Monday 22 May 2017

Ibanez frustrates Hammers

West Ham's grip on the Premier League loosened further last night as they again relinquished a lead, two valuable points and the chance to move off the foot of the table.

After Peter Odemwingie had given Albion the lead from the penalty spot, Scott Parker levelled and then a spot-kick from Frederic Piquionne pointed West Ham to a rare victory. But Pablo Ibanez took advantage of slack marking for the equaliser.

Shortly before the interval referee Mike Dean rightly awarded a penalty to West Brom, much to the frustration -- and confusion -- of the West Ham players, when Luis Boa Morte held Steven Reid in the build-up to a corner and Odemwingie fired home.

However, just four minutes later West Ham were level, thanks to a special goal from Parker.

Strangely, manager Avram Grant appeared displeased and at the half-time whistle he made his feelings known to Dean. Grant emerged for the second half still complaining, but within four minutes the referee awarded an almost identical penalty to West Ham, which was fired in by Piquionne.

But Ibanez headed a 71st-minute equaliser to leave boos ringing around Upton Park at full-time.

Irish Independent

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