West Brom took a significant step towards survival by beating West Ham to record a first home win under Pepe Mel.

Saido Berahino's 10th-minute goal was against the run of play but the Baggies dominated thereafter.

The win nudges West Brom five points clear of the bottom three and, with just three games remaining, they are edging towards safety.

It also moves them to within a point of West Ham, with Sam Allardyce's side not out of danger yet.

If that was not enough to cloud the manager's mood, West Ham supporters were once again vocal in their dissent towards him.

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They chanted their disgust at his substitutions and some even displayed a banner demanding his sacking after a seventh defeat in nine matches.

Their anger is rooted in Allardyce's chosen style of play and was perhaps exacerbated by the fact this game was a victory for subtlety over strength.

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West Ham fans

A section of the West Ham support were vocal in their frustration with manager Sam Allardyce

That is not to say that the powerful approach of the visitors did not yield chances. Indeed, their direct style should have forced an early goal, with Ben Foster thwarting Andy Carroll twice and Jonas Olsson having to slash clear after Billy Jones failed to deal with a Matt Jarvis cross.

West Brom's wobbles did not last, though. Mel cluttered his side with quick, clever players and the Spaniard was rewarded with a splendid goal after 10 minutes.

Stephane Sessegnon burrowed through the centre of the West Ham defence and slid a pass into the path of Morgan Amalfitano. The Frenchman sized up the situation and skidded the ball across goal for Berahino to convert.

The lead enabled West Brom to play on the counter. One rapier break, led by Berahino, culminated in Graham Dorrans slapping a shot past an upright, and another ended when Adrian saved a fizzing drive from Jones.

West Brom need another win - Mel

But the closest the hosts came to doubling their advantage was on the hour. Berahino stumbled when in a prime position but Sessegnon fed the ball back into his path, only for Adrian to prove the England under-21 international's equal. To compound it, the Spaniard thwarted Berahino again a few moments later.

West Ham offered little in response and failed to prey on the growing nervousness of a side who have twice conceded last-minute goals - against Cardiff City and Tottenham - when in winning positions recently.

There was one scare for the home side when Carroll's fierce header hit the crossbar, but that was the Hammers' only chance of note as West Brom held on to earn Mel his first home win in eight attempts.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel:

"The win was really very important. The atmosphere the fans generated really helped us and we can all go home happy.

"Against Cardiff we drew, Tottenham we drew, then we drew with Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton so I really think we deserve that today.

"I think that we need to win one of our final three games to be safe."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

"It's the same only story for us. We are striving to convert these chances but we've got to be more clinical.

"We've put ourselves in a very difficult position with Tottenham at home and Manchester City away still to come. We leave ourselves hanging on and we don't want to be like that."

On fans' protests:

"It's not for me to get concerned about off-field stuff. It's for me to focus on these players getting better and getting results.

"I can understand their disapproval because we haven't won for four games - that happens everywhere when it's not going well. I accept the criticism coming my way because it's my responsibility to get it right."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid (Morrison - 47' )
  • 28 Jones
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 25 Dawson
  • 03 Olsson
  • 18 Amalfitano
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 38 Berahino (Yacob - 91' )
  • 29 Sessegnon (Anichebe - 81' )
  • 11 Brunt

Substitutes

  • 05 Yacob
  • 07 Morrison
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 20 Vydra
  • 50 Bifouma Koulossa

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 03 McCartney
  • 16 Noble
  • 05 Tomkins (Collins - 33' Booked )
  • 02 Reid
  • 23 Downing (Cole - 67' )
  • 21 Diamé
  • 09 Carroll
  • 04 Nolan
  • 07 Jarvis (Cole - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Armero
  • 12 Vaz Te
  • 19 Collins
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 26 Cole
  • 47 Nocerino
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 26,541

Match Stats

Shots

19 9

On target

6 3

Corners

7 6

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, West Ham United 0.

90:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking James Collins (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:36

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

90:00 +1:36

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Claudio Yacob replaces Saido Berahino.

86:48

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:48

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

85:52

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

85:52

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:44

Carlton Cole (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:44

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

83:50

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

83:50

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

81:15

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

81:15

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

79:39

Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Jones.

78:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Matthew Jarvis.

77:33

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:33

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

76:15

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:15

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

74:04

Attempt saved. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonas Olsson.

73:30

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

73:30

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

70:52

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matthew Jarvis with a cross following a corner.

70:32

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

69:37

Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:37

Foul by Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion).

68:43

Attempt missed. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross following a corner.

68:17

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mark Noble.

66:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Stewart Downing.

66:32

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

66:08

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by James Morrison.

64:54

Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

63:34

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by George McCartney.

62:16

Guy Demel (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:16

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

61:30

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a headed pass.

61:23

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

56:01

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

56:01

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

55:30

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

55:18

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

54:37

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Adrián.

54:34

Attempt saved. Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Morrison.

53:37

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

51:27

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano following a fast break.

50:40

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Billy Jones.

49:24

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

48:19

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:19

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

45:54

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by George McCartney.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 1, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +3:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, West Ham United 0.

45:00 +2:37

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:37

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

45:00 +1:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Steven Reid because of an injury.

45:00 +1:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:12

Delay in match Winston Reid (West Ham United) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:11

Delay in match Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

42:36

Andy Carroll (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:36

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

41:42

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Steven Reid tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

40:36

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

39:43

Attempt missed. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matthew Jarvis with a cross.

38:24

Attempt missed. Winston Reid (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble following a set piece situation.

37:48

Stewart Downing (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:48

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

35:47

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Winston Reid.

35:16

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James Collins.

35:16

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano.

32:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. James Collins replaces James Tomkins because of an injury.

31:47

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

29:53

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon following a fast break.

29:33

Attempt saved. Guy Demel (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

29:04

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ben Foster.

28:17

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

28:17

Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:17

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Steven Reid tries a through ball, but Craig Dawson is caught offside.

25:49

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:49

Foul by James Tomkins (West Ham United).

25:07

Attempt missed. Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross.

24:37

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano.

20:03

Attempt saved. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:22

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

19:22

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

18:32

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Guy Demel with a cross.

17:33

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

13:58

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:58

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

10:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, West Ham United 0. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano.

9:14

Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

8:41

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Guy Demel.

5:21

Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

4:48

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Steven Reid.

4:05

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

4:05

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:15

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

2:15

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

0:43

Delay in match Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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