West Brom took a giant step towards Premier League survival as Saido Berahino's goal gave them a 1-0 victory over West Ham at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies move in to 15th place and on 36 points - invariably enough to secure top flight football - thanks to the 11th-minute goal, which the striker bundled in with his shins from a cross that was actually a shot by Morgan Amalfitano.
West Ham had the bulk of possession and made plenty of half-chances, but West Brom's defence stayed solid throughout - and on the only occasion they gifted West Ham a clear chance, a thundering header from the unmarked Andy Carroll clattered off the crossbar.
West Brom, while seeing less of the ball, looked consistently more dangerous on the break, and only some gruesome finishing from Berahino and Graham Dorrans - and several good saves from West Ham keeper Adrian - stopped the home side from scoring a second.
Pepe Mel's side appear to be safe in the top flight for another season, but the result did nothing at all for West Ham - whose fans showed exactly what they thought of the Hammers' display by unfurling a 'Fat Sam Out' banner just before half-time.
8' - GREAT CHANCE FOR WEST HAM! Brilliant run up the left from Jarvis, and he slots the ball across the six-yard box, where only a nerveless intervention from Jones gets the ball safe. Fantastic block - did well to get in ahead of Carroll.
11' - FABULOUS GOAL FOR WEST BROM! Magical run through the middle from Sessegnon, who delivers it to Amalfitano - the shot looks just about on target, but never gets as far as the line because Berahino is on hand to shin it in under pressure from two defenders. Great start for the hosts!
19' - GREAT CHANCE - EVEN BETTER SAVE! Brilliant cross from Diame finds Carroll's head, and he heads it brilliantly low and left - but Ben Foster makes a terrific diving save.
31' - DORRANS DUFFS GREAT CHANCE: Fantastic chance for Dorrans - but he blows it! He drags the ball back to open up time and space to shoot, but despite taking his time and picking his spot he slides it low and right of the target. He's furious with himself - terrible not to hit the target there.
52' - GREAT SAVE! Sessegnon tries to beat Adrian at the near post, cracking the ball powerfully, but it's a good save. Possibly should have gone for the far post to try and beat Adrian.
62' - HOW DID WBA NOT SCORE? Berahino clear and open in the box, completely misses the ball and almost falls over... but gets another crack and draws a solid stop from Adrian. Too close to the keeper though - should have done better. But where on earth was the defence?
71' - OFF THE BAR! West Ham push the ball up from the kick patiently, and earn a corner. Jarvis takes... AND ANDY CARROLL HITS THE BAR WITH HIS HEADER! Carroll completely unmarked, Jarvis's delivery was inch-perfect, and he was just five yards out. How did he not score from that one?
75' - GREAT SAVE FROM ADRIAN! Dorrans floats the free kick in, it's chested down by Brunt to Sessegnon, who controls and volleys beautifully, only to see Adrian dive to his right to make a fine reaction save.
36 points for West Brom, which is almost always enough to avoid relegation - though not for definite, as West Ham once went down with 42 points from a 38-game season
Eight of the Baggies’ last nine goals in the Premier League have come before half-time.
West Ham have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games
Is time up for Sam Allardyce? A terrible run of defeats and a fan banner calling for Big Sam's head say it all. West Ham looked good on the ball in the middle of the park, but devoid of ideas in the final third and perilously shaky at the back. A change of boss in the summer would surely be the best thing for both club and manager.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom): Showed great speed, a fine touch and plenty of invention that made West Brom by far the more threatening team on the attack. Only a lack of poise before goal stopped him scoring, though Adrian's fine display didn't help him with that.
West Brom: Foster 7, Reid 5, Dawson 7, Olsson 6, Jones 7, Amalfitano 7, Mulumbu 7, Dorrans 5, Brunt 6, Sessegnon 8, Berahino 6. Subs: Morrison 6, Anichebe 6
West Ham: Adrian 8, Demel 7, Tomkins 6, Reid 6, McCartney 6, Nolan 5, Noble 4, Diame 6, Jarvis 8, Carroll 6, Downing 6. Subs: Collins 5, J.Cole 5
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