Saturday September 1, 2012 Day 3 Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 3 - 0 Fulham

  • Nolan 1’
  • Reid 29’
  • Taylor 41’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT And there is the full-time whistle - West Ham cruise to victory and go up to fourth in the Premier League table for a few hours at least. They just need to check on those injuries.
    • 90+2 We are in the second of three extra minutes.
    • 90+1 Now a double save from Jaaskelainen – the first one was a great save from a Rodallega's volley after the striker was set up well by Berbatov and then the second one was also from Rodallega within the same attack. Fulham having their two best efforts in the final minute.
    • 90' Damien Duff with a run into the box and he fires a decent shot on target but Jaaskelainen pushes it wide for a corner.
    • 89' Vaz Te with a poor cross to the back post that almost turns into a dangerous chip but it goes wide. Despite that, the Portuguese man has had a great game.
    • 87' Anthony Taylor has not booked anyone today - and he did not book anyone in his first Premier League match of the season (Southampton v Wigan) last week either.
    • 86' No urgency for either side now – a limp performance this from Fulham and Martin Jol is unlikely to be impressed. He will need to wait two weeks for a reaction too due to the international break.
    • 84' Vaz Te manages a long run into the box virtually unchallenged. He then plays it to Hall but the shot was blocked by a Fulham defender.
    • 82' A sloppy, uninspiring performance this from Fulham. West Ham are seeing this match out without much drama.
    • 80' West Ham can quite execute an attack on the counter after Sidwell gave the ball away cheaply.
    • 79' West Ham have told Sky Sports that Andy Carroll felt tightness in hamstring and they took him off as a precaution. That at least sounds encouraging.
    • 78' Demel also having to go off and Robert Hall comes on.
    • 76' Demel the latest man to go down injured for West Ham - he needs treatment.
    • 75' We will need to wait for news on Carroll but his presence in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine has to be in major doubt now.
    • 73' Rodallega plays a one-two with Berbatov on the edge of the box. The Ecuadorian striker gets a low shot on target but it lacks the power to really test Jaaskelainen.
    • 72' West Ham sitting back a bit too deep now – allowing Fulham to grow in confidence - a Fulham goal might make things interesting.
    • 70' The ball bounces around the West Ham box for a spell – Sidwell had one low shot that was blocked but then the ball is finally cleared by West Ham.
    • 69' Good work rate from Berbatov sees Fulham win a corner.
    • 68' Carlton Cole has come on for Carroll and Tomkins has also come on for Collins.
    • 67' Oh dear – Andy Carroll seems to have pulled his hamstring after a challenge with Hangeland – he is going to have to go off.
    • 66' Rodallega has a shot blocked after Berbatov did well to set him up.
    • 64' Riether swings a cross in but West Ham head it away before it gets to Berbatov.
    • 62' Fulham awarded a free-kick from the corner but again they did not look comfortable defending it.
    • 61' Carroll looks to line up a shot but Sidwell slides in just as he is about to swing his boot. Carroll keeps harassing though and wins a corner.
    • 60' Taylor tries a long rang effort but doesn't really hit that the way he would have wished and it goes well wide.
    • 59' Fulham bringing on young Swedish winger Alex Kacaliknic with debutant Richardson making way.
    • 58' Berbatov starting to pop up now and Fulham are moving the ball quicker and looking a little more dangerous.
    • 57' Rodallega tries to get a shot away under his feet on the edge of the area but there are too many West Ham players back and it is blocked.
    • 56' Ole chants from the West Ham fans already as they string a few passes together.
    • 55' Riise with a good cross low cross from the left but it is well defended by Collins.
    • 54' From our colleague Tom Adams on Twitter: Not sure it's a style a very top club can embrace, nor make you worth £35m, but good to see Carroll in a bit of a comfort zone now.
    • 53' Carroll gets away from Hangeland at another corner and nods down again – the ball pops around a bit before West Ham are finally charged with a foul. Fulham having a nightmare on set-pieces though.
    • 52' Excellent strike from the free from Taylor and Schwarzer has to make an awkward looking save as the ball bounces just in front of him. It loops up dangerously but Fulham can clear.
    • 51' More tricky play by Vaz Te and he earns a free-kick 35 yards out but in a central position.
    • 50' Rodallega slips a ball in for Berbatov and the Bulgarian looks to be clear on goal but he is flagged for offside. Very tight decision.
