West Ham v Fulham Live!

04 October 2009 02:21
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} A lively finish at Upton Park but West Ham come away with a point in the end after a late equaliser. They'll be kicking themselves that they didn't win this with a one man advantage for an entire half but credit to Fulham, they dug in well here.

90+4 Drama at Upton Park as Green comes way off his line and doesn't get there as Johnson beats him to it but dwells on the ball and can't finish under pressure

The long-range efforts finally pay off as Stanislas' deflected shot from outside the box finds the back of the net via Hughes' back

90+2 GOAL STANISLAS!

90 The corner is poor but West Ham still pressing without looking a threat

89 Faubert's cross is headed wide by Gera, corner to the hosts

88 A very flat second-half performance from West Ham looks to have cost them three points here, there's still time though and they're on the ball

87 Stanislas wins a corner from another long range effort

87 Johnson gets a yellow for simulation

86 Pantsil concedes a corner after failing to clear

85 Dempsey makes way for Riise

84 Dempsey may be forced off here as he looks uncomfortable with his shoulder

83 Kamara makes way for Eddie Johnson

82 Ilunga's knock-down is poor with West Ham players cueing up

81 Upson and Kamara clash in an aerial battle but nothing given from the referee

80 Dempsey forces Green to parry wide with a good effort from outside the box and almost beats the keeper at his near post

80 With a little over ten minutes left, the Hammers' only goal threat looks to be from long range efforts

79 Behrami tracks back well to halt a Fulham counter attack

78 Great play by Cole creates space for a shot and his deflected effort goes out for a corner

77 Tomkins goes close as he fizzes an effort from all of 30 yards, decent effort from the defender

76 Murphy does well to win back possession for Fulham and the away side are dealing with any threat offered by the hosts so far in this half

74 Cole is penalised as West Ham continue to show frustration

73 Things are getting a little heated here with some thumping tackles going in from either side

72 Valon Behrami and Junior Stanislas come in for Parker and Hines

71 Some action on the West Ham bench as they look to change proceedings here

70 Diamanti goes for goal again as he cuts inside onto his left foot but again misses the target

69 Faubert is penalised for a shove on Konchesky

68 Diamanti misses the target with a snapshot effort from just inside the area

67 Dempsey's charge forward is halted by Faubert but Fulham are still pressing

66 Hughes almost plays Schwarzer into trouble with his backwards header but the keeper adjusts himself well to claim it

66 Konchesky is penalised for a handball

65 Fulham are keeping the ball well now and are playing much better than they did with 11 men on the field

64 Having finally seen the replay, I can confirm that it was Upson who brought down Kamara for the penalty

63 Diamanti strikes the free-kick but sees his effort blocked by the tight wall

62 Cole wins his side a free-kick after being brought down by Baird

61 Kamara is working hard, tracking back to help out the Fulham defence

60 Faubert shows his frustration by throwing the ball away and goes into the book

Gera pops up from the corner and steers a back post volley past Green after shaking off Faubert, amazing turnaround here

58 GOAL GERA!

58 Konchesky takes the free-kick and forces Green to parry wide

57 Fulham have a free-kick in a dangerous position

56 Dempsey tries a volley from range but doesn't get enough dip on it and West Ham have a goal-kick

55 Jimenez goes into the book for bringing down Kamara

54 Pantsil heads Faubert's cross behind for a West Ham corner

52 Dempsey tries too much and gifts the Hammers possession

51 Hines can't reach Faubert's cross and Fulham come away with the ball

49 Johnson made way for Baird at the break by the way

Murphy excellently dispatches the penalty and suddenly Fulham are level against the odds

47 GOAL MURPHY!

46 Penalty to Fulham immediately as Upson brings down Kamara!

46 The game restarts.

Fulham fan Jack Taylor can't understand why Roy Hodgson started Dikgacoi in the first place and can't see his side getting back into this one

Steve from Perth also predicts a 3-0 score with Nouble coming off the bench to score

Mark, a West Ham fan, thinks the Hammers can take advantage of the extra man and predicts a 3-0 final score.

Hammers fan Darren Corbett is happy with how his team are playing and is full of praise for Cole and Parker

West Ham lead at the break through Cole's bullet header. Fulham are down to ten men with Dikgacoi seeing red for an off the ball incident. Let me know your thoughts on proceedings by e-mailing jamie.casey@bskyb.com.

