegnon’s deflected cross from the left.

But seconds later Saido Berahino needlessly gave the ball away and a last-gasp push from Cardiff saw Wilfried Zaha cross from the right to Daehli, who bundled in the equaliser.

Mel’s men now find themselves perched one place and three points clear of Cardiff, with another crucial trip to struggling Norwich awaiting next week.

WEST BROM: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano (Berahino 72), Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans (Gera 85), Sessegnon, Vydra (Thievy 78).

CARDIFF: Marshall, Da Silva (Zaha 36),Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Turner, Taylor, Mutch, Medel (Whittingham 88), Gunnarsson (Daehli 46), Bellamy, Campbell.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

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