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West Ham United 1-1 West Brom

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino cancelled out Diafra Sakho's opener, just before the break
  • Tony Pulis begins West Brom reign with point
  • Baggies halt run of three league defeats
  • Saido Berahino grabs ninth of the season
  • Diafra Sakho scores seventh goal in 11 league starts

New manager Tony Pulis watched West Brom produce a gutsy performance to pick up a deserved point at West Ham.

Despite taking a seat in the stands, Pulis appeared to relay instructions to the players and also visited the dressing room at half-time.

His new side conceded in the 10th minute when Diafra Sakho headed in Aaron Cresswell's left-wing cross.

Saido Berahino levelled just before the break when he converted Stephane Sessegnon's cross from 10 yards.

Pulis offered suggestions - Kelly

West Brom stay a point clear of the relegation zone in 17th while West Ham drop to seventh, after Tottenham defeated Chelsea 5-3 in the evening fixture..

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce said he was wary that West Brom's players would raise their levels in order to impress their new manager and they certainly played positively.

The defence showed the sort of resilience associated with Pulis sides, with Gareth McAuley and Joleon Lescott keeping the in-form Andy Carroll quiet.

At the other end, most attacks went through Beninese midfielder Sessegnon, who combined pace with intelligent play in the final third to give the Hammers backline a tough workout.

It was the home side, on the back of two defeats, who started the brightest and took the lead when striker Sakho scored as he charged in to meet Cresswell's cross. It was the Senegal international's fifth headed goal in the Premier League this season.

Instead of crumbling, the Baggies regrouped and were unfortunate not to equalise when Chris Baird's instinctive toe-poked volley was brilliantly saved by Adrian.

Hammers need more patience - Allardyce

They did beat the Spanish keeper with the move of the match. Straight from a West Ham set-piece in their own area, the Baggies broke with Berahino feeding Sessegnon who returned the ball with a precise square pass, which was converted with a calm finish.

After the break, Albion's technical director Terry Burton and Dave Kemp, Pulis's former assistant at Stoke and Crystal Palace, were sent to the bench by the new manager with instructions for assistants Rob Kelly and Keith Downing.

Pulis need not have worried too much because, aside from a Cresswell free-kick against the foot of the post, the Hammers rarely worried West Brom keeper Ben Foster.

In fact, it could have been all three points in his first match had Berahino's shot caught a big enough deflection off James Collins to beat Adrian.

Pulis's first match on the bench will be an FA Cup third-round tie against Gateshead, before his side are at home to fellow strugglers Hull.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"In terms of the players and where they are it was a big effort.

"It would be nothing else other than a tired performance from both teams today. When you fatigue like the lads are going to do, more mistakes happen and that has to be accepted.

"Today it was about the result, not about the performance because the performance was never going to be great. Never. Not after you have asked the players to play a third time in six days - what we needed was to get the result and, unfortunately, we didn't get it."

Tony Pulis (left)
Tony Pulis (left) spoke to the players in the team hotel before taking his place in the stands for the match
Diafra Sakho
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster had little chance in stopping Diafra Sakho's opener
Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino - who has been linked to a move away from The Hawthorns - levelled for the Baggies
Terry Burton (left), Dave Kemp (second left), Tony Pulis (right)
Terry Burton (left) and Dave Kemp (second left) made trips from the stands to the Baggies bench in the second half

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19Collins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 30Song
  • 21AmalfitanoSubstituted forJarvisat 55'minutes
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 4mins
  • 11Downing
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forE Valenciaat 72'minutes
  • 9CarrollSubstituted forColeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nolan
  • 7Jarvis
  • 16Noble
  • 17O'Brien
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 31E Valencia

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 4Baird
  • 7Morrison
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forYacobat 67'minutes
  • 17DorransSubstituted forVarelaat 79'minutes
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 11Brunt
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forIdeyeat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 9Ideye
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Gamboa
  • 25Dawson
  • 27Varela
  • 36Nabi
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
34,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Silvestre Varela (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Morrison.

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    Foul by Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

    Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion).

  7. Post update

    Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

    Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Morrison.

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Andy Carroll.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

  14. Post update

    Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Silvestre Varela replaces Graham Dorrans because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

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    Attempt missed. Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Claudio Yacob.