Frederic Piquionne's penalty put West Ham ahead just after half-time
By Julian Shea
West Ham failed to hold on to a lead for the second game running as they were held to a draw by West Brom and remain rooted to the foot of the table.
A tepid first half came alive as Peter Odemwingie's penalty gave West Brom a brief lead, before Scott Parker's thunderbolt of a shot levelled things.
Frederic Piquionne's penalty put West Ham ahead before Pablo Ibanez headed the visitors level.
West Brom piled on the pressure late on but both sides seemed happy to draw.
Coming into the game, the two sides could not have had more contrasting seasons so far - West Ham enduring their worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign, while the visitors enjoyed their best-ever - but they seemed evenly matched early on.
Neither side seemed to have the conviction and courage to impose themselves on the game, despite the lack of threat posed by the opposition, and this made for a forgettable early period with few chances.
What action there was in the first half came in the last 15 minutes.
Carlton Cole was West Ham's top scorer last season with 10 goals, but has only managed two in his last 26 games.
He came within inches of breaking the deadlock on the half-hour when he headed just over from Pablo Barrera's corner from the right, but when the first goal came, it was at the other end.
Matthew Upson deflected an Odemwingie shot behind for West Brom's second corner of the night, and in the resulting penalty-box jostling, Luis Boa Morte needlessly shoved Steven Reid to the ground, and referee Mike Dean pointed straight to the spot.
Odemwingie put the ball to Robert Green's left to give his side the lead, but it was only a short-lived advantage.
Cole easily dispossessed Paul Scharner just outside the penalty area, played a one-two with Kieron Dyer and when Schaner blocked Cole's attempted shot, Parker charged in and unleashed a superb first-time shot high into the top corner for an equaliser on his 100th appearance for the club.
Shortly after the restart, West Ham went into the lead when Gabriel Tamas barged over Dyer in the penalty area, and Piquionne thumped the ball home.
This inspired the home side and their fans, and Piquionne had a great chance to make it 3-1 when Barrera and Dyer set him up for a great chance, only for the Frenchman to drag the ball just wide of the far post.
Faced with the prospect of just their second win of the season and moving off the bottom of the table, West Ham opted to try and play it safe rather than stay on the front foot, and they were soon made to pay for the decision.
After they failed to clear a corner, Chris Brunt sent over a looping cross from the left, which was met by the head of the unmarked Ibanez.
With time running out, West Ham's nerves showed and West Brom had more chances to snatch a late win as they had a succession of late corners, and the final whistle was greeted with obvious frustration by the home fans.
West Ham manager Avram Grant:
"We deserved to win, especially in the second half we dominated.
"We wanted to start quickly but they defend with a lot behind the ball so we had to be patient, it was hard for us to create chances.
"The spirit of team is very good, it's more frustrating that we're bottom of the league but the spirit is good.
"We're trying to play positive football, we keep doing what we need to do and we don't win - we don't like it but at the end of the day, the wins will come."
West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo:
"It was very important for us not to have three defeats in a row, and to get a good performance out.
"People outside the club may get carried away, but we are new in the Premier League and still learning.
"We need to manage games better, to get that lead into half-time but we are improving and will get better."
90:00+2:29 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt.
90:00+1:18 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Ibanez Pablo has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide
left of the goal.
90:00+0:32 Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
87:11 Direct free kick taken by James Morrison.
87:11 Substitution Peter Odemwingie goes off and Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on.
87:11 Substitution Benni McCarthy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pablo Barrera.
87:11 Booking Daniel Gabbidon is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
87:02 Daniel Gabbidon concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie.
85:24 Unfair challenge on Steven Reid by Pablo Barrera results in a free kick. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
84:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Gabriel Tamas takes the indirect free kick.
83:06 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
81:29 James Morrison has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
79:24 Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Daniel Gabbidon results in a free kick. Ibanez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.
78:28 Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
77:31 Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the left by-line, clearance made by Gabriel Tamas.
75:12 Substitution Victor Obinna is brought on as a substitute for Carlton Cole.
