Albion were forced to settle for a point after a controversial 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns against Charlton Athletic.
Matty Philips marked his return from injury with a goal to open the scoring in the 10th minute after good work from Matheus Pereira down Albion’s left.
Nathan Ferguson was then shown his first red card of his professional career in the 67th minute – only after Grady Diagana was incorrectly shown his marching orders by referee Matt Donohue on a calamitous afternoon for the official.
Charlton soon equalised when Kyle Bartley’s unfortunate block looped up for Macauley Boone to head home. But ten-man Albion fired back when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu curled a beautiful effort home which looked to have bagged all three points.
But Donohue was back under the spotlight again when he awarded the visitors a penalty in the fourth minute of stoppage time – added on after his error to send off the wrong player – when Naby Sarr went down after an aerial challenge with Semi Ajayi. Josh Cullen held his nerve to earn a share of the points much to Albion’s frustration.
Despite the draw, Albion remain top of the Championship and two points ahead of Leeds United and Preston North End.
The Baggies had a number of opportunities to extend their early advantage over Charlton with Darnell Furlong guilty of heading a first half chance wide and then fire against Athletic stopper Dillion Phillips when through on goal.
Grady Diagana was also guilty of wasting a clear opportunity after the break when he somehow fired the ball at Phillips when it seemed easier to score. Robson-Kanu then wasted the final chance of the game when he fired over from 15 yards when through on goal.