Match ends, Hull City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Hull City 1-1 West Brom
A much-improved second-half display saw Hull City come from behind to secure a deserved point against West Brom at the KCOM Stadium.
The visitors led at half-time through Gareth McAuley's header, as Hull's players conspired to play a full 45 minutes without a single shot on goal - much to the disgust of the home fans.
The introduction of Adama Diomande for the ill Ryan Mason at half-time brought a change of shape and attitude from Hull, who finally began to threaten the visitors' goal.
They were rewarded with a 72nd-minute equaliser from captain Michael Dawson, who steered home off the post after Robert Snodgrass' free-kick was nodded down by Dieumerci Mbokani.
Hull remain inside the relegation zone on goal difference having pulled level with West Ham and Crystal Palace on 11 points.
West Brom, who missed the chance to claim a third straight Premier League win for the first time in four years, stay in ninth.
Tigers go from timid to terrific
Hull's first-half performance was probably as poor a 45 minutes as any Premier League team has managed this season.
With 15 minutes of the contest gone they had allowed West Brom an astonishing 82% of possession and looked woefully short of confidence and ideas.
There was a feeling of inevitability about West Brom's goal when it came just after the half-hour, McAuley getting up ahead of Curtis Davies to nod Matt Phillips' corner into the net and sap away what little atmosphere there was inside the ground.
Half-time was met with boos from the home fans, who were rightly concerned at seeing West Brom carve out six shots to Hull's none.
Better was needed and better was exactly what they got.
Diomande's entrance for Mason saw Hull switch to a three-man front line also comprising Mbokani and Snodgrass, and the results were immediate.
A first corner of the match arrived on 46 minutes, their first shot of the match after 50, and then - as is the way of these things - another followed seconds later.
Snodgrass was instrumental in the improved display - as he was in Hull's win against Southampton in their last home game - and it was his free-kick that helped them back onto level terms, Mbokani attacking a high delivery to create the opening for Dawson to apply a smart finish.
Baggies spurn top-six chance
West Brom boss Tony Pulis will be frustrated at seeing his side fail to continue their winning run, particularly given the confidence coursing through the squad after Monday's thumping 4-0 win over Burnley.
Presented with an abject Hull performance in the first half, West Brom could and should have had the game sewn up long before Dawson equalised.
Rather than go for the jugular, the visitors allowed Hull back into the match after going in front and by the break the possession percentage stats had gone from 82-18 in West Brom's favour to 50-50.
It was not as though West Brom were without the motivation to win by a bigger margin. Victory by at least two clear goals would have taken them into sixth place, ahead of Manchester United and Everton on goal difference.
But even though they were second-best for most of the second half, they did have two good chances to claim the win in the dying moments.
Nacer Chadli's curling 25-yard free-kick needed a smart save from David Marshall to keep the scores level, and right at the death Salomon Rondon nodded wastefully wide from James McClean's inviting cross when hitting the target was the minimum requirement.
Man of the match - Josh Tymon
Dead-eye defenders and contrasting form
- McAuley has scored more Premier League goals for West Brom than any other defender (12), and is the first defender to net three Premier League goals this season.
- Michael Dawson has scored two goals in his last three Premier League games, as many as in his previous 108.
- Hull have enjoyed just one victory in their last nine games (D1 L8).
- West Brom have lost just two of their last nine top-flight games, winning three and drawing four.
- Matt Phillips has been involved in five goals in his last three Premier League games (two goals, three assists).
- Hull have kept just one clean sheet in the top flight this season, only Crystal Palace have kept fewer (0).
Hull City boss Mike Phelan speaking to BBC Sport: "In the second half we upped our tempo - I made a change and it seemed to do the trick but overall our just rewards was the draw.
"We set up to try and contain West Brom at times but we went in 1-0 down from a set-piece, which if we do our jobs properly shouldn't happen. But I think the belief was there for the players.
"It's easy to say let's go gung-ho and throw loads of forwards on the pitch, but I think they were value for money first half and we were value for money second half."
West Brom boss Tony Pulis, speaking to BBC Sport: "We played really well in the first half and we restricted them a lot but you have to give them credit in the second.
"Having said that, we came again and had the best chances but we weren't thinking about our position in the table.
"We are playing with more swagger recently. We should have created more chances but we played on Monday so we are 48 hours behind Hull in terms of prep."
Hull are back in action at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night with an EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Newcastle (19:45 BST). Mike Phelan's men resume Premier League duty at Middlesbrough on Monday, 5 December (20:00), while the Baggies return to action next Saturday with a home league match against Watford (15:00).
- 27El Mohamady
- 21DawsonBooked at 29mins
- 28TymonSubstituted forRobertsonat 90+3'minutes
- 25MasonSubstituted forDiomandeat 45'minutesBooked at 73mins
- 11ClucasBooked at 45mins
- 22HenriksenSubstituted forMeylerat 88'minutes
- 23McAuleyBooked at 60mins
- 6EvansBooked at 67mins
- 24FletcherSubstituted forMcCleanat 64'minutes
- 7MorrisonSubstituted forChadliat 79'minutes
- 10PhillipsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 83'minutes
- Paul Tierney
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hull City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.
Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Substitution, Hull City. Andrew Robertson replaces Josh Tymon.
Josh Tymon (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).
Attempt missed. Adama Diomande (Hull City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.
Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Markus Henriksen.
Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by David Marshall.
Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).
Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).
Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Matt Phillips.
Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Nacer Chadli replaces James Morrison.
Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).
Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).
Adama Diomande (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Adama Diomande (Hull City).
Nyom (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Hull City 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Michael Dawson (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dieumerci Mbokani following a set piece situation.
Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass following a set piece situation.
Adama Diomande (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).
Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).
James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Darren Fletcher.
Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Morrison.
Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.