West Brom 0-0 West Ham
An uninspiring match between West Brom and West Ham ended with both earning a point from a goalless draw.
Hammers defender Winston Reid fired a close-range shot over the bar in a rare first-half chance before the game improved after the break.
James Morrison flicked a shot onto the West Ham crossbar, while Gary O'Neil curled an effort wide for the Hammers.
Morrison was again denied by the woodwork when he headed a corner against the crossbar late on.
Both sides might be happy with a point after recent stutters in form but the game made for a disappointing spectacle compared with the sparkling starts to the season both clubs had enjoyed.
West Brom ended a run of three straight defeats to remain sixth, while 11th-placed West Ham, who had lost four of their preceding five league games, earned their point despite the depleted squad at manager Sam Allardyce's disposal.
The Hammers boss's predicament meant he only named six substitutes rather than the permitted seven.
That did not appear to bode well against a Baggies side whose tally of home points this season was the third highest in the division, behind only Manchester United and Manchester City.
But West Brom struggled to show that form early on as the visitors comfortably kept their hosts at arm's length, with central defensive duo James Collins and Reid, in particular, proving a stubborn barrier.
West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was given a rare scare when Baggies striker Shane Long cut inside from the right, only for his left-footed shot to trickle a couple of yards wide.
Albion's lack of invention or intensity, allied to West Ham's solidity, was making for a dour affair, and it was the visitors who came closet to opening the scoring in the first half.
Collins sent a header back across West Brom's goal where Reid shot over from six yards, before Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill fended away a fierce Carlton Cole strike.
The match livened up after the break and the home side went close when Zoltan Gera sent a corner back across West Ham's goal where Morrison flicked a shot onto the top of the crossbar.
The home side had their own escape, with O'Neil curling a shot narrowly the wrong side of the post.
West Brom began to show more urgency and Jaaskelainen had to parry a swerving Gera strike before catching the looped follow-up effort from Long.
O'Brien volleyed a Mark Noble free-kick over for West Ham as they almost stole a goal from a set-piece before Morrison again struck the frame of the goal after rising highest to meet Chris Brunt's corner.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke:
"If you look at the season as a whole we have done OK. Sometimes you have to draw games. Today there were not many chances.
"Both sides huffed and puffed a little bit. If you assess the game properly then I think a draw was a fair result.
"I don't think either ourselves or West Ham played as well as we can. We knew today we had to stop a run of three defeats."
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce:
"Today we were a very well organised, solid and hardworking team who have shown very good defensive qualities.
"Even though West Brom had a lot of territorial advantage we have come off with Jussi only having to have made a couple of saves.
"It is a really good result for us. Under the circumstances with our injury list, we are very pleased. When you pick up a point with seven of your first team missing that is very pleasing. The lads who went out there did us proud and picked up a precious point."
- 13 Myhill
- 03 Olsson Booked
- 04 Popov
- 23 McAuley
- 28 Jones Booked
- 07 Morrison
- 11 Brunt
- 21 Mulumbu Booked
- 22 Gera (Lukaku - 75' )
- 09 Long (Rosenberg - 83' )
- 24 Odemwingie
- 19 Daniels
- 25 Dawson
- 30 Tamas
- 17 Dorrans
- 08 Rosenberg
- 20 Lukaku
- 32 Fortune
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 02 Reid
- 17 O'Brien Booked
- 19 Collins
- 20 Demel (Tomkins - 81' Booked )
- 04 Nolan Booked
- 07 Jarvis (Maiga - 76' )
- 14 Taylor
- 16 Noble
- 32 O'Neil
- 09 Cole
- 30 Spiegel
- 05 Tomkins
- 27 Spence
- 42 Moncur
- 43 Lletget
- 11 Maiga
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +3:40 Booking
Booking Jonas Olsson is cautioned by the ref for dissent.90:00 +3:14
Billy Jones is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.90:00 +1:38
The ball is delivered by Carlton Cole, clearance by Jonas Olsson.90:00 +0:56
Drilled left-footed shot by Carlton Cole. Save made by Boaz Myhill.90:00 +0:17
Goran Popov concedes a free kick for a foul on Modibo Maiga. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.88:47
Foul by Markus Rosenberg on Mark Noble, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.86:59
Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt. Markus Rosenberg takes a shot.86:49
A cross is delivered by Romelu Lukaku.86:00
Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt from left channel, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.86:00 Booking
Booking James Tomkins receives a yellow card.85:46
Peter Odemwingie fouled by James Tomkins, the ref awards a free kick.85:07
James Tomkins delivers the ball, Goran Popov makes a clearance.83:54 Booking
Booking Caution for Youssouf Mulumbu.83:47 Booking
Booking Kevin Nolan is given a yellow card.82:42 Substitution
Substitution Markus Rosenberg replaces Shane Long.80:41
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Carlton Cole.80:41 Substitution
Substitution James Tomkins on for Guy Demel.79:20
Billy Jones sends in a cross, clearance made by James Collins.78:06
Unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Shot by Peter Odemwingie. James Collins gets a block in.76:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Joey O'Brien. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.75:28 Substitution
Substitution Modibo Maiga on for Matthew Jarvis.73:58
Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.73:58 Substitution
Substitution Zoltan Gera leaves the field to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku.73:58 Booking
Booking Billy Jones is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.73:53
Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble.73:07
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, James Morrison takes a shot.72:51
