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The Hawthorns (ATT 24,186) 16th December 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: P Dowd

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs West Ham United West Ham

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  1. West Brom 0 West Ham 0. All over and the game ends goalless. Not the most entertaining of games, but both managers will settle for a share of the spoils.

  2. 90+4

    Jones concedes a free-kick. Jaaskelainen launches the ball long one last time. Cole flicks into space, but the West Brom back four had stood off him and the ball runs behind for a goal kick.

  3. 90+3

    Lukaku full of running, but West Ham are getting bodies around him. Three defenders stop the Belgian forward from getting into the box. Time running out and it doesn't look like we're going to get a winner.

  4. 90+2

    Shot on target for West Ham. Cole works Myhill, but the West Brom keeper is up to the challenge. A well-struck effort from Cole isn't close enough to the corner and Myhill is able to spring to his left and save.

  5. 90+1

    Odemwingie on the deck again. This time he gets nothing. Maiga looks to run the ball away, and is sent tumbling by Popov. He does get the decision. West Ham in no rush to take the free-kick.

  6. Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  7. 90

    Head tennis in midfield, before Noble gathers. West Brom soon have the ball back and launch themselves forward. Jones settles for a throw, but the Baggies can't find a yard of space.

  8. 89

    The ball is moved for Rosenberg to strike. His low drive cannons into the wall. Poor effort. Why move the ball first? Just hit it. West Ham look to get something going down their left, but a Maiga flick rolls through to Myhill.

  9. 88

    Odemwingie down again, and he gets another decision. He cuts across the edge of the penalty area. O'Neil sticks out a leg and the West Brom forward goes down. Great chance for the Baggies 20 yards from goal, just left of centre.

  10. 87

    Brunt sends over the free-kick. Jaaskelainen comes to meet the delivery and gets enough of a hand to the ball to see it away from danger. West Ham can't launch a counter attack.

  11. 87

    Odemwingie cuts inside Tomkins and his cut down. Tomkins goes into the book.

  12. 86

    Tomkins pushes forward down the West Ham right and sends a low cross in to Cole. He can't gather the ball in, with a heavy first touch allowing Popov to clear. Scrappy again as the ball breaks from one end to the other.

  13. 85

    Lukaku still looking to get involved in everything. A cross is sent in from wide on the West Brom right, but Collins meets it on the volley to clear. Popov unable to pick out a run from Odemwingie in behind Tomkins.

  14. 84

    Cole has had to go off, but should soon be back with us. He is moving freely again. Handbags on the field as Nolan and Mulumbu square up to each other. Both are shown a yellow card.

  15. 83

    Another change on the way. The hard-working Long is replaced by Rosenberg.

  16. 82

    Tomkins' first test comes from the corner. Brunt delivers. The ball comes through and hits McAuley on the chest. West Ham are able to scramble the ball clear, before Cole goes down. He will require treatment.

  17. 82

    Tomkins sent on in place of Demel, who has only recently shaken off a knock.

  18. 81

    Lukaku wins a corner and urges the crowd to increase the noise level inside the Hawthorns. Before the set-piece is taken, we will have another change.

  19. 80

    Jones striding down the right wing, and he cuts inside O'Brien. His cross asks the question of the West Ham rearguard, and Collins has the answer as he is able to clear.

  20. 79

    Cole all along up front, but he battles with McAuley and ends up with the ball. His shot is saved by the feet of Myhill, but the flag is up for a foul by the Hammers striker. Harsh as Cole seemed to outmuscle McAuley.

  21. 78

    Good hold up play from Cole, but Mulumbu then picks his pocket. Long delivers the ball long to Lukaku. He finds Odemwingie, who sees yet another attempted cross blocked. West Ham still standing firm.

  22. 77

    Lukaku eager to get involved, too eager on this occasion as he bundles O'Brien to the turf. Jaaskelainen able to fire long downfield. Neither side able to get the ball on the deck and knock it around at the moment.

  23. 76

    West Ham now making their first change. Former Wolves winger Jarvis booed from the field as he makes way for Maiga.

  24. 75

    First change of the afternoon sees Gera make way for Lukaku.

  25. 74

    As West Ham try to push out, Jones commits a foul and is cautioned.

  26. 74

    West Brom still pressing and Mulumbu wins a corner. Brunt over the set-piece. Jaaskelainen gets nowhere near the delivery again. Morrison gets a head to it, but sees his effort cannon back off the post.

  27. 73

    Brunt decides not to shoot from distance, but then sees Odemwingie outmuscled on the edge of the box. West Brom come again, with Odemwingie teasing Collins. His final ball lets him down as he puts too much on a cross.

