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Upton Park (ATT 34,946) 28th December 2013 - Kick off 12:45

West Ham West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

West Ham 3

J Cole (4)
M Maiga (65)
K Nolan (67)


W Brom 3

N Anelka (40, 45+1)
S Berahino (69)

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  1. Both sides remain in relegation trouble but you would have to say a point for West Brom - especially away from home - is more valuable. Momentum in this game regularly changed hands and for the neutral it was a Christmas cracker - sorry! Nicolas Anelka showed why he could be a key man for the Baggies in their bid to climb up the table with two predatory strikes, while West Ham would currently give anything to have a goalscorer of his pedigree in their ranks.

  2. 90+5

    The final whistle goes and is greeted with some boos by the West Ham fans, but what a game for the neutral.

  3. 90+4

    Amalfitano creates space down the right for a shot but it's high and wide of West Ham's goal.

  4. 90

    We will have a minimum of four minutes added time.

  5. 89

    Olsson is booked for time-wasting at a free-kick.

  6. 88

    Mulumbu gets in a shot from the edge of the box that is saved, following appeals for a handball by Rat.

  7. 87

    Demel gets in a cross which is challenged for by both Nolan and Olsson, but goalkick is the outcome and West Ham feel aggrieved once more.

  8. 86

    Anelka tries an audacious shot on the turn from the halfway line and it only goes narrowly wide, although keeper Jaaskelainen had it covered.

  9. 85

    West Brom's final change sees Stephane Sessegnon on for Berahino.

  10. 84

    Mulumbu steps across Jarvis and is lucky not to receive his second yellow card.

  11. 83

    Jaaskelainen has to race of his line to save at the feet of Yacob and it's West Brom who look the most likely to find a winner.

  12. 82

    West Ham's final change sees Joe Cole replaced by Jack Collison.

  13. 81

    Berahino curls the free-kick around the wall but it smacks off the post before the hosts clear.

  14. 80

    Diame is booked for his challenge.

  15. 79

    Amalfitano's corner is half cleared but Diame clatters Brunt on the edge of the box.

  16. 78

    Jones earns West Brom a corner in front of their travelling fans.

  17. 77

    Maiga is fouled and the hosts have a free-kick just inside the West Brom half but Rat's set piece is headed clear by Olsson.

  18. 76

    West Brom change sees Claudio Yacob on for Morrison.

  19. 75

    Brunt gets in an angled shot that is saved after a poor clearing header from McCartney.

  20. 74

    Berahino is caught offside and there is a rare break in play. Who has the initiative now? Will we have a grandstand finish?

  21. 73

    Jones runs at the West Ham defence but his low shot is easily saved.

  22. 72

    West Brom have a free-kick 25 yards out and central, but Morrison blasts it straight into the defensive wall.

  23. 71

    What a passage of play that was!

  24. 70

    Morrison plays the ball out to Berahino who twists and turns to create a shooting chance before firing a low shot into teh far corner.

  25. 69

    GOAL! Berahino fires West Brom level.

  26. 68

    Morgan Amalfitano comes on for Lugano.

  27. 67

    Noble does superbly to get in a cross and Maiga heads down for Nolan to volley in from close range.

  28. 66

    GOAL! Nolan volleys West Ham into the lead.

  29. 65

    Nolan played the ball in for Maiga whose dipping shot bounced in front of keeper Foster and appeared to go through him before finding the net.

  30. 64

    GOAL! Maiga fires West Ham level.

  31. 61

    But moments later he twists on the edge of the box and his his shot is destined for the top corner until Foster throws himself to his right to push it away for a corner.

  32. 60

    Maiga is the latest to fall foul of West Brom's offside trap which brings boos from the home fans.

  33. 59

    Anelka gets on the end of Berahino's flick but his fierce shot is superbly blocked by McCartney.

  34. 58

    West Ham are enjoying plenty of possession but are struggling in the final third.

  35. 57

    Nolan is booked for a dangerous tackle on Brunt.

  36. 56

    Rat's high cross is headed down by Maiga for Diame, but he scuffs a shot hopelessly wide from the edge of the box.

