Report - West Ham v West Brom
10 November 2010
Disappointing - that's the word that could be used to describe last night's game. Not because it lacked action but because things could have turned out a lot better for both teams. The Hammers will be disappointed because they had turned the game around to lead 2-1 and would have expected to go on and win and the Baggies will be disappointed that they gifted West Ham a goal shortly after Peter Odemwingie had put them ahead with a penalty and also that they couldn't go on and force a win after finishing the game in the ascendancy. However, this point could prove important to both teams come the end of the season and should not be viewed as any sort of disappointment. Whatever, the Hammers may think about West Brom the facts show that they have started the season exceptionally well whilst West Ham have had a dreadful beginning and therefore they should be grateful to get a point from a team that so far has proven to be superior.
The game started with a fair amount of possession for the home side but they lacked any real cutting edge and the Baggies always looked comfortable. Albion took the lead after Mike Dean had spotted Boa Morte grab hold of Stephen Reid in the penalty area. Why don't all referees spot this form of cheating. Odemwingie despatched the penalty with ease sending Green the wrong way. Soon after though some diabolical play in their own half saw Scharner dispossessed before Scott Parker unleashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of Carson's net. There were no additions to the score in the first half although Boa Morte did test the Albion keeper with a rasping shot at his near post before Mr Dean blew his whistle for the break. Within five minutes of the restart West Ham were ahead after Tamas was, perhaps harshly, adjudged to have pushed Dyer over. Carson was beaten by Piquionne's spot kick and the East End faithful cheered with the expectation of three points ahead. Piquionne could have added to the tally a few moments later but he screwed his shot wide of Carson's right hand post, in truth he shouldn't have been allowed to shoot as he was clearly offside. From then on the Baggies picked up the pace and with the introduction of Simon Cox they began to rain shots in on Green's goal. The pressure finally told when Pablo was left all on his own in the area to power home a header from Chris Brunt's inch perfect cross. It was the Spaniard's first Premier League goal and he wasn't sure how to celebrate other than to look surprised in front of the travelling fans. Sadly, Albion couldn't claim the winner despite concerted pressure up to the final whistle.
Di Matteo will be pleased to have gained a point with a team weakened by injury and suspension, we shouldn't forget that Tamas was the only regular defender playing last night and the player of the season, Mulumbu was also missing, he should be back for Wigan as should Shorey.