Premier League - Ibanez saves point for West Brom
Wed, 10 Nov 21:48:00 2010
Two penalties, a free header and a Scott Parker screamer saw West Ham and West Brom share the spoils in a 2-2 at Upton Park in the Premier League.
Peter Odemwingie put West Brom one up from the penalty spot, but the visitors lead did not last long and just three minutes later Parker hit a spectacular drive into the top corner to level things up at half-time.
Frederic Piquionne gave the home team the lead from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half after Graham Dorrans was adjudged to have fouled Kieron Dyer.
But the Hammers failed to hold on to the lead and will be furious with the ease of the Baggies' equaliser, as Pablo Ibanez headed home unmarked at the back post from a Chris Brunt cross.
Sitting bottom of the league and under increasing pressure, Avram Grant made two positive changes for the home side as he brought in Dyer and Pablo Barrera for Victor Obinna and Valon Behrami.
Roberto Di Matteo’s team were stuck in mid-week East-London traffic and only arrived at the ground at 18:50. The Italian made four changes to the team which lost to Manchester City on Sunday, with the most significant switch coming in attack where Odemwingie replaced Marc Antoine-Fortune.
Odemwingie was a constant menace to the West Ham defence, holding the ball up well and bringing his midfield into play.
He was left frustrated after 11 minutes though, as West Brom counter attacked from a Hammers corner.
Jerome Thomas broke with the ball and despite having Odemwingie and Dorrans up in support against just two home defenders, selfishly shot from 20 yards with an effort which was easy for Robert Green to gather.
At the other end, it was West Ham’s big forward Carlton Cole who was causing the problems.
On 21 minutes he broke the offside trap to shoot just wide, and 10 minutes later rose highest in the box at a corner to head narrowly over the bar.
West Brom took the lead in the 38th minute as Luis Boa Morte hauled down Steven Reid at a corner. Odemwingie stepped up and stroked the ball into the bottom right corner, sending the keeper the wrong way.
The lead only lasted three minutes.
Paul Scharner was caught in possession mid-way in his own half and was tackled by Cole who immediately drove at goal. Scharner recovered to win the ball back, but the ball fell loose to the onrushing Parker who spectacularly drove the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.
Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot for the second time five minutes after the break as he adjudged Dorrans’s coming together with Dyer to be a foul.
Piquionne sent Scott Carson the wrong way from the spot to give the Hammers the lead.
The French forward had a glorious chance to secure the points for West Ham 10 minutes later.
The impressive Dyer laid a brilliant ball through to Piquionne who was in space just 10 yards out. After setting himself, he dragged his shot beyond the far post.
West Ham were made to rue the missed chance eight minutes later.
After his corner was only cleared as far as the edge of the box, Brunt received the ball out wide once more and whipped in a deep cross to the unmarked Ibanez who had the simple task of heading home from eight yards.
Any chance of West Ham taking the lead once more were dealt a heavy blow in the 71st minute when Cole was forced from the pitch with what looked to be a hamstring injury.
The result means West Ham remain on the bottom of the Premier League, while West Brom slip to 11th.Dan Rumens / Eurosport