Saturday August 17, 2013 Day 1 Finished Upton Park

West Ham United 2 - 0 Cardiff City

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  1. Premier League - West Ham spoil Cardiff's top-flight return

    Premier League - West Ham spoil Cardiff's top-flight return

    Cardiff City's first match in the Premier League ended in disappointment as West Ham cruised to a 2-0 win at Upton Park. More

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    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Cardiff City
    • 90+6 That's it, a comfortable win for West Ham against a lacklustre Cardiff side, whose return to the top flight after 51 years was a damp squib.
    • 90+5 CARDIFF SUB: Campbell is replaced by Mutch.
    • 90+4 Whittingham stands over this free-kick after some delay... and he spins it just wide!
    • 90+2 Another injury as Campbell is left in a heap. He's okay but, crucially, it's a free-kick to Cardiff on the edge of the box...
    • 90+1 Five minutes of stoppage time signalled, which makes sense as there were two separate head injuries that halted play.
    • 90' WEST HAM SUB: Vaz Te replaces Cole, who gets a rousing ovation.
    • 89' Cole on the right stands it up for Downing, Demel in support now and West Ham will roll it about to the whistle.
    • 88' Caulker lives on but West Ham have it down the other end. They will keep it low and slow as they see the game out.
    • 87' A stray elbow from Maiga catches Caulker, who is hurt. Looks like a cut on his head...
    • 86' JUST OVER BY Maynard! Whittingham with a mis-hit shot and the former Bristol City striker pounces but blasts it over!
    • 85' Cardiff with vain appeals for a penalty as Maynard takes a tumble. No way.
    • 84' Fine defensive header by Demel from Whittingham's free-kick, the loose ball is forced towards goal by Connolly and Jaaskelainen saves. That was Cardiff's first shot on goal. Poor.
    • 83' Great play by Downing on the right but Nolan gets under the header to put it over. Downing looking slick.
    • 82' WEST HAM SUB: The excellent Diame is replaced by Diarra.
    • 81' Cardiff break as Gestede slips Maynard through, but he panics and hits his shot well wide.
    • 80' Turner surges forward but overhits his lofted ball into the box.
    • 79' Strong tackle by O'Brien as West Ham seek to close this match out.
    • 78' Cole on the left, deep cross flicked back brilliantly by Downing, Demel lays it off for Nolan but he blasts over.
    • 76' GOAL WEST HAM! Kevin Nolan does the birdie after a fine curling effort past Marshall and in! Game over, 2-0. Noble with the assist.
    • 75' Good cross from Downing but Nolan can't connect thanks to Turner again.
    • 74' CARDIFF SUB: Bellamy makes way, as does Kim, with Maynard and Gestede on...
    • 73' Downing with a decent cross that Turner heads behind for a corner.
    • 72' Downing gets his first touch and it takes him away down the right. Good strong run. Cole now on the left, they have switched flanks, as West Ham play keep-ball.
    • 70' WEST HAM SUB: Stewart Downing does come on - but it's Matt Jarvis who makes way.
    • 69' Downing is being given a full briefing before his entrance. One assumes there will be a tactical switch, although I fail to see why given the fading Cole is probably being replaced.
    • 68' West Ham preparing some changes. McDonald on the touchlines reading the instructions. Big Sam doesn't do 'reading'.
    • 67' The match has lost whatever fizz it had earlier. A bit of a dirge now.
    • 65' That vaseline makes Turner look like a wolfy, silvery fox. West Ham try to build from the back, but end up going to Jaaskelainen.
    • 64' Turner gets a little gash vaselined up, Maiga is fine. Play resumes with a drop-ball at halfway. Sensible from the ref.
    • 63' Cole's corner is cleared but West Ham come again. Maiga rises but Turner gets a touch, they clash heads and the ref stops play.
    • 62' Bit of a delay as Marshall needs some treatment after falling heavily. Cole to take the corner...
    • 61' Maiga looks a bit tired as he fails to close an opponent down, but he soon snaps back into action to drill a low cross-shot inches wide of the far post and a sliding Nolan! Great save Marshall actually, he got a touch!
    • 60' Noble on the run now but he fails to get his cross in. Long for Campbell, but Reid, um, reads it and clears.
    • 59' STAT: West Ham have gone on to win in all 5 of their PL matches in 2013 so far when leading at half time (infostrada)
    • 58' Cole gives chase down the right but Collins' long ball runs away from him.
    • 57' Whittingham is wasteful with an unconvincing long-range strike, well wide as he moved forward with team-mates in support.
    • 56' Nolan's ball almost sends Maiga through but for a vital flicked header by Declan John!
