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November 9, 2013
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 26824
G. Hooper 54'
R. Snodgrass 72'
L. Fer 90'+
West Ham United
R. Morrison 32'
FULL-TIME: Norwich 3-1 West Ham - Chris Hughton looks to have earned an extended stay of execution as he has rallied his troops to a hugely impressive victory, overtaking their opponents in the process and drawing clear of the relegation places. I've been Livio Caferoglu and its goodbye from me!
90' + 3'
Assist Johan Elmander
90' + 3'
Goal Leroy Fer
FER SENDS CARROW ROAD INTO RAPTURES!!!!!!!!!! The Dutch midfielder has had a storming second half after such a dismal start to the game, as he evades Tomkins, regains control of the ball, after it took a deflection off the defender, and pokes the ball into the bottom-right corner!
90' + 1'
Three minutes of injury time will be played out.
REDMOND!!!! The tricky attacker works his way into the box thanks to some speedy footwork and tries to go for the spectacular, but his his shot fizzes hopelessly over the bar.
Olsson appeases the fans after embarking on a darting run down the left flank, before winning a throw off Demel deep in the Ivorian stopper's half of the pitch.
OH NORWICH!!!! The Canaries are extremely unlucky to have not sealed the victory as a cross is drilled into the middle of the box, yet Snodgrass inexplicably blasts the ball over the bar from a matter of yards out!
Turner is involved in two vital interceptions, as he does remarkably well to shield the ball for Ruddy to collect, before covering Martin out on the right to put it out of touch.
Elmander is afforded too much space by Demel, as Norwich string together a sweeping move which results in the forward aiming a strike just wide of Jaaskelainen's net on the turn!
DIAMEEEE!!!! The Senegal star rifles a low effort from distance, and Ruddy must dive to his left to deny the midfielder with both hands.
Redmond wins a corner for Norwich, and Fer climbs highest to meet Snodgrass' set-piece, yet the Dutchman can't guide his header on target.
Redmond lays off Hooper, who peels in-field from the right flank, and the striker hits a stinging first-time attempt which Jaaskelainen goes down to save at his near post.
West Ham throw on Diame and Cole in a bid to inject some more power into their steely approach with just 15 minutes remaining. Can the Hammers come back from this latest blow?
Goal Robert Snodgrass
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! Norwich couldn't wallow any lower than they did in the first half, but they have turned the match around in thunderous style as Snodgrass curls a wonderful free kick over the wall and way beyond Jaaskelainen's reach!
Yellow Card Kevin Nolan
NORWICH HIT THE BAR!!!! Howson nicks the ball and ploughs forward, with no West Ham shirt oncoming, and decides to arrow a stinging effort at goal which clips the top-right corner of Jaaskelainen's net!
Redmond is too clever for his own good as he fails to release the ball quickly, and it results in Cole being fouled by Howson in an attempt to reclaim possession.
Downing is released down the right flank and tries to outpace Olsson with a heavy touch, but the Swede throws himself at the ball to concede just the corner.
It's Collison's turn to be pulled up by Jon Moss. However, in under a minute, West Ham crank up the pressure and Rat is a hair away from latching onto Morrison's slide-rule pass.
Some afters there between Snodgrass and Rat, as the Scot intervenes with his head to take the ball off the left-back, before the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk man loses his balance and knocks over his opponent. However, Snodgrass shamelessly rolls on the floor, with Rat adjudged to have fouled him while off the ball. Fortunately, the ref is not amused!
Fer is the latest Norwich player to scrutinise Jaaskelainen's bottle as he roams forward and unleashes a powerful strike which swerves into the orbit!
Well that's a welcome revelation... Norwich are now firmly on top with 55 per cent of possession in the last five minutes!
Following THAT gaffe, Norwich look to test Jaaskelainen from distance, which is what Redmond does exactly, yet the Finn gathers comfortably enough.
