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West Ham United
1 September 2012
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 33458
West Ham United
K. Nolan 1'
W. Reid 29'
M. Taylor 41'
I hope you enjoyed Goal.com’s LIVE play-by-play commentary. Can all the other weekend’s Premier League fixtures be able to match the excitement from Upton Park?
FULL-TIME. The referee blows his whistle and brings an end to an entertaining match. All the goals came in the first half with Nolan, Reid and Taylor scoring. That win for West Ham sees them move onto six points from three games while Fulham stay on three.
We’re into three minutes of added on time.
Alex Kacaliknic eyes up the goal from outside the penalty box but his tame effort goes straight into Jaaskelainen gloves.
Berbatov has showed glimpses of his talent in his second-half cameo but will be hoping to improve once he improves his fitness levels.
Tomkins and Rodallega are again involved in the action. But again it’s the defender who comes out on top, out jumping his opponent and clearing the ball.
Berbatov and Rodallega link up well and the ex-Wigan man looks to be getting on the end of the move but James Tomkins does well to clear the ball away.
Quick update on Carroll’s injury - the striker’s injury doesn’t appear to be too serious and he looks to have been taken of a precautionary measure.
Berbatov tries to get himself into the action but loses the ball to Demel who plays it back to his goalkeeper. The full-back has impressed today but looks to have picked up an injury.
The pace and intensity from the first-half has all but gone from the match at the minute and the Hammers look comfortable.
Fulham look to be missing Moussa Dembele who was arguably the man-of-the-match in their last Premier League match against Manchester United. Jol will be eager for his side to improve after today’s display.
Fantastic play from Berbatov who forces his way past O’Brien and into the box before hitting an effort which is well blocked.
The giant forward is back on his feet but is moving gingerly. That’s the end of his match today’s as Allardyce replaces him with Carlton Cole. He certainly made an impact on his debut!
Carroll is on the floor and looks to be holding his hamstring. The Hammers will be hoping this isn’t too serious.
Allardyce’s on the touchline urging his side on. He will be happy with what he has seen so far but will be keen for his side to keep a clean sheet after shipping three at Swansea last weekend.
Carroll does well to force Fulham into conceding a corner which Taylor takes but comes to nothing. Less than a third of the match to go now. The Hammers look like they’re going to take all three points.
A smart West Ham passing move ends with Taylor hitting a wild shot which flies well off target.
Duff has probably been the visitors best player on the pitch so far and is trying to get his side back in the match by passing the ball around.
Riise fires in a dangerous cross from the left but the ball is cleared to safety. The Hammers break instantly but the attack comes to nothing.
Scramble in the penalty area but the referee awards Fulham a free-kick after a collision between Carroll and former Real Madrid man Mahamadou Diarra.
Almost a second for Taylor and a fourth for West Ham. This time he unleashed a thunderous free-kick which moves in the air but Schwarzer does well to push the ball away.
Hugo Rodallega threads the ball through to Berbatov but the ex-Spurs man is halted in his progress by the linesman’s flag.
Did you know? Fulham have failed to take a point after falling behind 3-0 in any of their Premier League matches.
Carroll is almost unbeatable in the air today. This time Schwarzer hit’s the ball long to the forward, the ball bounces around before he heads the ball on towards Vaz Te, but his effort fails to find the back of the net.
Fulham get us back off underway and will need a mighty comeback if they are to take any points from the match. They
Berbatov’s on the touchline ready to come on for the second-half. Can he get his side back into the game? The Bulgarian completed his £4 million move to the club from Manchester United yesterday.
All that seems to be missing for West Ham is a goal from debutant Carroll. Will he be able to get himself on the scoresheet in the second-half?
Did you know? The last time West Ham led 3-0 at half-time in the Premier League was back in November 2009 when they played Burnley. The match ended up finishing 5-3.
HALF-TIME. West Ham lead 3-0 thanks to goals from Nolan, Reid and Taylor and look to be well on their way to grabbing their second win of the season. If it stays the same then Fulham will have suffered back-to-back defeats after losing their last match 3-2 to Manchester United.
45' + 1'
We’re into one minute of added on time. West Ham break forward but the attack comes to nothing.