  37. 55

    But a good start to the second period by the home side who need to the crowd back on their side.

  38. 54

    Noble plays it sideways to Joe Cole but he curls it well wide.

  39. 53

    Tricky footwork by Jarvis earns the hosts a free kick right on the edge of the box.

  40. 52

    The Baggies counter with Brunt setting up Mulumbu whi drives a shot just wide from the edge of the box.

  41. 51

    Tenacity by Nolan earns West Ham a corner which breaks to Rat 25 yards out, but his low shot is held by Foster.

  42. 50

    Jarvis takes the resulting free-kick but Noble's header drifts harmlessly wide.

  43. 49

    Mulumbu is booked for a strong challenge on Jarvis.

  44. 48

    Jones drives to the by-line and picks out Anelka at the near post but his half-volley is saved.

  45. 47

    Maiga gets his head to a Noble free kick but is unable to direct it to a team-mate inside the box.

  46. 46

    West Ham have made a change with Carlton Cole replaced by Modibo Maiga as the second half gets under way.

  47. 45+2

    The teams leave the field with Joe Cole protesting to referee Mike Dean about the award of the corner which in the end proved to be so crucial.

  48. 45+1

    Big dispute about the award of a corner to West Brom after a challenge by Joe Cole on Morrison. But it was given - replays suggest wrongly - and Anelka stabbed in from close range after Olsson's initial header was cleared off the line by Carlton Cole.

  49. 45

    GOAL! Anelka gives West Brom the lead.

  50. 44

    The Baggies have a corner which the hosts dispute as Joe Cole challenged Morrison.

  51. 43

    Jarvis forces a corner after another marauding run. He again takes it but Brunt heads clear at the near post.

  52. 42

    The game is stopped while the defender receives treatment - the stud marks are clearly visible.

  53. 41

    First booking of the game goes to Carlton Cole for a high challenge on Olsson.

  54. 40

    Great through ball by Brunt releases Anelka into the box and he calmly fires past the advancing keeper after holding off Joey O'Brien to claim his first goal in a West Brom shirt.

  55. 39

    GOAL! Anelka puts West Brom level.

  56. 38

    Better signs from the visitors that they can get themselves on level terms.

  57. 37

    Brunt probably had more time than he though to pick out a better pass, but a let-off for the hosts there.

  58. 36

    Mulumbu's clever through ball puts Brunt clear in the box and he pulls the ball back, but West Brom players are struggling to give support and the hosts clear.

  59. 35

    Nolan tries to bundle his way into the box and there are half-hearted appeals for handball which are rightly waved away.

  60. 34

    Carlton Cole is caught offside with the Baggies playing a high defensive line.

  61. 33

    Noble goes for goal and it's just inches wide with Foster scrambling across his goal.

  62. 32

    Nolan is fouled 35 yards out by Olsson and it's a promising situation for the hosts.

  63. 31

    The hosts almost shoot themselves in the foot as they try to play the ball out of defence but give it to Morrison, but he then runs the ball out of play.

  64. 30

    Olsson then has to concede a corner but West Brom are able to get the ball clear.

  65. 29

    However, the noise increases as the two Coles combine with Carlton heading down Joe's cross but Demel fires just wide on the turn.

  66. 28

    It has to be said the home crowd are getting a little anxious with several passes going astray.

  67. 27

    West Brom have enjoyed decent possession but are still to fully stretch the Hammers' defence.

  68. 26

    Morrison and Berahino look to combinme on the edge of the box, but Demel does enough to clear.

  69. 25

    More good work by Jarvis sees him get the better of Jones and get to the by-line, but his cutback is hacked clear by Olsson with Carlton Cole waiting to pounce.

  70. 24

    Many had predicted this game would be a dour affair, but so far it has been excellent so credit to both teams.

  71. 23

    Jarvis takes it and Carlton Cole twists to get in a header which is just too high.

  72. 22

    The Baggies line up a two-man wall with the kick 40 yards out. Noble chips it to the far post where Jones outjumps McCartney at the expense of a corner.

  73. 21

    Noble is hacked down by Youssouf Mulumbu who is spoken to by referee Dean but escapes a booking.

