Drab draw at The Hawthorns

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.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 06:58 Post Comment

Shane Long and Mark Noble were unable to force a breakthrough

Shane Long and Mark Noble were unable to force a breakthrough

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The best of the chances during the first half fell to Winston Reid, but he volleyed over the top from close range.

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 AlbionTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
0Goals0
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target2
10Shots off Target8
6Blocked Shots2
8Corners2
14Fouls10
2Offsides0
3Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
77.9Passing Success65.9
12Tackles18
91.7Tackles Success83.3
55.3Possession44.7
48.5Territorial Advantage51.5
394Total Passes323
33Total Crosses24
183Lost Balls177
56Recoveries51
54.51st Half Poss.45.5
55.52nd Half Poss.44.5

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