The home supporters are really enjoying this. Their side have created chance after chance and could have been another two or three goals up. As for Fulham, they’ve had plenty of the ball but lacked a real goal threat. I wonder if Dimitar Berbatov will be on in the second-half?
Goal Matthew Taylor
GOAL! It’s 3-0 to West Ham. Brede Hangeland’s headed clearance from a West Ham free-kick only drops to Taylor on the edge of the box. The former Portsmouth man gets his body shape just right and fires past Schwarzer to give his side a three-goal lead!
O’Brein get forward and passes the ball to Taylor who crosses straight into the grateful arms of Schwarzer.
Just over five minutes to go until half-time. Can the Hammers hold onto their two-goal lead or will Fulham be able to get themselves back into the game?
Vaz Te picks the ball up and plays it into Nolan who completely miss-times his shot. Vaz Te has really impressed so far and seems to be everywhere at the minute.
Allardyce’s side have bounced back really well from last weekend’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Swansea City where they looked pretty average. The arrival of Carroll looks to have really lifted the club.
Assist Matthew Taylor
Goal Winston Reid
GOAL! It goes to the home side. Winston Reid with a thumping header from a Matthew Taylor corner. The Hammers probably deserve the two-goal advantage after an electric start to the match.
Damien Duff links up well with Riether and hit’s a cross into the box towards the relatively quick Mladen Petric but a Hammers head clears the ball away.
Guy Demel pushes forward from his full-back berth and Vaz Te tries to find him with a return pass but overhits it and the attack breaks down.
Fulham are seeing more of the ball (currently 53%) but as of yet, lack a real goal threat.
The Hammers play a long-ball to Carroll who gets bundled to the ground by Sascha Riether but the referee waves play on. That could have easily been given.
Did you know? There are five former Bolton player's in West Ham's lineup today - Jaaskelainen, O’Brien, Vaz Te, Taylor and Nolan.
That man Carroll again. This time he gets up well to head the ball onto Vaz Te who lays the ball off to Nolan. The ex-Newcastle United man sees Schwarzer off his line and tries to dink the ball over him but it sails just over the bar.
Martin Jol’s side are finding it almost impossible to deal with Carroll who is showing some of the form which earnt him a £35 million move to Liverpool from Newcastle.
Vaz Te unlashes an effort hard and low but Schwarzer again does well, this time getting down low to push the ball away. The Hammers have got off to a blistering start.
Almost a second for the Hammers and Carroll is in the thick of the action again. This time Vaz Te fires over a cross which the England striker heads down to Mohamed Diame on just inside the box. His effort is heading in but Schwarzer’s fingertips force the ball onto the bar and the it bounces behind for a corner which comes to nothing.
Another debutant is involved at the other end as Kieran Richardson forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into action with a long-range shot which bounces just in front of the former Bolton Wanderers keeper but he manages to keep it out.
Fulham are trying to recover from falling behind by passing the ball around but that early goal seems to has put them on the back foot.
Assist Ricardo Vaz Te
Goal Kevin Nolan
GOAL!!! Debut boy Andy Carroll is involved in the action straight away. The Hammers play a long ball forward which Carroll heads onto Ricardo Vaz Te who plays in Kevin Nola who fires the ball across Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net. An instant impact from the giant forward!
Today’s referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle and West Ham kick us off in what is the first of 30 London derbies in the Premier League this season.
The players are just making their way out onto the pitch. Not long now before we’re off underway.
Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Diarra, Sidwell, Richardson, Duff; Rodallega, Petric Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Berbatov, Briggs, Kacaliknic
Teams in full - West Ham (4-3-2-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Noble, Diame, Nolan; Vaz Te, Taylor, Carroll Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga, Hall, Cole
The big team news is that Andy Carroll starts for the Hammers after completing his season-long loan move from Liverpool. As for Dimitar Berbatov, he will have to wait to make his debut for Fulham after being named on the bench.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE play-by-play commentary of the Premier League clash between London rivals West Ham and Fulham at Upton Park. Both sides won their opening league fixture before losing their second and will be keen to get back to winning ways.
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