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West Ham United
22 September 2012
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 33052
West Ham United
K. Nolan 90'+
S. Fletcher 10'
That's it from me on a frustrating day for both sides. Neither will be happy with a point but it is perhaps a fair result on the balance of play. This is Nicholas McGee signing off!
There is no time for Sunderland to respond, and West Ham have earned themselves a valuable point thanks to Kevin Nolan's late, late strike. Still no win for Martin O'Neill's men so far this season.
90' + 3'
Assist Modibo Maiga
90' + 3'
Goal Kevin Nolan
West Ham finally have their equaliser! And its that man Kevin Nolan! The midfielder scored a hat-rick against Sunderland in his Newcastle days, and he has thwarted the Mackems once again. A long ball into the box is flicked into his path by Maiga and the Liverpudlian turns to volley a vicious strike into the top corner.
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
Their have been four minutes of added time allocated at Upton Park, but that may be extended as Frazier Campbell limps from the field with a knee problem. The West Ham fans are not happy with Campbell, who they believe was attempting to waste time.
Yellow Card Jussi Jaaskelainen
The fans are leaving in their droves at Upton Park, they think this one is all over.
West Ham look to have run out of ideas, can Sunderland hang on and earn their first win of the campaign?
Yellow Card Winston Reid
The West Ham fans have cranked up the volume at the Boleyn Ground as they try to will their team towards a leveller.
Titus Bramble has been a colossus at the back for Sunderland, and it is he who saves the Mackems once more. Jarvis curls an in-swinging cross into the area, but the former Newcastle and Wigan defender heads clear before Benayoun can apply the final touch.
The Hammers are getting closer and closer but Sunderland are still a danger on the counter. James Collins crashes a header against the bar from a Mark Noble corner, before Sunderland quickly counter, James McLean whips in a superb ball across the face of goal but David Vaughan cannot apply the final touch.
The answer, for the time being, is no. West Ham remain camped in the Sunderland half, but you cannot speak highly enough of the visitors' defence. They have been exceptional.
Another West Ham corner, will the Hammers finally break down the Sunderland resistance?
More brilliant defending from the visitors, Matt Jarvis breaks down the left and aims a cross towards fellow substitute Yossi Benayoun, however before the Israeli can provide the telling touch, Danny Rose intervenes and heads the ball away from danger.
This doesn't look like West Ham's afternoon, the Hammers win a free-kick as Danny Rose is penalised for handball. Mark Noble puts in a dangerous delivery but Carlton Cole heads wide of the goal.
Yellow Card Craig Gardner
Ricardo Vaz Te
Sam Allardyce knows that West Ham need to score sooner rather than later, and he's thrown on Matt Jarvis to try and make that happen. Ricardo Vaz Te has been largely ineffective today and his afternoon is over.
Danny Rose is back on the pitch but these are still dangerous times for Sunderland. West Ham win two consecutive corners, but both fall to nothing as the visitors continue to hang on.
Sunderland are currently down to 10 men, as Danny Rose receives treatment for a facial injury. Jack Colback has moved to left back in his stead.
The second half has started in the same fashion as the first finished, with West Ham applying the pressure. However, Sunderland are continuing to defend well and do not look like conceding at the moment.
We're back underway in East London.
Referee Lee Mason blows for half time. West Ham have had the majority of the play but it is Sunderland who lead thanks to Steven Fletcher's 10th minute strike.
Wonderful chance for the Hammers to level. Vaz Te delivers the ball into the path of Nolan who performs acrobatics to fire a spectacular bicycle kick towards goal. Not to be outdone, Mignolet flies through the air to produce a superb save to keep his side ahead.
West Ham look to be lacking a bit of potency in attack, they have enjoyed the lions share of possession but have done little with it. You get the impression that they are real missing Andy Carroll.
More frustration for West Ham, Carlton Cole beats John O'Shea to Mohamed Diame's delivery but his header flies well over the bar.
West Ham are beginning to get on top here and Sunderland are defending deeper and deeper. A corner is flicked on to the path of Kevin Nolan but his shot goes well wide.
West Ham win a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Kevin Nolan can only hit his shot straight into the West Ham wall.
Big chance for West Ham to level, Matt Taylor whips in a cross from the left which is met by Ricardo Vaz Te. However, the former Bolton and Barnsley can only direct the ball wide of the goal.
Sunderland continue to look dangerous going forward, and they force a corner after Stephane Sessegnon's precise cross is headed from danger by Guy Demel.
Its all gone quiet at the Boleyn Ground again, West Ham look a little anemic in attack despite enjoying much of the possession.
A little bit of a break in play here as Carlton Cole receives treatment after colliding with Simon Mignolet.
West Ham have responded well to going behind, forcing two consecutive corners. Sunderland manage to clear the danger however and the Mackems look well organised defensively.
Assist Sebastian Larsson
Goal Steven Fletcher
Nothing of note has happened in this game, until now! Sebastien Larsson chips the ball into the path of Steven Fletcher who controls the ball brilliantly before lashing the ball into the bottom corner 1-0 Sunderland.
Quiet start here in East London. The teams look to be just feeling each other out at the moment.
We are underway at Upton Park
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Rose, Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Campbell, Wickham, Saha.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Diame, Noble, Nolan, Vaz Te, Cole, Taylor. Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Benayoun, O'Neil, Jarvis, Maiga.
We start, as always, with the team line-ups....
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of West Ham v Sunderland. I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be taking you through the next 90 minutes as Martin O'Neill's men look to get their first win of the season against Sam Allardyce's newly-promoted Hammers.
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