    • 49' Sidwell tries to find Rodallega with a long ball – he bumps into Demel – no foul.
    • 48' Carroll flicks on again for Vaz Te but Portuguese striker fires well over from a tough angle.
    • 47' Berbatov gets an early touch but is crowded out and falls over.
    • 46' Second half is underway and Dimitar Berbatov is ON for Fulham. Petric makes way for the former Spurs and Manchester United man.
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle – West Ham in complete control. Andy Carroll has changed the dynamic of their team, but to a man, the Hammers have played well. Expect Berbatov after the break.
    • 45+1 Fulham have two corners but on the second of those West Ham counter – Demal has a chance to shoot but blazes over instead.
    • 45' One extra minute and Fulham have a corner....
    • 45' Carroll bangs into Schwarzer a little late just to let him know he is there.
    • 44' Great power from Diame to win the ball in midfield and charge forward – he wins another free-kick.
    • 42' West Ham have had four attempts on target and have scored three.
    • 41' ANOTHER GOAL FOR WEST HAM!!! Again it comes from a West Ham set play. From just inside the Fulham half Collins chips a ball into the box aimed at Carroll. Hangeland wins the header but it is poor and drops for Taylor on the edge of the area. He fires his half volley into the ground but also into the net. A romp for the Hammers here.
    • 39' West Ham now trying to play it around a little bit – not all long ball stuff from the hosts.
    • 38' Another ball aimed for Carroll in the box but Schwarzer can rush out and gather this one.
    • 37' Again more nice passing by Fulham from right to left but no end product. Very good pressing from West Ham to be fair.
    • 36' Carroll unhappy with what he though was another push in the box.
    • 35' Nolan with another miss-hit this time in the area, he is popping up in great areas though.
    • 34' Good counter by West Ham - Diame with some nice feet on the edge of the area but his shot is blocked by the couple of Fulham defenders in front of him.
    • 33' Petric with a nice looking left foot shot but it hit Collins' head on the edge of the area.
    • 32' You have to suspect that Fulham might hand a debut to Berbatov sooner than planned.
    • 31' It was Matty Taylor with the corner and Reid did indeed get the header. Direct but effective goal from the Hammers – classic Allardyce.
    • 30' AND WEST HAM DOUBLE THEIR LEAD!!!! Winston Reid has scored a header straight from the corner. It may have even been an own goal from Diarra – just whipped in to the six yard box and Fulham could not cope with it. Martin Jol will be furious with the defending.
    • 29' West Ham have won another corner though - their fourth.
    • 28' Gone a bit quiet for the first time today really as Fulham enjoy their best spell.
    • 26' Fulham having lots of possession now but lacking a bit of guile. That is where they are missing Moussa Dembele.
    • 25' Fulham do have a good spell of pressure and Sidwell finally spins around well and tries a low shot from distance – another decent low effort but one you would expect Jaaskelainen to save – which he does.
    • 23' Fulham new boy Richardson has been very quiet – his has just been caught in possession but to be fair he wasn't helped by an ill-advised pass from Diarra.
    • 22' Fulham not the greatest side on their travels - they have only scored 11 goals in their last 15 Premier League away games.
    • 21' Fulham want to play football but West Ham are swarming them like bees. Much the better side so far.
    • 20' Vaz Te is having a great game for West Ham too - he finds Taylor inside the box but again the shot is blocked by a Fulham defender. Corner for West Ham but nothing comes from it.
    • 19' Carroll with a thumping strike with his left foot on the edge of the area but Diarra is there to block it. Carroll is popping up everywhere.
    • 18' A little nudge from Riether on Carroll just inside the box. The Liverpool-owned striker wants a penalty but they usually don't get given.
    • 17' For a moment it looks like Nolan is going to fire another shot on goal but this time he rather embarrassingly fresh-airs it. Still the West Ham captain has had a great start.
    • 16' The Carroll-to Vaz Te-to Nolan trick works again for West Ham – this time Nolan tries a little chip over Schwarzer but it goes just over the bar.
    • 15' Superb long ball from Hangeland over the West Ham defence almost finds Damien Duff clear through but the Irish veteran just can't control it.
    • 14' Carroll this time providing a cross but a little too close to Schwarzer.
    • 13' Interesting stat from Infostrada, Fulham have the oldest starting line up in the division this season at 31 years and 180 days old.
