Livermore supporter confrontation due to infant death comment, West Brom confirm

West Brom manager Alan Pardew said: "The only thing I know is that I saw Jake in the crowd which disturbed me a bit".

"Following his substitution in the second half, Jake was subjected to general abuse from home supporters which he shrugged off", they said.

Jonny Evans scuffed an excellent chance too close to Adrian in first-half stoppage time and within a minute of the restart Carroll came agonisingly close to a leveller by diverting Marko Arnautovic's cross just over.

"It was a great cross by "Cress", he has put it right on a plate for me and any touch and it is going in", said the striker, who turns 29 on Saturday. After a 2017 in which he barely had any real impact on the pitch, 2018 could not have begun any better.

West Ham have seen an initial approach for Stoke City enforcer Joe Allen turned down as they ready a £15million swoop, according to a report.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll (left) scores his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

But West Brom hasn't won a game since their 3-1 loss against the newly promoted team Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth fixture.

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"The games are hard and there's a lot of them", he added. "I don't think any action will be taken against Livermore at all".

"Jake is okay. I'll take him to Exeter with no concern really about his playing ability". The Austrian worldwide scored five goals in December ahead of the club's final game of 2017 against Tottenham. "Psychologically you don't want to be in it at all, I was disappointed when we did slip back into it, but tonight we got a result and we've got to try and move on". West Ham offered space on the break and when Oliver Burke raced through he should have been more decisive, rather than allowing Angelo Ogbonna to catch him up.

David Moyes's side have more than doubled their points tally in the last month to push themselves from 19th to 16th in the Premier League table. The Newcastle defeat aside, the Hammers recent form has been good and they should have beaten Bournemouth away on Boxing Day. From his perspective, the slide into the bottom three makes selling the influential midfielder inconceivable.

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