Alan Pardew's first game in charge of West Brom ended in frustration as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace.
The stalemate extended Albion's winless run to 13 games and allowed Palace to climb off the bottom of the Premier League.
Julian Speroni, a last-minute selection after Wayne Hennessey was injured in the warm up, denied Albion with saves from Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu as Pardew settled for a point against the club which axed him 12 months ago.
West Bromwich Albion´s Jonny Evans (centre) and Crystal Palace´s Christian Benteke battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Picture date: Saturday December 2, 2017. See PA story SOCCER WBA. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.Alan Pardew's reign starts with a point...website
- West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 2, 2017 Christian Benteke wasted Palace's best chance, with the Eagles having now gone 10 straight away league games without scoring.
The point at least lifted Palace off the foot of the table but they remain in the relegation zone, three points and a place behind West Brom.Palace, who only named six substitutes, suffered an early blow with Hennessey's withdrawal.
It meant the Eagles went into the game without a goalkeeper on the bench and Speroni was forced to focus during a bright start from Pardew's new side.It's over here at The Hawthorns[0-0] #WBACRY pic.twitter.com/xSNtX2imoU
- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 2, 2017 Robson-Kanu https://twitter.com/8Liive
directed a tricky chance over from eight yards before Salomon Rondon fired at Speroni and Rodriguez - in for the injured Matt Phillips in Pardew's only change - headed wide.
Albion were on top and Martin Kelly widely diverted Robson-Kanu's drive over and, from the resulting corner, the unmarked Ahmed Hegazi headed wide.
But the Baggies almost paid for their profligacy when Ben Foster slipped while trying to check past Wilfried Zaha and the goalkeeper only just recovered
Zaha, who had already hit the side netting, then came close again when he robbed Gareth Barry only to see his 22nd minute strike deflect over.FULL-TIME West Brom 0-0 Palace
Alan Pardew's new side fail to break down his old one and the points are shared#WBACRY pic.twitter.com/npRR2jqHo9
- Premier League (@premierleague) December 2, 2017 They were warning signs for the hosts as the game opened up and, slowly, Albion's control waned once Barry was forced off injured after half an hour.
Without the midfielder, the hosts lost their footing as Palace grew into the game and Benteke should have put the Eagles ahead before half time.
But Albion regained their composure after the re-start and it was Speroni in action when he denied Rodriguez after the striker tricked his way into the area.Read the match report from today's goalless draw with West Brom #CPFC website
- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 2, 2017 Joel Ward twice denied Sam Field with crucial blocks and Speroni saved well from Robson-Kanu on the hour.
Palace's threat disappeared during the second half with the Baggies holding a degree of control
but a goal never came.
Rondon headed wide with eight minutes remaining and the visitors survived some late pinball in the area to take a point.What they said
Alan Pardew wants to start turning draws into wins for the "terrific" Albion fans...Full interview ➡️ website pic.twitter.com/Ki7aAWt9bZ
- West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 2, 2017 West Brom manager Alan Pardew: "I was encouraged because I'm still missing five or six you could argue might be starters. If that's the quality of the group I have then we'll be fine."
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "It's a nice moment. I don't want to be too clever about it, if someone said before the game we'd be off the bottom at the end of it I would be very happy but I'm not exactly carried away by it."