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Sunday January 18, 2009 Day 22 Finished Upton Park

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West Ham United

  • Di Michele 7’
  • Noble 59’ (pen.)
  • Cole 75’

Fulham

  • Konchesky 21’

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  1. West Ham leapfrog Fulham

    West Ham leapfrog Fulham

    West Ham continued their fine recent revival with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Fulham in a bright London derby at Upton Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Fulham
    • - Thanks for joining me this afternoon; make sure you stick around for the day's second Premier League clash.
    • 90 FULL-TIME: A dominant second-half performance from the home side seals the points; Fulham weren't at the races after Konchesky gave away the penalty.
    • 88 Dyer almost gets in down the left, but the ball just ricochets off his shin and out for a goalkick.
    • 86 Di Michele is replaced by Dyer; the Italian has had a mixed game today, scoring the first goal and setting up Cole's, but misplacing plenty of passes otherwise.
    • 85 The Hammers are doing a good job of taking the sting out of the match, knocking the ball about, showing good composure under pressure.
    • 84 So, it looks as though West Ham will be climbing above Fulham and up into eighth place; not bad for a club supposedly in financial meltdown.
    • 82 Collison is replaced by Mullins as Zola looks to make sure his side close out this valuable win.
    • 81 Ilunga gets in some space down the left...but his cross is woefully overhit.
    • 80 Cole hooks an effort a few yards wide after spinning on the edge of the Fulham box.
    • 78 WEST HAM SUB: Noble is replaced - to warm applause from the home side - by Faubert.
    • 77 West Ham try to set Cole free again with a long ball over the top...he feels he is pulled back by Hangeland, but the linesman refuses to flag.
    • 76 The writing seems to be on the wall for Fulham now; they have not looked threatening for a while, and now they need two.
    • 75 GOAL! West Ham surely seal the points with a swift break...Di Michele rolls the ball into the path of Cole, who slots his shot under the keeper to extend the lead!
    • 74 Almost a mix-up in the Fulham penalty area as Hangeland is forced to nod behind for a corner as he waits for his keeper to collect.
    • 73 FULHAM SUB: Davies is replaced by the more attacking Gera.
    • 72 Fulham win a corner when Pantsil gamely chases down a lost cause in the corner....good delivery...dropped by Green...but the referee spots a foul in the melee.
    • 71 No, no, no! Zamora blasts high and wide from distance...and it's his last act. He is replaced by Nevland.
    • 70 Noble clips the ball to the back post...nodded out to Di Michele on the left...but his cross is poor and Schwarzer collects.
    • 69 West Ham win a free-kick, 35 yards out, central...
    • 68 Konchesky tries to feed the ball through to AJ, but there is too much pace on the pass.
    • 67 Can Fulham find a way back into this match? They needed a stunner from Konchesky to equalise first time around, but haven't looked too dangerous since.
    • 65 HORRIBLE! Di Michele slives woefully wide - so wide the ball goes out for a throw - after being teed up by Parker, who cut the ball back to him from the byline.
    • 64 Collison manages to get control of the ball in the Fulham box...he just can't work the space to get his shot away, though.
    • 63 No sign of any substitute activity on either bench yet.
    • 62 OOH! Cole lashes a low drive a yard wide of the post from 25 yards after latching onto a knockdown.
    • 61 Hodgson looks furious on the Fulham bench; as wonderful as Konchesky's opener was, that foul on Cole was stupid.
    • 60 Konchesky was booked for the challenge on Cole; he was perhaps lucky not to be shown red...he was pretty much the last man.
    • 59 GOAL! Noble smashes home the spot-kick to put the home side back in front!
    • 58 PENALTY! Konchesky gives the ball away to Cole, 45 yards out...Cole sprints through on goal and is about to get his shot away...until the defender trips him! PENALTY!
    • 57 Decent spell of pressure from Fulham, although they can't find a way through.
    • 56 Zamora lashes high over the bar after a brilliant chest-down of a cross had bought him some space at the back post.
    • 55 Lofted into the middle...Etuhu climbs, but can't get any power on his header.
    • 54 Fulham win a corner when Pantsil's cross is deflected behind...
    • 53 Free-kick to the visitors, out on the right...swung into the middle, but Green collects easily. Poor delivery.
    • 52 Davies is booked for preventing a quick free-kick, just moments before Behrami is booked for pulling back the Fulham man as he led a break down the right.
    • 51 Hangeland earns a kick in the hooter from Cole as they contest a bouncing ball. He's okay.
    • 50 GOAL! NO! Di Michele sprints onto a through ball and lashes a left-foot shot across the keeper into the far corner...but his effort is ruled out for offside.
    • 49 Noble has a left-foot shot from the edge of the box easily saved by Schwarzer.
    • 48 Cole tries to link up with Collison on a swift break...but the midfielder's return pass isn't picked up by the striker and the move breaks down.
    • 47 Good early start from the home side, who force a throw deep in the Fulham half after good play from Di Michele...
    • 46 The players are back out for the second half...and we're underway...
    • 45+1 HALF-TIME: Good half of derby-football. Fulham level with a stunning strike from Konchesky; what has Zola got up his little magic sleeves to get his side back in front?
    • 45 ...the ball is rolled in low...Di Michele controls the ball, holds off his man...but his shot on the turn finds the side-netting.
    • 44 The defender is booked for the foul, to cap a really poor half...West Ham look really interested in this set-piece...
    • 44 Dreadful foul from Pantsil; he brings down Ilunga on the left-edge of the box...free-kick in a dangerous spot.
