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Kenny Miller finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Cardiff.Assist by Rudy Gestede.
Peter Whittingham produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
Pablo Barrera takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
Rudy Gestede takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.
Scott Parker challenges Peter Whittingham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick, Carlton Cole makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie from the left by-line to the near post, Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Hudson by Carlton Cole. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Rudy Gestede on Herita Ilunga, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Carlton Cole is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Freddie Sears goes off and Pablo Barrera comes on.
Corner taken right-footed by Freddie Sears from the left by-line, James Tomkins takes a shot. Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance. Scott Parker takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Joe Mason is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Carlton Cole fouled by Anthony Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Gerrard receives a yellow card. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Peter Whittingham.
Shot from inside the area by Kenny Miller clears the bar. Mark Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Collison. Carlton Cole comes on in place of Frederic Piquionne. Craig Conway leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Mason.
James Tomkins takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Freddie Sears takes a outswinging corner.
Corner taken by Matthew Taylor played to the near post, Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
Rudy Gestede produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway. Direct free kick taken by Don Cowie.
Rudy Gestede on for Robert Earnshaw.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Robert Earnshaw goes wide right of the goal.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot from inside the six-yard box that bounces off the post.
The referee blows for offside against Scott Parker. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Hudson.
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by David Marshall. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin McNaughton manages to make a clearance.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. David Marshall makes a comfortable save.
Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Anthony Gerrard takes the free kick.
Robert Earnshaw has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the right of the goal.
Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Hudson. David Marshall takes the free kick.
Winston Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham. Peter Whittingham shoots direct from the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Freddie Sears, clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.
Robert Earnshaw is caught offside. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by James Tomkins. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Freddie Sears from the left by-line, save made by David Marshall.
James Tomkins challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Don Cowie takes the free kick. Robert Earnshaw takes a shot. Scott Parker is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick, save made by Robert Green. Don Cowie takes the inswinging corner, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a clearance.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
Robert Earnshaw is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Don Cowie. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
Mark Noble challenges Aron Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin McNaughton takes the direct free kick.
Short corner worked by Don Cowie.
Matthew Taylor challenges Kevin McNaughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Don Cowie.
Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Nolan goes over the crossbar.
Foul by Kenny Miller on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Peter Whittingham on Joey O'Brien, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Anthony Gerrard.
Don Cowie takes a shot. Brilliant save by Robert Green. Corner taken right-footed by Don Cowie, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Aron Gunnarsson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Robert Earnshaw is ruled offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Freddie Sears produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.
Kevin Nolan has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Anthony Gerrard results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Matthew Taylor, save by David Marshall. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
Robert Earnshaw is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
Anthony Gerrard fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Earnshaw on Mark Noble. Winston Reid takes the direct free kick.
Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. David Marshall makes a save. Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by David Marshall. Effort from the edge of the area by Mark Noble goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Kevin McNaughton fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Don Cowie takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line. Foul by Frederic Piquionne on Mark Hudson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Effort on goal by Robert Earnshaw from just inside the area clears the bar.
Nolan poised to lead from front
Kevin Nolan captains West Ham on his competitive debut against Cardiff.
Nolan will be joined in midfield by Matt Taylor while Joey O'Brien starts at right-back but their fourth summer signing, defender Abdoulaye Faye, has been struggling with a hamstring problem.
Goalkeeper Robert Green, midfielder Scott Parker and striker Carlton Cole, who have all been linked with moves back to the Premier League, are in line to start.
Winger Julien Faubert's tight hamstring will be checked over and forward Junior Stanislas is fit after a groin problem.
Midfielder Gary O'Neil has yet to recover from the ankle injury he suffered towards the end of last season and young full-back Jordan Brown is out for a month with ankle trouble.
A new-look Cardiff team will travel to promotion favourites West Ham on Sunday for their opening match of the 2011/12 Championship campaign.
City are almost unrecognisable from the side who failed yet again in last season`s play-offs, most notably in the dugout where Dave Jones has been replaced by Malky Mackay and his new backroom team.
Out have gone Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd, Chris Burke and - for the time being at least - Craig Bellamy.
Which means there could be debuts for any one of Mackay's nine summer signings, including striker Kenny Miller, midfielders Aron Gunnarsson, Craig Conway and Don Cowie as well as full-back Andrew Taylor.
There is also likely to be a second bow for Robert Earnshaw, who played for Cardiff between 1997-2004, and a return for centre-back Anthony Gerrard after he spent last season on loan at Hull.
The only concerns for manager Mackay are midfielder Stephen McPhail and full-back Paul Quinn who are both working their way back to full strength having been hampered by a virus during pre-season.
Miller slays Hammers
Kenny Miller scored in stoppage time as West Ham began life in the npower Championship with a shock 1-0 home defeat.
Sam Allardyce's first match in charge of the Hammers, who are favourites for promotion back to the top flight, was heading towards a damp squib of a goalless draw as the rain lashed down at Upton Park.
But Miller crashed a dramatic winner on his Cardiff debut as West Ham were given a stark reminder that the Championship may not be the cakewalk the bookmakers are predicting.
Their midfield pairing of Kevin Nolan and Scott Parker would not look out of place in most Premier League teams but for various reasons they find themselves in the second tier.
Nolan is captaining the Hammers after contract talks with Newcastle broke down while Parker, named in the England squad to face Holland on Wednesday, is apparently happy to stay unless Tottenham or a top-four club come in for him before the end of the month.
Yet the illustrious duo could not break down a well-organised Cardiff side with a new manager of their own in Malky Mackay.
Parker should have put the home side ahead after 10 minutes when he found himself bearing down on goal but his touch let him down and Anthony Gerrard was able to make the challenge.
Frederic Piquionne - preferred in attack to Carlton Cole - also had an early opportunity but his shot was blocked by the legs of Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, while Nolan headed wide and Freddie Sears blazed over.
Allardyce has also managed to keep hold of Robert Green, another member of Fabio Capello's squad, for the time being and the keeper was called into action to pull off a smart save from Don Cowie's header.
Green also had to tip Peter Whittingham's free-kick round the post as Cardiff finished the first half strongly while West Ham's early promise faded.
After the break Matt Taylor, another of Allardyce's summer recruits, tried to breathe some life into his new side.
First the ex-Bolton midfielder cut inside and drove in a low shot which Marshall palmed away, then his strong run and cross was turned onto a post by Piquionne.
Defender James Tomkins thought he had broken the deadlock but his header was blocked on the line by Whittingham, while Marshall saved from Pablo Berrara a minute from time.
And as the clock ticked into stoppage time Miller, who had hardly had a sniff all game, collected a pull-back from substitute Rudy Gestede and lashed the ball past Green, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.
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