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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Hull City

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra

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.

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."

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Foster
  • 28JonesBooked at 65mins
  • 6RidgewellSubstituted forGeraat 79'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuley
  • 3Olsson
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forVydraat 69'minutes
  • 11Brunt
  • 9Long
  • 7Morrison
  • 10SinclairSubstituted forBerahinoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Lugano
  • 18Amalfitano
  • 20Vydra
  • 22Gera
  • 38Berahino

Hull

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 3Figueroa
  • 6Davies
  • 4Bruce
  • 5Chester
  • 14Livermore
  • 7MeylerBooked at 40mins
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forBoydat 80'minutes
  • 20SagboSubstituted forFryattat 89'minutes
  • 8Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 15McShane
  • 17Boyd
  • 22Harper
  • 23Faye
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
24,753

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamHull
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Matty Fryatt replaces Yannick Sagbo.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

  8. Post update

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

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Danny Graham.

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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1Liverpool17113342192336
2Man City17112451203135
3Arsenal16112333171635
4Chelsea16103332181433
5Everton1687127151231
6Newcastle179352422230
7Man Utd178452820828
8Tottenham168351521-627
9Southampton166642015524
10Stoke175661721-421
11Swansea165562221120
12Hull175571420-620
13Aston Villa175481723-619
14Norwich175481529-1419
15Cardiff174581325-1217
16West Brom173771823-516
17West Ham173591422-814
18Crystal Palace1741121127-1613
19Fulham1741121734-1713
20Sunderland1724111230-1810
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