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.”