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Default West Ham United 2-2 West Brom | Premier League match report


All that was missing for Scott Parker was the red cape with the large letter 'S'. Sadly for the West Ham captain the deficiencies in those around him once again made for foot-stamping frustration.

Parker marked his 100th appearance for the club with a stunning equaliser, which unexpectedly propelled his team back into this vital game. But, after Frédéric Piquionne had put the home team in charge, they managed to let it slip. Pablo Ibáñez's header gave West Brom a deserved point and sent West Ham into another bout of soul-searching. Boos reverberated at full-time. The pressure has intensified further on the manager Avram Grant.

West Ham had been straining for positives in the build-up to the game and trotting out variations of the theme that results had not matched recent performances but the subtext to the evening's entertainment was that victory was essential for the home side. No more hard luck stories could be tolerated.When you bear the weight of the division and must play in front of your own crowd, it is inevitable that tension will hang in the air and West Ham's task was to keep it in check. Intense encouragement greeted every one of their excursions into the final third, the fans willing their players to make something happen, yet groans followed the misplaced passes. In its own way, it was gripping stuff.

West Brom have demonstrated their capability on the road already this season – witness the results at Arsenal and Manchester United – and with Roberto Di Matteo content to allow West Ham to force the issue, which always felt as if it would be problematic for them, the visitors looked to strike on the counter. Peter Odemwingie flickered with intent.

West Ham's task became more difficult in the 38th minute. West Brom had looked the more likely scorers and they were presented with the opportunity to do so when Luis Boa Morte bundled over Steven Reid inside the area. No team likes to concede a penalty for such grappling and, initially, nobody could quite believe that the referee Mike Dean had pointed to the spot. Odemwingie finished coolly.

West Ham desperately needed inspiration and, as ever and out of nothing, it was Parker who provided it. After West Brom had dallied at the back and Carlton Cole had won the ball, it broke to the West Ham captain and he arrowed a first-time right-footed beauty from 25 yards into the far top corner. Upton Park revelled in the relief, although a grumpy-looking Grant appeared to throw his water bottle in the direction of the assistant referee.

Grant confronted Dean at half-time, clearly furious about the penalty award. The manager has developed a persecution complex, believing that various officials have already cost his team "four or five points this season."

From the moment Parker's goal went in, though, West Ham looked a different team and they enjoyed Dean levelling things up early in the second half. Kieron Dyer skipped into the area, felt Gabriel Tamas barge him and went down, with the ball seemingly having got away from him. Penalty? Piquionne lashed it home.

Piquionne then went close to a third for his team. West Ham looked to have the game in their grip. It is never wise to make such pronouncements, though. Back came West Brom. They hinted at the equaliser before scoring it when the impressive Chris Brunt's cross was headed home by the unmarked Ibãñez. The home crowd gave vent to their irritation when Cole felt his hamstring and limped off. They cheered the announcement of his withdrawal. These are fraught times for the Hammers.
David Hytner

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