- West Brom vs Hull

Saturday 21 December 2013 | The Hawthorns | Referee: Jonathan Moss | Attendance 24,753

West Brom
  • Matej Vydra (86)
West Brom
1 - 1
Hull
  • Jake Livermore (28)
Hull

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Matej Vydra's first West Brom goal rescued a 1-1 draw against Hull City in caretaker head coach Keith Downing's first game in charge.

Vydra rolled home an effort from inside the area to salvage a point for the hosts and deny Steve Bruce's men their second away league win of the season.

Jake Livermore had calmly finished a one-on-one to put the visitors ahead after 28 minutes.

For his first game in charge, Downing recalled Ben Foster and Scott Sinclair from respective foot and hamstring injuries and also brought in James Morrison while Boaz Myhill, Claudio Yacob and Morgan Amalfitano dropped to the bench.

Hull were unchanged from the 0-0 draw with Stoke City last time out as defender Alex Bruce shook off a groin problem to retain his place.

Livermore put Hull ahead on the counter-attack by sliding the ball under Foster after Danny Graham had broken clear of the home defence.

David Meyler nearly made it two when his deflected effort nearly looped in, while at the other end Scott Sinclair was denied by a tackle from James Chester.

Saido Berahino replaced Sinclair at half-time and the Baggies looked lively with Stephane Sessegnon was denied by Allan McGregor.

The visiting keeper also turned away Gareth McAuley's header while his counterpart Foster pulled off a double save to deny Tom Huddlestone and Ahmed Elmohamady.

Morrison fired over from long range in the 72nd minute before Vydra slotted home a pass from Zoltan Gera in the 86th minute to salvage a point for the hosts.

The result stretched West Brom's winless run in the Premier League to seven matches while it was Hull's third consecutive draw.

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

"We were not great in the first half and you saw a team that was a little bit anxious and a little bit 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 manager Steve Bruce: "It feels in the dressing room afterwards like we have lost the game. I can't remember my goalkeeper making a save in the second half. We frustrated West Brom and counter-attacked them and Jake Livermore took his goal well.

"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. We're 20 points at Christmas so we're bang on schedule."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Ben Foster 9.0 5.92
3. Jonas Olsson 6.0 4.62
28. Billy Jones 6.0 4.57
23. Gareth McAuley 5.0 4.64
6. Liam Ridgewell 5.0 4.27
29. Stéphane Sessegnon 5.0 5.79
21. Youssuf Mulumbu 8.0 4.96
7. James Morrison 7.0 5.28
11. Chris Brunt 6.0 5.21
10. Scott Sinclair 6.0 4.71
9. Shane Long 6.0 5.92
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Diego Lugano 7.0 4.28
20. Matej Vydra 9.0 5.56
13. Boaz Myhill - 4.59
18. Morgan Amalfitano - 5.66
22. Zoltán Gera 5.0 4.95
5. Claudio Yacob - 5.29
38. Saido Berahino - 5.6
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Allan McGregor 6.0 5.42
6. Curtis Davies 6.0 5.06
5. James Chester 6.0 4.71
4. Alex Bruce 8.0 4.31
3. Maynor Figueroa 6.0 5.06
7. David Meyler 6.0 5.07
14. Jake Livermore 7.67 6.07
8. Tom Huddlestone 7.5 5.88
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 6.0 5.45
9. Danny Graham 8.33 5.07
20. Yannick Sagbo 4.5 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
17. George Boyd 3.0 4.53
23. Abdoulaye Faye - 4.4
10. Robert Koren - 5.02
22. Steve Harper - 4.66
15. Paul McShane - 3.97
12. Matty Fryatt - 3.13
2. Liam Rosenior - 5.13

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