West Ham were again booed off by their fans after they failed to help their Championship automatic promotion claims with a draw against Middlesbrough.

The Hammers took the lead through an Abdoulaye Faye header looping in off Joe Bennett after 67 minutes.

But Middlesbrough equalised when Bart Ogbeche fired in a precise shot.

The visitors finished the stronger and a Lukas Jutkiewicz effort struck the Hammers bar before Ogbeche had a shot cleared off the line.

It was a fourth successive 1-1 draw for the Hammers, who lost ground on leaders Southampton after their 2-0 win at Hull.

The only consolation for West Ham was that second-placed Reading were beaten 3-1 by Peterborough and they are now only two points behind the Royals.

WEST HAM'S RECENT RUN

  • West Ham 1-1 Boro
  • Leeds 1-1 West Ham
  • West Ham 1-1 Doncaster
  • West Ham 1-1 Watford

West Ham had plenty of the play in the first half but lacked the cutting edge to break down a Boro side who had come to frustrate their hosts.

The Hammers fans upped their volume level after the break and their side responded by increasing their intensity.

The reward came with Faye's first goal for the club, when his header took a touch off Bennett to leave keeper Jason Steele wrong-footed.

James Tomkins had the chance to extend West Ham's lead only for Steele to produce an excellent save, pushing a close-range header onto the bar.

The incident proved crucial as Ogbeche cut inside and powered in an angled shot late on for Boro to leave the Hammers to endure more frustration.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "Eventually these draws will cost us. We were very, very patient tonight and got into the lead which was not easy because of the way the opposition sets up against us. It's frustrating because this is the best unbeaten run we've been on this season but we're not getting the points that we need from these matches.

"We didn't have that little bit of quality or the ability to just add the killer instinct and then we go and concede one of the best goals this season, it was a real moment of quality.

"It is five draws at home but then one of those was against Southampton when we had 10 men for most of the game.

"The turning point for me is the save that their goalkeeper made from James Tomkins when we were 1-0 up. If we had got it to 2-0 I think that would have been game over."

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray: "I was pleased with the way that we came here and set up to frustrate West Ham because of the run they've been on we thought we could play on their anxiety a bit.

"We're in the top six and with a bit of luck and a few players back hopefully we will stay there in the last nine games of the season and get into the play-offs.

"I'm pleased for Bart - he does that kind of thing every day in training but he's been coming into my office this week and asking me for more game time. Had he not done that would he have got his chance today? It's very hard to say but I'm pleased that he did."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

West Ham

  • 01 Green
  • 03 McCartney
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 15 Faye
  • 17 O'Brien
  • 25 Collins
  • 04 Nolan
  • 14 Taylor
  • 16 Noble (Baldock - 87' )
  • 08 Maynard (Collison - 71' )
  • 09 Cole (Carew - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Collison
  • 22 Lansbury
  • 23 Morrison
  • 07 Baldock
  • 11 Carew

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Bates
  • 15 Hines
  • 08 Thomson (Ogbeche - 80' )
  • 10 Bailey
  • 11 Hammill
  • 33 Smallwood (Martin - 80' )
  • 09 Emnes (Zemmama - 76' )
  • 30 Jutkiew'z

Substitutes

  • 29 McMahon
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 18 Arca
  • 22 Martin
  • 16 Ogbeche
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 27,250

Match Stats

Shots

17 18

On target

9 10

Corners

7 6

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:31

Merouane Zemmama challenges Matthew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George McCartney.

90:00 +2:50

Sam Baldock produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

90:00 +1:17

Shot from just outside the box by Merouane Zemmama misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +0:09

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Adam Hammill takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Joey O'Brien. Bart Ogbeche takes a shot. Clearance made by George McCartney.

88:46

Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

85:53

Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

85:53 Substitution

Substitution Sam Baldock replaces Mark Noble.

85:53

Jack Collison fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick.

85:35

Merouane Zemmama takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Collins.