  28. 72

    Handball decision goes against Noble. He picks the ball up to prevent West Brom from taking the free-kick quickly. He gets a talking to from Phil Dowd, but no card is shown.

  29. 71

    Both managers starting to think about changes, with plenty of options currently warming-up. Fresh legs might help to inject some life into the contest.

  30. 70

    Odemwingie involved again, and he does well to skip past O'Neil to the dead-ball line. His cross is cleared for a throw. Gera then finds space and rolls the ball into Mulumbu. He has more time than he realises and flicks on when he should have collected and shot.

  31. 69

    Morrison bombing forward down the West Brom left. The ball ricochets around the West Ham box, with the Hammers unable to clear and the Baggies unable to get in an effort on goal. Eventually, an overhead kick from Morrison sails well wide.

  32. 68

    Noble over another set-piece. He whips the ball to the back post, where O'Brien is arriving. On the stretch, he volleys back across goal and narrowly over the top. Myhill was rooted to the spot.

  33. 67

    Nicely done by Cole as his clever flick keeps the ball in play. West Ham work the ball wide to Jarvis, but a free-kick is given for a foul on Taylor. He was caught late by Brunt.

  34. 66

    Another cross from Odemwingie is seen out by West Ham. Second time around he runs at Demel, before firing over a cross-shot. Reid does really well to get a toe to the ball and send it over the crossbar for a corner. Brunt's resulting set-piece is headed over by Gera, who was left all alone.

  35. 65

    Odemwingie is able to get a cross over from the left on this occasion, but he pulls the ball behind those in the middle. He would have been better advised to keep heading down the line as there was space to move into.

  36. 64

    Odemwingie forced wide to the left. With little on in the middle, he forces a corner. Brunt delivers, but Cole is able to head clear for the Hammers. Jarvis chases a long ball forward, but he is always second favourite to get to it.

  37. 63

    McAuley gets a head to the free-kick delivery, but his touch has the ball running away from goal and Demel is able to see it behind. Cole goes down again as he challenges for Jaaskelainen's clearance, but is waved to his feet.

  38. 62

    Cole nods on towards Jarvis, who is breaking down the centre, Popov has come with him and gets a toe to the ball. West Brom clear their lines and Reid concedes a free-kick. He caught Long, but argues the decision anyway.

  39. 61

    Noble's delivery is glanced clear. West Ham try again, but Olsson is able to head clear and West Brom can counter with the Hammers caught up field. Morisson leads the charge and finds Gera. He drills at Jaaskelainen from 25 yards. The effort is spilled, before being gathered at the second attempt.

  40. 60

    Morrison runs into Demel. West Ham send the ball long towards Cole, and he is bundled over by Olsson. Great play by the West Ham striker as he stood his ground and drew the foul. Chance to load the box.

  41. 59

    Another terrible effort to add to the scrapbook. This time Noble has a wild swing at the ball, but barely connects. West Ham remain in possession, though, and force a corner. Jarvis' delivery is nodded over the top by Reid at the near post.

  42. 58

    Noble works the ball well to Taylor, who gathers it at pace as he breaks down the West Ham left. He has the ball on his favoured left foot, but drills across goal and well wide. Wayward shots doing neither side any favours.

  43. 57

    Good turn again from Long, as he brings Morrison into play. He edges to his left, before feeding Odemwingie. He lets fly with an ambitious effort from 25 yards which sails high over the top. Cole wincing slightly, but should be okay.

  44. 56

    O'Neil plays a pass down the middle blind, but he almost picks out Cole. The striker doesn't react quickly enough and is outnumbered once he enters the box. West Brom able to bundle the ball to safety.

  45. 55

    Collins floats the ball long, but Cole can't get anything on it. Nothing given at the other end despite Reid seeming to nudge into the back of Long. Reid then gives the ball away to Mulumbu.

  46. 54

    Cole having his shirt tugged, and he wins a free-kick midway inside the West Brom half. Noble sends the ball wide to Jarvis. His cross is knocked down by Cole, but Nolan spins and puts a poor effort into the crowd from eight yards out.

  47. 53

    Odemwingie is able to force a cross through Jarvis, but a deflection takes the pace out of it. The Hammers make a mess of clearing their lines, allowing Mulumbu a sight of goal. He rather drags his shot from 20 yards and never troubles the target.

  48. 52

    Cole flicks on, but Taylor can't gather and Morrison can send a ball early for Long to chase. O'Brien gets across to see the ball safely back to Jaaskelainen. The tempo has lifted since the break.

