Saido Berahino’s drilled effort rescued a point for West Brom after a thrilling 3-3 draw with fellow strugglers West Ham at Upton Park.
The hosts seized the advantage inside five minutes when Joe Cole slotted home after a neat one-two with Kevin Nolan but West Brom struck twice through Nicolas Anelka as the first-half drew to a close to turn the match on its head.
Substitute Modibo Maiga grabbed the equaliser for West Ham after the break when his tame curling effort somehow fooled Ben Foster before Kevin Nolan volleyed the Hammers back into the lead.
But Berahino crashed in a shot from a tight angle to draw the Baggies level and almost snatched victory for his side only to see his free-kick cannon against the post.
The draw leaves West Ham one point adrift from safety with West Brom two points clear of the drop zone.
4’ – GOAL: West Ham 1-0 West Brom: Jaaskelainen immediately gets the ball down for a goal-kick and launches it down field. It breaks to Joe Cole who exchanges a clever one-two with Nolan. He’s inside the box… Can he slot home? He can! West Ham lead! West Brom were attacking just 15 seconds before - great shift of defence to attack from the hosts.
31' - CHANCE: The crowd cry 'shoooooot' but Demel - recognising that wonder goals are perhaps not in his armoury - passes. It bobbles around in the area before breaking back to the defender who crashes a shot against the outside of the post.
40’ – GOAL: West Ham 1-1 West Brom: Morrison clips a clever ball through the West Ham defence with the outside of his boot and Anelka is one-on-one with Jaaskelainen... Classy dink from the Frenchman, perhaps the coolest finish of the season. Incredibly, that's his first goal for West Brom.
45+1’ – GOAL: West Ham 2-1 West Brom: Olsson, fresh from his minor injury scare, rises the highest from the corner and powers a header at goal. It's hacked off the line by the frame of Carlton Cole but only as far as Anelka who, coolly as you like, slots his side into the lead.
65’ – GOAL: West Ham 2-2 West Brom: Nolan rides a couple of challenges before knocking it onto Maiga. The Mali striker carries the ball towards the visitors' box and curls a shot past Foster which, to be honest, the keeper should do much better with.
67’ – GOAL: West Ham 3-2 West Brom: Noble drifts through the penalty area, beating men with ease, and stands up a cross to the backpost. Maiga heads down and Nolan volleys in. Crazy turnaround!
70’ – GOAL: West Ham 3-3 West Brom: Berahino, from a ridiculously tight angle, crashes a shot past Jaaskelainen off the inside of the post. What a game!
82’ – POST: It's going to be Berahino to hit the free-kick from the edge of the area... Smashed against the upright! So close.
Nicolas Anelka’s last three Premier League ‘braces’ have come against teams beginning with the letter 'W' – he also scored twice in Chelsea’s 6-0 win at Wigan in August 2010 and their 8-0 home win v Wigan in May 2010.
Keith Downing is the first Premier League manager (caretaker or otherwise) to draw his first three matches in charge since John Deehan drew his first seven PL matches in charge of Norwich in 1994. One of Deehan’s seven draws was also a 3-3 draw at West Ham, Jan 1994.
West Brom have scored three (or more) goals in an away Premier League match for only the 2nd time in 2013 – after their 3-0 win at Southampton in April 2013.
Can West Ham find the goals to beat the drop? Goals have been in short supply at Upton Park in recent weeks. But Carlton Cole was a real menace in the first-half before Modibo Maiga carried on the good work after the restart to suggest there is enough firepower in their ranks to survive without Andy Carroll.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Saido Berahino (West Brom): Grew into the match as it wore on, earned his side a point with a cracking effort and was desperately unlucky not to snatch a winner when his free-kick smashed against the upright.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen 6, McCartney 6, Nolan 7, Tomkins 6, Jarvis 6, Rat 6, Noble 7, O'Brien 6, Diame 5, C.Cole 7, J.Cole 6… Subs: Collison 6, Maiga 7, Demel 6.
West Brom: Foster 5, Olsson 5, Ridgewell 6, Morrison 6, Brunt 6, Lugano 6, Mulumbu 6, McAuley 6, Jones 6, Berahino 7, Anelka 6… Subs: Yacob 6, Amalfitano 6, Sessegnon 6.
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