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.

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 Albion Team Statistics West Ham United
0 Goals 0
0 1st Half Goals 0
4 Shots on Target 2
10 Shots off Target 8
6 Blocked Shots 2
8 Corners 2
14 Fouls 10
2 Offsides 0
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
77.9 Passing Success 65.9
12 Tackles 18
91.7 Tackles Success 83.3
55.3 Possession 44.7
48.5 Territorial Advantage 51.5
394 Total Passes 323
33 Total Crosses 24
183 Lost Balls 177
56 Recoveries 51
54.5 1st Half Poss. 45.5
55.5 2nd Half Poss. 44.5