Premier League
HullHull City0West BromWest Bromwich Albion0
By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Victor Anichebe and Michael Dawson
West Brom striker Victor Anichebe had two penalty appeals in the opening 10 minutes
  • Sides unable to break deadlock at KC Stadium
  • Hull goalkeeper McGregor saves Dorrans penalty
  • Quinn with best chance for Hull from header
  • Result halts four successive defeats for West Brom

Hull City slipped into the bottom three of the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by West Brom.

The hosts were indebted to goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who saved a ninth-minute penalty by Graham Dorrans.

It was awarded after Mike Oliver ruled Jake Livermore had fouled striker Victor Anichebe as he tried to turn.

Stephen Quinn had the best chance to break the deadlock for Hull when his low header in the second half was well-saved by Ben Foster.

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The draw halted a run of four consecutive defeats for West Brom, who remain a point above the bottom three.

A game of few chances began eventfully as Anichebe appealed for a foul on the edge of the penalty area after Michael Dawson tugged his shirt.

His appeals were waved away but, moments later, he was in the thick of the action again.

Anichebe was fouled by Hull midfielder Livermore and this time referee Michael Oliver had no hesitation in awarding a penalty.

Dorrans stepped up to take the spot kick, but McGregor got both hands to his right-foot side foot as he dived down to his left.

It was the second penalty the Scotland international has saved in the Premier League this season - the first came on the opening day of the season against QPR.

And he also made sharp stops from Craig Gardner's free-kick and an injury-time drive from outside the area by substitute Silvestre Varela.

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Hull, though, had the best chance of the second half when Stephen Quinn met Livermore's ball into the area to force Foster into his first save just before the hour.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "When you get a point away from home, you think it's a good result. But at home it's disappointing as you really want to do well against the teams around you.

"We found it difficult and we're indebted to our keeper. It's been a difficult run we've been on, but a point today might be the one that keeps us in the division."

West Brom manager Alan Irvine: "It's good that we've stopped the run of defeats. But if we score the penalty early then everything could've been so different.

"Hull are scrapping at the moment, so we knew it would be difficult. But our players battled very hard and they can be pleased with how they performed today."

Graham Dorrans sees his penalty saved by Allan McGregor
Graham Dorrans stepped up to take a penalty for West Brom after Victor Anichebe was fouled
Allan McGregor saves a penalty from Graham Dorrans
Dorrans saw his penalty well saved by McGregor away to his left
Victor Anichebe and Tom Huddlestone
Anichebe started up front for West Brom and caused Hull's defenders some early problems
Liam Rosenior and Andrew Wisbom
The game between two sides in the bottom four saw few chances as both defences held firm
Hull City striker Nikita Jelavic
Hull substitute Nikica Jelavic shows the home side's disappointment at the final whistle

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 21Dawson
  • 5Chester
  • 2RoseniorSubstituted forBradyat 61'minutes
  • 7MeylerBooked at 56mins
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 29QuinnSubstituted forRobertsonat 60'minutes
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forJelavicat 77'minutes
  • 9Hernández

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 6Davies
  • 11Brady
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 18Jelavic
  • 20Sagbo
  • 26Robertson

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 21MulumbuBooked at 90mins
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forIdeyeat 80'minutes
  • 17Dorrans
  • 7Morrison
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forVarelaat 67'minutes
  • 10AnichebeSubstituted forBerahinoat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Baird
  • 9Ideye
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Gamboa
  • 18Berahino
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Varela
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
23,279

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Silvestre Varela (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore with a headed pass.

  5. Booking

    Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

  7. Post update

    David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Silvestre Varela (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

  13. Post update

    Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Brown Ideye replaces Craig Gardner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Nikica Jelavic replaces Sone Aluko.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

  18. Post update

    David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Silvestre Varela (West Bromwich Albion).

  20. Post update

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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