West Brom 3-3 West Ham United FT

WEST BROMWICH ALBION v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2011
KICK-OFF: 3PM

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Final score - West Bromwich Albion 3-3 West Ham United

96 mins - The game is over. Boos from the home fans and cheers from the visiting supporters. Myhill hacks the ball so high it hits the roof of the stand. The away fans applaud their players and the men in claret and blue respond by clapping the travelling hordes. What a game that was! Don't forget, there will be exclusive reaction on whufc.com and West Ham TV soon. West Ham return to action a week on Monday when Burnley are the visitors in the FA Cup sponsored by EON fifth round.

Demba Ba

96 mins - We might have another minute as Da Costa had some treatment. We do as Cole first tries to bulldoze his way through, then Piquionne beats one defender before shooting over the top. What a second half!

95 mins - Into the last minute and Cole is fouled wide left. A chance to deliver one final set piece into the box. Noble takes it short to Bridge, whose cross flicks off a West Ham head and out for a throw.

93 mins - Unbelievable. Ba wins a corner. Noble crosses and Da Costa powers a header a yard past the angle of post and crossbar.

92 mins - Odemwingie again! He has a clear shooting chance in the middle of the penalty area but again it is straight at Green.

91 mins - We're into the first of FIVE minutes of added time.

89 mins - Great chance for Odemwingie inside the box, but he hits a weak shot straight into Green's grasp.

88 mins - Spector goes in hard but it looks like fairly on Jara. Referee Mason doesn't agree and books the American.

87 mins - Da Costa brings the ball forward and lets fly from 35 yards. The ball spins off a defender and behind for another corner. Bridge takes but the ball eludes everyone and West Brom can clear.

86 mins - Cole loses his defender and crosses low. Tamas hacks out for a throw. West Ham can win this.

83 mins - GOAL! Ba! Bridge takes the corner short to Noble. His cross flicks off a head to Ba, who volleys in from 12 yards. The away fans are in quite a good mood, all of a sudden...

83 mins - Another corner... Bridge...

82 mins - West Brom replace Dorrans with centre-back Gabriel Tamas.

81 mins - Time is running out for the Hammers as Parker wins a corner. it is taken short and worked back to Parker, but his cross is too high for Piquionne.

79 mins - 23,916 fans are here today as Dorrans skips across the face of the box and feeds Morrison, who flashes a shot wide of the left-hand post.

78 mins - Spector is on for O'Neil. Come on Jonny, let's have a goal!

77 mins - West Brom have a corner and Green is fouled as he tries to catch.

76 mins - Is it time for a second change and to replace some tired legs in the midfield? Maybe some pace with Hines? Or a willing runner in Spector?

71 mins - Bridge's corner is headed into the ground by Da Costa and Myhill collects. West Ham have scored twice, hit the woodwork three times and had a perfectly good goal disallowed.

70 mins - So close! Piquionne beats two before finding O'Neil, who passes left to Ba, who shoots into the side-netting!

69 mins - This is like basketball. Literally one end to the other. Odemwingie gets goalside of Da Costa but the defender gets a block in and Green collects.

67 mins - West Ham are piling forward. Jacobsen's cross is flicked on by Piquionne and Ba tries to burrow his way into the box before going down. Nothing given again!

65 mins - I don't believe it! Noble gets past his defender and pulls the ball back for Ba, whose shot is blocked on the line. West Brom break up the other end and Green is forced to collect a low shot from distance.

64 mins - Oooh! Noble controls inside the box and looks as if he might have space to shoot before going to ground. Yet again, referee Mason does not give a penalty.

62 mins - The Baggies almost grab a fourth as Odemwingie skips past Reid and forces Green into a save diving low to his left. Corner.

61 mins - West Brom are trying to stem the tide by replacing Thomas with Giles Barnes.

60 mins - I think Cole has a nosebleed. Bridge gets down the left and crosses, Piquionne rises high and sends a looping header against the crossbar. Amazing stuff.

58 mins - GOAL! Cole! If they weren't nervous before, they will be now. Noble picks out Piquionne and his first touch is a header across goal that Cole bundles in from six yards. Cole was hurt scoring that goal, but I think he'll be OK to continue.

57 mins - Brunt is booked for a foul on Parker. Before the re-start, Boa Morte is replaced by Piquionne. West Ham have a free-kick about 35 yards out in a central position.

54 mins - Dorrans crosses and the ball flicks off the head of Da Costa. Odemwingie has acres to control and finish, but instead his control lets him down and the ball rolls behind for a goal kick.

52 mins - Jara hacks the ball behind for a corner. Noble crosses and Boa Morte forces Myhill into a diving save with a flicked header. The home fans and players are definitely a tad nervous, despite their two-goal advantage.

50 mins - GOAL! Ba scores on his full debut. Noble's pass loops over Scharner and the No21 controls before slotting the ball under the advancing Myhill.

