Premier League: West Brom and West Ham play out a goalless draw at The Hawthorns
Last Updated: 17/12/12 6:58am
West Brom and West Ham have not been in the best of form of late, so it came as little surprise to see them cancel each other out in a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns.
The best of the chances during the first half fell to Winston Reid, but he volleyed over the top from close range.
Best of the match
- Man of the match: Winston Reid. Came close to forcing a breakthrough and stood firm at the heart of West Ham's back four under mounting pressure in the second half.
- Effort of the match: James Morrison came as close as anyone to finding the target, with his header coming back off the outside of the crossbar.
- Moment of the match: Morrison also hit the woodwork with a hooked effort in the second half, with it clear that it was not going to be a day for goals.
- Talking point: Can West Brom get going again after ending their losing sequence? Will West Ham be happy with a point on the road given how many injuries they have?
The tempo was raised slightly after the interval, but West Brom saw their scoreless run stretched to three games - with two efforts from James Morrison which cannoned back off the crossbar as close as they came to forcing a breakthrough.
Albion made a promising start but the first semblance of a chance fell to the visitors, with Mark Noble heading a deep cross from Carlton Cole over the bar.
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie was on target with a low 25-yard drive, although Jussi Jaaskelainen got his body behind the ball.
But there was little goalmouth action in the opening quarter of the game as both sides struggled to find a creative spark, although Morrison ventured forward to fire a low shot past the post.
Chris Brunt drilled a long-range attempt into the hands of Jaaskelainen before Reid spurned a gilt-edged chance for West Ham.
Cole stung the palms of Albion keeper Boaz Myhill with a 30-yard drive but it was Albion who started the second period on the offensive and Morrison's hooked volley struck the top of the bar.
Then the Scottish international sliced his shot wide after Gareth McAuley had headed a fourth successive corner from Brunt into his path.
Reid produced a vital clearance to turn a low Odemwingie centre over his own bar under pressure from Long. But West Ham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Joey O'Brien volleyed over at full stretch from a deep Noble free-kick.
Morrison struck the bar for the second time with 17 minutes remaining with a header from Brunt's corner.
Cole nearly made the breakthrough in the final seconds when his snap shot had Myhill scrambling across his line to save at the foot of a post but a draw was a fair outcome.
|West Bromwich Albion||Team Statistics||West Ham United|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|4||Shots on Target||2|
|10||Shots off Target||8|
|54.5||1st Half Poss.||45.5|
|55.5||2nd Half Poss.||44.5|
Barclays Premier League
|8||West Ham United||5||7|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||5||5|
|18||Queens Park Rangers||5||4|