- Venue:Upton Park
- Referee:Atkinson, M
FULL TIME: WEST HAM 3 - 0 HULL. The three points will give West Ham some breathing space at the foot of the Premiership table and it was a comfortable victory in the end.
WEST HAM 3 - 0 HULL: FAUBERT bursts forward and nets his first West Ham goal in emphatic fashion, firing a right-footed shot into the top left corner.
Hull have five minutes of time to try and salvage anything out of this game.
A hopeful 30-yard strike from Olofinjana sails into the stand behind the goal.
Jack Collison gets a run out as he replaces Alessandro Diamanti for the last five minutes.
Hull will have to see out the remainder of the game with nine men as Gardner is stretchered off the pitch with what appears to be an ankle injury.
Gardner seems to have landed awkwardly following the aerial challenge with Upson and the stretcher is being prepared.
Diamanti floats a corner into the box and Upson's glancing header is hacked away by Barmby at the far post.
It is another standing ovation as Cole is replaced by Mido.
Cole appears to be hobbling a little and Gianfranco Zola is preparing his second substitution.
Altidore out-muscles Tomkins to meet the loose ball but his shot flies wide of the target.
Diamanti works a short corner with Parker whose low cross is cleared inside the six-yard box. It comes back to Diamanti whose curling effort grazes the bar.
It is all West Ham at the moment with Phil Brown's triple substitution failing to make an impact on the game.
Diamanti sees Myhill off his line and hits an outrageous attempt for deep inside his own half but the keeper does just enough to tip the ball wide.
Diamanti plays a clever ball across the face of goal but Ilan is not on the same wavelength and the cross runs out for a goal-kick.
Seyi Olofinjana enters the fray in place of Amr Zaki.
Nick Barmby comes on for Stephen Hunt.
Tom Cariney is replaced by Jozy Altidore.
Phil Brown is preparing a triple substitution on the touchline.
Luis Guillermo Franco receives a standing ovation as he makes way for Araujo Ilan.
West Ham have got their tails up now but this time Cole's effort from 20-yards does not work Myhill.
WEST HAM 2 - 0 HULL: Faubert plays through COLE with a sublime pass from inside his own half, allowing the forward to net his ninth goal of the campaign from close range.
Diamanti searches out a team-mate from a corner but it comes to nothing.
Parker collects his ninth booking of the season following a rash challenge on Zaki.
That was a senseless challenge from Fagan who has left his team-mates with an uphill struggle.
Fagan picks up a second booking for a trip on Diamanti and receives his marching orders from referee Martin Atkinson.
The defence opens up for Spector who cuts in from the left flank to get a shot away but fails to work Myhill.
Phil Brown will have asked his side to regain the momentum gained towards the end of the first-half but it is West Ham who are enjoying possession at the moment.
The second-half is underway and both sides remain unchanged.
HALF TIME: WEST HAM 1-0 HULL. Boateng's effort was easily Hull's best opportunity of the game and Phil Brown will be encouraged by his side's effort towards the end of the half.
Boateng gets a shot away from inside the box and Green is on hand to palm the ball around the post.
Hunt whips an inviting cross into the danger area but it is cleared before Vennegoor of Hessiling can connect with it.
Hull have been their own worst enemies at times today with errors and misjudgments allowing West Ham to take control.
Upson gets a header on goal but it lacks power and is a comfortable take for Myhill.
Cairney is involved again as McShane picks him out in the box, but the 19-year-old's effort is poor and bounces harmlessly wide.
Tom Cairney gets a shot away from distance but it is blocked in a crowd of bodies on the edge of the box.
Hull are unable to build on any forward moves at the moment and have done little to unsettle the hosts' back-line.
Behrami is denied his second goal as Myhill pulls off an outstanding save to turn his header around the post.
Cole shows his strength to shrug off his marker and get a decent strike on goal from outside the box.
Fagan picks up the first booking of the game for a late challenge on Parker.
Behrami puts the ball across the face of goal with Cole lurking but it is too close to Myhill who smothers the loose ball.
Behrami dispossesses Dawson on the edge of his own box and forces a fine stop out of Myhill from 18-yards.
Diamanti sends an ambitious attempt from 30-yards over the bar, much to the frustration of Parker who had made a dangerous run into the box.
A looping Julien Faubert cross falls to Diamanti at the far post but the Italian blasts his volley wide of the mark.
Cole looks for Franco on the edge of the box with a flick-on but the pass doesn't find it's target.
The visitors are seeing more of the ball now and are getting plenty of crosses into the box.
Hull's first real opportunity falls to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink whose close range header forces Green into his first save of the game.
Hunt swings a free-kick into the mixer but Rob Green is quick off his line to pluck out the loose ball.
Craig Fagan looks for Stephen Hunt at the far post but Jonathan Spector does enough to prevent the winger connecting with the cross.
Scott Parker gets a sight of goal and lets fly from distance but his shot sails straight down the throat of Myhill.
The home side win another corner but this time Diamanti's cross is cleared at the near post.
The ball drops to Carlton Cole 25-yards from goal and the forward sends a low strike wide of the target.
There is no flow to Hull's passing in the early stages and the West Ham defence remains untroubled.
Radoslav Kovac gets a free-header inside the box but directs the ball over the crossbar.
The hosts have started very brightly and are putting the Hull defence under plenty of pressure.
