West Brom 3 West Ham 2
What happens when you sell half your defence? Inevitably you leak goals.
Before this game West Brom had managed just one goal this season. Today James Morrison, Roman Bednar and Chris Brunt all managed to get the best of a poor West Ham defence.
Even worse for West Ham Dean Ashton picked up his usual injury and was forced off after only 17 minutes. Di Michele came on for Ashton and looked lively. He played a big part in Noble's goal, meeting a Davenport cross with his head. Carson kept the shot out but Noble tapped in the rebound to equalise after an early West Brom goal.
In the 36th minute West Ham then took the lead when Neill converted a corner. The lead didn't last long however as almost straight from the restart Green was deemed to have brought down a West Brom player in the box. Jason Roberts then knocked home the penalty.
West Ham held on for most of the the second half but with five minutes remaining Brunt got the winner for the home side.