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Played
January 1, 2013 11:00 PM MYT
Boleyn Ground — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 35005‎
 
3′ (PG) Mark Noble
26′ Joey O'Brien
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Ham 2-1 Norwich

The Hammers survived a late scare against the Canaries to record their first win in five games and pull away from the relegation zone after goals from Mark Noble and Joey O'Brien

By Ewan Roberts at Upton Park

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Didn't always inspire confidence, nearly gifting the ball to Kane after a mix-up with Reid. Rooted to the spot for Snodgrass' free kick which rattled the post. Largely untroubled otherwise, and dealt with what little came his way well.

  • Winston Reid
    0
    0
    4.00

    Winston Reid

    Gave a huge performance for the Hammers, making countless blocks and interceptions. Carried the ball out of defence well and marshalled the rest of the defence. Strong and commanding, he routinely ended Norwich attacks. Tugged by Bennett in the opening minutes, with referee Clattenburg pointing to the spot.

  • James Tomkins
    0
    0
    3.00

    James Tomkins

    Less imposing than Reid, and occasionally looked a weak point. Allowed Kane to escape behind him before bringing him down inside the box, but Clattenburg didn't adjudge it to be a foul. Not always composed on the ball. A threat from set-pieces in Norwich's box.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    3.50

    Joey O'Brien

    A solid all-round performance, defending admirably and attacking well. Linked to good effect with Jarvis. Drove into the box and offloaded to Noble before receiving his deflected return pass and slotting the ball into the goal with calmness and composure.

  • Guy Demel
    0
    0
    4.00

    Guy Demel Top of the Match

    Burst up the right flank with pace, verve and direction. Could have had a handful of assists but for the profligacy of his team-mates. The Ivorian put the ball on a plate for Cole, who somehow missed from close range. Demel was a constant threat, and never gave Pilkington a sniff.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    1
    0
    3.50

    Matthew Jarvis

    Had the beating of Bennett, driving at the young, out of position full-back and making him look slow and lumbering. Final ball was dinked into the box without finding a claret and blue shirt too often though.

  • Jack Collison
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Collison

    Struggled with the pace of the match, especially against the hustle and bustle of Tettey. Missed an easy chance mid-way through the first half, scuffing a shot towards the bottom corner and allowing Bunn to make a fantastic low stop.

  • Matthew Taylor
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matthew Taylor

    Quiet going forward, carving out few chances and rarely threatening the Norwich goal. Could have an assist when Vaz Te headed his cross against the post. Strong defensively though, working very hard off the ball.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    1
    3.50

    Mark Noble

    Controlled the midfield for West Ham, battling to win the ball but showing composure when on it. Stepped up to take the penalty, expertly dispatching the ball into the top corner and sending Bunn the wrong way. Had a hand in the second goal, as his pass deflected into the path of O'Brien.

  • Carlton Cole
    1
    0
    2.00

    Carlton Cole

    Engaged in physical battles with Norwich's centre-backs and worked hard, but his performance will be remembered for a horrific miss: a yard out, unmarked and with the goal gaping, Cole somehow managed to blast the ball over the bar. Received pressure few chances though.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    0
    1
    1.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te Flop of the Match

    Peripheral, ineffective and work-shy. Less of a threat down the right than Demel and didn't support Cole enough. Routinely drew large groans from the home support. Did hit the post with a header, but it was a rare bright moment in an otherwise abject display. Subbed with 10 minutes remaining.

Substitutions

  • Gary O'Neil
    0
    1
    3.00

    Gary O'Neil

    Replaced goalscorer O'Brien. Sat in midfield, pressing hard and restricting the number of chances Norwich created through the middle.

  • Modibo Maiga
    0
    0

    Modibo Maiga

    Came on for Vaz Te with less than 10 minutes remaining. Had little time to affect the match.

  • Mark Bunn
    0
    0
    3.50

    Mark Bunn

    Dived the wrong way for Noble's penalty, though would have struggled to save the ball even if he'd guessed the right way. Had little chance with O'Brien's shot, having made a tremendous save to deny Collison moments earlier.

  • Russell Martin
    1
    0
    1.50

    Russell Martin

    Totally struggled to contain the overlaps of Demel, who burst past the Scottish full-back with ease on numerous occasions. Even allowed the ineffective Vaz Te to outjump him at the far post and head against the post. Scored in injury-time, but the goal couldn't gloss over a poor and mistake-ridden performance from the full-back.

  • S. Bassong
    0
    0
    3.00

    S. Bassong

    Cultured with the ball at his feet, passing the ball out of defence, and was largely untroubled by Cole, with te striker preferring to target Turner. Won a number of important headers.

  • Michael Turner
    0
    0
    2.50

    Michael Turner

    Enjoyed the more physical tussles with Cole. Blocked Nolan's pull-back aimed at Cole, but only as far as O'Brien who tucked in the rebound with uncharacteristic composure.

  • Ryan Bennett
    0
    0
    2.00

    Ryan Bennett

    Struggled to contain Jarvis, who made him look laboured and immobile. Adjudged to have illegally tugged back Reid by Clattenburg, conceding the penalty from which Noble opened the scoring. Very harsh.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Hit the post with a free-kick from 25 yards, leaving Jaaskelainen rooted to the spot. Gave away several needless free kicks and didn't support the vulnerable Bennett enough, nor did he attack O'Brien enough.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonny Howson

    Came out second best in the midfield battle. Didn't pick up Nolan or Collison off the ball or track their runs. Indecisive on the ball, rarely probed with his passing. Lacked the energy and ferocity of the suspended Johnson. Replaced by Fox.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    0
    0
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    Went close with a drilled effort from the edge of the box, but sent his shot just wide of the post. Provided little help to Martin, who struggled to contain Demel. Tried to use the ball progressively and support the attack, but didn't have much joy.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Didn't impact himself on the match in the first half, receiving little of the ball and unable to link up to any great effect with Kane. Brighter in the second half, finding holes and driving towards goal, but still lack end product was was taken off by Hughton.

  • Alexander Tettey
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexander Tettey

    Busy and combative in midfield. He covered a huge amount of ground, carrying the ball forward and committing West Ham's midfielders. Diligent in defence too.

  • Harry Kane
    0
    0
    2.00

    Harry Kane

    Received little supply and never really impacted the himself on the match, understandably given his age and long spell on the sidelines through injury. Withdrawn mid-way through the second half.

Substitutions

  • David Fox
    0
    0

    David Fox

    Replaced Howson with a little over five minutes remaining.

  • Elliott Bennett
    0
    0
    2.50

    Elliott Bennett

    Came on for Hoolahan mid-way through the second half. Was less effective than the Irish playmaker, and seemed ill-suited to Norwich's more direct approach when pursuing a way back into the game. Did manage to grab an assist though, dinking a cross towards Martin who buried the chance.

  • K. Jackson
    0
    0
    2.50

    K. Jackson

    Replaced Kane with 20 minutes remaining but was no more effective than the young Tottenham loanee. Wasn't given a sniff.

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