West Brom fans celebrate in front of Wolves support after Premier League Cup triumph at Hawthorns
The rivalry between West Brom and Wolves was on full display in an image shared by the visitors’ reporter for The Athletic Tim Spiers Friday night (13 May).
The Baggies under-23s side triumphed to win the Premier League Cup final 5-4 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Hawthorns after a 2-2 draw.
Home fans invaded the pitch following the end of the game and celebrated the Black Country derby win in front of the travelling support.
Spiers posted a photo on his Twitter account of Albion supporters gathered in front of the away fans with the simple caption: “Under-23s game”.
The fact that it wasn’t even a senior game mattered little as the away side’s miserable run at the Baggies home ground continued, with their last win there back in 1996.
Ethan Ingram scored the winning penalty following a shoot-out where both sides had missed multiple kicks, after goals from Quevin Castro and a late extra-time equaliser from Mo Faal had cancelled out Lee Harkin and Hugo Buena strikes during 120 minutes.
After a season where they were starved of much opportunity to celebrate by the senior side it is no surprise the Albion faithful enjoyed this result.
The fact that it was in a derby game, and after a dramatic match that had just about everything, would have made it all the sweeter.
But on this evidence there is no shortage of appetite for excitement and above all success among the fanbase.
And with money in short supply to fund a revamp of the first-team over the summer, some of the central figures in the run to the Premier League Cup win may be in line for an opportunity under Bruce next season.
Involvement in the former Newcastle boss’ first pre-season with the club will at least give them the opportunity to force their way into his thoughts.
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