Filed: Thursday, 11th November 2010
By: Staff Writer
West Ham threw away a priceless lead for the second time in a week as they failed to beat newly-promoted West Brom at the Boleyn tonight.
Having seen a two-goal advantage wiped out at Birmingham on Saturday it was a case of deja vu for Avram Grant's under-pressure Hammers as they had to settle for a second consecutive 2-2 draw despite having led 2-1.
Against the run of play, West Brom had taken the lead from the penalty spot through Peter Odemwingie seven minutes ahead of the half-time break when they were awarded a hotly-contested penalty by Mike Dean - no stranger to controversial decisions where West Ham are concerned - who was the only person in the stadium to see an infringement by Luis Boa Morte.
However the visitors' lead lasted just five minutes as United vice-captain Scott Parker - who had another storming game in the centre of midfield - registered a contender for goal of the season when he lashed home a fierce 25-yard volley into the top right-hand corner of Albion 'keeper Scott Carson's goal.
Level at the break, it was West Ham who came out of the blocks fastest in the second period and just five minutes in they took the lead. Kieron Dyer, a constant threat to the Baggies all night burst into the penalty area and was shoved to the floor by Gabriel Tamas. Penalty duly awarded, Frederic Piquionne stepped up and sent Carson the wrong way to put the Hammers 2-1 ahead.
Determined not to see a repeat of St Andrews, West Ham pushed on in search of a decisive third and went close on several occasions as they continued to ask questions of Albion's defence. However it was the visitors who grabbed the next - and last - goal of the game when an unmarked Pablo Ibanez nodded home a Chris Brunt centre. Yet again the Hammers had failed to clear their lines from a corner and were duly punished.
The solitary point leaves West Ham bottom of the Premier League and four points from 17th place. Next up for Grant and his squad are another newly-promoted team - Blackpool - in a game that the Hammers simply must win in order to avoid going into the busy Christmas period adrift at the foot of the table.
West Ham Utd 2 WBA 2: match facts
West Ham Utd: Green, Jacobsen, Ilunga, Upson, Gabbidon, Parker, Boa Morte (Kovac 54), Barrera (McCarthy 88), Dyer, Cole (Obinna 76), Piquionne.
Subs not used: Stech, Reid, Tomkins, Spector.
Goals: Parker (43), Piquionne (pen 50).
Booked: Boa Morte (38), Gabbidon (88).
West Bromwich Albion: Carson, Cech, Ibanez, Tamas, Reid, Scharner, Brunt, Thomas (Barnes 75), Dorrans (Cox 67), Morrison, Odemwingie (Fortune 88).
Subs not used: Myhill, Tchoyi, Shorey, Zuiverloon.
Goals: Odemwingie (pen 38), Ibanez (71).
Referee: Mike Dean (4).
KUMB.com Man of the Match: Kieron Dyer.
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by Baggie Dave
10:09AM 11th Nov 2010
''I suggest you take a look at the TV footage on the Baggies penalty...nailed on.''
09:22AM 11th Nov 2010
''I was stupidly optimistic going into this game. Seeing us at Arsenal, Birmingham, we seemed to be that bit away from getting it right. So it was to my suprise that in the first half at home to West Brom we had no guile or endevour.
Parker is single handedly dragging 10 players behind him kicking and screaming in a sack on ineptitude.
We have injuries, players are missing but does Grant inspire?! First half clearly reflects his high profile is as about significant as Sven Goran Eriksson.
Lambert of Norwich next manager - sort it out! ''