Hammers - Albion 0-0 (0-0) 08/09

Et lag som kjemper innbitt mot nedrykkspøkelset kan ikke sløse bort poeng på denne måten. Men det er vel derfor Albion ligger der de ligger.

Basement club West Brom failed to take advantage of an injury-hit West Ham side in a mediocre draw at Upton Park.

The Baggies had the best chances, with Jonathan Greening firing over, James Morrison seeing his shot saved and Shelton Martis hitting the bar.

West Ham rarely threatened, although both David di Michele and Savio should have hit the target with their efforts.

The home side also had Matthew Upson carried off injured, and keeper Robert Green floored by a heavy challenge.

However, it was later revealed that Upson was walking freely after being taken into the tunnel on a stretcher, while Green said he "would live to fight another day".

That was the only good news for Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola, who watched his side produce a below-par performance.

The Baggies conjured up the best and only clear chance of the first half when Morrison was inexplicably allowed to weave into the penalty area before firing in a low shot that was saved by the feet of Green. West Ham failed to come up with anything as exciting in the West Brom box during that period, although the spritely Freddie Sears had an effort on goal blocked, while his other shot was deflected on to the roof of the net.

The Hammers cause was certainly not helped by the injury to centre-back Upson, who was replaced by Jonathan Spector.

West Ham improved slightly in the second half but again failed to give Scott Carson much of a workout in the West Brom goal.

Both Di Michele and Savio, making his first start, should have tested the keeper but both fired wildly over.

West Brom wasted two good chances to punish the London side but first Greening dinked his shot over the bar from six yards and then Martis powered his header on to the bar from closer in.

And there was another injury scare for the home side as the ball struck their crossbar, with Green appearing to be caught by Jonas Olsson's elbow and requiring treatment.

Three points would have given West Brom a glimmer of hope regarding survival but at the end of the 90 minutes it seems Tony Mowbray's team will now need a miracle.

 


West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:
"We missed a few important players and West Brom played well.

"West Brom had very good chances and they could have gone in front, which is why I'm saying this was a very good point for our team."

On Matthew Upson's injury: "It isn't bad. He was carrying a calf problem."

Robert Green on Jonas Olsson's challenge:
"Looking at the replays on the television, he's caught me with a good one.

"Luckily it was on a sturdy part of my face rather than an eye socket or my nose.

"That could have done me some proper damage but I'll live to fight another day."

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray:
"It was there for us to win tonight - I don't think West Ham were 100% at it.

"We had good opportunities to win the game. James Morrison missed one and Jonathan Greening clipped his shot over the bar.

"We find it hard to keep clean sheets but we did that but unfortunately we didn't do it at the other end."

 


West Ham: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson (Spector 29), Ilunga, Noble (Boa Morte 82), Kovac, Parker, Nsereko (Stanislas 68), Di Michele, Sears.
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Tristan, Payne.

Booked: Nsereko.

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Martis, Olsson, Robinson, Morrison (Filipe Teixeira 88), Koren, Dorrans, Greening, Brunt (Simpson 80), Fortune (Moore 80).
Subs Not Used: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech, Bednar.

Booked: Olsson.

Att: 30,842

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).