Reid’s own goal keeps West Ham in rut

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Win­ston Reid’s un­for­tu­nate own goal pre­vented West Ham United from claim­ing a first win in four Premier League games as they drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Al­bion yes­ter­day. In the 100th meet­ing be­tween the teams, Mauro Zarate put West Ham ahead in the 17th minute at Up­ton Park with a fine free-kick that curled into the top-left cor­ner.

But West Brom drew level five min­utes af­ter half-time when sub­sti­tute Rickie Lam­bert’s snap­shot took a cruel de­flec­tion off New Zealand de­fender Reid’s arm that sent the ball spin­ning into the net. Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, who last won against Chelsea in late Oc­to­ber, climbed one place to sev­enth in the ta­ble, while West Brom re­main 13th.

West Brom man­ager Tony Pulis made just one change, Gareth McAu­ley re­plac­ing the sus­pended Chris Brunt, and the visi­tors threat­ened first, with Salomon Ron­don shoot­ing nar­rowly wide in the 13th minute.

But four min­utes later West Ham went ahead af­ter McAu­ley’s foul on Di­afra Sakho pre­sented Zarate with an op­por­tu­nity to take aim from 25 yards. The Ar­gen­tine for­ward did not spurn the in­vi­ta­tion, shap­ing a glo­ri­ous shot right into the top-left cor­ner for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

The goal en­er­gised Bilic’s men and they twice went close be­fore half-time. Cheikhou Kouy­ate could only head wide from Aaron Cress­well’s cross, while Manuel Lanzini stung West Brom goal­keeper Boaz My­hill’s palms with a first-time shot af­ter a jink­ing run and pass from Zarate.

Pulis in­tro­duced Lam­bert for Stephane Sesseg­non at the in­ter­val and the for­mer Southamp­ton and Liver­pool striker made an im­me­di­ate im­pact. Af­ter Dar­ren Fletcher won pos­ses­sion on the edge of the West Ham box, Lam­bert took aim with a left-foot shot that can­noned off Reid’s arm and left goal­keeper Adrian wrong-footed.

Now it was the visi­tors who were on top, with Adrian par­ry­ing Lam­bert’s low free-kick and then pro­duc­ing a starfish save to re­pel Ron­don’s close-range header from Fletcher’s cross.

Bilic sent on Andy Car­roll for Pe­dro Obiang, only to then see an­other of his strik­ers, Sakho, hob­ble off af­ter hurt­ing him­self as he took aim at goal in the 72nd minute.

West Ham came clos­est to snatch­ing the points in the clos­ing stages, but Vic­tor Moses’s left-foot vol­ley flashed the wrong side of the post and Cress­well’s stop­page-time free-kick was turned away by Adrian. — AFP

UP­TON PARK: West Ham United’s Sene­galese striker Di­afra Sakho vies with West Bromwich Al­bion’s Ar­gen­tinian mid­fielder Clau­dio Ya­cob (L) and West Bromwich Al­bion’s North­ern Ir­ish de­fender Gareth McAu­ley (R) dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween West Ham United and West Bromwich Al­bion at The Bo­leyn Ground in Up­ton Park, East Lon­don yes­ter­day. — AFP


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