Wimbledon 1 West Ham 1
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jobi McAnuff's equaliser earned Wimbledon a precious point against West Ham in Milton Keynes and left The Hammers still looking for their first win under new manager Alan Pardew.
Brian Deane's goal shortly after the interval looked to have set the Londoners on their way to victory over the First Division's bottom club, but Wimbledon responded well and McAnuff struck to extend The Hammers' run without a win to eight league matches.
Pardew handed a debut to new signing Marlon Harewood, who completed his £500,000 move from Nottingham Forest earlier in the day, and he played behind the experienced duo of Deane and David Connolly.
It was former Dons striker Connolly who had the first attempt at goal, but Steve Banks was equal to his long-range effort and as The Hammers exerted the greater pressure in the first half Michael Carrick and Harewood also came close.
It was Deane who finally broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half, receiving the ball on the left edge of the penalty area before cutting inside onto his right foot and firing a shot across Banks and into the far corner.
Nigel Reo-Coker immediately came close to restoring parity, only to be denied by David James, but The Dons did not have to wait long for an equaliser as Adam Nowland pulled the ball back for McAnuff to stroke in from 10 yards.
Harewood almost grabbed a winner for West Ham, but Banks tipped his 20-yarder around a post and James then kept out another McAnuff effort at the other end.