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West Brom battle back to snatch point at Hull

West Bromwich Albion twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Baggies went into the game off the back of a 5-0 thumping by league leaders Manchester United in midweek, but the point earned at the KC Stadium means they are now just a point from safety at the bottom of the table.

It was a far cry from Hull’s 3-0 victory when the sides met at The Hawthorns in October – a result which briefly took Phil Brown’s top flight newcomers joint-top of the table, before their recent alarming slide set in.

The home side took a deserved lead in first-half injury time here when French midfielder Bernard Mendy burst into the visitors’ penalty area before coolly rounding England international goalkeeper Scott Carson and tucking the ball into the empty net.

Carson was called into action twice as Hull started the second half strongly, first saving from Dean Marney and then keeping out a header by left-back Michael Dawson.

But with Hull pressing forward they were hit by a devastating counter-punch, as on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson finished crisply after an enterprising run by James Morrison.

As the game opened up, Richard Garcia almost converted a cross from Mendy, before the Frenchman centred for Craig Fagan to head home with just over 20 minutes remaining.

West Brom, though, refused to lie down, and Chris Brunt equalised four minutes later from the penalty spot after Kamil Zayatte was judged to have fouled Robert Koren.

The result brought an end to Hull’s six-game losing streak but means they are still without a win since a 2-1 triumph over second-bottom Middlesbrough in December.

Sat 31 January, 2009
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