West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez secures a point with his hand as Aston Villa cruelly denied

JAY RODRIGUEZ bundled in a controversial stoppage-time equaliser as West Brom snatched a 2-2 derby draw against Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.

Anwar El Ghazi's brace looked set to see the visitors join their rivals in the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez secures a point with his hand as Aston Villa cruelly deniedReuters10 Jay Rodriguez stooped low to try and force home a late, late equaliser for West Brom against Aston Villa
West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez secures a point with his hand as Aston Villa cruelly denied10 And replays clearly showed the ball came off his arm before finding the back of the net
West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez secures a point with his hand as Aston Villa cruelly deniedPA:Empics Sport10 But the West Brom players didn't care as the officials missed it and they had secured a point from the Midlands derby

But Rodriguez forced the ball home and referee Darren England decided it was with his head, rather than hand, after a lengthy consultation with his assistant.

Rodriguez admitted to Sky Sports after the game that the ball had gone in off his hand.

Dwight Gayle had cancelled out El Ghazi's opener with his 10th of the season for the home side during a pulsating first half.

Dean Smith's side dominated after the break and might have been out of sight had 11-goal striker Tammy Abraham taken one of several chances that fell to him.

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