West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green felt he was fortunate to escape without serious injury when he was caught by Jonas Olsson's elbow in Monday night's goalless stalemate against West Brom at Upton Park.
The 29-year-old required treatment when he attempted to claim a cross, which was headed against the bar by Shelton Martis in the second half of the Barclays Premier League clash.
Green said: "Luckily it was on a sturdy part of my face rather than an eye socket or my nose. That could have done me some proper damage but I'll live to fight another day."
Former Premier League referee Graham Poll, a pundit on Setanta, felt the challenge warranted a red card, claiming: "Olsson comes in with his arm. He is looking, knows where Green is and catches him across the chin. If seen, it is a red card offence. I think it was deliberate."
It was one of very few incidents in a match that did little to help either West Ham's push for Europe or West Brom's bid for survival.
The Baggies will consider it two points dropped as James Morrison also forced Green into a first-half save and skipper Jonathan Greening chipped over when sent through with 19 minutes remaining.
Greening told Setanta Sports: "I think I probably should have put my chance away and got us all three points. We knew it was going to be a difficult game, (Hammers manager) Gianfranco Zola has got them playing well, but I thought we did all right.
"We've been working hard all season. It's difficult coming up from the Championship but the boys have worked hard and we'll give it a good go until the end of the season."
West Brom, who are effectively seven points from safety taking into account their poor goal difference, were also upset when defender Paul Robinson appeared to be held in the penalty area by Lucas Neill in the first half but referee Mark Halsey only gave a goal-kick.
"We were hard done by, not for the first time this season," said manager Tony Mowbray. "The referee did very well but, for whatever reason, he missed that one."
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