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Live Blog: West Ham United vs West Bromwich Albion: Premier League Matchday 20 Live From The London Stadium

10:45 PM: Unfortunately, that’s now everything from us after over five hours of coverage live here from the London Stadium, where we have witnessed West Ham United claim three massive points by dramatically defeating West Bromwich Albion, the Baggies continuing their winless run.

Thank you once again for tuning in, especially to those who have been with us from the very beginning, and costing us this evening, and we hope that you can join us once more next week as Moyes speaks before the Top-Flight trip to the John Smith’s Stadium. I’ve been your host Luke Glanville, do keep your eyes peeled for my coverage of the busy schedule of matches ahead, thank you, goodnight and a very happy New Year to all of you.

10:30 PM: That’s now it from both Managers as they have finished speaking to us, David Moyes completing his Pre-Tottenham Hotspur Presser which we will bring you reaction from on Thursday, stay on the lookout for that and all of our further reaction from tonight’s memorable clash, as well as all of our build-up to the Thursday clash with Spurs at Wembley.

On The Joe Allen Speculation:

“There’s nothing”.

“I’m not in a great hurry to sell any, I’d like to add”.

On His Injury Situation:

“Diafra Sakho is injured, he has a cist on his knee, Ginge is injured”.

On The January Window:

“Sadly, there are not a lot of Transfers at the moment”.

On Cresswell’s injury:

“Cresswell had a sore back in training and he’s come off with a bad back”.

On The Livermore Incident:

“I didn’t see anything, I generally didn’t see it”.

On The Performance Of His Players:

“The boys are giving it a really good go to get points”.

On Leaving Out Javier Hernandez:

“Whatever one you don’t play, everyone thinks you should be playing”.

On His Tactics And Fortune Tonight:

“We were poor in the first-half, changed the system at half-time”.

“Tonight, things went for us, as simple as that”.

On Finding The Late Winner:

“I’ve got to say, it didn’t look likely for large periods”.

On Andy Carroll’s Performance:

“Two great goals, great centre-forward header, as good as you get”.

10:19 PM: David Moyes has now arrived to address us, live quotes to follow………..

10:15 PM: While we wait for Moyes, a quick glance at the Premier League Table shows that the Hammers are now 16th, while the Baggies remained in 19th position, not long to wait now.

10:10 PM: Very short and sweet from the Baggies Boss, we expect that Moyes will be with us soon, go nowhere.

On The Livermore Incident After His Substitution:

“I will speak to Jake and we will go from there”.

“I saw Jake in the crowd, which worries me”.

On His Side’s Showing:

“It’s difficult for me to criticise my team in any way”.

On His Team’s Fitness:

“We lose Matty Phillips in the warm-up, that was a blow”.

On His Players’ Showing:

“We got tired mentally, our passing was a little bit off”.

10:06 PM: Alan Pardew has joined us, live quotes to follow…

10:05 PM: As soon as the two Managers arrive, we will bring you live quotes from them, we should not be waiting for too much longer now.

9:55 PM: We have swiftly arrived in the Press Conference Room and are waiting for both Gaffers.

9:45 PM: What a late comeback that was from the home side, they have won this one in added-time through an Andy Carroll strike, and move out of the bottom three, more on that later but stay right where you are for now as we bring you live reaction from both Managers in their Post-Match Press Conferences, go nowhere.

Full-time: West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion.

90+4: Carroll gives a free-kick away, the away side have a player booked.

90+3: Carroll gets it again with a great finish at the far post!! The London Stadium erupts!! The hosts have surely won this!!

90+3: GOAL!!! 2-1!!!!!!

90+2: Hegazi blocks as Carroll looks to set someone free with a flick.

90+1: There is a touchline altercation that stops the play.

90: Burke controls in the box, volleying over as four minutes of added-time are signalled.

90: Reid heads clear, the Baggies are attacking now.

89: Hernandez controls but is stopped, West Ham come again.

