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West Ham United
September 25, 2010
• Boleyn Ground, London
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 34190
West Ham United
F. Piquionne 29'
Full-Time: West Ham claim the win, their first three points of the season, and they've deserved it.
Yellow Card C. Cole
Three minutes to be added at Upton Park.
KEANE SPURNS A GOLDEN CHANCE! Great footwork from Modric, as the Croatian dribbled easily past Parker before slotting a cute pass to the Irishman, but his curled effort is straight at Green.
Another free-kick to Spurs, after Pavlyuchenko goes down easily under a challenge from Boa Morte, despite seemingly little contact.
Free-kick to Spurs from the 35 yards out, but once again West Ham clear comfortably, with time running out for Redknapp's side.
Another change for Spurs, and Pavlyuchenko replaces Crouch.
Jenas slots an attempt wide of Green's goal, as Spurs make their second change of the game, with Van der Vaart replaced by Dos Santos.
Rafael van der Vaart
Giovani dos Santos
Penalty appeals from West Ham, as Bassong looks to have tugged Cole's shirt, but the referee waves away the protests, and awards a corner to West Ham. Obinna will flight this is in, but Cudicini claims it comfortably.
GREAT SAVE FROM CUDICINI! The Italian was at full-stretch to deny Noble, after the midfielder picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area before arrowing an effort to the top corner, but Cudicini pulls off an amazing save.
Upson, Gabbidon and Da Costa are getting their heads on the end of everything at the moment, as West Ham's defence continues to dominate their penalty area.
Spurs are starting to take the game to their hosts, as Modric and Keane are starting to link-up well in the final third, but West Ham are defending resolutely.
Redknapp makes his move, and it's Lennon who will make way for Keane.
GREAT SAVE FROM CUDICINI! Obinna skinned Hutton, and the man on loan from Inter looked set to grab his first league goal for the Hammers, but the Italian was on hand to tip the ball wide.
And Piquionne will have to make way, he's clearly struggling, and Carlton Cole will replace the Frenchman.
With 30 minutes left on the clock, Redknapp must be considering making a change, with the likes of Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko sitting on the bench.
Worrying moment for West Ham, after Piquionne falls awkwardly following a challenge by Corluka.
Shocking miss from Huddlestone. The midfielder rounded Green, but with the goal gaping, his shot goes wide of the target. What a waste, and what a let-off for West Ham!
All credit to Jacobsen, the West Ham defender has stifled the advances of Bale superbly this afternoon.
HUDDLESTONE GOES CLOSE! The Spurs midfielder locked onto Green goal as the ball bounced out to him on the edge of the box, but his dipping volley flew just wide of the right-hand post.
Since the interval, if anything, appear more patient in their attack, as Huddlestone lays a short pass onto the advancing run of Hutton, who whips in a cross towards Crouch, but Gabbidon was on hand to clear.
Early opportunity for West Ham to attack as , as Obinna wins a free-kick after being allegedly tugged-back around 40 yards from goal.
And we're back for the second half!
HALF-TIME: Well the match has been open, but West Ham lead at the break through Piquionne's goal, and in fairness, the home side deserve to be ahead,
Bizarre scenes here at Upton Park, as Parker drives a thunderbolt at goal which catches Jenas clean in the face, with the Spurs man left stunned.
A minimum of one minute of added time will be played.
Great challenge from Jacobsen! Hutton played in Van der Vaart with a beautifully weighted pass, but as the Dutchman cut the ball back to Crouch, the defender was to clear his lines with the England striker certain to score.
Bad news for West Ham as Dyer is replaced after pulling-up, with what looks like a calf injury.
Yellow Card Boa Morte
MODRIC HITS THE BAR! Great run from Lennon don't the right flank, before his whipped it back to the edge of the box for the Croatian to hit on the half-volley, but his effort cannons off of the cross bar. Great hit!
Spurs are on the ropes at the moment, as the Hammers sense that they can grab another before half-time.
Great defending from Corluka. The Croatian had to be at full stretch to block the midfielder's advances, as the West Ham captain was just about to let fly.
Lennon breaks for Spurs, on what is the winger's 200th appearance for Tottenham, but after the winger cuts back onto his right foot, his cross is cleared by Jacobsen.
Assist Mark Noble
Goal Frédéric Piquionne
PIQUIONNE SCORES! It's his first Premier League goal for West Ham! The home side's pressure has paid off, as the Frenchman latches onto a Noble corner to powerfully head home. 1-0 West Ham!
Well the fans are really being subjected to an end to end match this afternoon. Both side are playing with a high tempo, and it surely won't be long until someone breaks the deadlock.
The former Real Madrid man fires another rocket at Green's goal, but this time his shot drifts wide of the left-hand post. Great effort.
FANTASTIC SAVE FROM GREEN! The West Ham stopper had to be at full stretch to deny Van der Vaart, as once again the Dutchman lets fly from distance.
More pressure from the home side, as the ball is delivered into the box by Luis Boa Morte, but Bale manages to make a clearance.
Spurs trouble Green for the first time in the match, as Jenas riffles in a shot which goes straight into the gloves off of the West Ham keeper, and Green grasps the ball at the second attempt.
Another corner for West Ham, and the home faithful are really getting behind their side this afternoon in what is becoming and increasingly open London derby.
Great period of play from the Hammers, as the home side win a series of corners before Kieron Dyer lets fly with a low drive, but Carlo Cudicini is able to save comfortably, before the Italian sprays the ball out Gareth Bale.
GREAT EFFORT! Van der Vaart lets fly from the resulting free-kick, but it deflects wide for a corner to Spurs. The ball's floated in, but West Ham are able to clear.
First real 'derby' moment of the match, as Mark Noble lunges in on Rafael van der Vaart, with a trailing back leg. The Dutchman saw it coming, and the West Ham midfielder escapes without a booking.
The home side have made a decent start to the match, applying early pressure on Tottenham, as Tom Huddlestone looks to quell the Hammer attack with cynical foul on Scott Parker.
And we're under way at Upton Park!
Tottenham: Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Bassong, Bale, Lennon, Huddlestone, Jenas, Modric, Van der Vaart, Crouch. Subs: Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Giovani, Kranjcar, Sandro.
West Ham: Green, Jacobsen, da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon, Dyer, Parker, Noble, Boa Morte, Obinna, Piquionne. Subs: Stech, Ben-Haim, Cole, Barrera, Kovac, McCarthy, Faubert.
The teams have been announced, and Avram Grant keeps faith with Obinna and Piquionne, while Spurs welcome back Modric for this afternoon’s match.
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