Shot by Billy Jones from 12 yards. Joey O'Brien gets a block in.71:37
Handball by Mark Noble. Free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.70:11
Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Winston Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.68:06
Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in. Shot by James Morrison. Blocked by Winston Reid. Effort from the edge of the box by James Morrison goes wide of the right-hand upright.66:31
Foul by Chris Brunt on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Mark Noble sends in a cross, Close range effort by Joey O'Brien goes over the bar.65:34
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Header from deep inside the area by Zoltan Gera goes over the bar.65:22
The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance made by Winston Reid.64:55
A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.64:12
Centre by Peter Odemwingie.62:51
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.61:19
Winston Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right channel.60:46
Shot by Zoltan Gera. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Shane Long has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.60:20
The ball is crossed by Joey O'Brien, clearance by Jonas Olsson.59:33
Foul by Jonas Olsson on Carlton Cole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.58:16
Mark Noble takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Winston Reid produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.58:10
The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.57:46
The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.56:52
Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.56:18
Effort from the edge of the area by Peter Odemwingie goes wide of the left-hand post.53:17
The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Effort on goal by Kevin Nolan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.52:58
Foul by Chris Brunt on Gary O'Neil, free kick awarded. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.52:22
Youssouf Mulumbu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.52:11
A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance by James Collins.50:12
Gary O'Neil has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.49:57
The ball is swung over by Gary O'Neil, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.48:11
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Effort on goal by James Morrison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.47:06
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Corner from right by-line taken by Chris Brunt.46:44
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.46:32
The ball is swung over by Peter Odemwingie, clearance by Winston Reid.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +1:51 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +1:11
The referee gives a free kick against Youssouf Mulumbu for handball. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mark Noble from left channel, save by Boaz Myhill.43:28
Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins. Free kick taken by James Collins.41:54
Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.39:41
Goran Popov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Matthew Taylor from right wing, James Morrison makes a clearance.35:20
Carlton Cole has an effort at goal. Save by Boaz Myhill.34:07
Centre by Matthew Jarvis, save by Boaz Myhill.32:57
Shot from outside the penalty box by Shane Long goes wide right of the goal.32:26
Gary O'Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Morrison. Goran Popov restarts play with the free kick.31:11
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Noble, Shot from close range by Winston Reid clears the bar.29:43
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.29:06
Gareth McAuley takes the direct free kick.29:06 Booking
Booking Joey O'Brien is given a yellow card.29:03
Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Joey O'Brien results in a free kick.28:35
The referee blows for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.28:12
Gary O'Neil produces a cross, Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.27:03
Shane Long has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.26:16
The ball is swung over by Goran Popov, clearance made by James Collins.26:04
The ball is delivered by Shane Long, James Collins makes a clearance.25:09
Effort on goal by James Morrison from 35 yards missed to the left of the net.23:15
Kevin Nolan challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.21:17
Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey O'Brien on Peter Odemwingie. James Morrison takes the free kick.20:07
The ball is sent over by Guy Demel, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.19:51
The ball is swung over by Guy Demel, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.16:25
Matthew Taylor crosses the ball, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.14:43
The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Goran Popov.14:33
The ball is delivered by Joey O'Brien, Zoltan Gera makes a clearance.14:11
Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.12:33
Centre by Billy Jones.12:12
Goran Popov crosses the ball, clearance made by Joey O'Brien.11:03
Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. Strike comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick.8:49
Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Noble. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Matthew Taylor, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.4:48
A cross is delivered by Carlton Cole, Matthew Taylor has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.4:34
Shane Long crosses the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.4:22
Shane Long sends in a cross, Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.3:07
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, clearance by Winston Reid.0:35
Unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Billy Jones results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.0:16
Billy Jones delivers the ball, Winston Reid makes a clearance.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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