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Baggies hold Hammers

Bottom club West Ham were once again left frustrated as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at Upton Park.

Peter Odemwingie put the Baggies in front from the penalty spot on 28 minutes.

However, Scott Parker smashed in a 25-yard effort two minutes before half-time and Frederic Piquionne put the Irons ahead from the spot, only for Pablo Ibanez to deny Avram Grant's men a much-needed victory.

West Brom were awarded a penalty when referee Mike Dean spotted Luis Boa Morte had bundled over Steven Reid in a crowded penalty area. Boa Morte was shown the yellow card, before Odemwingie sent Green the wrong way.

However, out of the blue, midfielder Parker smashed a 25-yard effort into the top-left corner as the Boleyn Ground erupted.

The referee pointed to the spot again in the 50th minute, this time in West Ham's favour as Kieron Dyer dashed into the right side of the penalty area and was barged over by Gabriel Tamas. With regular penalty taker Mark Noble out injured, Piquionne stepped up to fire the Hammers into the lead.

It was almost 3-1 when Mexico winger Pablo Barrera dashed down the left before feeding Dyer on the penalty arc, and his clever first-time flick released Piquionne on the overlap. However, the Frenchman's angled drive flew inches wide of the far post.

It was 2-2 after 70 minutes when Chris Brunt delivered a lovely deep cross from the left which was met by Ibanez at the far post, who powered a header back into the opposite corner.

The hosts sent on Victor Obinna and Benni McCarthy as they pressed for a winner, yet despite a couple of half-chances, West Brom held out.

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