Premier League - Bore draw as West Ham hold West Brom

Premier League, The Hawthorns - West Brom 0 West Ham 0

Premier League - Bore draw as West Ham hold West Brom

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West Bromwich Albion's Billy Jones (L) challenges West Ham United's Matt Jarvis (Reuters)

West Brom moved level with Everton in joint fifth place in the Premier League after an uninspiring 0-0 draw against West Ham at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies managed to arrest a run of three successive defeats and could have taken all three points had James Morrison not struck the bar with a header after 74 minutes.

However, in a game short of quality and creativity, Steve Clarke had to settle for a point against a West Ham side that moved clear in 11th place with a point.

West Ham's options were so reduced by injury that manager Sam Allardyce opted to name only six substitutes for the trip to play a West Brom side that following a fantastic start to the season had suffered a worrying dip in form.

With Peter Odemwingie restored to a central position following last week's defeat at Arsenal and Shane Long drifting wide, West Brom were the more cohesive side in the first half with Chris Brunt an intermittent threat with both his accurate delivery and shots from range.

Odemwingie and Long also peppered West Ham's goal with efforts, though invariably the Baggies strikeforce failed to test Jussi Jaaskelainen properly, with meek drives creeping wide and other shots placed far too close to the Hammers keeper.

West Ham grew into the contest gradually and should have taken the lead on 32 minutes when James Collins headed a corner back across goal for Winston Reid. However, the defender only managed to turn the ball over the bar from close range when extending his leg to get his toe to it.

Carlton Cole also had a fierce effort repelled by Boaz Myhill in panicked fashion but in truth it was a dismal first half severely lacking in quality and invention and the break came as merciful relief.

Thankfully, matters improved at the start of the second half and West Brom immediately put the visitors under pressure with a succession of corners. One such set-piece forced Reid into emergency action as he stuck out his leg, turning the ball onto the top of his own bar in a lucky escape.

West Ham played their part too - Gary O'Neil curling a superb effort just wide of the upright - while the hosts continued to mount pressure, Zoltan Gera forcing Jaaskelainen into a fumble before the keeper recovered to save Long's looping follow-up and Morrison attempting a half-decent overhead kick.

The Baggies were then only inches away from taking the lead when Brunt delivered a corner from the right and Morrison leapt superbly to power his header against the woodwork. Baggies boss Clarke was a picture of frustration on the sidelines.

West Brom had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty when Cole handled in his own box and Brunt made a mess of a volley in a moment that was symptomatic of the game as a whole. However, the Baggies had to make do with a single point as they ended their run of defeats.


Winston Reid (West Ham): After such a poor game it had to be a defender and Reid made a number of important interventions for his side as well as helping to keep the clever Long quiet.


WEST BROM: Myhill 6, Jones 6, McAuley 6, Olsson 6, Popov 5, Morrison 6, Mulumbu 5, Brunt 6, Gera 5, Odemwingie 6, Long 6. Subs: Lukaku 6, Rosenberg 6.

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen 6, Demel 5, Reid 7, Collins 7, O'Brien 6, Noble 5, Nolan 5, O'Neil 6, Taylor 6, Jarvis 6, Cole 6. Subs: Maiga 6, Tomkins 6.


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