Alan Irvine hails Victor Anichebe cameo

West Brom manager Alan Irvine hails Victor Anichebe's impact after his cameo appearance in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has praised Victor Anichebe for his game-changing cameo in this afternoon's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.

With the Baggies trailing 2-0 at the break, Anichebe came off the bench to halve the deficit on 51 minutes before winning a last-gasp penalty that Saido Berahino converted to salvage a draw.

"There's no doubt he [Anichebe] made a difference and I thought before the game that we might need him," Irvine told reporters.

"Having watched Palace and looked at their strengths and the way they're able to play then I felt as if Victor would be needed at some point during the game.

"Unfortunately he wasn't quite ready to start the game but it was important he was fresh enough to make an impact if we needed him. He came on earlier than I planned but it was a case of needs must."

First-half goals from Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak had given the Eagles a two-goal advantage.

Victor Anichebe of West Brom scores the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on October 25, 2014
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