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West Ham 1-1 West Brom: Lambert’s deflected second-half strike cancels out Zarate’s opener

first_img1 West Ham 1-1 West Brom: Lambert’s deflected second-half strike cancels out Zarate’s opener West Brom’s dominant second-half performance meant they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Sunday afternoon.A poor first-half display by Tony Pulis’s men was soon forgotten as the Baggies were on top in the second period, where substitute Rickie Lambert saw his shot deflected fortuitously past goalkeeper Adrian, with the strike going down as a Winston Reid own goal.The Hammers should have taken a comfortable lead into the break after going ahead shortly after a quarter of an hour.Mauro Zarate’s well-crafted free-kick beat Boaz Myhill and Slaven Bilic’s side had further opportunities to add to their tally.Pulis introduced Lambert and the Baggies were a totally different side, taking just four minutes to get back onto level terms after changing formation.With different performances by both sides in each half, a draw was probably a fair result at Upton Park, as West Brom stay 13th and West Ham go up a place to seventh in the Premier League standings.The visitors were incredibly sloppy defensively in the opening 45 and Gareth McAuley gave away two free-kicks in dangerous areas after cheap fouls in quick succession.The first foul proved costly as the defender fouled Diafra Sakho around 20 yards from goal. From a central left position, Argentinean forward Zarate told team-mate Aaron Cresswell to allow him to take the set piece and how right he was.The former Lazio and Inter Milan player curled a delightful ball past the wall and into the top corner to beat Myhill. The Welsh goalkeeper could do little as the ball nestled into the top corner to give the hosts a 17th-minute lead.West Brom were all over the place and the half-time whistle could not come sooner.They were lucky not to be two down as Kouyate and Lanzini went close to doubling the Hammers’ tally.Cresswell’s superb floated cross from the left found Senegal international Kouyate, eight yards from goal, who glanced a header wide and he should have tested the goalkeeper.Lanzini’s chance came when the South American played a neat one-two with compatriot Zarate before sending an outswinging shot at goal from 12 yards, the Baggies goalkeeper Myhill making a good save again to keep his side in the contest.Pulis was clearly unhappy with his side and he made a change at the interval, introducing Lambert and changing to 4-4-2.Lambert’s influence was soon felt as he helped put West Brom back on level terms.From the edge of the box, the former Liverpool striker shot on the turn and the ball took a heavy deflection off the hand of Reid to beat Adrian.The visitors were buoyed by their goal and they were suddenly on top.Adrian made a stunning Peter Schmeichel-inspired starfish-style save to deny Rondon from point-blank range and all of a sudden the Baggies were finding spaces in behind the Hammers’ defence.Jonas Olsson made a good last-ditch block to send Sakho’s shot into the side-netting, while further heroic defending saw substitute Andy Carroll denied by multiple Baggies bodies in the box in the closing stages.last_img read more