That game will be last on Match of the Day tonight, of that there can be no doubt as it was a pretty dreadful 90 minutes.
But it will be tinged somewhat with regret as West Ham were by far and away better than their abysmal opponents, whose brand of anti-football under Tony Pulis is becoming even more wearisome for the 22,000 or so local who turned out for the game.
It was simply, West Ham not being good enough to break their opponents down. Pedro Obiang’s 40-yard screamer which cannoned off the bar was the closes either side came to a goal and that says a lot.
With the Hammers playing three centre backs, they will keep clean sheets but it’s the midfield where the problems are.
Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate are too defensive minded and there is a cavernous chasm of a gap between the midfield and the front three pretty much all the time. That is of course the spot where Manuel Lanzini would be but he isn’t fit to return yet.
West Ham had lots of possession in wide areas but when they ended to make a penetrating pass through the back line of the Baggies, there was no-one there to do it. It stayed wide and a cross was swung in and then cleared.
Javier Hernandez would drop deep to receive the ball but in doing so, was leaving his station on the left wing – where he shouldn’t really be – and then there was no width. Plus the Hammers were an attacker down in the box when Hernandez went ball searching.
Michail Antonio was then played a right wing back in the second half and that was basically the kiss of death for the Hammers in the game. He was by far and away the best attacker in claret and blue but now he had to act as a defender and was completely nullified.
It was a frustrating 90 minutes. West Brom were there for the taking, they absolutely were, but Slaven Bilic and his formation wasn’t good enough, mobile enough or cute enough to get anything done.
After the three defeats to start the season, Bilic had to sacrifice good play for keping clean sheets. They have secured two in a row now but how long will the fans put up with it for? Its not “The West Ham Way.”