LONDON (AP) — West Ham will head into 2014 stuck in the Premier League's relegation zone after twice surrendering the lead to draw 3-3 with West Bromwich Albion in a thrilling match at Upton Park on Saturday.
Former France striker Nicolas Anelka scored twice in a five-minute span — his first goals for West Brom — to put his team 2-1 ahead at halftime after Joe Cole had given West Ham a fourth-minute lead with a low shot.
Substitute Modibo Maiga curled a shot underneath goalkeeper Ben Foster for West Ham's equalizer in the 65th before heading across goal for Kevin Nolan to net a flying volley two minutes later, the captain's first goal since the start of the season.
That looked like giving the hosts a victory in what under-pressure manager Sam Allardyce had labeled a "must-win" game. But Saido Berahino's low finish in the 69th earned a point for West Brom, which is unbeaten in three matches under caretaker manager Keith Downing.
Of the teams to start the day in the bottom six, only West Ham hasn't changed its manager since the start of the season.