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West Brom remains in danger after 0-0 at West Ham

WEST Bromwich Albion earned a 0-0 draw at West Ham yesterday that did little to lift the last-place club's hopes of staying in the Premier League.

The Baggies remain rooted to the bottom of the standings, four points adrift of 19th-place Middlesbrough and six behind No. 18 Stoke. But the visitors twice came close to producing a winner in the second half at Upton Park.

Shelton Martis, in his first topflight start, headed Chris Brunt's cross against the crossbar, while Jonathan Greening later chipped over after finding himself in a promising position.

"I think I probably should have put my chance away and got us all three points," Greening said. "We knew it was going to be a difficult game. (West Ham manager) Gianfranco Zola has got them playing well, but I thought we did all right tonight.

"We've been working hard all season. It's difficult coming up from the (League) Championship but the boys have worked hard and we'll give it a good go until the end of the season."

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray's decision to deploy a new center back pairing of Martis and Jonas Olsson, back from a knee injury, paid off as the club ended an eight-game run of conceding at least one goal.

"I don't think it was an improved performance - the defense was better but the performance was what we get most weeks," Mowbray said. "We missed some chances and it's a very disappointed changing room there. But it's something to build on."

West Ham stayed in seventh place and UEFA Cup qualification.

Zola had been forced to draft in two teenagers - Freddie Sears and Savio Nsereko - to cover for the loss of Carlton Cole and Jack Collison, while defender Matthew Upson was carried off with an apparent calf strain before halftime.


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