    • 12' Lovely football from Ricardo Vaz Te and West Ham – To the left of the box Vaz Te plays a quick one-two with Joey O'Brien to regain the ball inside the box. He fires low at the near post and Schwarzer has to get down low to push it wide.
    • 11' Nice little spell from West Ham - and a good vibe in Upton Park today. The fans clearly excited and lifted by the Carroll signing.
    • 10' SUPERB WORK FROM ANDY CARROLL – A cross comes in from the right and Carroll with a delightful knockdown finds the onrushing Diama and his shot is tipped on to the crossbar by Schwarzer. Carroll making a big impact already.
    • 9' Reid's long ball is aimed for Carrroll but this time Hughes wins it in the air.
    • 8' Fulham don't have a great record here at Upton Park. The Hammers have won three and drawn four of the last seven home league games against Fulham, since losing the first Premier League meeting with the Whites at Upton Park 0-2 in November 2001.
    • 7' Some nice passing in midfielder from Fulham and then Richardson tries a speculative shot from 40 yards – decent effort too and Jaaskelainen has to get down low to save.
    • 5' Matt Taylor whips in a good cross from the left. No West Ham man on the end of it but that is the sort of service that Carroll will be begging for.
    • 4' Fulham looking for short passes while West Ham a bit more direct as you would expect. Rodallega swapping from a position on the left to a striker's role from time-to-time.
    • 3' Fulham look to attack straight back and Rodallega goes down in the box. Half-hearted appeals for a penalty but nothing going there.
    • 2' A long header out of defence from Collins was then headed on by Andy Carroll at the edge of the box. Vaz Te ran onto it and fed Nolan and then Nolan buried a half-volley into the corner of the net. The goal came after just 53 seconds.
    • 1' GOAL FOR WEST HAM!!! Kevin Nolan scores and Andy Carroll was very much involved.
    • 1' And West Ham have got us underway.
    • 12:43 The traditional Upton Park bubbles welcome the teams. Both these teams have a win and a defeat to their names.
    • 12:40 Anthony Taylor is the referee for what is the first of 30 London derbies this season. He refereed Southampton's clash with Wigan last weekend and did not show a single card.
    • 12:35 Andy Carroll: "It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up. I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people."
    • 12:30 Martin Jol on Berbatov: "He did well for me at Spurs and I'm sure that he will do well here at Fulham. He's a player of great quality and technical ability who will give me the attacking option I've been looking for.When he's not scoring goals, his ingenuity often leads (to) chances being created for his team mates and I'm delighted that we've been able to convince him to come to us, as there was a lot of attention from other clubs."
    • 12:25 Sam Allardyce on the Andy Carroll deal: “I think for all parties this is a great signing. Andy is an all-round footballer, but because he is 6ft 3in and one of his strengths is his aerial power, everybody dismisses the ability he possesses on the floor. Hopefully he can score goals for us and we will be in a very good position at the end of the year in the Premier League.”
    • 12:20 Martin Jol plays with two strikers for the first time this season but Berbatov is only on the bench. Hugo Rodallega comes in for his first league start alongside the in-form Mladen Petric. Berbatov is on the bench. New signing Kieron Richardson plays on the left in favour of Alex Kacaniklic. Steven Sidwell gets a chance in midfield after the sale of Moussa Dembele and John Arne-Riise is fit and returns at left-back.
    • 12:15 Matt Jarvis is the surprise name missing from the West Ham line-up. The club's record signing misses out with a slight thigh strain. Left-back George McCartney (ankle) is out and replaced by Irish international Joey O'Brien. Centre-halves James Collins (calf) and Winston Reid (knee) have been passed fit to start though.
    • 12:10 TEAMS: West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Noble, Diame, Nolan; Vaz Te, Taylor, Carroll. Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Diarra, O'Neil, Maiga, Hall, Cole /// Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise; Diarra, Sidwell, Richardson, Duff; Rodallega, Petric. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Berbatov, Briggs, Kacaliknic
    • 12:05 The big team news is that Andy Carroll STARTS up front for West Ham after completing his loan move from Liverpool. Fulham's big new signing Dimitar Berbatov was registered in time to play but has to settle for a place on the bench.
    • 12:00 Greetings and welcome to our live coverage of the first Premier League match of the weekend as West Ham take on Fulham with a couple of exciting new signings in each squad.
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