Tchoyi: Baggies focus paid off

On his first Premier League start, Tchoyi scored the goal that
provided the Baggies with a precious point as they became the
latest side to drag themselves back against the Red Devils after
falling two goals adrift. The 27-year-old could hardly have
expected to profit when Chris Brunt launched his left-wing cross
towards Edwin van der Sar. But he refused to abandon the cause and
gained due recompense when Van der Sar inexplicably dropped the
ball at his feet, allowing the Cameroon international to gleefully
tap home. “I just went for the cross and hoped it would come for
me,” he said. “I was just focused on the goal. I was waiting for
something – and I got it.” Although they conceded six in an
opening-day mauling at Chelsea, West Brom have since produced some
exceptional performances. A point against United can now be added
to the one they secured in a home draw with Tottenham last month.
They also came from behind to hammer Birmingham at The Hawthorns,
although none of this tops the sensational victory over Arsenal
three weeks ago. Defender Jonas Olsson admitted his side rode their
luck on Saturday, but the defender believes memories of those past
performances provided an inner strength which allowed West Brom to
mount their fightback. “We weren’t as solid as we have been and
they had enough chances to put the game away,” he said. “But when
you play against some of the best players in the world you expect
that kind of thing. “The thing is, when you have been down a few
times, you have it in the back of your head that if you fall behind
again you can come back. “We just felt if we got a goal, United
would start to get a bit nervous. We took advantage of it. “After
that, we could have taken more, although a draw at Old Trafford is
still a very good result.” At least Olsson was able to clear up the
confusion over the first West Brom goal, which he ensured crossed
the line after Van der Sar had clawed it out. “I would like to
claim it but it was Patrice Evra’s goal,” he said. “He got the
touch that took it behind the line. I put it in again just to be
sure but it was already in.”