West Ham United Remains in Relegation Zone After Dropping Two Points to West Bromwich Albion
West Ham conceded a 3-3 draw earlier today on its home ground of Upton Park against West Bromwich Albion at the end of a thrilling game of football. Joe Cole, Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan scored for West Ham while Nicolas Anelka (2) and Saido Berahino scored for the visitors. With this draw, the Hammers remain in the bottom three and will need a win against Fulham on Wednesday to get out of it.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was still without forward Andy Carroll for this “must-win” game as he called it. His team was winless in eight Premier League games and needed a win today to get out of the relegation zone. Carlton Cole, goalscorer against Arsenal on Wednesday, was preferred to Modibo Maiga to start upfront for the Hammers. West Brom interim manager Keith Downing made six changes from the side that earned a point at Tottenham and opted to start Nicolas Anelka upfront.
Joe Cole put the Hammers in front at the 4th minute. After receiving a pass from Nolan, the former Chelsea player resisted to Liam Ridgewell‘s return and squeezed the ball between West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and the near post. After their goal, the Hammers surprisingly released the pressure and left the control of the game to the Baggies. They were punished at the 40th minute by Anelka who equalized for the visitors. The Frenchman got his team in front five minutes later tapping the ball into the net after West Ham had failed to clear it from a corner.
Down 2-1 at halftime, Allardyce made a change by bringing Maiga on for Carlton Cole. The Mali international made a massive difference and was rewarded at the 65th minute with his first Premier League goal of the season. Nolan gave the lead to West Ham two minutes later. In less than five minutes, the Hammers had turned the game around and seemed to be on their way to get their first league win in eight games, but Berahino brought West Brom level just two minutes after Nolan’s goal. Despite a thrilling last quarter, the score remained unchanged.
West Ham has failed to get out of the relegation zone after dropping two vital points against West Brom. The Hammers are now winless in their last nine Premier League games and could even find themselves bottom of the table at the end of the day should Sunderland beat Cardiff City later today.