Football - Hammers pick up point

James Morrison was twice denied by the woodwork but West Brom failed to score for a third successive game in a 0-0 stalemate with West Ham.


The Baggies at least had the consolation of ending a run of three successive defeats and maintained their place in the top six. But Sam Allardyce's side were worth a share of the spoils in a game which seldom moved out of second gear.

Morrison posed Albion's most creative threat despite operating in a deeper role in the absence of the injured Claudio Yacob, but the Hammers showed plenty of resilience with central defender James Collins a rock solid performer.

Albion made a promising start but the first semblance of a chance fell to the visitors with Mark Noble heading a deep cross from Carlton Cole over the bar.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie was on target with a low 25-yard drive although Jussi Jaaskelainen got his body behind the ball.

Chris Brunt drilled a long-range attempt into the hands of Jaaskelainen before Winston Reid spurned a gilt-edged chance for West Ham. James Collins headed a Noble corner back into the danger area and Reid volleyed over the bar.

Carlton Cole stung the palms of Albion keeper Boaz Myhill with a 30-yard drive but it was Albion who started the second period on the offensive and Morrison's hooked volley struck the top of the bar.

Reid produced a vital clearance to turn a low Odemwingie centre over his own bar under pressure from Long.

But West Ham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Joey O'Brien volleyed over at full stretch from a deep Noble free-kick.

Morrison struck the bar for the second time with 17 minutes remaining with a header from Brunt's corner.

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