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Albion v West Ham report

ALBION battled out a hard-fought goalless draw against West Ham United as Gareth Barry equalled the all-time record for Premier League appearances.

The Baggies midfielder started what was his 632nd outing in England's top flight, equaling Ryan Giggs' record, as Albion claimed a point at The Hawthorns.

Pedro Obiang hit the crossbar in the first half with a long-range stike from fully 45 yards as the clash finished in a stalemate.

The draw leaves Albion on eight points from their opening five league matches heading into Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash at home to Manchester City.

Head coach Tony Pulis made three changes from the defeat at Brighton - Kieran Gibbs coming in for his full debut while there were recalls for Chris Brunt and James Morrison.

Jake Livermore was rested from the matchday 18 following his exhaustive efforts for club and country in recent months.

Both sides traded blows in the opening half an hour and threatened with half-chances, Gibbs for the hosts and Michail Antonio for the Hammers.

But it was Obiang who came closest when he created something out of nothing - almost catching Ben Foster off his line with a 45-yard strike which rebounded off the crossbar.

Morrison headed off target and Matt Phillips curled wide as the encounter reached the interval goalless.

A fiesty start to the second half followed as both teams went in search of what would be a crucial advantage.

Hal Robson-Kanu, James McClean and Allan Nyom were introduced off the bench but Albion could not turn one point into three and remain unbeaten on home soil this term.

Albion starting XI: Foster; Dawson, Evans, Hegazi, Gibbs (Nyom 85); Krychowiak, Barry; Phillips (McClean 76), Morrison, Brunt (Robson-Kanu 72); Rodriguez.

Subs: Myhill; Yacob, Rondon, McAuley.

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