84:55

The referee blows for offside against Matthew Taylor. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.

83:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Bart Ogbeche - West Ham 1 - 1 Middlesbro Bart Ogbeche scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 1-1 Middlesbrough.

83:32

Assist on the goal came from Justin Hoyte.

81:20

John Carew produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

80:19

Effort from inside the area by Matthew Taylor misses to the left of the target.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thomson goes off and Bart Ogbeche comes on.

79:30 Substitution

Substitution Malaury Martin replaces Richard Smallwood.

78:31

Jack Collison crosses the ball, save by Jason Steele.

77:29

Adam Hammill takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

75:22 Substitution

Substitution Marvin Emnes leaves the field to be replaced by Merouane Zemmama.

75:01

Corner taken by Mark Noble.

73:57

Unfair challenge on John Carew by Nicky Bailey results in a free kick. Mark Noble delivers the ball, James Tomkins takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

73:02

Adam Hammill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Joey O'Brien.

72:36

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Blocked by Joey O'Brien.

72:06

The offside flag is raised against John Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

71:24

Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Abdoulaye Faye challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution Jack Collison replaces Nicky Maynard.

70:08 Substitution

Substitution Carlton Cole leaves the field to be replaced by John Carew.

66:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Bennett - West Ham 1 - 0 Middlesbro Joe Bennett heads into his own net. West Ham 1-0 Middlesbrough.

66:44

The assist for the goal came from Abdoulaye Faye. The ball is delivered by George McCartney, Abdoulaye Faye takes a shot.

66:10

Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.

64:56

Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Joe Bennett gets a block in.

64:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien by Adam Hammill. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.

62:06

Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Bates.

60:02

The referee penalises Lukas Jutkiewicz for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.

59:31

Lukas Jutkiewicz handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

58:13

Effort from outside the penalty box by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes wide right of the target.

57:10

Seb Hines takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.

56:40

Corner taken by Adam Hammill, clearance by Danny Collins.

55:29

A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor.

54:30

Richard Smallwood produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:21

James Tomkins produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

51:22

The ball is sent over by Nicky Maynard.

50:37

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

50:15

Carlton Cole sends in a cross, Jason Steele makes a save.

49:26

Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Robert Green makes a comfortable save.

49:05

Adam Hammill takes the outswinging corner, save made by Robert Green.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:32

Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

44:47

A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Joe Bennett.

42:28

Seb Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Maynard. Matthew Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

39:47

Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Hammill. Free kick crossed by Adam Hammill, Abdoulaye Faye fouled by Matthew Bates, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.

38:13

George McCartney takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

35:33

Shot on goal by Carlton Cole from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

34:08

The ball is swung over by Adam Hammill, Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

33:28

James Tomkins takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Bates.

32:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdoulaye Faye on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.

29:59

Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Abdoulaye Faye results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adam Hammill from right wing, Seb Hines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Tomkins. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.

28:54

Effort on goal by Mark Noble from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

28:28

Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, save by Jason Steele.

25:35

Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Matthew Bates results in a free kick. James Tomkins shoots direct from the free kick.

24:38

Shot from 25 yards from Nicky Maynard. Save by Jason Steele.

23:25

Nicky Maynard challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

21:04

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Abdoulaye Faye gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line, Lukas Jutkiewicz has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

19:47

Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Seb Hines gets a block in.

17:21

Mark Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.

14:19

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Noble.

13:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George McCartney by Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.

10:08

The referee blows for offside. Seb Hines takes the free kick.

9:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Kevin Nolan. Joey O'Brien takes the direct free kick.

8:24

Adam Hammill has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

7:28

Corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Nicky Bailey manages to make a clearance.

7:02

Short corner worked by Matthew Taylor.

4:32

Marvin Emnes fouled by Abdoulaye Faye, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson.

1:23

Drilled right-footed shot by Adam Hammill. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.

0:27

Kevin Thomson takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye. Inswinging corner taken by Adam Hammill from the left by-line, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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