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  • Date:17 Aug 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Boleyn Ground
  • Attendance:34,977
  • Cole (12) Nolan (75)

Live Commentary

95:44 +5.44

Winston Reid makes a clearance.

95:21 +5.21

Jordon Mutch comes on in place of Fraizer Campbell.

94:16 +4.16

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Peter Whittingham and misses to the right of the goal.

93:00 +3.00

Mark Noble concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell.

92:23 +2.23

Ricardo Vaz Te manages to make a clearance.

91:59 +1.59

Ricardo Vaz Te takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

90:12 +0.12

Free kick taken by David Marshall.

90:05 +0.05

Ricardo Vaz Te is brought on as a substitute for Joe Cole.


Clearance made by Winston Reid.


James Collins manages to make a clearance.


Shot by Nicky Maynard cleared the net.


Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.


Clearance by Winston Reid.


Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.


Matthew Connolly gets a header at goal.


Foul by Alou Diarra on Rudy Gestede, free kick awarded.


Header by Kevin Nolan goes harmlessly over the bar.


The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.


Foul by Gary Medel on Modibo Maiga, free kick awarded.


Mohamed Diame goes off and Alou Diarra comes on.


Rudy Gestede takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.


Shot by Kevin Nolan cleared the net.


Winston Reid makes a clearance.


Kevin Nolan scores a right footed goal. West Ham 2-0 Cardiff.Assist by Mark Noble.


Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.


Stewart Downing sends in a cross.


Nicky Maynard on for Bo-Kyung Kim.


Stewart Downing crosses the ball.


Joe Cole takes a shot. Matthew Connolly gets a block in.


Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.


The ball is swung over by Fraizer Campbell.


Matthew Jarvis leaves the field to be replaced by Stewart Downing.


Ben Turner takes the free kick.


Guy Demel makes a clearance.


Clearance made by Peter Whittingham.


A cross is delivered by Mark Noble.


Corner from the right by-line taken by Joe Cole.


Shot by Modibo Maiga. David Marshall turns it away with a finger tip save.


Craig Bellamy delivers the ball.


Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.


Peter Whittingham takes a shot and went wide right of the net.


The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.


Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.


Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.


Guy Demel manages to make a clearance.


Guy Demel crosses the ball.


Unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim by Joe Cole results in a free kick.


Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.


Matthew Jarvis takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.


Corner from the taken by Craig Bellamy.


Free kick crossed by Craig Bellamy.


Clearance by Ben Turner.


Mohamed Diame takes a shot and cleared the goal.


Craig Bellamy restarts play with the free kick.


Clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.


Clearance by Winston Reid.


Header at goal by Kevin Nolan goes right of the post.


Centre by Matthew Jarvis.


Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Mohamed Diame gets a block in.


Fraizer Campbell challenges Joey O'Brien unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Header by James Collins misses left.


Mohamed Diame has an effort at goal. Blocked by Matthew Connolly.


Mohamed Diame sends in a cross.


Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.


Shot by Mohamed Diame. Aron Gunnarsson gets a block in.


James Collins takes the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Joe Cole by Peter Whittingham results in a free kick.


Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.


Clearance by Guy Demel.


Clearance made by Joe Cole.


Clearance by Kevin Nolan.


Free kick taken by Gary Medel.


Joey O'Brien challenges Fraizer Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Clearance made by Winston Reid.


Clearance made by Joey O'Brien.


Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.


Free kick taken by Ben Turner.


Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.


Centre by Matthew Connolly.


Joe Cole takes a weak shot. David Marshall makes a block.


Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.


James Collins takes the free kick.


James Collins manages to make a clearance.


Joe Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Whittingham.


Bo-Kyung Kim manages to make a clearance.


David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.


Joe Cole takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.


Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.


Fraizer Campbell challenges Winston Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Joe Cole grabs a goal with a right foot finish. West Ham 1-0 Cardiff.Matthew Jarvis provided the assist for the goal.


Joe Cole produces a cross.


Shot by Bo-Kyung Kim went wide of the right-hand upright.


Clearance by Mohamed Diame.


James Collins restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Fraizer Campbell on Winston Reid.


Peter Whittingham shoots direct from the free kick and goes right of the target.


Foul by Mark Noble on Bo-Kyung Kim, free kick awarded.


David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.


James Collins restarts play with the free kick.


Gary Medel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Cole.


Declan John manages to make a clearance.


The ball is crossed by Joey O'Brien.


Free kick taken by Gary Medel.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Bo-Kyung Kim.

