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West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
30 March 2013
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 34966
West Ham United
A. Carroll 16', 80'
G. O'Neil 28'
West Bromwich Albion
G. Dorrans 87'
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "Full time here at the Boleyn Ground and what a fantastic win for Sam Allardyce's men. Several men have made good claims today - Allardyce for a contract extension, Andy Carroll to be signed on a permanent deal. Carroll's two goals were phenomenal - the first a typical target man's header, the second a first-time volley. Gary O'Neills goal in the middle of those two was phenomenal on the counterrattack as well. The Baggies came to life a little in the second hald and scored from the spot through Graham Dorrans. But a bad day at the office was complete when Youssuf Mulumbu rightly received his marching orders for a petulant reaction to a refreeing decision as he kicked the ball at a West Ham player."
West Ham pull away from the relegation zone into 11th place with a deserved win over West Brom that followed a comfortable performance. Until Winston Reid lost concentration late on to give away a penalty on Romelu Lukaku to allow Graham Dorrans a consolation goal, the Hammers defence led by James Collins restricted the Baggies to speculative effort from outside the area. Midfielder Gary O'Neil stood out with his composure in possession getting the best out of the pace of Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te on the flanks, and his delivery from a corner allowed Andy Carroll to head his side in front before his neat finish following a counter attack extended his team's lead. Andy Carroll's delicate second-half volley extended the Hammers' lead, and although the recently returned George McCartney suffered a worrying injury towards the end of the match, Sam Allardyce's side will be pleased that they are six points clear of the relegation with seven games remaining. For West Brom an uninspiring display was made worse by Youssuf Mulumbu's needless sending off, but Steve Clarke's side are in the top half of the table and their Premier League future looks to be assured nonetheless.
90' + 5'
Red Card Youssouf Mulumbu
90' + 4'
Youssuf Mulumbu is sent off after the final whistle after losing his temper following a challenge from the excellent Gary O'Neil. The West Brom midfielder picked up the ball and volleyed it into O'Neil at close range in a moment of madness that will dismay manager Steve Clarke, who was already without a first choice midfielder in James Morrison through injury.
90' + 4'
The referee blows the final whistle after West Ham retain possession in the West Brom half in the final minute of the game.
90' + 2'
West Brom have three strikers on the pitch but are now struggling to win back the ball as West Ham keep the ball during stoppage time.
Substitute Marc-Antoine Fortune gets the better of O'Brien on the left edge of the box and pulls the ball back for Brunt whose low shot is blocked. Markus Rosenberg receives the ball and turns excellently amid a crowd of defenders but his shot flies straight at Jaaskelainen who catches the ball.
Lukaku is unable to control the ball amid pressure from O'Brien and gives a free kick away in the West Ham box.
Graham Dorrans calmly slots the penalty into the middle of the net after Jaaskelainen dives early!
Penalty Goal Graham Dorrans
Lukaku wins a penalty after Winston Reid got the wrong side of the Belgium international to a left-wing cross before bringing him down.
Markus Rosenberg gets away from his marker down the left flank before shooting over the bar at the near post.
The referee halts a West Brom attack with a questionable offside decision.
McCartney goes off the pitch to receive attention from the physios after going down, and is later forced off the pitch. The Hammers will worry given that he only recently returned from a long term knee injury.
Wales international midfielder Jack Collison replaces Mohamed Diame in the middle of the park.
Assist James Collins
Goal Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll takes advantage of slack marking to put his side 3-0 up with an excellent finish! James Collins lofted the ball into the box with a free kick from the right flank on the half way line, and Carroll was unmarked as he drifted towards the right edge of the six-yard box. His finish was spectacular as he waited for the ball to drop over his shoulder before connecting with the ball with his weaker right foot to slot the ball into the bottom left corner.
Left-back George McCartney returns from a long term injury to cheers from the crowd, as he replaces Guy Demel with Joey O'Brien moving to right back.
Yellow Card Winston Reid
Winston Reid receives a yellow card after he handles the ball in stopping Peter Odemwingie from reaching the ball.