48 mins - Scharner gives the ball straight to Ba, but the move breaks down on the edge of the penalty area. West Brom break and Thomas's cross is passed straight to Fortune by Jacobsen. The striker goes down and wants a penalty, but again referee Mason gives nothing.

47 mins - Thomas is isolated one on one against Jacobsen and runs at the Dane before losing his footing and Green collects.

46 mins - Cole and Ba kick-off...

OK, here come the two teams for the second half. No changes from either manager at half-time.

Half-time score - West Bromwich Albion 3-0 West Ham United

49 mins - That's half-time.

48 mins - It's just not our day. O'Neil hits the bar with a thunderous shot from 30 yards. It drops to Cole, but he can't control. The No9 lays the ball back to Ba, whose shot is deflected just over the top. The corner comes in and Da Costa's free header is straight at Myhill.

47 mins - Noble tries to pick out the run of Ba, but his pass is too strong and eludes the striker's boot.

45 mins - We are nearly into the three minutes of added time as Thomas cuts on to his right foot and shoots from 20 yards. The ball goes a few yards wide of the right-hand post. Goal kick.

43 mins - Dorrans lets fly from 25 yards and it's destined for the top corner before Green claws the ball out for a corner. It is punched clear, but Ba's attempted break is stopped by the touchline.

40 mins - Parker brings the ball forward before Ba and O'Neil combine. The latter picks out Parker's run, but his shot is deflected behind. The corner comes over and Ba heads it towards goal. It hits a defender and Ba hits the rebound well, only for Myhill to divert it on to the base of the post and Morrison clears.

39 mins - Noble follows Boa Morte into the book for a challenge on Dorrans near the halfway line.

38 mins - Da Costa barrels through the middle before showing some skill and getting to the byline, but his cross is headed clear at the near post. This has not been a very enjoyable 45 minutes at all.

34 mins - Thomas gets in behind and is brought down by Da Costa. Cole heads the free-kick clear, but West Brom come again and Bridge concedes a throw. Finally, the ball goes behind for a goal kick.

33 mins - GOAL! That's probably the game all over. Dorrans curls over a free-kick and the ball hits Reid and bounces past Green. It's an own-goal, as the initial delivery was going wide.

29 mins - A yellow card apiece as Boa Morte brings down Brunt. The free-kick comes over and might have hit Reid on the arm. The home fans want a penalty. Nothing given.

27 mins - West Ham need to get a goal back and create some nerves among the home players and fans. O'Neil tries his best as he shoots from 30 yards and forces Myhill into a sprawling save. Dorrans fouled as West Ham player in the build-up and is booked.

24 mins - The Hammers are on top in terms of possession. O'Neil is fouled by Dorrans and Noble sends a free-kick over that Myhill can only punch as far as Reid, but the New Zealander's header lacks power and direction and is claimed by the Wales goalkeeper.

22 mins - Nice build-up from Parker and Boa Morte before the former finds Cole. He spins and puts the ball in the bottom left-hand corner, only to be flagged for offside. Replays suggest he was level with Olsson.

20 mins - West Ham have a corner on their right. Bridge trots across to take it. His corner hits the first defender. Odemwingie gifts possession back to West Ham and Cole receives a pass from Boa Morte before slicing a shot high and wide.

19 mins - A tactical change has West Ham playing 4-3-3. Boa Morte and Ba are playing in support of Cole. Ba collects a pass out on the left and cuts inside before shooting right-footed. The ball flies out for a throw.

17 mins - Da Costa concedes a corner. Dorrans takes and Odemwingie has a free header from six yards after losing his marker. The Nigerian heads down and the ball bounces into the arms of Green. West Brom could be out of sight here.

15 mins - O'Neil has room to cross, the ball flicks off Ba and is cleared for a throw by Scharner. West Ham can't get anything going so far. They need a goal back soonto make a game of this.

14 mins - West Brom have to make a change as Mulumbu is hurt. His place is taken by Scotland international James Morrison.

12 mins - That should be 3-0. Odemwingie chases a hopeful clearance and bursts between Da Costa and Jacobsen before rounding Green and going down under a challenge from Reid. The referee waves his arms and gives nothing. Odemwingie has the physio on for a shoulder injury, but he looks OK.

11 mins - West Ham finally have some pressure down their left. Parker and Ba try to work an opening inside the penalty area, but the door is slammed shut.

8 mins - GOAL! The mountain just got steeper. Cole is dispossessed in midfield and the ball is worked to Jerome Thomas. He has acres of space to come into the box and curl a shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

5 mins - What is going on out there? Odemwingie gets past Da Costa and crosses. Green parries the ball into the path of Dorrans, whose shot is blocked on the line by Reid or Fortune.

3 mins - GOAL! Well the game is only three minutes old and West Ham have it all to do already. Odemwingie gets past Noble and finds Dorrans in too much space 25 yards out. The midfielder turns and spanks the ball into the top corner.

2 mins - West Brom enjoy plenty of possession in the opening 90 seconds before a clearance falls to Fortune 25 yards out. He has time and space to shoot, but it's straight at Green and the goalkeeper holds on safely.