    • 43 Fulham will be pleased to get in level at the break. West Ham have been the better side.
    • 42 West Ham win a corner...they play it short to the edge of the box...but Parker's cross into the middle is poor and easily cleared by Konchesky.
    • 41 Parker is penalised for diving in on Etuhu...no booking, because he got the ball...a few inches higher though, and that might have warranted a red card.
    • 39 Di Michele holds his hands up after that last error; such an experienced player should have done better and rolled the ball into the middle. It would have been an easy tap-in.
    • 38 WRONG OPTION! Di Michele sprints onto a ball lifted over the top...the angle is tight but he has a man waiting unmarked in the middle...but he opts for a wild shot on the volley...high, high over the bar!
    • 36 Cole offers West Ham a physical presence up front, but his movement is poor; he stands and waits without making any sort of run as Noble and Parker knock the ball about in front of him.
    • 35 Fulham have definitely been lifted by the goal; they are competing much more in midfield now.
    • 34 Great position for a free-kick...Konchesky steps up...straight into the wall.
    • 33 West Ham win a free-kick right on the edge of the box when Noble is penalised for a push on Konchesky, looking to lash home a volley after a poor clearance.
    • 32 Free-kick West Ham, out on the left...pumped into the box...cleared.
    • 30 Cole is down taking some treatment on his knee after he was accidentally caught by a stray boot from Hangeland.
    • 29 England coach Fabio Capello is spotted in the crowd; I wonder who he is keeping an eye on? Green? Upson? Johnson?
    • 28 A good run down the left touchline from Collison ends with a sliding tackle; throw-in in a dangerous spot for West Ham.
    • 27 Noble lifts a shot over the crossbar when Schwarzer comes through a crowd but punches straight to the midfielder on the corner of the box.
    • 26 GREAT CHALLENGE! Murphy redeems himself with a last-ditch challenge on Behrami as the West Ham man was about to pull the trigger when the free-kick was only half-cleared.
    • 25 Murphy brings down Behrami in midfield with a robust challenge; Upson trots forward to await the delivery into the box...
    • 24 West Ham will be disappointed they are back on level terms after really dominating the first quarter of this match.
    • 23 Pantsil gets away with a trip on Di Michele on the edge of the box as the pair contest a high ball. Almost another costly error from the fullback.
    • 22 That goal really came out of nowhere for Fulham, who were being battered by West Ham in the early stages. It was an incredible strike by the left-back; Green had no chance.
    • 21 STUNNER! Konchesky slams a 35-yard drive into the top corner! WOW!
    • 20 Who needs Bellamy? West Ham are playing really well without the Wales international.
    • 19 Another gaffe from Pantsil, who puts his keeper under pressure with a poor pass-back.
    • 17 More pressure from West Ham as they camp themselves in the final third; Fulham don't look solid when the home side run at them.
    • 16 OOH! Di Michele is just a couple of feet from getting on the end of Valon Behrami's clever through-ball down the middle.
    • 15 Parker almost threads a pass through to Herita Nkongolo Ilunga, well advanced down the left-hand side; there is just too much juice on the ball and it runs out for a goalkick.
    • 14 Fulham's second effort on goal is as bad as their first; Dempsey shanks a right-foot effort high over the bar from 30 yards.
    • 13 Decent start this by West Ham; they are moving the ball around quickly and pulling the Fulham defence all over the shop.
    • 12 ...Noble's free-kick finds the edge of the Fulham wall and the visitors clear.
    • 11 Etuhu is penalised for pulling back Parker as the midfielder burst through the middle; free-kick in a dangerous spot...
    • 10 Noble takes advantage of some space in front of him to lash a shot in on goal from 25 yards...well struck, but straight at the keeper.
    • 9 Zola looks stoney-faced on the West Ham bench; you wouldn't know that his side had just taken the lead.
    • 8 WOW! What a gaffe from the Fulham left-back. He looked as though he wanted to chest the ball back to his keeper, but didn't get enough on it and Di Michele nipped in to score. Bad start for the visitors.
    • 7 GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Dreadful error from Pantsil, who tries to control a cross, but simply allows Di Michele to nip in and prod past the keeper!
    • 6 Cole is miffed not to win a corner when he and Hangeland climb to meet a cross and the ball spins off the head of the defender and out of play.
    • 5 ...but Davis wastes the set-piece, curling the ball on to the roof of the net. Replays show Collins had a good hold of giant Fulham centre-back Hangeland as they waited for the ball to come into the middle.
    • 4 Fulham win an early corner when Upson puts the ball out under pressure from Johnson.
    • 3 Murphy slices a shot high over the bar when a free-kick is only half-cleared to him on the edge of the box.
    • 2 On Bellamy, Hammers manager Gianfranco Zola has told Sky Sports: "He's not in the team because yesterday he didn't train. Whether it's going to be his last game, I don't know."
    • 1 We're underway! Hold on to your titfers.
    • 0 The players are out, the mascots are being ushered off the pitch...we're ready for the off.
    • - Italian striker David Di Michele is promoted to the starting line-up to replace Bellamy in West Ham's only change. Kieron Dyer, who made his return to action off the bench in the recent FA Cup tie against Barnsley, is included among the substitutes.
    • - The teams are in: mysteriously there is no sign of Craig Bellamy in the West Ham squad. We're going to get Miss Marple on the case, but early suspicions point to the fact that he has been punished for begging for a move away from the club.
    • - Hi there, football-lovers! Welcome to the crazy world of the Premier League, where rain falls upwards, dogs miaow and cats bark! It's whacky!
  • Team Stats