  49. 51

    As close as West Ham have come to finding the target as O'Neil sends a curling effort inches wide. West Brom unable to clear their lines and O'Neil tried his luck from the edge of the box. Much better at the start of the second half.

  50. 50

    Allardyce off the bench barking out instructions to his side. Demel helps the Hammers to earn a throw deep in the West Brom half. He can't find a way past Odemwingie.

  51. 49

    Another corner has West Ham rocking. Demel eventually sees the ball behind for a fourth corner. McAuley gets away from his man to nod back towards the penalty spot. Morrison is there, but can't set his feet and he skews a volley harmlessly wide. Pressure comes to nothing for the Baggies.

  52. 48

    Brunt delivers. Jaaskelainen gets lost in the crowd and goes to ground. A brave header sees the ball behind for another corner. Brunt takes again, from the other side. His delivery is long to Gera, who turns the ball back across. Morrison looks to flick goalwards, and the ball hits the top of the crossbar.

  53. 47

    Jarvis has pulled to the right now for West Ham. Allardyce looking to mix things up. It is West Brom on the ball, though, with a great cross from Gera causing panic in the West Ham box. The ball is hacked behind for a corner.

  54. 46

    Nolan has pushed well forward right from the off. Maybe West Ham are going to look to get him closer to Cole during the second period. It has been a bit of a midfield battle so far.

  55. West Ham get the second half underway. No changes at the interval by either side.

  56. The players are back with us and we are ready for the second half. Will we get a goal? We are about to find out.

  57. Remember you can also bet in-play at West Brom are now 6/4 to take the spoils, with West Ham 3/1 and the draw 5/4. You can get 5/2 on the game ending goalless.

  58. How do you see the second half going? Get your thoughts in to or @SkySportsChrisB.

  59. West Brom 0 West Ham 0. All square at the interval. Few chances of note created during the opening 45 minutes. Here's hoping for better after the break.

  60. 45+2

    Handball against Mulumbu. One last chance for West Ham to break the deadlock before the interval. Noble over the free-kick. His whipped delivery bounces straight through to Myhill.

  61. 45+1

    Jones down the channel for Long to chase. He is willing to do so, but the ball is always going to skip off the tuf and through to Jaaskelainen. The Hammers keeper took up a good starting position.

  62. One minute of stoppage time to be played.

  63. 45

    Another decision goes against Long, which is doesn't agree with. He did well to push Collins back towards his own goal-line, but Phil Dowd says the resulting clearance flicked off Long on its way out of play. West Ham then get another tight call, as Morrison fails to win a corner after bursting down the left-hand side of the box.

  64. 44

    Long challenges with Collins again. This time the decision goes against him, as he nudged the West Ham defender in the back. Collins sends the free-kick long, but McAuley gets in front of Cole and heads clear.

  65. 43

    Flag up for offside against Long. Jaaskelainen takes his time with the free-kick, before sending the ball long. West Brom deal with the initial ball, before lumping the second into the crowd.

  66. 42

    Great flick from Long, as he gets in front of Collins. Odemwingies chases, but Reid does really well to knock the ball off the Baggies forward and behind for a goal kick. Frustrating time for both bosses, who remain rooted to their seats.

  67. 41

    Popov fells Demel. Didn't appear to be much in the challenge. Terrible delivery from the free-kick by Taylor. His effort goes nowhere near a team-mate. West Ham get the ball back quickly, but Noble sends a pass behind for a goal kick.

  68. 40

    West Brom forced all the way back to Myhill, with a well-drilled West Ham unit getting 11 behind the ball. The Hammers then spring clear through Jarvis, but his crossfield ball towards Demel is cut out by Popov.

  69. 39

    Anywhere will do from Popov as the ball pinballs around on the edge of the West Brom box. Taylor and O'Neil unable to find any room, with the Baggies standing firm under pressure.

  70. 38

    Jarvis popping up on the right, in an effort to get more involved, Popov with a strong challenge which halts the winger in his tracks. Throw to West Ham down by the corner flag. Demel unable to get the ball into the box, with his hands or feet.

  71. 37

    Good skill from Gera as he gets away from O'Brien. He then decides to go backwards, rather than risk a long ball towards Long. West Brom work the ball left, but Brunt can't prevent the ball from slipping out of play.

  72. 36

    Great take on the chest by Brunt, but he then loses the ball. Cole then does really well to work a sight of goal. A powerful, swerving drive from 20 yards is beaten away by Myhill, and Nolan can't get a toe to the rebound.

  73. 35

    Jarvis unable to get a cross in from the left flank once again. He has two defenders in his face and the ball squirts up into the air and through to Myhill. West Ham not having too much joy down their left.