ALMOST AN INSTANT REPLY!!! Collins is agonsingly close as a set-piece delivery drops to him, yet he struggles to posture himself and fires the ball wide of the target.
Penalty Goal Gary Hooper
NORWICH ARE BACK IN WITH A SHOUT!!!! Jaaskelainen makes a farcical hash of an air ball as he spills his attempt to claim it and brings down Hooper in the process of clawing it back. The former Celtic star steps up and smashes the spot-kick down the middle. What a priceless goal that could be!
PENALTY TO NORWICH!!!!!!!!
GETTING NEARER!!! Hooper drops deep to read Martin's overlap, and the full-back tries to feed Snodgrass with a through ball, but it's a tad too strong and a corner is conceded by West Ham.
Morrison hits the ball hard towards goal, but the wall is in its way. Meanwhile, Fer's display goes from bad to worse with a high kick into the back of his man and West Ham are presented another set-piece.
Yellow Card Michael Turner
All of two minutes is your answer... Cole is upended cynically by Turner, who is booked, and West Ham have a great chance to add to their lead with a free kick directly central to goal.
Snodgrass is a whisker away from collecting the ball in the area after beating the offside trap! How long can Norwich sustain their improved performance?
For the first time this evening, the Canaries are confidently passing the ball about in the West Ham half! However, Fer manages to mess up yet again and normal service is restored.
We're under way once more, with Norwich already needing to blast the ball away from their box!
We're back out for the second half!
HALF-TIME: Norwich 0-1 West Ham - the Hammers are deservedly ahead thanks to Morrison's goal midway through the first half, while the hosts have simply not been at the races. Their passing has been horribly misjointed at times and they have been too lax in defensive positions - all in stark contrast to the away side's supreme confidence while on the ball. Join us in 15 minutes for continued coverage!
45' + 2'
Another sumptuous West Ham attack sees Cole cut inside from the right after being picked out with a pinpoint Noble pass, and Morrison knocks on the cross for Nolan before the midfielder is adjudged to be in an offside position.
Cole is flagged offside after being too eager to meet Rat's short free kick. Snodgrass, meanwhile, has been forced to change jerseys after suffering a nosebleed.
Norwich will be desperate to avoid another casualty as Snodgrass trudges off with a facial injury. West Ham have dominated possession so far, with 62 per cent of the ball in their favour - an impressive stat regardless of whether you are home or away!
Rat conjures up another fantastic delivery which Turner convincingly heads clear, but Demel is too slow off the mark to rescue the loose ball.
A superb pass from deep is latched onto by Redmond, who is stationed out wide on the left, and the youngster takes on Demel before curling an effort that is high, wide, but not at all handsome.
Snodgrass beats the challenge of Noble and spreads the ball to Fer, but the midfielder's through pass is wasteful as it can only reach a claret-and-blue jersey.
Hughton's face speaks volumes at the moment. The Norwich boss looks slightly at a loss as to what he or his team can do to change things. If no solution is forthcoming, then the managerial scrapheap is looking increasingly likely for the Irishman!
Pilkington - arguably Norwich's most enterprising player - hasn't fully recovered from his duel with Demel and disappointingly hauls off to be replaced by Redmond.
Assist Kevin Nolan
Goal Ravel Morrison
GOALLLLLLL!!!! We have lift-off at Carrow Road! Rat is again found in space down the left, and his low cross meets Nolan at the far post, but the midfielder can't quite get the ball out of his feet, although he persists and eventually puts it on a plate for Morrison to fire home from point-blank range!
Tomkins looks to play Rat in behind with a raking long pass, but the left-back can't make up the ground in time. Bit too optimistic from the central defender there.
The game has slowly descended into a midfield scramble, with very little in terms of quality being witnessed by either side bar the odd cross from Rat. Pick it up, lads!
Pilkington is furious as he believes Demel deliberately pulled him to the ground after being played into space, but the referee ignores the winger's appeals and awards a throw to West Ham.
