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Shot on goal by Frederic Piquionne from just inside the area goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Jack Collison by Gordon Greer results in a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
Foul by Winston Reid on Craig Mackail-Smith, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Sam Baldock replaces Julien Faubert.
Unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Mark Noble results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Corner from right by-line taken by Mark Noble.
Kevin Nolan takes a shot. Blocked by Gordon Greer.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Mackail-Smith on Freddie Sears. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
Mark Noble decides to take the corner short.
Julien Faubert takes a shot. Clearance made by Gordon Greer.
Effort on goal by Will Hoskins from just inside the area clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone, clearance made by Kevin Nolan.
Ryan Harley is brought on as a substitute for Gary Dicker.
Jack Collison fouled by Liam Bridcutt, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt is shown a yellow card. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Almunia by Craig Mackail-Smith. (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Will Buckley coming on for Matthew Sparrow. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
Freddie Sears has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
John Carew goes off and Frederic Piquionne comes on.
Shot from long range by Liam Bridcutt misses to the right of the goal.
Handball decision goes against Julien Faubert. Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Noone, Julien Faubert makes a clearance.
Craig Mackail-Smith has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Ashley Barnes leaves the field to be replaced by Will Hoskins.
Craig Mackail-Smith produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
John Carew takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Lewis Dunk. Lewis Dunk is booked. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
Freddie Sears on for Papa Bouba Diop.
Corner taken by Craig Noone.
Craig Noone fouled by Papa Bouba Diop, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Barnes produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Lewis Dunk. Lewis Dunk takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara Reyes by Jack Collison results in a free kick. Gonzalo Jara Reyes restarts play with the free kick.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter. Free kick taken by Marcos Painter.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by John Carew.
Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
Corner taken by Craig Noone from the right by-line.
Mark Noble fouled by Marcos Painter, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Noble takes the free kick.
Craig Noone has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Craig Noone takes a inswinging corner.
Craig Noone takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Craig Noone.
Corner from left by-line taken by Craig Noone.
Liam Bridcutt takes a shot. John Carew manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken short by Craig Noone.
Gary Dicker challenges Julien Faubert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Ashley Barnes produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Craig Noone takes the inswinging corner, clearance by John Carew.
Kevin Nolan produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Gordon Greer challenges John Carew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gordon Greer is booked. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Carew on Lewis Dunk. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.
Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
Winston Reid challenges Craig Mackail-Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Dicker takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Matthew Sparrow. Gonzalo Jara Reyes takes the free kick.
Long range shot by Craig Noone goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcos Painter by Julien Faubert. Julien Faubert receives a caution. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Kevin Nolan from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 0-1 West Ham.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Painter on Julien Faubert. Direct free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Noble by Gonzalo Jara Reyes. Booking for Gonzalo Jara Reyes. Direct free kick taken by George McCartney.
Matthew Sparrow concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Collison. Free kick taken by George McCartney.
Craig Mackail-Smith has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Foul by John Carew on Lewis Dunk, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Foul by Gonzalo Jara Reyes on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. Winston Reid takes the free kick.
Reyes braced for bow
Gonzalo Jara Reyes is in contention for his Brighton debut against West Ham.
The Chile defender, who can also play in midfield, has joined the Seagulls on loan from West Brom until January.
Winger Will Buckley will also be added to the squad after recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered against Liverpool in the Carling Cup last month.
But Spanish midfielder Vicente is a doubt after he missed Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Millwall with a thigh problem.
Defender Tommy Elphick was this week told he needs a second Achilles operation and could miss the rest of the season.
Fellow centre-half Adam El-Abd remains on the sidelines as recovers from the foot injury he suffered last term.
West Ham have been hit by a host of injuries ahead of the trip.
Arsenal loanee Henri Lansbury is the latest casualty having been ruled out for several weeks with a knee injury suffered in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Tuesday.
Fellow midfielder Matt Taylor limped off at St Mary's with another calf problem and is ruled out while defender James Tomkins (groin) and striker Carlton Cole (knee) are still unfit.
Goalkeeper Robert Green is recovering from knee surgery, right-back Guy Demel has a hamstring problem and winger Gary O'Neil is still out with an ankle injury.
But fit-again Joey O'Brien (hamstring) and Mark Noble (toe) returned as substitutes in midweek and could be promoted to the starting line-up.
Nolan fires Hammers into second
Kevin Nolan fired West Ham up to second in the npower Championship as Brighton's slide continued following a 1-0 result.
The Hammers skipper crashed in his fourth goal of the season to lift his side to within three points of leaders Southampton.
Brighton's early-season pace-setters have, by contrast, tumbled down the table after their winless run was extended to seven games.
The Seagulls could count themselves unfortunate, though, having created a host of chances to cancel out Nolan's 17th-minute strike.
And they were architects of their own downfall after a bad mistake from Liam Bridcutt gifted West Ham what proved to be the winner.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet likes his team to play the ball out from the back, but not when they end up handing it on a plate to a player of Nolan's ability on the edge of the area.
Bridcutt's heavy touch allowed the midfielder to nick the ball off him, stride forward and lash his shot past his old Newcastle team-mate Steve Harper.
Veteran keeper Harper had only joined Brighton on loan a few hours earlier and obviously did not have time to get his bearings, standing far too close to his near post and offering Nolan the rest of the goal to aim at.
Yet in a game littered with errors on a slippery pitch, Brighton had already squandered a chance to go ahead when Winston Reid's slip allowed Craig Mackail-Smith a run at goal, but the Scotland striker's angled shot flew wide.
As the first half wore on Brighton grew in confidence, and West Ham were just about clinging on to their lead by the time the half-time whistle blew.
Ashley Barnes headed Matt Sparrow's cross wide, John Carew blocked a goalbound shot from Bridcutt and Craig Noone's drive hit the side-netting.
And in stoppage time West Ham's on-loan Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia had to pull off a superb diving save to keep out Mackail-Smith's stinging volley.
After the interval Harper did well to deny Carew after a smart turn and shot, and substitute Freddie Sears fired wide.
At the other end Bridcutt's long-range effort did not trouble Almunia, although Mackail-Smith did when he slid into the Spaniard feet first trying to chase a long ball.
Almunia was able to continue and Sam Allardyce's side had to see out eight minutes of stoppage time, following a nasty injury to Brighton's Gary Dicker.
Allardyce's direct style of play may not have endeared him to some of the West Ham faithful, but a quick glance at the league table surely will.
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