Football: Dawson header clips West Brom's wings

Hull City's Michael Dawson celebrates scoring.
Hull City's Michael Dawson celebrates scoring.PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON UPON HULL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Michael Dawson netted a 72nd-minute equaliser as Hull City drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (Nov 26) to deny Tony Pulis's team a third successive Premier League win.

West Brom, the visitors, were bidding to go level on points with sixth-place Manchester United and took a deserved 34th-minute lead when centre-back Gareth McAuley headed in.

But Hull gave a much better account of themselves after the break and levelled through Dawson, keeping them in the relegation zone but only on goal difference.

West Brom remain ninth, a healthy six points clear of the relegation places.

With both teams unchanged at the KCOM Stadium, West Brom made the more assured start and saw a huge 82 percent of possession in the first 15 minutes.

While the first half was low on goal-mouth action, the visitors threatened midway through when James Morrison shot wide from Salomon Rondon's lay-off.

West Brom's opener duly followed.

Matt Phillips sent a corner into the Hull box from the left and McAuley outjumped Curtis Davies to plant a downward header past goalkeeper David Marshall.

Another header almost yielded a second goal for West Brom just before half-time, but after climbing above his namesake Michael Dawson, Craig Dawson headed narrowly wide.

Hull manager Mike Phelan made an attacking change at half-time, introducing Adama Diomande - who returned from suspension - in place of Ryan Mason.

The hosts looked far more purposeful in possession and having had barely anything to do in the first half, West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster had to save from Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore.

Snodgrass also took aim with a low free-kick that Foster had to claw away.

The pressure told 18 minutes from time when Dieumerci Mbokani nodded down Snodgrass's free-kick and Michael Dawson was on hand to convert via the post.

Fit-again West Brom winger Nacer Chadli had a shot saved by Marshall after coming on, before Rondon spurned a glorious chance to claim a late winner for the visitors by heading wide.