Half-time at Upton Park

45+3 Diamanti is teed up from a corner but slices his effort wide, surely the last action of the half

45+2 Hines bends a lovely effort just wide as West Ham pile on the pressure

45+1 Noble scuffs an effort on target from inside the area but fails to trouble Schwarzer who saves easily

45 Diamanti wants a free-kick after a nudge from Konchesky but he has to settle for a throw

44 Diamanti shoots from range but is closed down fast and the effort is blocked

43 The red card has stunned the away side and they face a huge task to get something from this game now but the break is approaching

42 Parker's yellow was for his reaction to the incident incidentally

41 Red Card for Dikgacoi for an off the ball incident with Parker. The referee made the decision after speaking with his assistant

40 Parker is walking a tight rope here as he has words with the referee and risks a second yellow

39 Parker goes into the book after an aerial challenge

38 The corner mounts to nothing but the home side are on the ball again with Green in possession

37 Cole bursts through the Fulham defence but great defending from Hughes hands West Ham a corner

36 A clearance falls to Parker and from 25 yards out he makes Schwarzer work with a well struck volley

35 Kamara creates space and rifles a left foot drive straight at Green who gets behind it well

34 A driving run from Parker ends up with Cole missing the target, positive play though from the Hammers

33 Dempsey looks for an opening but is forced back by West Ham's solid defending

32 Murphy is lucky to escape a yellow card after hacking down Noble

31 Jimenez shows great footwork to open up space, he shapes to shoot before changing his mind and his pass in the end is poor

30 Hangeland cuts out a cross and sets up a Fulham counter attack

29 Johnson is flagged offside from Dempsey's pass

28 Cole does well to win a header and tees up Noble but he's closed down and his effort is wayward

27 Faubert does well to take the ball down and play in Parker but the attack loses momentum

26 Hines struggles to tee up Cole with a knock-down as the ball is just too high for him

25 Tomkins does well to stream out of defence with the ball as he looks to set up a counter

24 Cole almost catches out Schwarzer who dwells on the ball before clearing

23 Fulham take a quick free-kick as Murphy plays a fine ball to Johnson who found himself through on goal but fails to hit the target

21 Diamanti loses possession after being teed up by Jimenez

20 West Ham looking very confident as Fulham look to be there for the taking under pressure from the home side

19 Tomkins misses with a free header from a corner, should have at least hit the target there

18 Many Hammers fans were backing Cole to score today and he hasn't let them down as the game springs into life with the goal

Diamanti whips in a fine cross from the free-kick and Cole pops up with a fine header at the near post and West Ham lead

16 GOAL COLE!

15 Good overlap play between Faubert and Diamanti results in a free-kick for West Ham in a good position

14 Murphy harshly concedes a free-kick as Fulham look to break

13 Jimenez is penalised after an aerial dual

12 Faubert does well to prevent the corner after Gera's deflected effort on goal

11 Short free-kick is well worked and Jimenez tees up Diamanti who blazes well over

10 Ilunga is brought down by Pantsil and wins a free-kick in a dangerous area

9 Green comes way off his line to put the ball out for a Fulham throw-in

8 Kamara scuffs an effort from range but fails to trouble Green

7 Green easily claims a Fulham corner

6 Fulham's defence is plit open by a Diamanti through-ball but Hines can't get a toe on it

5 Gera tries his luck from range but Greene takes it comfortably

4 West Ham give Fulham back possession as play resumes, Parker looks ok to continue

3 Parker has come off the worse here and is still receiving treatment

2 A clash of heads between Dempsey and Parker disrupts play early on here

1 West Ham have got the ball rolling at Upton Park and immediately Cole volleys an effort over the bar

Hammers fan Ben Green is in confident mood with Upson back in the side and he reckons his team can run riot today with Cole grabbing a couple.

Frank Clough is also backing Diamanti to score today and fancies a spectacular brace from the Italian.

West Ham may be struggling in the Premier League's bottom three, but they are well backed to see off the challenge of Fulham at Upton Park. Carlton Cole has scored in seven of his last 12 home games and is a popular choice to open the scoring at 11/2.

Fancy a bet? Here are Skybet's odds before the game: West Ham 11/10 Draw 9/4 Fulham 21/10.

Hammers fan Daniel Seery believes three points are essential for his team today and is backing West Ham to come away with a 2-1 win with Cole and Diamanti providing the goals.

Got any thoughts on the line-ups or the game we have in store? Let me know by e-mailing jamie.casey@bskyb.com.

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Noble, Parker, Jimenez, Diamanti, Cole, Hines. Subs: Kurucz, Spector, Behrami, Da Costa, Payne, Stanislas, Nouble.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Gera, Murphy, Dikgacoi, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson, Kamara. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Baird, Riise, Greening, Nevland, Eddie Johnson.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

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Source: SKY_Sports