Odemwingie again opts to shoot from the right edge of the box and his ambitious shot towards the near post is saved by Jaaskelainen.
Odemwingie beats Joey O'Brien on the right edge of the box after receiving the ball from Chris Brunt but his shot is blocked by James Collins.
Carroll heads towards the top left corner following a left-wing corner, but Foster is able to catch the effort after the on-loan striker is unable to get much power on his effort.
Collins puts the ball in the back of the net but the goal is ruled out for offside, and West Brom counter attack immediately through Lukaku but the Belgium international's pass across the box is blocked.
Boos ring out at Upton Park as want-away Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie appears alongside Markus Rosenberg in place of tiring forward Shane Long and defensive midfielder Claudio Yacob.
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "Kevin Nolan coming off to a warm applause and is being replaced by Matt Taylor."
Mulumbu appeals for a penalty after a challenge from Collins in the box sees the DR Congo international fall to the floor but the referee plays on.
Yellow Card Shane Long
Billy Jones runs all the way into the box from the right flank to receive a neat through ball from Youssuf Mulumbu, but Jaaskelainen does well to smother his effort.
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "Still no goals here in the second half and West Ham look comfortable with retaining possession considering their healthy lead. Their two goals could not be more different. The first from Andy Carroll was classic set-piece football at its best but Gary O'Neill's second was more resemblant of a Spanish counterattack."
Diame looks to cross for Nolan and Carroll but he apologises after his cross fails to beat the first man.
Collins steps up from centre-back to take the free kick but his deflected shot rolls wide.
McAuley concedes a free kick for a foul on Vaz Te outside the box.
Foster confidently claims the corner but following his clearance West Ham calmly resume possession.
O'Neil and Jarvis combine well on the left flank to allow Jarvis to cross the ball from the left flank. Ridgewell does well to head the ball away from Carroll but gives away a corner.
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "It's been West Brom's half so far but they haven't actually had anything to show for it. The closest they have come is through Graham Dorrans once agin - but his free kick didn't exactly have Jussi Jaaskelainen quaking in his boots."
Diame looks to take on Billy Jones on the left edge of the box with a string of step-overs but he puts an attempted cross wide with his left foot.
Dorrans opts for power as he whips the ball across the six yard box and the ball flies out for a goal kick from which Jaaskelainen clears.
Shane Long receives a through ball down the left channel and is fouled by Collins on the edge of the box by the left by line.
West Brom have kept possession for much of the last few minutes but have been unable to create opportunities against West Ham. The Baggies are playing without their playmaker James Morrison but look like they are growing in confidence as the Hammers look to protect their lead.
Lukaku shows his ability after cutting inside from the right flank onto his left foot as he strikes an excellent shot from outside the box that flies narrowly over the top left corner.
West Brom attack down the left flank and Ridgewell gets on the overlap to put in a dangerous cross that Collins heads out for a corner. Jaaskelainen shows impressive confidence to punch away the corner amid heavy pressure.
The referee gets the second half underway at Upton Park.
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "What a one-sided affair this has been. West Ham have been absolutely terrific here at the Boleyn Ground and Gary O'Neill, Andy Carroll and Matt Jarvis have given them a commanding lead against Steve Clarke's men upon his return to the ground where he was once upon a time assistant manager. In all honesty, I can't see a West Brom comeback here but if there is to be one, no doubt Romelu Lukaku will be at the centre of it."
West Ham have taken a deserved 2-0 lead at Upton Park after an impressive first half in which the Sam Allardyce's side have defended well to thwart West Brom and attacked with purpose when they had the ball. Steve Clarke's side have been mostly limited to shots from outside the box as James Collins and Winston Reid have dealt impressively with Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long. In attack the Hammers have looked potent on each flank through the pace of Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te, while Andy Carroll has managed to impress in the air despite the height of Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley as he powerfully headed his side in front from a Gary O'Neil corner. O'Neil has come into the team in place of the injured Mark Noble but in addition to assisting the opening goal he proved his worth with a composed finish from the edge of the box after Vaz Te led a counter attack with a run up the right flank. The Baggies are already in the top half of the table and safe from relegation, while the Hammers look to have the motivation to see out the win.