  74. 34

    Crowd doing their best to get involved and lift the players. As they do so, Popov almost nods into the path of Cole. Olsson is on hand to help out and block the West Ham striker's path to goal.

  75. 33

    Morrison wins a free-kick in the heart of midfield. Popov takes, but goes backwards rather than firing long. Much patient build-up from the Baggies. Long ends up with the ball on his left foot again, and again he sends a tame effort wide of the target.

  76. 32

    Corner to West Ham, with Jones taking no chances as he puts a hanging cross behind. Jarvis was lurking behind him. From the set-piece, Collins climbs to nod down. Reid looks to turn a volley goalwards on the spin, but he fires over the top from six yards out.

  77. 31

    Brunt works the ball onto his right foot. Not his favoured one, but he works Jaaskelainen with a decent effort from distance. Comfortable save for the Hammers keeper. Good work again from Taylor as he forces Popov to hack into the stands.

  78. 30

    Gera sent tumbling by O'Brien. First yellow card of the afternoon goes to the West Ham full-back. He dived in when he had no chance of getting to the ball.

  79. 29

    Jarvis cuts back onto his right foot, but sees a cross blocked at source. He hasn't had much joy so far. O'Neil then sends a ball long to Taylor, who is in behind Popov again. He heads back across goal, but Myhill is on hand to gather for the Baggies.

  80. 28

    Jones well forward down the right, and he picks out Long. He is able to move across the edge of the box, bit never looks comfortable on his left foot. A poor effort is scuffed wide of the target.

  81. 27

    Good work from Long. He sends over a decent cross, but there is no-one in the middle with the Irishman out wide on the right. Collins able to nod clear, before then hammering a second cross up towards halfway.

  82. 26

    Gera heads out to the right, before finding Odemwingie. He moves the ball on to Brunt, who touches on to Morrison. He finds a yard of space 20 yards out, but drags his shot badly and sees it trickle well wide of the target.

  83. 25

    Another wasted ball, this time from Gera, as the Baggies fire a pass aimlessly down the centre of the field. O'Brien then goes long towards Cole, but the ball floats through to Myhill.

  84. 24

    Nice touch from Mulumbu, who is caught by Nolan and wins a free-kick. Plenty of effort on show, but not a lot of quality so far. Neither keeper has been troubled as yet.

  85. 23

    O'Neil has now changed a boot. West Ham not happy with their footwear. On the field, Collins and Odemwingie come together. The Hammers defender appears to grab at the Baggies striker, but the ball skips away and out of play.

  86. 22

    Odemwingie pulled back by O'Brien as he looks to escape into space once more. Morrison plays the set-piece short to Mulumbu. The Baggies prepared to be patient in their build-up, before Gera fires a pass miles in front of Jones and out of play.

  87. 21

    Eventually Demel hangs up a cross, but McAuley dominates in the air. The Hammers throw the ball back into the area, and Cole can nod down. Jones in the right place to clear. West Brom look to counter and believe that Jaaskelainen carries the ball out of his area when stopping Long getting to it. Nothing given.

  88. 20

    All a bit scrappy in midfield, with West Ham unable to get anything going. West Brom working so hard to keep them at arm's length. The Hammers try again, but are reluctant to put the ball into the box.

  89. 19

    Wasted by Nolan as he gives the ball away in midfield. Morrison and Odemwingie then combine, before Reid clatters into a solid challenge. He got the ball and calls for a free-kick fall on deaf ears. Nolan now in the process of changing his boots.

  90. 18

    Demel well forward from full-back, but he has no room for a cross. O'Neil does find a yard, but his delivery is cut out by the first man. West Ham forced all the way back to Reid and Collins.

  91. 17

    Cole with a clever flick into the path of Taylor, who is behind Popov and racing into space. He looks to feed a cross along the six-yard line for Jarvis. The winger can't get past his man and Myhill can drop onto the loose ball.

  92. 16

    Another long ball from Olsson aimed towards Long. He can't reach it and Jaaskelainen gathers. West Ham try to mount an attack, but some calm defending from Popov sees the door slammed in their face.

  93. 15

    Nice turn and burst from Odemwingie, with West Ham once again allowing him far too much space 25 yards from goal. He pulls the trigger on this occasion, but Jaaskelainen is right behind a well-struck effort.

  94. 14

    Goal kick from Jaaskelainen doesn't leave the box before Demel touches it. The Hammers keeper has to try again. The visitors go long, towards Jarvis, but he can't get a telling touch and Myhill is able to claim comfortably.