    • 55' Whittingham with a fine corner but Jaaskelainen tips it away as Caulker flew in! Good keeping.
    • 54' Cardiff yelp for handball as O'Brien clears a cross in the Hammers box... The ref turns away. Replay shows clearly his chest - good call.
    • 53' Cardiff are now able to hold on to the ball for longer. Possession is the way for them, and it yields a free-kick as Reid barges Campbell.
    • 52' Lovely crossfield pass by Diame and an even better touch from Cole, he lays it off for Demel, who launches it in but Cardiff clear - for now.
    • 51' Bellamy closing down after his cross is blocked. Looking a bit rusty for this level, maybe he'll grow back into it.
    • 50' Bellamy sends in the corner and an almighty scramble ensues, with West Ham getting it clear! A long ball releases Jarvis, who cuts inside Whittingham but blasts it over!! Chances at both ends.
    • 49' Cute stepover from Bellamy, Gunnarson could be in and Campbell claims a corner off Jaaskelainen although it looked like a goal kick!
    • 48' No, Bellamy takes in the end but it's not a great delivery, Maiga and Cole combining to clear, although Cole gives it away... Kim to Bellamy, but a dreadful cross from the Cardiff forward.
    • 47' Diame, who has impressed today, gives away a free-kick with a clumsy one on Bellamy. Free-kick on the left, Whittingham to take...
    • 46' The second half is underway, and immediately Diame blasts a thunderbolt over the bar after Maiga's hold-up play!
    • - Our pal @OptaJoe points out that Jarvis got his first assist in a Hammers shirt.
    • - What did you make of that half? Tweet away @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 45+1 Waste of an attack as Campbell strays offside. Half-time and West Ham lead through Joe Cole's goal. The Hammers very direct, Cardiff perhaps suffering stage fright.
    • 45' Cole with a cool turn but a poor pass straight to Whittingham. Medel launches an attack, now Whittingham again. The Welsh side keeping it short.
    • 44' Whittingham aims it to Caulker but West Ham clear through Diame.
    • 43' Noble fouls Whittingham after a poor first touch and Cardiff have a set piece midway in the Hammers half...
    • 42' Cardiff now playing it around at the back in an attempt to build some possession.
    • 41' Teasing cross by Jarvis but no-one can connect properly and it bounces away for a goal kick.
    • 40' Super defending by Caulker to ease Maiga off the ball after a cool pass from Cole released the Hammers striker.
    • 39' Cole turns in the corner AND COLLINS FLIES IN but he heads wide! Another close shave!
    • 38' INCHES WIDE BY DIAME! He cut inside from the left, unleashing a wicked drive that took a flick off Connolly that sent it past Marshall but inches past the post!!
    • 37' Diame with some great covering and pressing to earn West Ham a throw on the left. Decent spell of pressure now, if not too easy on the eye.
    • 36' Marshall gathers after some high balls from West Ham cause a few problems. Unusually for a promoted side, Cardiff struggling with the aerial ball.
    • 35' Diame on the right, super cross but Jarvis is too small to reach that as it flashes over and away for a corner. Jarvis swings in a testing ball but cleared.
    • 34' Collins with a long ball but no-one is there. I bet Biffer would have liked that.
    • 33' Whittingham could see yellow after a nick on Cole's ankles... no card, just a chat.
    • 32' Campbell with a vicious low drive that Nolan blocks. Better from Cardiff.
    • 31' Good spell of possession for the yellow-clad Bluebirds, who now play in red obviously. Would Russia see that as a rainbow flag protest?
    • 30' O'Brien is penalised for a shove on Connolly as he clears the ball.
    • 28' Cole on the run after a loose Connolly ball. Low ball to Nolan, who turns, holds it up and finds Demel, but his deep cross is poor. Goal kick.
    • 27' Cole juggles the ball before mis-hitting his cross up in the air. Connolly clattered Jarvis but play was waved on. Cardiff break now as Kim plays Campbell through, the ball is out of play and Connolly is belatedly booked.
    • 26' Scrappy. That is the word to describe this. Cardiff have done little other than let Kim run with the ball; West Ham are playing somewhat 'directly'.
    • 25' The Guy Demel-Gary Medel tongue twister applies to keyboard commentators too.
    • 24' Poor touch from Nolan on the right after a through-ball by Demel.
    • 23' Stats from our pals at Infostrada: "Joe Cole’s last 4 PL goals have come at Upton Park – all 3 of his 2nd spell with West Ham, and also in Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Upton Park, Dec 9th 2012."
    • 22' Connolly drills a low ball from Campbell but blocked by Reid. Corner.
