Brandon Thomas-Asante continued his scoring streak as West Bromwich Albion secured a thrilling victory against Middlesbrough in an action-packed encounter in the English Championship on Saturday.
The 24-year-old striker, hailing from a Ghanaian father and Jamaican mother, showcased his scoring prowess once again, having netted in the team’s 1-1 draw against Leeds United the previous weekend.
Returning to The Hawthorns in front of their fervent home supporters, West Brom seized control in the first half. Cedric Kipre’s deft chest control paved the way for a commanding half-volley, granting the Baggies a 22nd-minute lead.
Six minutes later, John Swift reinforced the advantage with a robust shot into the top corner, capitalizing on a midfield surge.
Middlesbrough swiftly responded as Emmanuel Latte Lath headed in Sammy Silvera’s well-placed cross right after play resumed.
However, Thomas-Asante was not to be overshadowed. Early in the second half, he capitalized on a backpass, deftly rounded goalkeeper Seny Dieng, and expertly slid the ball into the net, reinstating West Brom’s two-goal lead.
Middlesbrough’s hopes were dashed when Tommy Smith received his marching orders with a second yellow card in the 51st minute.
Brandon Thomas-Asante contributed significantly for 64 minutes before being substituted for Conor Townsend.
Despite being a man down, Boro clawed back with determination as Marcus Forss converted a penalty, narrowing the gap to 3-2 in the closing moments after Darnell Furlong was penalized for a handball.
Yet, West Brom had the final say. Substitute Jeremy Sarmiento sealed the win in the first minute of added time, curling the ball into the far corner and securing all three points for the Baggies.