  95. 13

    Brunt fires a poor effort into the wall. The ball breaks out to Popov, who hangs another cross into the box. Mulumbu challenges, but Collins clear. The ball is fired back at West Ham again, but Long knocks behind from in front of Noble. He claims a corner, but doesn't get one.

  96. 12

    Morrison battling for possession, as he spins away from O'Neil. He takes a tumble and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position, 25 yards from goal, just right of centre. Brunt very interested.

  97. 11

    Reid hobbles off, but should be okay. Tomkins has been sent out to warm-up just in case. Back underway and West Brom work the ball through midfield. West Ham have plenty of numbers back.

  98. 10

    Long fells Noble, who will take a free-kick midway inside the West Brom half himself. His delivery is flighted towards O'Brien and Reid at the back post, but Jones nods clear. Reid stays down and will require treatment.

  99. 9

    Taylor goes to ground, under pressure from Popov, but gets nothing. West Brom counter, with Jones finding Odemwingie. He has few options and ends up giving the ball away.

  100. 8

    Collins nods up, rather than out, but West Ham collect the second ball. West Brom soon have it back, but Olsson feeds a pass down their left flank and out of play. Sloppy all round.

  101. 7

    Poor pass from Brunt, not like him. West Ham back on the ball. The visitors take the opportunity to get a foot on the ball and knock in across their back four. West Brom working hard to shut down space in front of them.

  102. 6

    Down the other end, Cole fires over a fine cross from the West Ham left, which arrows towards Taylor. He rises well enough, but can only send a looping header onto the roof of the net. Noble then floats a pass forward which McAuley can take on his chest and clear.

  103. 5

    Brunt with an early ball towards Long, who has pulled off Reid. He tries to nod down into the path of Morrison, but the ball is cut out. West Ham having to deal with a lot of dangerous deliveries into their box.

  104. 4

    Odemwingie collects the ball and is allowed to turn into space 30 yards from goal. He finds Brunt, who sends over a fantastic cross from the left. Reid does brilliantly to glance the ball to safety when facing his own goal.

  105. 3

    Demel forced backwards by Brunt, who doesn't dive in. The West Ham full-back does well to win a throw and have his side facing the right direction once more. West Ham sitting deep and prepared to let West Brom have the ball in their own half.

  106. 2

    O'Neil hustled out of possession in midfield. West Ham yet to string a series of passes together. West Brom looking to make headway down their right-hand side.

  107. 1

    Space for Jones to stride into early on. He sends over a decent early cross, but O'Brien is able to get an important head to the ball in front of Long. Jones then concedes a free-kick, for shoving Jarvis.

  108. West Brom get us up and running.

  109. The players are in the tunnel and we are almost ready for the off at The Hawthorns. We will have to leave the feedback there for now, but there will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.

  110. Players starting to head back to the dressing rooms. Last chance for Steve Clarke and Sam Allardyce to conjure up some words of wisdom. Both managers could do with a morale-boosting win today.

  111. Just over 15 minutes until kick-off here. Keep your thoughts coming in to or @SkySportsChrisB.

  112. For the Baggies, they look solid as ever down the spine of their side but need to make sure they do not get bogged down in a midfield battle - with it likely that West Ham will end up with five in there most of the time.

  113. Looking at the West Ham bench, there are only six on there and Sam Allardyce doesn't have a lot of Premier League experience to turn to. He will be looking for his starting XI to get the job done.

  114. Today's referee is Phil Dowd.

  115. West Ham team: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Noble, O'Neil, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole, Taylor. Subs: Spiegel, Tomkins, Spence, Moncur, Lletget, Maiga.

  116. West Brom team: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Gera, Odemwingie, Long. Subs: Daniels, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Lukaku, Fortune, Tamas, Dawson.

  117. You can also bet in-play at West Brom start as favourites at 1/1, with West Ham 11/4 and the draw 12/5. You can get 65/1 on Carlton Cole to score first and West Ham to win 2-1.

  118. Can the Baggies get back to winning ways or will the Hammers prevail on the road? Who will be the men to keep an eye on? Let me know your thoughts.

  119. Feel free to offer your opinion on today's game by contacting me direct at or @SkySportsChrisB.

  120. West Ham have slipped into the bottom half of the table on the back of three defeats on four, but they would clamber back into the top 10 with victory over the Baggies.

  121. West Brom have suffered three straight defeats, but remain just outside the top four and will be hoping to take in a point-laden Christmas.

  122. Both sides enjoyed productive openings to the 2012/13 campaign, but have stumbled somewhat over recent weeks.

  123. Welcome to The Hawthorns for our coverage of today's Premier League encounter between West Brom and West Ham.



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