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  • Date:17 Aug 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Boleyn Ground
  • Attendance:34,977
  • Cole (12) Nolan (75)
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96mins

Winston Reid makes a clearance.

96mins

Jordon Mutch comes on in place of Fraizer Campbell.

95mins

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

93mins

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

93mins

Ricardo Vaz Te manages to make a clearance.

92mins

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

91mins

Free kick taken by David Marshall.

91mins

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

89mins

Clearance made by Winston Reid.

89mins

James Collins manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Shot by Nicky Maynard cleared the net.

85mins

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

84mins

Clearance by Winston Reid.

84mins

Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.

84mins

Matthew Connolly gets a header at goal.

83mins

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

83mins

Header by Kevin Nolan goes harmlessly over the bar.

83mins

The ball is swung over by Stewart Downing.

82mins

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

82mins

Mohamed Diame goes off and Alou Diarra comes on.

80mins

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

79mins

Shot by Kevin Nolan cleared the net.

77mins

Winston Reid makes a clearance.

76mins

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

75mins

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

75mins

Stewart Downing sends in a cross.

75mins

Nicky Maynard on for Bo-Kyung Kim.

74mins

Stewart Downing crosses the ball.

73mins

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

73mins

Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.

72mins

The ball is swung over by Fraizer Campbell.

71mins

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

68mins

Ben Turner takes the free kick.

67mins

Guy Demel makes a clearance.

66mins

Clearance made by Peter Whittingham.

64mins

A cross is delivered by Mark Noble.

63mins

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

62mins

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

59mins

Craig Bellamy delivers the ball.

59mins

Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.

58mins

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

56mins

The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.

55mins

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

55mins

Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.

53mins

Guy Demel manages to make a clearance.

53mins

Guy Demel crosses the ball.

51mins

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

51mins

Joey O'Brien manages to make a clearance.

50mins

Matthew Jarvis takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

50mins

Corner from the taken by Craig Bellamy.

48mins

Free kick crossed by Craig Bellamy.

47mins

Clearance by Ben Turner.

46mins

Mohamed Diame takes a shot and cleared the goal.

44mins

Craig Bellamy restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.

42mins

Clearance by Winston Reid.

41mins

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

41mins

Centre by Matthew Jarvis.

40mins

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

39mins

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

38mins

Header by James Collins misses left.

37mins

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

36mins

Mohamed Diame sends in a cross.

34mins

Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.

34mins

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

33mins

James Collins takes the free kick.

32mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

Clearance by Guy Demel.

31mins

Clearance made by Joe Cole.

30mins

Clearance by Kevin Nolan.

30mins

Free kick taken by Gary Medel.

30mins

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

28mins

Clearance made by Winston Reid.

28mins

Clearance made by Joey O'Brien.

26mins

Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.

24mins

Free kick taken by Ben Turner.

24mins

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

21mins

Centre by Matthew Connolly.

21mins

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

20mins

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

20mins

James Collins takes the free kick.

19mins

James Collins manages to make a clearance.

18mins

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

17mins

Bo-Kyung Kim manages to make a clearance.

17mins

David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

15mins

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

15mins

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

14mins

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

13mins

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

12mins

Joe Cole produces a cross.

11mins

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

10mins

Clearance by Mohamed Diame.

8mins

James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

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

7mins

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

6mins

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

5mins

David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

5mins

James Collins restarts play with the free kick.

4mins

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

4mins

Declan John manages to make a clearance.

2mins

The ball is crossed by Joey O'Brien.

1mins

Free kick taken by Gary Medel.

1mins

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

Cardiff

  • 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

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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.


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