WEST HAM 1-0 HULL: VALON BEHRAMI plays a neat one-two with Luis Guillermo Franco before firing a close range effort past Myhill.
Alessandro Diamanti almost catches Boaz Myhill off guard with a swinging free-kick.
Hull travel to Upton Park without an away win this season and face a West Ham side who are unbeaten at home in four games.
Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway.
The only change to the Hull side that lost 1-0 at Blackburn last time out sees Amr Zaki start ahead of Jozy Altidore. Jimmy Bullard does not return for the visitors but George Boateng is available after his red card at Ewood Park was rescinded.
West Ham are still without Benni McCarthy for the visit of Hull but Luis Guillermo Franco is back in the starting line-up after an injury spell. Jonathan Spector comes in for Herita Ilunga while Mido drops to the bench.
West Ham United have endured a difficult time this season, both on and off the pitch. However, with new owners David Sullivan and David Gold now bedded in at Upton Park, the Hammers will be looking to move further away from the drop-zone.
Gianfranco Zola's side ended a five-game winless run with a vital victory over Birmingham City last week and will now be hoping to build on that success against fellow strugglers Hull City.
The Tigers, like their opponents this weekend, have endured a difficult time both on and off the pitch, and have now managed just one win in their last 12 Premier League games.
Central to this poor form has been their failure to perform away from home. Indeed, Phil Brown's side have failed to pick up a victory in any of their last 18 league games on the road.
The Tigers have failed to score in five of their last six away games in the top-flight, but their chances of finding the net could be improved with the possible return of creative spark Jimmy Bullard.
Bullard, who coincidently first endured his long-term injuries problems on his debut for Hull at Upton Park last season, is close to a first-team return, and Brown has refused to rule out the possibility of him making a comeback on Saturday.
"It's still the very early stages of Jimmy's comeback," he said. "He's been out on the training ground with the first team and been floating around in training situations. He's feeling his way back in at the minute and the players, more than anyone, are aware of what he's capable of."
West Ham have no fresh injury concerns and could welcome new signing Benni McCarthy back into the side.
Both sets of supporters will be hoping for a similar level of entertainment shown in their Premier League meeting earlier this season.
It was heaven for West Ham United and hell for Hull as Gianfranco Zola's side eased their relegation fears with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Phil Brown's well-beaten strugglers as the Hammers hauled themselves up to the heady heights of 13th place.
Valon Behrami's first goal of the season got West Ham off to a superb start, before top-scorer Carlton Cole netted his ninth of the campaign on the hour and Julien Faubert confirmed all three points with his first-ever strike in English football.
Looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season, West Ham made two changes from the side that beat Birmingham City last time out as Jonathan Spector and Guillermo Franco came in for the injured Herita Ilunga (back) and substitute Mido.
And the Hammers' determination to get off to a flyer against their fellow strugglers was there for all to see as Alessandro Diamanti whipped in a clever, angled, free-kick that the alert Boaz Myhill clawed out from the base of his near post, with just seconds on the clock.
But Zola did not have to wait much longer to see his side make the vital breakthrough, when Radoslav Kovac robbed Tom Cairney in midfield before finding the barnstorming Behrami who collected his return pass from Franco and slotted a low ten-yarder past the exposed Tigers goalkeeper.
Having taken a third-minute lead, the Hammers pressed forward and Scott Parker, Kovac plus Cole threatened before Diamanti almost decapitated one of his own fans with a wayward far post volley.
Midway through the first half, Behrami scorched his way into the Hull box, where Myhill had to be at his best to beat away the stinging shot from the Switzerland international, who then saw his point-blank header parried.
Coming into this relegation dogfight with only the Hammers' superior goal difference separating these two strugglers, Brown had made just one switch from the team that lost at Blackburn Rovers ten days ago as Amr Zaki replaced the benched Jozy Altidore,
Although Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and George Boateng forced Robert Green into two fine saves, the toothless Tigers were firmly on the back foot during a first half in which Craig Fagan was booked for pole-axing Parker, while the impressive Franco and Paul McShane tested referee Martin Atkinson's patience to the limit with their tantrums and tangles.
But it was Fagan's collision with Diamanti seven minutes into the second period that was to prove even more costly for the visitors, who were consequently reduced to ten men thanks to the harsh second yellow card that was dished out to the furious Hull wideman.
And West Ham wasted no time making their extra man count as Faubert brilliantly threaded a fabulous 40-yard pass behind Anthony Gardner, to leave Cole with just the exposed Myhill to beat, and the England striker took his season's tally to nine with a confident angled finish.
Diamanti also tried a brilliant Beckham-esque effort from inside his own half that saw the back-pedalling Myhill palm the ball out from under his left-hand angle and the irresistible Italian also curled inches over from a much closer 15 yards.
Midway through the half, Brown had responded with a triple substitution that saw Stephen Hunt, Cairney and Zaki make way for Seyi Olofinjana, Nick Barmby and Altidore but the trio could do nothing to turn the tide for a Hull side, who were then reduced to nine men, when Gardner was stretchered off, after falling awkwardly in a challenge with Matthew Upson.
And two minutes into stoppage time, Faubert compounded a miserable afternoon for hammered Hull, when he collected from Kovac and fired an unstoppable 18-yarder past Myhill to claim his first goal in two-and-a-half seasons at Upton Park.
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