45' + 2'
West Ham have the last attack of the half but West Brom are able to defend and the referee blows the whistle for the break.
West Brom attempt a counter attack but the move ends when Mulumbu's shot from outside the area is blocked by Collins.
West Ham look to be putting together a neat move on the right flank before Ridgewell fouls Vaz Te for a free kick, which the Baggies defend comfortably.
West Brom have had more of the ball in the last few minutes but West Ham have defended comfortably, led by Winston Reid and the experienced James Collins.
Matt Jarvis has grown throughout the first half and he takes on Billy Jones on the left flank before accelerating past him on the outside. Jones slides in and gets a touch on the ball but Jarvis gets straight back up and puts the ball across the six-yard box with the home crowd appealing unsuccessfully for a penalty.
Carroll wins a header and attempts to flick the ball on to Jarvis, but McAuley is in position to intercept.
The Hammers are attacking again and West Ham threaten through Jarvis on the left flank but West Brom are able to clear the delivery.
Left-back Ridgewell finds Dorrans inside him and the Scotland international runs in towards the box from the left flank before shooting at goal. His effort bounces in front of keeper Jaaskelainen who spills the effort but is able to gather it up.
West Brom have had the better of the last few minutes with the Hammers defending deep. West Ham have the pace of Vaz Te on the right flank and will pose a threat on the counter as the Baggies seek to get back into the game.
West Ham come under heavy pressure from the Baggies as they struggle to clear Dorrans' floated cross, but the referee eventually halts play after O'Neil stays down following a blow to the head.
Assist Ricardo Vaz Te
Goal Gary O'Neil
West Ham counter immediately and Vaz Te darts towards the box immediately after receiving the ball on the right flank. Liam Ridgewell backs off his opponent and he lays the ball off to Gary O'Neil on the edge of the box, who finds the left corner of the net with an excellent curving first-time finish.
Shane Long wins a free kick from Winston Reid and Chris Brunt's inswinging delivery is punched away by Jaaskelainen.
Demel puts the ball out for a corner and the Baggies cross from the left flank is headed towards the opposite side of the pitch before it is put back in. The Hammers eventually clear however.
Jarvis puts in a dangerous cross after good work on the left flank but Vaz Te heads the ball into the ground and his effort bounces over the bar.
O'Neil looks to find Jarvis with a long ball out to the left flank, but the ball skids out for Ben Foster to clear with a goal kick.
West Ham look to counter following a West Brom attack, but Carroll gives the ball away to Shane Long in his own half but the striker shoots wide after looking to take the opportunity himself.
Carroll wins a flick on from a dangerous West Ham long ball from the left flank and heads the ball towards Jarvis behind him on the left edge of the six-yard box, but he shoots disappointingly over the bar having opted for power. It was a good chance and West Ham should be 2-0 up.
West Ham launch a counter attack and Mohamed Diame receives the ball in space outside the area before shooting powerfully from the edge of the box. His effort is narrowly over however.
Assist Gary O'Neil
Goal Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll puts West Ham in front! Gary O'Neil's excellent delivery is headed powerfully into the roof of the net by Carroll, who appeared to have a free header after running in from the edge of the box.
Dorrans concedes a corner on the left flank after Jarvis had appeared to get the better of his marker.
OFF THE POST! Brunt runs over the free kick and Lukaku slams the ball low and hard into the wall aiming for the bottom right corner. He gets the deflection he is hoping for and the ball changes direction to the left, but the Hammers keeper tips the ball onto the inside of the post and gathers the ball.
Dorrans looked to have given the ball away but Youssuf Mulumbu wins it back and after Romelu Lukaku receives the ball he wins a free kick outside the edge of the box.
Matt Jarvis wins a corner after taking on Billy Jones on the left flank. The delivery is headed out towards Vaz Te who is unable to get any power on his shot which is is caught by Ben Foster.
