Matej Vydra's late equaliser rescued a point for West Brom against Hull City at The Hawthorns in caretaker boss Keith Downing's first game in charge.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore gave Hull a deserved lead with a cool finish on the counter attack.

But Czech striker Vydra levelled four minutes from time with his first goal since joining on loan from Udinese.

It was the Baggies' first point in five league games.

West Brom draw for Clarke - Downing

Downing, who was placed in temporary charge of West Brom after Steve Clarke was sacked as head coach, included goalkeeper Ben Foster for the first time since August following his return from a stress fracture in his foot.

However, the England international was picking the ball out of his net after less than half an hour as Albion were punished for a poor start.

The hosts were caught on the counter when a half-hearted penalty appeal was turned down after James Morrison tumbled in the box under pressure from Tom Huddlestone.

Hull midfielder David Meyler seized on the loose ball and sent Danny Graham away. The Tigers striker squared for Livermore, on a season-long loan from White Hart Lane, who raced into the area and coolly slid the ball under Foster.

Downing introduced England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino for the ineffective Scott Sinclair at half-time in a bid to lift his side's fortunes.

Analysis

"West Brom's search for a new manager will be stepped up next week but Keith Downing, in temporary charge since Steve Clarke's sacking, has at least stopped the rot as the Baggies claimed their first point in five Premier League games."

And the talented youngster, 20, created Albion's first meaningful effort on goal with a fiercely struck half-volley that was beaten away by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

The chance seemed to give the home side greater belief and McGregor had to be alert to gather a Gareth McAuley header from a corner moments later.

Hull remained a threat on the break and West Brom were indebted to a double save from Foster as he denied Huddlestone and Ahmed Elmohamady.

Shane Long, the subject of a £5m bid from Hull on deadline day only for West Brom to pull the plug, was quiet for most of the contest but played a part in Albion's equaliser.

The Republic of Ireland striker got in behind the Hull defence and fed the ball to Zoltan Gera, who found fellow substitute Vydra. He swept the ball home from 10 yards to give West Brom a share of the spoils.

West Brom caretaker boss Keith Downing: "I thoroughly enjoyed my first 90 minutes in charge and enjoyed the day. We'd have liked to have won at home but a point after four straight defeats is important for us.

Late equaliser frustrates Bruce

"We were not great in the first half and you saw a team that was a little anxious and edgy.

"In the second period the players responded well and showed some heart. It was a well-worked goal and I'm pleased for Matej Vydra who has persevered since he's come here and taken it well."

Hull City boss Steve Bruce: "In the dressing room afterwards it feels like we have lost. I can't remember my goalkeeper making a save in the second half.

"We frustrated West Brom and counter attacked. We had the best chance to seal it and, at 2-0, we would have put the game to bed but Ben Foster has made a great double save.

"Maybe I'm nit-picking but we're frustrated and disappointed. Before the game we probably would have taken a point and we've got 20 points before Christmas, so we're bang on schedule."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 28 Jones Booked
  • 06 Ridgewell (Gera - 79' Booked )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 23 McAuley
  • 03 Olsson
  • 29 Sessegnon (Vydra - 69' )
  • 11 Brunt
  • 09 Long
  • 07 Morrison
  • 10 Sinclair (Berahino - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Yacob
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 18 Amalfitano
  • 20 Vydra
  • 22 Gera
  • 38 Berahino

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce
  • 05 Chester
  • 14 Livermore
  • 07 Meyler Booked
  • 09 Graham (Boyd - 80' )
  • 20 Sagbo (Fryatt - 89' )
  • 08 Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 15 McShane
  • 17 Boyd
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Faye
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 24,753

Match Stats

Shots

14 6

On target

3 3

Corners

9 2

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 1.

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 1.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Long.

88:42

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

88:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Yannick Sagbo.

87:54 Booking

Booking Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:49

Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

87:49

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Hull City 1. Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zoltán Gera with a through ball.

85:16

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:16

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

84:32

Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

84:32

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:10

Offside, Hull City. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

82:03

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:03

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

79:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Danny Graham.

78:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Zoltán Gera replaces Liam Ridgewell.

78:03

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

78:03

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:44

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

74:42

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

73:32

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

73:08

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

71:47

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonas Olsson.

71:15

Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:15

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

69:39

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:39

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

68:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

66:55

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:52

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

64:03 Booking

Booking Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:47

Foul by Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion).

63:47

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:54

Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

58:27

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Yannick Sagbo.

55:09

Attempt missed. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Morrison following a fast break.

54:38

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

54:09

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Tom Huddlestone.

54:06

Attempt blocked. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:44

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

53:37

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Jones.

51:13

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but James Morrison is caught offside.

50:30

Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:30

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

47:03

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:03

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Hull City 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Scott Sinclair.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Hull City 1.

44:43

Attempt blocked. Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

44:36

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

43:52

Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:52

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

43:44

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

39:05 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

38:59

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:59

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

38:21

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

38:21

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:32

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Yannick Sagbo.

37:03

Scott Sinclair (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:03

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

36:36

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:36

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

35:21

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

34:08

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

34:04

Attempt blocked. David Meyler (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

32:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:12

Delay in match Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

30:48

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

30:48

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Hull City 1. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Graham following a fast break.

26:39

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

25:30

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:30

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

24:10

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:10

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

21:30

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:30

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

21:19

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:19

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

20:39

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

20:39

Danny Graham (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:40

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

11:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:50

Delay in match Danny Graham (Hull City) because of an injury.

9:10

Attempt missed. James Chester (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

8:41

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

5:00

Attempt blocked. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

4:33

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Chester.

4:01

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:01

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

2:37

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

2:37

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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