88: The home side looked a threat then, still no decisive goal though.

87: Rice does amazingly to pick out Hernandez, his cross is blocked off, the ball eventually finds Arnautovic, who wins a corner.

86: Arnautovic does well to get a free-kick in a good position, a winner perhaps?

85: Moyes’ boys attack but Hernandez gives it away.

84: McClean wins another corner, a chance, or maybe not with the ball looping out on the other side.

83: Dawson’s deflected cross is tipped over while Barry replaces Yacob for Albion.

82: The ball is cleared and Carroll’s further delivery can’t find anyone.

81: Rice crosses, the hosts win a corner.

80: Just ten minutes remain, either team could steal this one.

79: Adrian just clears before McClean gets there, the Irish International has been bright.

78: Great defending from Rice foils real danger from McClean.

77: Moyes has now used all of his changes, the score remains 1-1.

76: The left-back cannot continue and is replaced by Rice.

74: Burke is played in on the counter, fantastic Ogbonna defending denies him, Cresswell is down off the ball.

74: Arnautovic is fouled and Yacob booked, ironic cheers ring out.

72: The winger does get to one but is flagged, Hernandez replaces Masuaku for the hosts.

72: Arnautovic is unable to control in a good area, that was a chance.

71: The match has slowed down a little with 20 minutes to go.

70: Robson-Kanu gets in but cannot keep it in as Pardew replaces Rodriguez with youngster Burke.

69: Reid nods the ball clear.

68: Ogbonna is going to be talked to after yet another foul.

67: Yes they can! Arnautovic is denied from close-range by Foster, pressure is now finally relieved with a sloppy touch.

67: The Irons win a series of throws on the near side, can they create anything?

66: The home defence see the ball out for a goal-kick, this game is anyone’s.

65: Carroll goes down, no action from Jones, as Masuaku gives away a free-kick in the West Brom half.

64: The visitors make a change, Livermore is replaced by Robson-Kanu.

63: The atmosphere is now building as the home side look for a winner, 1-1.

61: Referee Jones is just calming things down, tensions are running high as Adrian claims.

60: Arnautovic has a penalty appeal turned down, moments later, Carroll is booked for a foul, all action here.

59: They do score and Carroll gets it with a superb glancing header, the Hammers draw level!

59: GOAL!!!!!! 1-1!!!!!!!!

59: The hosts are dominating, it would be a great time for them to score.

58: The delivery is of low quality and the danger is over.

57: Masuaku is quick and wins a corner.

57: Rodriguez sees his cross cleared, the hosts can break.

56: Livermore, who was drafted into the starting Xl just before kick-off, wins a dangerous free-kick, a chance for the away side.

55: The home side break but cannot get through again, the home fans are left frustrated.

54: Reid clears a cross from McClean.

53: Carroll is pulled up for a foul after Arnautovic’s delivery, better from the hosts though.

52: McClean’s shot goes well over the bar, the hosts have a free-kick from the goal-kick.

51: The visitors come forward, the ball is cleared as Masuaku is stopped on the counter at the other end.

50: Lanzini breaks but cannot find Carroll, further pressure is dealt with.

50: The away fans are in full-voice, as it stands, they will take the three points.

48: Pressure from Masuaku wins a throw, nothing comes of it.

47: There is no doubt that the Hammers should have made it 1-1 there.

46: Huge chance! Zabaleta finds Carroll and his stretching volley flies over, what an opportunity to level.

8:47 PM: One change from Moyes at the break, Obiang off, Noble on and the second period is underway.

8:42 PM: A half-time Pie in the Press Lounge later and we are back to bring you the second-half live, plenty of boos at the end of the first-half as James McClean’s effort separates the two teams here, but if the Hammers can’t turn this one around, they could end the evening in 20th place, stay with us.

Half-time: West Ham United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion.

45+2: Masuaku goes tumbling, no free-kick is given, however.

45+1: Moyes’ men have a free-kick, a tad of needle there.

