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Baggies had looked set to claim an important victory against the insipid Tigers but the former Tottenham centre-back ensured that Mike Phelan’s men claimed a valuable point
Hull City fought back to hold West Brom to a 1-1 draw at the KCOM Stadium but the Tigers could not climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.
West Brom had been looking to win three league games in a row for the first time under Tony Pulis, and looked set to claim victory when Gareth McAuley scored in the 34th minute.
Insipid in the first half, Hull – who have now tasted victory just once in their last 11 Premier League matches – came back into game after the break as Ben Foster made fine stops from both Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore.
A leveller finally arrived as Michael Dawson prodded into the net, but neither side could force a winner in the remaining 18 minutes.
Although West Brom could have moved into the top six with a win, they can have few complaints with taking a solitary point from this game, having waned after deservedly leading.
Hull’s second-half performance showed a spirit that harked back to their displays in the early weeks of the season and Mike Phelan will hope momentum can carry into mid-week, when City will look to reach a first EFL semi-final in the club’s history against Newcastle United on Tuesday.
With both sides making a cautious start to the game, a first chance did not arrive until Livermore’s error allowed James Morrison to shoot wide from the edge of the area in the 24th minute.
Matt Phillips followed suit in dragging a tame effort past the post, although it was the West Brom winger who then supplied the opener.
Delivering a corner from the left, Phillips’ delivery found the unmarked McAuley, whose firm header left David Marshall with no chance.
Another Phillips set-piece found Craig Dawson, but he could not direct the ball on target.
Hull, who had not mustered a single shot in the first half, were better after the break, with Snodgrass forcing Foster into a save from 25 yards, and Livermore curling high and wide.
A fine passing move followed as Livermore linked up with Snodgrass, then Dieumerci Mbokani and finally Markus Henriksen, before Foster parried his low finish.