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West Ham United 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Mauro Zarate's goal was the eighth direct free-kick scored in the Premier League this season
Zarate's goal was the eighth direct free-kick scored in the Premier League this season

Rickie Lambert's deflected shot earned West Brom a point against a West Ham side who have gone four Premier League games without a win.

The Hammers took the lead when Mauro Zarate curled an exquisite 25-yard free-kick high into the net.

But the visitors equalised when a Lambert shot was deflected into his own goal by Hammers defender Winston Reid.

Salomon Rondon had a promising chance but his header from six yards was excellently saved by keeper Adrian.

Hammers pay for missed chances

West Ham were the dominant team in the first half and Zarate sliced a shot into the side-netting when well-placed before he put the home side in front with his sumptuous free-kick.

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Neither side did enough to win - West Ham boss Bilic

With the Baggies rocking, Cheikhou Kouyate got in between the visitors' two centre-backs but glanced a header wide from Aaron Cresswell's cross.

West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill then had to pull off two smart saves from the lively Manuel Lanzini, keeping out a swerving long range strike and a first-time effort from the Argentine midfielder.

Diafra Sakho also had a clear sight of goal late on at the end of a counter-attack but his effort was blocked by the sliding leg of defender Jonas Olsson, before the Hammers striker limped off injured.

"I was very pleased with the way we played in the first half but I thought we should have been at least two up," said West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

Lambert sparks Baggies into life

The move which led to West Brom's equaliser started with keeper Boaz Myhill
The move which led to West Brom's equaliser started with keeper Boaz Myhill

West Brom improved after the break, with striker Lambert coming on to join fellow forward Rondon in attack.

Lambert made an immediate impact as his shot led to the equaliser, and he caused plenty of problems for the home side.

The former Southampton and Liverpool player also played a lovely ball over the top of the home defence late on only for James McClean - at full stretch - to fail to get enough power on his shot.

"Rick has been a wonderful signing for us. He hasn't played that many games but his attitude and focus is spot on," said West Brom manager Tony Pulis.

"If James had a little bit more composure he could have passed it into the bottom corner."

Man of the match

West Ham forward Mauro Zarate
Mauro Zarate has scored in three of his four Premier League starts for West Ham United in 2015-16

What they said:

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "Mauro Zarate is practicing these free-kicks and usually when the ball goes over the wall the way he wants it is tough to stop it.

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Lambert changed the game - West Brom boss Pulis

"It's a difficult league and home games are a lot about confidence. Like today, after we scored we were excellent until we conceded."

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "It was a soft free-kick which led to their goal and we were a bit fortunate to come in only one down at half-time.

"We were better in the second half, there's no doubt about that."

The stats you need to know

  • West Ham have now conceded in nine successive Premier League games; the worst current run in the top flight.
  • But the Hammers have now scored in 11 successive Premier League matches at Upton Park.
  • Five of the last six Premier League games between these two at Upton Park have ended level.
  • West Brom managed only 39% possession in this game - the third successive league match in which they have had less than 40% possession.

What next?

West Ham travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in their next league game, while West Brom are next in action when they host Tottenham in the top flight.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 12Jenkinson
  • 2Reid
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 14ObiangSubstituted forCarrollat 64'minutes
  • 20Moses
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 28Lanzini
  • 10ZárateSubstituted forAntonioat 82'minutes
  • 15SakhoSubstituted forJelavicat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Song
  • 5Tomkins
  • 9Carroll
  • 26Jelavic
  • 30Antonio
  • 34Spiegel
  • 39Cullen

West Brom

  • 13Myhill
  • 25Dawson
  • 23McAuley
  • 3OlssonBooked at 17mins
  • 6Evans
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forLambertat 45'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5YacobBooked at 81mins
  • 14McClean
  • 7Morrison
  • 33Rondón

Substitutes

  • 4Chester
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Anichebe
  • 17Lambert
  • 18Berahino
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Lindegaard
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
34,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Victor Moses (West Ham United).

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

Foul by Victor Moses (West Ham United).

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Victor Moses (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

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

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Michail Antonio replaces Mauro Zárate.

Booking

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Winston Reid.

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United).

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Nikica Jelavic replaces Diafra Sakho because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Moses.

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Victor Moses (West Ham United).

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross following a corner.

goal

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