UNLUCKY!! Martin allows Rat a free ride again, and the Romanian bends a tantalising cross into the box for Nolan to get a boot onto the end of, and Ruddy must make the save!
Norwich are knocking the ball around confidently in and around their own half, in what is a welcome break from the high-tempo start we have been treated to! Yet Martin tries to pick out Snodgrass with a long pass but cannot find him, and possession is regained by West Ham.
Collison, Noble and Cole link up well on the outskirts of the hosts' area, before Rat is found overlapping down the left-hand side, but his cross - despite its accuracy - ends up in Ruddy's gloves. If only West Ham had a genuine No. 9 on the pitch...
Howson applies some ominous pressure to force Noble all the way back to his goalkeeper. Norwich need more commitment in that vein if they are to secure a result this evening!
MUCH BETTER FROM NORWICH! Elmander knocks a long ball down expertly for Hooper to play a one-two with Snodgrass, and the Englishman creeps in behind the Hammers back-line and crosses against the shin of Collins for a corner.
Fer again loses the ball cheaply midfield and West Ham are allowed to regroup. The home supporters are well within their rights to expect significantly more from their Dutch general following his big-money move from Twente in the summer.
WEST HAM HIT THE BAR!!!!! Norwich can't catch a break here as the corner is whipped in, and Demel - at the near post - towers a head onto the stanchion!
GREAT SAVE FROM RUDDY!!! Moments after Downing sees a free kick cannon off a Norwich wall, Nolan forces the goalkeeper into a brilliant save from close-range, as he sticks out a leg to deny the ex-Newcastle man. Corner to West Ham!
The full-back is given the green light to resume proceedings, but in a split-second, Fer carelessly gifts the ball to Nolan near the Norwich area, and the midfielder flicks on for Rat, who makes a late charge into the box, yet the Romanian can't steer his volleyed attempt on target!
Olsson bravely flies himself in front of a shot after Cole was found by Collison in space on the edge of the box, but the Swede comes off worse for wear and needs medical attention.
It's been an electric start from Pilkington! The winger exhibits some quick footwork to take on Demel and swiftly wins his side a corner.
Fer does well to shepherd the delivery away and quickly launches a counterattack, which Hooper can't quite tuck away as Pilkington's pass is a tad too strong.
Howson and Tomkins get at eachothers' throats deep in the West Ham half, and the free kick is given in the centre-back's favour.
JUST TWO MINUTES IN AND NORWICH SHOULD BE ONE UP!!! Snodgrass claims the ball in an advanced position and finds Pilkington out wide, and the ex-Huddersfield ace beats Demel for pace before drilling a low shot towards Jaaskelainen!
Norwich get the game started, going from right-to-left in their yellow-and-green home strip.
Kick-off is now just moments away!
A minute's silence is being carried out in honour of Remembrance weekend.
The hosts are in dire need of a victory, having suffered heavy defeats in four of their last five matches, with 18 shipped in that time. West Ham, on the other hand, are watertight at present, with two goalless draws in as many games to boot.
For West Ham, just the single change is made in the heart of defence, as James Collins replaces the injured Winston Reid. It's another 4-6-0 on paper from the Londoners, although expect Ravel Morrison to be afforded some degree of freedom in behind Kevin Nolan. The former Bolton man is naturally a midfielder but has been deployed as a centre forward in Andy Carroll's absence.
Norwich welcome back Ryan Bennett, Robert Snodgrass and Johan Elmander into their XI and make an interesting tactical switch to complement the incoming players. The 4-4-2 formation is definitely a statement of the Canaries' intentions, with two strikers up top rather than just the lone man.
In the other corner, we have the Hammers: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Rat; Downing, Noble, Collison, Cole; Morrison; Nolan.
Here's how the Canaries line up this evening: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Pilkington; Elmander, Hooper.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the late Premier League kick-off between Norwich and West Ham! It's Livio Caferoglu again to guide you through all the action as it happens at Carrow Road. Team news is on its way!
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