West Ham look to attack down the left flank but are unable to break through the massed ranks of defenders and West Brom eventually win the ball and attack down the right before Jaaskelainen clears.
McAuley gives the ball away on the edge of his own box and Kevin Nolan takes a shot which is blocked and falls to Vaz Te. Vaz Te however blasts the ball well over.
Dorrans picks up the ball in midfield and advances up the pitch before taking a shot from the edge of the box that Jaaskelainen cannot hold onto and puts out for a corner. Brunt's excellent inswinging delivery from the right flank curves in towards the six-yard and Jaaskelainen catches the ball before being dropping it under pressure from Gareth McAuley who bundles the ball into the net. The referee however rightly calls for a foul on the goalkeeper.
Vaz Te attempts to combine with Demel but overruns the ball allowing Chris Brunt to intercept. Graham Dorrans picks up the ball on the counter attack and thumps a swerving shot from the edge of the box that Jussi Jaaskelainen puts out for a corner.
Ricardo Vaz Te combines with Demel to make space for the right-back to deliver a cross from the right flank and heads the delivery over the bar.
Gary O'Neil picks up the ball after a clever run into the right edge of the box to receive a pass inside from the overlapping Guy Demel. O'Neil's cross flashes across the six-yard box but his teammates are unable to connect.
The referee gets the game underway at Upton Park!
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "A nice little fact for you today: Kevin Keen - one of Steve Clarke's coaches at West Brom - is returning to Upton Park after 18 years of service with West Ham. Keen played for the Hammers, coached for the Hammers and was even caretaker manager at Upton Park on no less than THREE separate occasions. The 46-year-old was at one point tipped to take over on a permanent basis but Sam Allayrdyce was instead handed the job. Completing a full circle, Allardyce was also West Brom assistant manager under Brian Talbot from 1989 to 1991."
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "For visiting West Brom, what a fairytale story this season has been. Comfortably placed in eighth and with three wins in their last five, the Baggies - under the stewardship of Steve Clarke - are on course for their best ever Premier League finish. The Scot, who used to be Gianfranco Zola's number two at West Ham, has absolutely flourished in his debut season in management and looks set for a top-half finish at the very first time of asking. The West Midlands club have been in the top half all season and a win today would equal their previous best points tally of 47, which was achieved both last year and the year before under current England boss Roy Hodgson."
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "Sitting just six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, it's safe to say West Ham are not enjoying their finest hour. And with two wins in nine games – and three defeats in their last four - hardly making for pleasant reading, one thing that isn't quite yet safe is the Hammers' Premier League status. A particular problem seems to exist in attack, with the east Londoners having scored more than one goal only once in their last nine outings, taking just seven points in that time. The overall result: a cloud of uncertainty surrounds the future of manager Sam Allardyce."
Tim Poole at Upton Park: "West Ham welcome skipper and top scorer Kevin Nolan back for his 450th league appearance, although there is no Joe Cole, Mark Noble or George McCartney, while James Tomkins missed out on a start - but could come on for his 150th game for the Hammers. The Baggies, meanwhile, are without James Morrison, Zoltan Gera and George Thorne, but the controversial Peter Odemwingie is included on the bench."
West Brom XI: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Dorrans, Brunt, Long; Lukaku. Subs: Myhill, Popov, Tamas, Thomas, Rosenberg, Odemwingie, Fortune
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Nolan, Diame, O'Neil; Vaz Te, Carroll, Jarvis. Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Collison, Taylor, C Cole, Chamakh
Tim Poole: "Good afternoon to you all here from Upton Park where, misleadingly, we are nowhere near the west of anything, even though West Ham take on West Brom! East London is the location - and for a limited time only, the Boleyn Ground is the venue. Yes, the Hammers learnt last week that they will be playing their football at the Olympic Stadium in three years time. What better way to celebrate the news than with a win today?"
Hi and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage as West Ham face West Brom at the Boleyn Ground. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events. You can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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