West Brom and Hull drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns in a match where both sides were really looking for a victory, to give them a boost going into Christmas. A share of the spoils is what they ended up with and the home side were relieved to equalise in the 86th minute.

West Brom will be much happier with the draw after a disappointing first half especially. Steve Bruce set up his side superbly and they dominated the midfield battle for the majority of the match. Tom Huddlestone was exceptional once again.

It was a risky move to play three in defence and five in midfield for Hull but Bruce was vindicated in his team selection. Danny Graham worked tirelessly up front before he came off, and was pivotal in the Hull City goal.

On 28 minutes Graham expertly held the ball up and put Jake Livermore directly through on goal, as he subsequently slotted the ball through the keepers legs from the one on one opportunity. It was a classic counter attacking goal and was no more than the visitors deserved at this point.

At half time Keith Downing did rally his troops but the Baggies still lacked the cutting edge to get through as summer signings Sessegnon and Sinclair didn’t do enough to make an impact.

Matej Vydra came on for the latter and ended up rescuing a point for West Brom after sidefooting the ball into the bottom left hand corner with 4 minutes to go, in a neat interchange of passes and it was a first point in five games for the Baggies.

Downing mentioned how getting points on the board was far more crucial than performances for West Brom today. They will certainly reflect on this match as a point gained. Hull will be disappointed that they didn’t come away with all 3 points but Steve Bruce will take a lot of solace from the performance of his side today away from home.

The Magic Sponge