73:32 Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
73:32 Substitution Giles Barnes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jerome Thomas.
73:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by Chris Brunt.
72:16 Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
72:16 Booking Radoslav Kovac shown a yellow card.
72:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Radoslav Kovac on Simon Cox.
70:40 Chris Brunt provided the assist for the goal.
70:40 GOAL - Ibanez Pablo:West Ham 2 - 2 West Brom Ibanez Pablo grabs a headed goal from close range. West Ham 2-2 West Brom.
70:01 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Matthew Upson.
69:16 Jerome Thomas is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
68:26 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
66:45 Simon Cox takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
66:08 Substitution Simon Cox is brought on as a substitute for Graham Dorrans.
61:35 Shot by Frederic Piquionne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
59:49 Kieron Dyer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ibanez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.
58:58 Carlton Cole is ruled offside. Gabriel Tamas restarts play with the free kick.
57:50 Jerome Thomas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
57:30 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
54:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Marek Cech.
Correction - 52:32 Corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Scharner.
Correction - 52:32 Substitution Luis Boa Morte goes off and Radoslav Kovac comes on.
Correction - 52:32 Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Ibanez Pablo gets a block in.
52:32 Outswinging corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Scharner.
52:32 Substitution Radoslav Kovac on for Luis Boa Morte.
52:32 Kieron Dyer takes a shot. Blocked by Ibanez Pablo.
52:01 Frederic Piquionne fouled by Marek Cech, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.
49:06 Assist on the goal came from Kieron Dyer.
49:06 GOAL - Frederic Piquionne:West Ham 2 - 1 West Brom Placed penalty scored by Frederic Piquionne. West Ham 2-1 West Brom.
Correction - 48:23 Foul by Gabriel Tamas on Kieron Dyer, Penalty awarded.
48:23 Kieron Dyer fouled by Gabriel Tamas, the ref awards a Penalty.
45:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on Graham Dorrans. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+1:18 It is the end of the first-half.
Correction - 45:00+0:49 Luis Boa Morte takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
45:00+0:49 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
44:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line, Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Scott Carson makes
a comfortable save. Effort from outside the penalty box by Chris Brunt goes wide right of the target.
42:21 GOAL - Scott Parker:West Ham 1 - 1 West Brom A goal is scored by Scott Parker from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 West Brom.
39:20 The referee penalises James Morrison for handball. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
37:49 GOAL - Peter Odemwingie:West Ham 0 - 1 West Brom Penalty taken right-footed by Peter Odemwingie and scored. West Ham 0-1 West Brom.
37:09 Booking Luis Boa Morte is shown a yellow card.
35:35 Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free
kick. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Brunt, Luis Boa Morte concedes a Penalty for a foul on Steven
34:26 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.
30:40 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Brunt, save by Robert
30:28 The referee blows for offside against Carlton Cole. Graham Dorrans takes the indirect free kick.
28:32 Outswinging corner taken by Pablo Barrera, Carlton Cole produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
27:26 Effort by Graham Dorrans from a long way out goes over the target.
26:07 Scott Parker concedes a free kick for a foul on Graham Dorrans. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
Correction - 25:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Scott Parker. Centre by Chris Brunt, Ibanez Pablo takes a shot.
Save made by Robert Green.
25:05 Unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Scott Parker results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt, Ibanez Pablo
takes a shot. Comfortable save by Robert Green.
23:00 The referee penalises Carlton Cole for handball. Direct free kick taken by Steven Reid.
22:15 Unfair challenge on Lars Jacobsen by Graham Dorrans results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
19:14 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
18:17 James Morrison fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
15:00 Shot from long range by Chris Brunt goes wide of the left-hand post.
11:46 Pablo Barrera takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Marek Cech makes a clearance.
10:10 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
9:33 Corner taken by Pablo Barrera from the right by-line.
8:04 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
4:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Chris Brunt. Scott Carson takes the direct free kick.
1:43 Jerome Thomas challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieron Dyer takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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