    • 21' Ach Cole sprung the offside trap - although he looked off to me - but he underhit his finish into Marshall's arms.
    • 20' High ball in from O'Brien, Maiga knocks it on and Diame shoots but he scuffs it.
    • 19' Diame tries a turn and flicked past but Bellamy can clear. Kim on the move now but Demel stops that attack.
    • 18' Cardiff have a free-kick on halfway. John to launch it in, with Connolly among the defenders trotting up... Wasted as the Hammers clear.
    • 17' Downing looks on, he won't have wanted to see both wingers combine for that goal - he may not get a game!
    • 16' Cole is caught offside. Jarvis made 218 crosses last season without getting an assist. Weird stat.
    • 15' Another fine touch by Cole to shape up a shot but it's blocked by Caulker.
    • 14' Cardiff could have defended that better, the square ball from Jarvis was defendable but no-one took the risk to lunge out for the interception. Lovely turn and finish - Cole looking good!
    • 13' GOAL WEST HAM! IT'S JOEY COLE! Cool low finish on the turn after a driving run and super cut-back from Jarvis. 1-0 to the Hammers.
    • 12' Cole with a nice run, turn and cross from the right but it sails over Jarvis' head for a goal kick.
    • 11' Cardiff break, Kim running at pace and he could be in here, fashioning a shot that flies wide! Great wingplay, shame about the finish!
    • 10' Fine ball from Cole to release Maiga. He holds it up, Demel drills it low into the box, now Jarvis can shoot but it gets caught between his feet and the chance is gone!
    • 9' Bellamy gets booed when he touches the ball. John has it though and goes on a run, with Collins able to clear.
    • 8' West Ham free-kick which Collins launches in. Maiga gets a touch, a bit of a scramble but Cardiff clear.
    • 7' Whittingham can hit a peach of a dead ball and he swings the free-kick around the wall just just wide, although Jaaskelainen had it covered.
    • 6' Cardiff winger Kim earns his side a throw and then wins a free-kick off Noble.
    • 5' WEST HAM GO CLOSE! Maiga with a flick on that Nolan aims towards goal but it's wide! Offside in the end.
    • 4' Medel with his first of what will be many fouls in his Cardiff career. He is known as the Pitbull for a reason. Grrrr.
    • 3' Marshall almost steps out of his penalty area as he gathers the ball. Close that!
    • 2' Marshall with an early touch as he clears Connolly's backpass to touch. The long throw is aimed in the box but Cardiff survive. Another one is launched in by Jarvis, and Cole flies in but it bounces off his head and away!
    • 1' The first half is underway as the traditional bubbles float around the Boleyn Ground!
    • 14:56 Are West Ham going to make an impact on the top half of the table this season after coming 10th? Will Andy Carroll find his best form? Will Cardiff stay up? Have your say on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
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    • 14:55 Latest bookies odds on this match? West Ham are at evens, Cardiff are 3/1, and the draw is 12/5.
    • 14:50 West Ham's Matt Jarvis also has high expectations: he created 46 goalscoring chances last season (though not a single one led to a goal), and has publicly stated that he believes he can make the England squad for the World Cup.
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    • 14:45 Cardiff's manager Malky Mackay has broken the club's transfer record three times this season - but he's not worried about delivering on his promises.
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    • 14:40 We can expect a few fireworks from Cardiff’s new signing Gary Medel: in his two and a half years at Sevilla before moving to the Welsh side he earned more red cards than anybody else in La Liga.
    • 14:35 TEAMS - West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Collins, Reid, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole, Maiga. Subs: Adrian, Tomkins, Rat, Diarra, Morrison, Downing, Vaz Te. //// Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Turner, Caulker, John, Medel, Gunnarsson, Kim, Whittingham, Bellamy, Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Smith, Gestede, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard.
    • 14:30 Having said all that, West Ham have beaten Cardiff in four of their last five matches - and they won all those matches without conceding a goal, either.
    • 14:25 On top of that, Cardiff have won four and lost none of their last five opening day fixtures.
    • 14:20 This should be a cracking, fiercely contested match: Cardiff beat West Ham at Upton Park on the opening day of the season two years ago, when both sides were in the Championship.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between West Ham and promoted Cardiff City at Upton Park.
  • Summary