45: Two minutes added on at the end of this half.

45: It’s delivered deep, Adrian eventually saving low.

44: The Baggies break and have a free-kick, Masuaku is booked.

43: Kouyate almost gets to a Carroll knock-down before Foster, he has stayed down injured.

42: The hosts are looking for a leveller, no success yet.

41: McClean whips one in, it comes back out and is smashed over by Yacob.

40: End-to-end stuff, both teams look a threat.

39: Arnautivic battles well to win a throw, but the danger is ridden.

38: Close! Foster denies Lanzini again, great skill and a save to match!

38: The ball somehow goes out for a goal-kick.

37: WBA have a corner, Zabaleta blocking a McClean cross, they are in no rush.

36: Under ten minutes to the break, still 0-1.

35: Arnautovic is stopped, the Baggies break but play is pulled back for a Hammers free-kick.

34: It’s cleared in the end, the rain is really coming down now.

33: Ogbonna blocks a Gibbs cross, corner for Pardew’s men.

32: It’s worth remembering that WBA have not won since August, can they hold on here?

31: Foster just beats Arnautovic to the ball as he looks to respond quickly.

30: It was McClean with it on the break, his shot deflecting off Obiang and in via Adrian, the visitors lead.

30: Goal for the visitors! 0-1!

29: McClean lifts one in, too much on it for Rondon, however.

28: Masuaku is penalised in the air, West Brom free-kick halfway.

27: Kouyate loses it but West Ham work well to diffuse the danger.

26: The away side try one, but the ball goes wide, plenty of efforts.

25: Carroll looks to slip Arnautovic in, the two are not on the same wave.

24: McClean hits one, but it is easy for Adrian, straight at him.

23: A great Kouyate tackle tees up Carroll, his effort curls over the top, better stuff.

22: More on the opportunity, a Lanzini volley from a Zabaleta cross was somehow kept out, whilst the away side can’t keep the ball in at the other end.

21: What a save! Foster with it to deny Lanzini, that has livened things up.

19: Obiang finds Zabaleta but McClean is too strong for him, the rain has started to fall here in East London.

19: The away side are keeping a good shape and frustrating Moyes’ boys at the moment.

18: The ball is sliced away, a poor cross really.

17: Masuaku fouls and the away side have a chance to deliver into the box here.

16: A Masuaku cross causes problems, it’s scrambled away in the end, the Baggies have a free-kick just in their half.

15: The home fans getting behind their team, it has been an interesting contest so far.

14: Both teams looking dangerous on the counter-attack, still 0-0.

13: Close! Rondon wins it and chips inches over, nervy moments.

13: McClean threatens with a cross, Adrian doing very well to catch, Masuaku loses it at the other end.

12: Zabaleta does well to hold-off McClean, goal-kick.

11: It looks like Carroll and Arnautovic are acting as a front two with three midfielders behind them.

10: Cresswell tries his luck from range and the ball sails well over the bar, replays on my Monitor showing that Kouyate may have had a case for a penalty a few minutes ago.

9: The home side are on top here, still no goal though.

8: Kouyate went down in the box from the delivery, no foul and the danger is clear.

7: The Austrian whips a ball in, Foster parries and clears, the hosts now have a dangerous free-kick.

6: Arnautovic does well, his cross eventually falling for Lanzini, his effort blocked and then the No10 is booked for a foul as West Brom come forward, a nasty one there.

5: The visitors threaten with a deep cross but the ball ends up in Adrian’s arms.

4: Carroll and Arnautovic combining well already in attack.

3: A bit quiet at the moment inside the London Stadium, I’m sure that will change as Lanzini’s wayward effort flies wide.

2: Masuaku wins a throw, bright start for the hosts, the ball is eventually floated in but play is pulled back.

1: There are currently two balls on the pitch, that could cause havoc later, the Hammers earn a free-kick in the Baggies’ half.

7:45 PM: Lanzini gets the game underway and we are off here at London Stadium!!

