Boro sub Bart grabs point

Middlesbrough substitute Bart Ogbeche inflicted yet more midweek misery on West Ham at Upton Park as the Hammers were held to a 1-1 draw.

Last Updated: 20/03/12 at 22:12

Hines: Shadows Cole

Hines: Shadows Cole

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Abdoulaye Faye's deflected goal midway through the second half looked to have reignited the Hammers' Championship promotion bid.

But the east Londoners have not won a league match on a Tuesday night in front of their own fans in more than two years, and Nigerian forward Ogbeche's superb strike ensured that sorry run continued.

In fact it could have been worse for the under-fire hosts but Lukas Jutkiewicz hit the bar and Ogbeche had a shot cleared off the line at the death.

Manager Sam Allardyce admits his players currently feel anxious every time they play on their own turf, having been booed off following three straight draws.

And that was certainly apparent in a tense first half against a Middlesbrough side hardly bursting with confidence themselves on the back of successive defeats.

Faye headed wide from a corner, Matt Taylor's shot was blocked by Seb Hines, Nicky Maynard's long-range effort was held by Jason Steele and Noble drove over the bar, but there was little to lift the home faithful.

Boro were not faring any better, though, with Adam Hamill firing wide and Jutkiewicz putting a couple of headers too high.

As half-time approached West Ham felt they should have had a penalty for handball but James Tomkins' header seemed to come off the shoulder of Matthew Bates.

Carlton Cole then curled a shot narrowly wide and George McCartney's 30-yard effort was dealt with by Steele, but the hosts trooped off at the break to familiar murmurs of discontent.

But the Hammers went on the attack in the second half and Maynard's chip dropped on to the roof of Steele's net before Cole just failed to get on the end of Taylor's looping cross.

And the slice of luck they needed finally arrived in the 67th minute, courtesy of Faye.

The giant defender rose to meet a long, high ball from McCartney and his header spun off the back of marker Joe Bennett's head and looped over Steele into the far corner.

Tomkins could have killed Boro off with a close-range header only to see Steele pull off a stunning save, pushing the ball on to the bar.

And instead Ogbeche pegged West Ham back seven minutes before full-time, skipping past Danny Collins on the edge of the area and crashing a superb shot past Rob Green.

Suddenly West Ham were clinging on as Jutkiewicz's shot was deflected on to the bar and McCartney cleared off the line from Ogbeche.

But holding out for a draw did not stop more boos ringing out at the final whistle.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Rooney Enjoying 'Scholes' Role

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is revelling in his position as an attacking central midfielder, after he scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha

Arsene Wenger admits Olivier Giroud deserved his red card for headbutting Nedum Onuoha in Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property