    • 90+4 Whittingham stands over this free-kick after some delay... and he spins it just wide!
    • 86' JUST OVER BY Maynard! Whittingham with a mis-hit shot and the former Bristol City striker pounces but blasts it over!
    • 76' GOAL WEST HAM! Kevin Nolan does the birdie after a fine curling effort past Marshall and in! Game over, 2-0. Noble with the assist.
    • 61' Maiga looks a bit tired as he fails to close an opponent down, but he soon snaps back into action to drill a low cross-shot inches wide of the far post and a sliding Nolan! Great save Marshall actually, he got a touch!
    • 50' Bellamy sends in the corner and an almighty scramble ensues, with West Ham getting it clear! A long ball releases Jarvis, who cuts inside Whittingham but blasts it over!! Chances at both ends.
    • 39' Cole turns in the corner AND COLLINS FLIES IN but he heads wide! Another close shave!
    • 38' INCHES WIDE BY DIAME! He cut inside from the left, unleashing a wicked drive that took a flick off Connolly that sent it past Marshall but inches past the post!!
    • 27' Cole juggles the ball before mis-hitting his cross up in the air. Connolly clattered Jarvis but play was waved on. Cardiff break now as Kim plays Campbell through, the ball is out of play and Connolly is belatedly booked.
    • 21' Ach Cole sprung the offside trap - although he looked off to me - but he underhit his finish into Marshall's arms.
    • 13' GOAL WEST HAM! IT'S JOEY COLE! Cool low finish on the turn after a driving run and super cut-back from Jarvis. 1-0 to the Hammers.
    • 11' Cardiff break, Kim running at pace and he could be in here, fashioning a shot that flies wide! Great wingplay, shame about the finish!
    • 10' Fine ball from Cole to release Maiga. He holds it up, Demel drills it low into the box, now Jarvis can shoot but it gets caught between his feet and the chance is gone!
    • 14:35 TEAMS - West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Collins, Reid, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Cole, Maiga. Subs: Adrian, Tomkins, Rat, Diarra, Morrison, Downing, Vaz Te. //// Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Turner, Caulker, John, Medel, Gunnarsson, Kim, Whittingham, Bellamy, Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Smith, Gestede, Mutch, Cowie, Maynard.

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