  74. 20

    The Northern Ireland international is able to carry on and play is under way once again.

  75. 19

    Carlton Cole and Gareth McAuley collide on the edge of the Baggies box and the defender needs treatment.

  76. 18

    West Brom have enjoyed good pressure in the last couple of minutes, but Jaaskelainen is still to be tested.

  77. 17

    Danger for West Ham as Morrison and Anelka combine on the edge of the box, but the latter's back heel trickles through to Jaaskelainen.

  78. 16

    Good work by Jarvis sees him earn a corner. He takes it and picks out Carlton Cole but his looping header is easy for Foster.

  79. 15

    I have to say the first 15 minutes have flown by! Long may it continue!

  80. 14

    Matt Jarvis finds space down the left but his cross is too close to keeper Foster who makes a comfortable catch.

  81. 13

    The visitors sweep downfield and force two more corners, but the Hammers are able to clear their lines.

  82. 12

    West Ham counter with Carlton Cole and Noble both having shots from the edge of the box blocked.

  83. 11

    Brunt takes the corner deep and Olsson's header is saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen at the foot of his post.

  84. 10

    The change is finally made with Guy Demel on for Tomkins.

  85. 9

    The game goes on with West Ham down to 10 men so Nolan slots into defence as the Baggies force a corner.

  86. 8

    It looks as though Tomkins will have to come off.

  87. 7

    A break in play with James Tomkins requiring treatment.

  88. 6

    After surviving a scare at one end, the Hammers were quick to break and a one-two between Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan opened up the West Brom defence from Carlton Cole's flick after a long punt downfield by Jaaskelainen.

  89. 5

    Joe Cole bursts into the box and drives a low shot past Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

  90. 4

    GOAL! Joe Cole gives West Ham the perfect start!

  91. 3

    Mark Noble is caught in possession on the halfway line by Saido Berahino who drives forward. He plays it out to Billy Jones whose cross is met at the far post by Chris Brunt, but his volley finds the side netting.

  92. 1

    West Ham get us underway to the strains of 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles'.

  93. Form favours neither outfit with the Hammers picking up just a solitary point from their last five games while the Baggies are winless in eight. As a result, both sides have had their odds for relegation trimmed, although the hosts are considered twice as likely for the drop at 9/4 to their visitors' price of 9/2. The goal-shy Hammers will hope Carlton Cole can able to maintain his rare scoring run, having netted in back-to-back 3-1 defeats, and he heads the first goalscorer market along with Shane Long at 6/1 apiece.

  94. Sam Allardyce names nine of the starting XI from the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal for the Barclays Premier League meeting with West Brom, which he refers to as a 'must win' game. Jussi Jaaskelainen is named in goal following Adrian's shaky display against the Gunners less than 48 hours ago, while Razvan Rat comes in to replace James Collins, who misses out with a calf injury. West Brom's caretaker head coach Keith Downing makes six alterations from the side that drew 1-1 at Tottenham on Boxing Day, with Nicolas Anelka and Saido Berahino both recalled in attack. Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Youssouf Mulumbu and Chris Brunt are also brought in as Craig Dawson, Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob, Morgan Amalfitano, Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra all make way.

  95. The teams have arrived and are as follows - West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Rat, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Diame, Joe Cole, Nolan, Jarvis, Carlton Cole. Subs: Collison, Maiga, Adrian, Taylor, Diarra, Demel, Chambers. West Brom: Foster, McAuley, Lugano, Olsson, Billy Jones, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Ridgewell, Berahino, Anelka. Subs: Yacob, Sinclair, Myhill, Amalfitano, Vydra, Dawson, Sessegnon. Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

  96. Seasonal greetings! Hope you all had a great Christmas, but it's back to business today in what is always a key time of the season with games coming so thick and fast. We bring you coverage of today's early kick-of between West Ham and West Brom at Upton Park, with the Hammers going into the game second bottom in the Premier League and the still managerless Baggies in 15th, but just a point above the drop zone so this is a vital game for both sides. As always, we welcome your comments so send them to and I'll publish the best ones.



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