3pm - The game is up and running...

2.59pm - The mascots have their photos taken with the captains and two people dressed as giant chickens. As the youngsters sprint to the touchlines, the two captains shake hands and the coin is tossed. The Hammers have a pre-kick-off huddle, leaving Odemwingie and Fortune to wait to get the game underway.

2.55pm - The two teams emerge from the tunnel. The atmosphere is really good inside The Hawthorns this afternoon. West Ham are in claret and blue shirts, light blue shorts and light blue socks, while West Brom are in their home shirts of dark blue and white stripes, white shorts and white socks. West Ham have brought more than 2,000 supporters up to the Midlands this afternoon.

Thomas Hitzlsperger

2.50pm - The two teams have headed back to their dressing rooms. There is plenty of excitement around the place. One very familiar face in the Press Lounge before kick-off is that of comedian and 'Three Lions' singer Frank Skinner, who is of course a big Baggies fan.

2.40pm - OK, have you got those eleven other debutants? They are Winston Reid, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne, Marek Stech, Tal Ben Haim, Lars Jacobsen, Victor Obinna, Ruud Boffin, Wayne Bridge, Gary O'Neil and Robbie Keane.

2.30pm - Demba Ba will become West Ham's 12th full debutant of the 2010/11 season. The Senegal striker, of course, came off the bench against Birmingham last Sunday to become the Hammers' 822nd first-team player. I'll give you five minutes to name the eleven other full debutants this season!

Demba Ba

2.10pm - West Ham's substitutes are Boffin, Spector, Faubert, Kovac, Hitzlsperger, Hines and Piquionne. Full West Brom team news is published below. Don't forget, the team news and goal updates will also be published on the club's official twitter feed here.

2.05pm - West Ham's starting XI will be as follows - Green, Jacobsen, Da Costa, Reid, Bridge, O'Neil, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte, Cole, Ba. So a full debut for Demba Ba and four changes from the side beaten 1-0 at home by Birmingham City last weekend. Out go the injured Matthew Upson and Robbie Keane, as well as Frederic Piquionne and Victor Obinna. Obinna only returned from international duty in Nigeria on Friday.

2pm - Today's referee is Lee Mason. The 39-year-old has taken charge of West Ham and West Brom once apiece in the Barclays Premier League this season. Mason was the man in the middle for the Hammers' 1-1 draw at Stoke City on 18 September, as well as the Baggies' 4-1 victory at Everton on 27 November.

1.45pm - West Ham's squad have arrived at The Hawthorns and a few of the players have been out to have a look at the pitch and the stadium. It's a bright and sunny afternoon in the West Midlands. The sprinklers are on and the pitch is being watered ahead of kick-off. West Brom will be managed today by caretaker boss and first-team coach Michael Appleton, with new manager Roy Hodgson watching on from the stands before taking charge next week.

Lars Jacobsen

Good afternoon and welcome to The Hawthorns for today's Barclays Premier League fixture between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

The Hammers will leapfrog their hosts with a victory in the Midlands, while a point would take West Ham off the bottom of the table should Wolverhampton Wanderers lose at Arsenal. Three points, combined with defeats or draws for Wolves and Wigan Athletic at Liverpool, would take Avram Grant's side out of the bottom three.

Today's game marks the 94th meeting between the two clubs, with each having recorded 37 wins and 19 draws. The most recent meeting took place on 10 November 2010 and ended in a 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at the Boleyn Ground. The last fixture played at The Hawthorns took place on 13 September 2008, when the Baggies ran out 3-2 winners in a game that saw Mark Noble among the scorers.

The two clubs met in midweek in the Barclays Premier Reserve League, with West Ham scoring a comprehensive 4-1 victory at West Brom's training ground. The game saw Thomas Hitzlsperger make a successful comeback after six months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Thomas Hitzlsperger

A win this afternoon would end a momentous week for the East Enders, who took a giant step towards securing the London 2012 Olympic Stadium on Friday when the club's joint bid with the London Borough of Newham was unanimously recommended by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) Board.

On to the team news and West Ham will be without captain Matthew Upson (achilles), Robbie Keane (calf), James Tomkins (calf) and Danny Gabbidon (hamstring). Long-term absentee Jack Collison (knee) is continuing his comeback and is now running fully at Chadwell Heath.

West Brom could be without Slovenia left-back Marek Cech (groin), Irish midfielder Steven Reid (knee) and Chile defender Gonzalo Jara (hamstring). Spanish defender Pablo Ibanez could be back after returning from a hamstring problem in the midweek reserve meeting between today's opponents.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Shorey, Scharner, Olsson, Jara, Thomas, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Brunt, Odemwingie, Fortune
Subs: Carson, Ibanez, Tamas, Morrison, Barnes, Vela, Cox

West Ham United: Green, Jacobsen, Da Costa, Reid, Bridge, O'Neil, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte, Cole, Ba
Subs: Boffin, Spector, Kovac, Faubert, Hitzlsperger, Hines, Piquionne