    West Ham United Stats Fulham
    52% Possession 47%
    15 Shots 11
    5 Shots on target 2
    1 Saves 0
    3 Corners 3
    18 Fouls 14
    5 Offsides 0
    1 Yellow cards 3
    0 Red cards 0
    18 Tackles 25
    330 Accurate passes 291
    74 Bad passes 36
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • West Ham United
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Robert Green 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 1 0
      15 Matthew Upson 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 34 10 2
      19 James Collins 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 29 4 2
      3 Hérita N'Kongolo Ilunga 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 35 12 0
      2 Lucas Neill 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 38 3 0
      31 Jack Collison 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 26 7 4
      8 Scott Parker 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 53 13 4
      16 Mark Noble 1 5 3 2 1 1 0 36 8 2
      21 Valon Behrami 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 30 2 3
      32 David Di Michele 1 5 1 1 0 2 1 13 3 0
      12 Carlton Cole 1 3 1 5 3 1 0 14 7 1
      25 Diego Tristán 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      17 Hayden Mullins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 0
      20 Julien Faubert 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0
      13 Luis Boa Morte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      34 Marek Stech 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      7 Kieron Dyer 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
      33 Freddie Sears 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Fulham
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Mark Schwarzer 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 1 0
      5 Brede Hangeland 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 25 3 0
      18 Aaron Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1 0
      3 Paul Konchesky 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 37 10 0
      4 John Paintsil 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 42 0 4
      13 Danny Murphy 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 42 5 4
      20 Dickson Etuhu 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 25 1 4
      23 Clint Dempsey 0 3 0 4 2 0 0 25 1 3
      25 Simon Davies 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 17 9 3
      8 Andrew Johnson 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 8 0 1
      9 Bobby Zamora 0 2 0 3 2 0 0 16 4 2
      19 Pascal Zuberbühler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      17 Julian Gray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      34 Chris Baird 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 Zoltan Gera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0
      33 Toni Kallio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      10 Erik Nevland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 2
      26 Leon Andreasen 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 9 1 2
  • Summary

    • 75 GOAL! West Ham surely seal the points with a swift break...Di Michele rolls the ball into the path of Cole, who slots his shot under the keeper to extend the lead!
    • 62 OOH! Cole lashes a low drive a yard wide of the post from 25 yards after latching onto a knockdown.
    • 59 GOAL! Noble smashes home the spot-kick to put the home side back in front!
    • 58 PENALTY! Konchesky gives the ball away to Cole, 45 yards out...Cole sprints through on goal and is about to get his shot away...until the defender trips him! PENALTY!
    • 38 WRONG OPTION! Di Michele sprints onto a ball lifted over the top...the angle is tight but he has a man waiting unmarked in the middle...but he opts for a wild shot on the volley...high, high over the bar!
    • 26 GREAT CHALLENGE! Murphy redeems himself with a last-ditch challenge on Behrami as the West Ham man was about to pull the trigger when the free-kick was only half-cleared.
    • 21 STUNNER! Konchesky slams a 35-yard drive into the top corner! WOW!
    • 7 GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Dreadful error from Pantsil, who tries to control a cross, but simply allows Di Michele to nip in and prod past the keeper!

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • R. Green
      • L. Neill
      • J. Collins
      • M. Upson
      • H. Ilunga
      • S. Parker
      • M. Noble Goal
      • V. Behrami
      • J. Collison
      • C. Cole Goal
      • D. Di Michele Goal Substitution Out (85′)

      Subs

      • K. Dyer Substitution In85′
      • Diego Tristán
      • L. Boa Morte
      • H. Mullins
      • J. Faubert
      • M. Štech
      • F. Sears
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • P. Konchesky Goal
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Etuhu
      • C. Dempsey
      • S. Davies
      • B. Zamora Substitution Out (71′)
      • A. Johnson

      Subs

      • P. Zuberbühler
      • J. Gray
      • T. Kallio
      • Z. Gera Substitution In73′
      • E. Nevland Substitution In71′
      • C. Baird
      • L. Andreasen
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