Match Preview

Morrison making good impression West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes this could be a breakthrough season for "changed man" Ravel Morrison. Allardyce has detected a new sense of maturity in the midfielder after he returned from a loan spell at Birmingham to enjoy an impressive pre-season campaign. Morrison has a chequered past and found himself in trouble both with the police and the Football Association while he was at Manchester United. But the 20-year-old tweeted on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League season, which begins at home to Cardiff: "I am a changed man. Don't judge me on my past. Respect me for who I am and how I've developed #WordfromRav" And that has not gone unnoticed by Allardyce, who was confident when he signed Morrison from Manchester United in January 2012 that he could get the best out of the midfielder. "He does seem to have matured. He's obviously taken a good look at himself and decided that, if he is going to make it as a professional footballer, he needed to be more disciplined in his day-to-day life," Allardyce told the Evening Standard. Morrison's big challenge will be to prove he can cut it in the maelstrom of the Premier League. Allardyce continued: "I haven't had a word with him apart from encouraging him about how well pre-season has gone for him. "His contribution in pre-season has been exciting for us. His big challenge will be when he gets his chance to play in the first team at competitive level. "When the whistle goes on Saturday it is 100mph from the start. He will have to learn to cope with that but he is really promising and hopefully we look forward to him continuing to develop into a player who will play a part in the first team. "We will give him the chance if he continues to do the things he is doing and discipline himself." Morrison has some stiff competition to break into a West Ham starting line-up with the club not short on attacking talent, with Stewart Downing joining players such as Matt Jarvis, Joe Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te at Upton Park. Downing, along with Razvan Rat, looks set to make his debut against Cardiff at Upton Park. Downing's arrival from Liverpool leaves Hammers manager Sam Allardyce with a decision to make over who starts on the left wing, with Matt Jarvis also in contention. West Ham will be without Andy Carroll (ankle), with Modibo Maiga set to start up front. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay says has no problem dealing with the expectations of owner VincentTan after breaking the club transfer record three times this summer. Malaysian businessman Tan vowed to back his manager in the transfer window after the club secured promotion back in April, and he has been true to his word. The acquisitions of Danish striker Andreas Cornelius, Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel have each raised Cardiff's record outlay, while John Brayford and Simon Moore have been brought in from Derby and Brentford respectively. Tan has made it clear he expects to see a return on his investment, with Mackay still looking to make further additions to his squad. But the Scot is comfortable with the pressures that go with his level of expenditure. "He (Tan) has expected results from last summer," he said. "When I was offered the job, it was a three-year plan. His task for me was to be promoted last summer. That's expectation, that's pressure, so I have had that. Football managers are under pressure every week." He added: "I've broken the transfer record three times, but it's where we are as a club. "As far as myself and my staff are concerned we want to keep striving and make the club better in terms of facilities, the staff we bring in and the players we bring in and we have to try and get the best players here. "I won't apologise for that and I will take my time and do it in the way I think is best for this football club. It was never going to be about quantity this summer, it was always going to be about quality." Mackay is set to hand 18-year-old full-back Declan John a full debut with Andrew Taylor suspended, while Cornelius is doubtful after picking up a knock in training last week. But Caulker and Medel, who trained with his new team-mates this morning, are in line to make their Cardiff debuts against the Hammers.

Formation:4231Manager: Sam Allardyce

West Ham

Formation: 4231Manager: Malky Mackay


  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Guy Demel
  • James Collins
  • Winston Reid
  • Joey O'Brien
  • Mark Noble
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Joe Cole
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Modibo Maiga
  • SUBS
  • James Tomkins
  • Razvan Rat
  • Ricardo Vaz Te
  • Adrian
  • Ravel Morrison
  • Alou Diarra
  • Stewart Downing



Match Report

West Ham 2-0 Cardiff: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.

Hammers too strong for Bluebirds

West Ham made a comfortable start to the new season with goals from Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan ensuring Cardiff's Barclays Premier League debut ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Only Cole's fine early strike separated the teams until Nolan put the result beyond doubt in the 76th minute but the Hammers would already have been out of sight had they been more clinical.

It was a tough opening to Cardiff's first appearance in the top flight since 1962 but there was enough fighton display to suggest they have a chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

The Premier League newcomers have spent close to B#30million over the summer and they paraded record B#9.5million signing Gary Medel at Upton Park but he was largely anonymous, as was his fellow new recruit Steven Caulker.

Stewart Downing, West Ham's B#5million recruit from Liverpool, made his debut in the final 20 minutes and his introduction gave West Ham an extra gear in a more finely-balanced second half.

The Hammers were coasting until the interval after creating several good chances that were wasted by Cole, Matt Jarvis and Mohamed Diame.

Two of them were heavily involved early on, Jarvis floating a clever cross to the far post only for Cole to produce a poor header as West Ham failed to make the most of a promising start that saw the trickery of Modibo Maiga cause problems.

Maiga helped set up a chance for Jarvis that was spoilt by the winger's poor first touch and Cardiff staged a counter attack that ended with Kim Bo-kyung driving high and wide over the crossbar.

Kim had Craig Bellamy in support and the South Korean was scalded by his captain for declining to pass.

Play quickly swept to the other end as West Ham plundered their first goal by capitalising on some indecisive defending.

Jarvis, who was proving a handful down the right, sent a pass across the face of goal to Cole who controlled the ball, turned and stabbed it into the bottom right corner.

With just goalkeeper David Marshall to beat, Cole would have had a second after being played in by a beautiful pass but his control deserted him.

Diame was becoming increasing influential and Cardiff were relieved when his shot, which deflected off struggling full-back Matt Connolly, crept around the right post.

Cardiff made a bright start to the second half with Fraizer Campbell prominent and a frantic goalmouth scramble ensued with West Ham prevailing through sheer weight of numbers.

The match was evenly balanced now as it swept from end to end, Cole again undermined by his control as he took sight of goal.

Once more Cardiff were skating on thin ice as Marshall almost pushed a pass to Maiga into the path of Nolan.

Downing arrived with 20 minutes left and he soon injected life into an increasingly lethargic West Ham by dashing forward with the ball.

He then teed up Nolan at the far post only for Ben Turner to intervene at the critical moment.

The Hammers finally produced their second with 15 minutes remaining when Mark Noble launched a crafty run along the edge of the area before finding Nolan who expertly swept the ball into the net.

Cardiff substitute Nicky Maynard almost pulled a late goal back for the visitors but he scooped his shot over the bar from close range after coming under pressure from Collins.