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Three things we learnt from West Ham’s 2-2 draw with West Brom

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Gareth McAuley salvaged a point for West Bromwich Albion with a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser against West Ham United at the London Stadium. The Baggies had broken the deadlock in the early stages through Nacer Chadli, before second-half strikes from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini looked to have won it for the hosts. There was a late twist in the tale, however, as McAuley was on hand to convert Jonny Evans’ header and ensure the points were shared from an entertaining clash. The upshot is that the Hammers drop to 10th in the Premier League, while West Brom remain in eighth spot. Here are three things we learnt from this 2-2 draw.

 

Late goals are costing the Hammers precious points

West Ham fans must have thought they were going to record their fourth victory in five Premier League games when Lanzini fired home on 86 minutes. However, a worrying trend reared its ugly head once again with 94 minutes on the clock, as the Hammers conceded for the fourth occasion in injury time this season. Only Bournemouth have conceded more in stoppage time. With 32 points to their name, West Ham are in the relative comfort of mid-table and have certainly recovered well from their early-season woes. But how much better off would they be if they could see matches out? It is certainly becoming a source of frustration for manager Slaven Bilic, whose side would have closed to within two points of West Brom had they held out for the three points. He will see this match as another opportunity missed to improve their standing.

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