West Brom 1 Hull City 1 match report: Sub Matej Vydra checks the Albion rot

Hull had gone ahead through Jake Livermore's first-half effort but couldn't hold onto their lead


It remains to be seen whether this turns out to have been Keith Downing’s only match as West Bromwich Albion’s caretaker manager, but if it was, he at least got one big call right.

Downing, in temporary charge at the Hawthorns a week after Steve Clarke’s sacking, sent on substitute Matej Vydra in place of Stéphane Sessègnon with 21 minutes remaining and was rewarded with the Czech striker’s first Premier League goal which rescued an unlikely draw with four minutes remaining.

Vydra, on loan from Udinese, hit 20 Championship goals for Watford last term but had not scored in six substitute appearances under Clarke, yet made no mistake from close range after Shane Long, who nearly joined Hull on deadline day, and fellow substitute Zoltan Gera set him up. It spared Albion a fifth League defeat in a row and “stopped the rot”, in Downing’s words. “After the difficult week we’ve had, it is a big boost,” he added.

Albion’s lack of confidence highlighted why chairman Jeremy Peace is keen to have a new manager installed in time for the Boxing Day trip to Tottenham, even if Downing is already planning for that fixture. “I am taking it on a daily basis, I am conscious the club is looking for a new manager.” One rumour was that Peace had contacted Paul Clement, brother of former Albion defender Neil, who coached at Chelsea with Carlo Ancelotti before following him to Paris Saint-Germain and now Real Madrid. Whoever comes in faces a battle to arrest the slide – Albion have won three of their last 21 league games.

They looked destined for defeat when Jake Livermore – “the outstanding player”, according to Hull’s manager Steve Bruce – struck on the counterattack after 28 minutes. Danny Graham picked up David Meyler’s long pass forward and fed Livermore, who drilled a low shot under Ben Foster. The keeper, on his first appearance after suffering a foot fracture in August, kept Albion in the match in the second half with a fine double save from Tom Huddlestone and Ahmed Elmohamady before Vydra had the last word.


West Bromwich (4-2-3-1): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell (Gera, 79); Mulumbu, Brunt; Sessègnon (Vydra, 69), Morrison, Sinclair (Berahino, h‑t); Long.

Hull City (3-5-2): McGregor; Chester, Bruce, Davies; Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Figueroa; Graham (Boyd, 80), Sagbo (Fryatt, 89).

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Man of the match: Livermore (Hull)

Match rating: 6/10

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
David Moyes and Louis van Gaal
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits