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Sam Allardyce's side welcomed Leeds to the Hawthorns on the back of a 1-1 draw with champions Liverpool last weekend.
But nine minutes in, they found themselves 1-0 down thanks to Sawyers' no-look pass.
The 29-year-old tried to play it back towards goalkeeper Sam Johnstone while under pressure from Rodrigo, but he overhit the pass and it went straight into the net.
DISASTER FOR WEST BROM!
Romaine Sawyers turns the ball back to his goalkeeper - and it rolls into the net! :astonished:#PLonPrime #WBALEE pic.twitter.com/hoxxq9oc3S
- Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) December 29, 2020
'Big Sam' looked furious on the touchline and there was absolutely nothing he could do about it.
Rodrigo received praise from his teammates for the pressing on show, while Sawyers was devastated.
Fans have reacted to the blunder and they think it's one of the most comical own goals of the season.
This is genuinely one of the funniest own goals I've ever seen. Worthy of a Nick Hancock blooper compilation. https://t.co/xTKgK78Zon- Greg Bannan (@banngr) December 29, 2020
What the hell is the keeper doing? Not sure its unreasonable for the defender to think he'd be in a better position. Still should have looked though :astonished: https://t.co/nQ7BF1T4G6- David Lamb (@dlamb75) December 29, 2020
I mean how don't you just walk off at that point. https://t.co/DEiBlL4bp7- Darren Gutteridge (@TheGutteridge) December 29, 2020
Big Sam is gonna put him through a wall for this https://t.co/q5GQZtPRTv- Lucy Ford (@LuceFord_) December 29, 2020
That's the Puskas Award sorted for next year, absolutely cracking finish :clap:- Josh Akers (@joshakers93) December 29, 2020
Big Sams game plan blown to bits in the first 10 minutes hahahahaha https://t.co/d1ItkuO2gf- kieran byrnes (@kbyrnes95) December 29, 2020
In the 31st minute, Ezgjan Alioski smashed home his second goal of the season with a left-footed thunderbolt to make it 2-0.
Jack Harrison and Rodrigo then added two quick goals to give Marcelo Bielsa's side a comfortable 4-0 lead at half-time.
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