7:42 PM: The two teams are out after a deafening chorus of “Bubbles”, we are about to get underway in this Relegation six-pointer!!

7:35 PM: To give you an idea of the magnitude of tonight’s affair, a win for the Hammers could move them as far up as 14th position, while the Baggies can also climb out of the bottom three and to 17th, just ten minutes until we bring you live text commentary, stay with us.

7:30 PM: We get underway in a mere 15 minutes here in Stratford, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to cast your last-minute score predictions.

7:25 PM: Both sets of players are out to warm-up here, a sure sign that kick-off is soon approaching.

7:15 PM: Highlights on the big screen showing the Hammers’ spring 2016 victory at the Hawthorns, what they would give for a similar win this evening, stay with us.

7:10 PM: So, kick-off is now little over 30 minutes away here in East London and the excitement is building inside the London Stadium.

7:05 PM: A late injury boost for the away side in Rondon being fit, he is their biggest danger, while Carroll has a good scoring record against the Baggies and is sure to make a nuisance of himself this evening.

7:00 PM: Just to elaborate on the away sie’s starting Xl, Alan Pardew has made four changes to his starting Xl after a draw with Arsenal at the Hawthorns Stadium, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry, Chris Brunt and Hal Robson-Kanu being replaced by Claudio Jacob, Grzegorz Krychowiak, James McClean and Salomon Rondon.

6:50 PM: Here is what tonight’s teamsheet looks like in full, including how the visitors have lined-up.

6:48 PM: That’s two changes from a draw on the South Coast for David Moyes as Andy Carroll and Winston Reid return to the side in place of Andre Ayew and James Collins, whilst Skipper Mark Noble is back on the bench and he is joined by Montenegrin youngster Sead Haksabanovic, full team news to follow……

6:45 PM: West Ham United Xl to face West Bromwich Albion: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Reid (C), Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Kouyate, Obiang, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Carroll.

Substitutes: Hart, Rice, Noble, Quina, Haksabanovic, Ayew, Hernandez.

6:35 PM: Tonight’s simply majestic London Stadium scene is set, news of the two starting Xl’s in a tick.

6:25 PM: Just over 15 minutes until we find out how David Moyes and Alan Pardew have set out their teams, while we wait, why not check out my Match Preview ahead of tonight? Find it here: http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-vs-west-bromwich-albion-premier-league-matchday-twenty-two/.

6:20 PM: Regular viewers of our Live Blogs will probably remember myself gathering score predictions from the likes of Steve Lomas and Dean Ashton regularly, however, I have been unable to grab a word with any of the ex-players around me, namely Alvin Martin and Alan Taylor, for that I apologise. But, we still have a superb evening of action ahead of us here at London Stadium with team news less than 30 minutes away.

6:10 PM: So, now that I have been fed, attentions can turn back to Football and tonight’s massive bottom-half clash, Marko Arnautovic is the Programme cover star, will be on song this evening?

6:05 PM: And to finish, Coffee Tiramisu, a real New Year treat.

6:00 PM: I have just enjoyed a lovely Beef Lasagne for main here in the Press Lounge, delicious.

5:50 PM: Here is what this evening’s Match Accreditation looks like, just 55 minutes until news of the two teams filters through here.

5:45 PM: Good evening from a VERY chilly London Stadium where we have arrived in the Press Lounge to bring you exclusive build-up, live text commentary and live reaction from this evening’s pivotal clash between 18th-placed West Ham United and 19th-placed West Bromwich Albion.

I would like to thank you very much for joining us and be the first to wish you a very happy New Year, we have around two hours until tonight’s 7:45 PM kick-off and will be bringing you team news in around an hour. Until then, don’t go anywhere as we will have plenty to bring you about tonight’s matchup, including, we hope, some score predictions from ex-Hammers, however, you can start by following me on Twitter @Glanville_Luke and the Site @MooreThanAClub, go nowhere.