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Kenny Miller takes a shot.
Corner taken by Don Cowie, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
Gary O'Neil sends in a cross, clearance by Ben Turner.
Kevin McNaughton produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Don Cowie, blocked by George McCartney.
Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by David Marshall.
Unfair challenge on George McCartney by Haris Vuckic results in a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Blocked by George McCartney.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Taylor, George McCartney makes a clearance.
Andrew Taylor produces a cross, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
George McCartney challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McNaughton.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Ricardo Vaz Te misses to the left of the target.
Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
George McCartney crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Turner. George McCartney fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-2 West Ham.
Joey O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Gary O'Neil replaces Henri Lansbury.
A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, comfortable save by Robert Green.
A cross is delivered by Peter Whittingham, clearance by Jack Collison.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McNaughton on Ricardo Vaz Te. George McCartney takes the direct free kick.
James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Don Cowie takes the free kick.
Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Joey O'Brien, clearance by Andrew Taylor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Mason by Kevin Nolan. Peter Whittingham produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. The ball is sent over by Andrew Taylor, clearance made by Abdoulaye Faye.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
George McCartney sends in a cross.
Andrew Taylor fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
Header on goal by Mark Hudson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from deep inside the area by Joe Mason clears the bar. Carlton Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicky Maynard.
Haris Vuckic sends in a cross, clearance by Joey O'Brien.
A cross is delivered by Jack Collison.
Nicky Maynard delivers the ball, blocked by Ben Turner.
Unfair challenge on Ricardo Vaz Te by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick. Shot on goal by Ricardo Vaz Te from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Henri Lansbury by Ben Turner results in a free kick. Mark Noble crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Peter Whittingham.
Nicky Maynard takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save. Foul by Nicky Maynard on David Marshall, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Ricardo Vaz Te challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Nicky Maynard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Jack Collison fouled by Don Cowie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Haris Vuckic by Henri Lansbury. Peter Whittingham delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
Kevin Nolan scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 West Ham.Assist by Nicky Maynard.
The ball is swung over by George McCartney, clearance by Andrew Taylor. Effort on goal by Jack Collison from just inside the area clears the bar.
Aron Gunnarsson produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Peter Whittingham delivers the ball, Abdoulaye Faye manages to make a clearance.
Rudy Gestede leaves the field to be replaced by Haris Vuckic.
Centre by Kenny Miller.
A cross is delivered by Ricardo Vaz Te, Mark Hudson manages to make a clearance.
Joey O'Brien produces a cross, clearance by Kenny Miller.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jack Collison, clearance made by Rudy Gestede.
The referee gives a free kick against Joe Mason for handball. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Henri Lansbury. Nicky Maynard produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Effort on goal by Ricardo Vaz Te from just inside the area clears the bar.
Rudy Gestede concedes a free kick for a foul on George McCartney. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joey O'Brien, Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Collison clears the bar.
Shot from outside the box by Kenny Miller misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Rudy Gestede.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Maynard on Aron Gunnarsson. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Joe Mason produces a cross, Shot on goal by Don Cowie from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Mark Noble, David Marshall makes a save.
Don Cowie sends in a cross.
The assistant referee flags for offside against George McCartney. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Nicky Maynard concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McNaughton. Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
A cross is delivered by Kenny Miller, Robert Green makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie.
Foul by Henri Lansbury on Peter Whittingham, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Bluebirds refreshed after Wembley trip
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay hopes to have the vast majority of his squad available for the visit of West Ham in the npower Championship on Sunday.
Despite the exertions of last weekend's valiant Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on penalties, Mackay has insisted none of his players have picked up any new injuries as they take on the second-placed Hammers at the Cardiff City Stadium.
He told Wales Online: "Everybody is feeling a lot better and 99.9 per cent of the problems at Wembley were down to cramp. There is nothing major."
However, Mackay will have to wait to find out if any of the eight members of his side who went off on international duty during the week - including first-team regulars Kenny Miller, Aron Gunnarsson and Don Cowie - sustained knocks.
Midfielder Stephen McPhail will be absent for Cardiff. The 32-year-old is continuing his battle against Sjogren's Syndrome and, although he is confident he will be able to play some part in the run-in, the clash comes too soon.
Kevin Nolan returns to the West Ham squad.
Nolan has completed a three-match ban for his sending-off in the derby win over Millwall last month.
Boss Sam Allardyce is expected to reinstate his captain in the starting line-up despite the Hammers' creditable displays without him.
Fellow midfielder Matt Taylor serves the final game of a three-match ban for his red card in the draw with Southampton.
Striker Carlton Cole could return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench for the first half of last weekend's goalless draw against Crystal Palace.
Defender Winston Reid will be assessed after suffering a head injury playing for New Zealand, midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is still out with hamstring trouble and forward John Carew is struggling with a knee problem.
Nolan back with a bang
Kevin Nolan reminded West Ham fans just how valuable he is to their promotion push with the opening goal in the 2-0 win at Cardiff.
Nolan, who returned from a three-match ban at the Cardiff City Stadium, coolly slotted past David Marshall in the Cardiff goal two minutes before half-time to hand the visiting Hammers an advantage they never surrendered.
It was a rare moment of quality in a match that lacked the fervour and intensity of the home side's previous outing in the Carling Cup final defeat to Liverpool seven days ago.
In fact, after a bright start, the after-effects of that memorable afternoon at Wembley seemed to tell in Cardiff's display.
They began the second half sluggishly and were fortunate not to find themselves three down inside an hour after Marshall saved well from Nicky Maynard and Mark Hudson backtracked to prevent Ricardo Vaz Te from tapping in.
The Bluebirds briefly looked like staging a comeback as Peter Whittingham struck the inside of a post from a free-kick.
But they were finished off in the 77th minute with George McCartney beating Marshall from a tight angle.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made one change to the side which so valiantly took Liverpool to penalties, with goalkeeper Tom Heaton dropping to the bench to make way for Marshall.
The Hammers were boosted by Nolan's return, while Henri Lansbury came into the side for Julien Faubert.
The hosts started the game well and Kenny Miller went within a whisker of firing a 20-yard effort into the bottom corner after 13 minutes.
For all Cardiff's early possession, however, West Ham should have taken the lead midway through the first half.
Lansbury crossed from the right, Jack Collison nodded the ball across goal and Maynard lashed over.
Aron Gunnarsson's 25-yard drive skidded past the left-hand post before the visitors sneaked into the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Cardiff dallied on the edge of their own area and Maynard capitalised to feed Nolan, who opened his body up beautifully to curl a sidefooted effort around Marshall.
West Ham could have made it two after 52 minutes when Nolan won possession in midfield and fed Maynard, but after hesitating in the box he poked the ball narrowly wide.
It was a worrying passage of play for Cardiff and Kevin McNaughton cut a relieved figure when his headed back-pass gifted Maynard a free shot on goal, only for Marshall to get down well to deny the ex-Bristol City striker.
Cardiff were rocking, but out of nowhere they almost got themselves back on level terms.
Gunnarsson's long throw picked out Hudson, but the City skipper could only head over the bar.
The Bluebirds went even closer five minutes later as Whittingham curled a delightful free-kick onto the left-hand post with Robert Green beaten.
However, with 13 minutes left, the Hammers put themselves out of sight.
McCartney broke down the left and when his cross was not properly cleared by the Cardiff defence, he fired the rebound beyond Marshall from an acute angle.
Miller struck the bar from a close-range header in stoppage time, but the game was gone for the home side.
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