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  • Guillermo Franco (90)
  • Doyle (28), Zubar (58), Jarvis (61)
  • Date:2010-03-23
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Upton Park
  • Attendance:33988
  • Referee:Dowd, P

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: WEST HAM 1-3 WOLVES.

90mins

WEST HAM 1-3 WOLVES. FRANCO evades the offside trap to chip the ball over Hahnemann, the lack of celebrations say it all though.

90mins

Four minutes will be added on, the West Ham fans boo, they have had enough already.

87mins

Final change for Wolves as Adlene Guedioura comes on for Mancienne.

86mins

Alessandro Diamanti fires in a half-volley from 25 yards that Hahnemann does well to parry.

84mins

The silence is deafening at Upton Park. I get the impression the fans are saving themselves for a chorus of boos at the final whistle, those who are left anyway.

79mins

Zubar gets a standing ovation from the away supporters as he's replaced by Greg Halford.

77mins

Great play by Franco as he skips past two challenges in the area but his shot is tipped round by Marcus Hahnemann - the Wolves keeper has been fantastic tonight.

74mins

Heavy rain is beginning to fall at Upton Park, which sums up the mood among the home fans perfectly.

70mins

Benni McCarthy also comes off to be replaced by Luis Guillermo Franco.

70mins

Jarvis applauds the away fans as he jogs off to be replaced by Stephen Ward.

64mins

Upton Park is emptying rapidly, the home fans have had enough.

61mins

WEST HAM 0-3 WOLVES. Wolves are in dreamland! David Jones plays a pass forward to JARVIS who evades the two West Ham centre-backs before firing home low past Green from the edge of the box.

58mins

WEST HAM 0-2 WOLVES. What a strike! ZUBAR makes an overlapping run on the right-hand side and fires home low first time from Doyle's pass.

55mins

Matt Jarvis does well down the left but his cross just evades Doyle in the area.

50mins

Quiet start to the half which will suit Wolves down to the ground. It's the home side that need to take the initiative in this match.

47mins

Ronald Zubar picks up a yellow for a trip on Valon Behrami, needless challenge that.

46mins

We are underway again in the second half.

46mins

Two half-time changes for West Ham - Junior Stanislas and Jonathan Spector are on for Radoslav Kovac and James Tomkins.

45mins

Half Time: WEST HAM 0-1 WOLVES. West Ham will be encouraged by the last few moments of the half, but it shouldn't disguise the fact they were second best for much of it. Wolves deserve their advantage at the break.

45mins

Just as I say that....What a chance for West Ham!! Scott Parker's effort smacks off the inside of the post, Parker picks up the rebound on the angle but Marcus Hahnemann does magnificently to stop the ball on the line.

42mins

Wolves are doing a great job of pressurising West Ham every time they get the ball. The Hammers don't look like getting back into the game at the moment.

38mins

More howls of discontent as David Jones has a shot deflected wide for a corner. The Hammers fans aren't happy with their side's performance so far.

35mins

A clumsy tackle by Radoslav Kovac who brings Kevin Foley down in the area, but referee Phil Dowd says no penalty, replays suggest otherwise though.

33mins

You can hear the groans around Upton Park as Wolves force West Ham back. You have to say the visitors deserve to lead for their battling performance so far.

30mins

Michael Mancienne is booked for a late challenge.

28mins

WEST HAM 0-1 WOLVES. James Tomkins' poor back-pass is picked up by DOYLE who fires low past Green into the bottom corner.

24mins

Wolves are keen to keep a high tempo in the game and are closing West Ham down at every opportunity, they are clearly high on confidence after their battling draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

19mins

Good play from Benni McCarthy sets Carlton Cole away, but his shot is charged down by Craddock.

16mins

Good play by West Ham sees Alessandro Diamanti get free down the left, but his cross is put behind for a corner, good repsonse from the Hammers after that early Wolves pressure.

13mins

Positive play by Julien Faubert as he bursts forward from midfield, but he drags his 25-yard effort wide of the post.

9mins

After a bright start West Ham are looking nervy after that Foley chance, a sign of lack of confidence perhaps?

7mins

Great chance for Wolves! Marcus Hahnemann's long kick upfield finds Kevin Foley in the area but his volley from the angle thumps off the crossbar, huge let-off for West Ham.

3mins

Scott Parker typically bursts forward from midfield but can't find Carlton Cole in the area. Parker will be vitally important for the Hammers tonight.

1mins

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

0mins

Mick McCarthy makes two changes for Wolves, bringing Michael Mancienne into midfield and George Elokobi at left back with Adlene Guedioura and Stephen Ward dropping to the bench.

0mins

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola makes four changes from the side that lost to Arsenal with Julian Faubert, skipper Scott Parker and strikers Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy coming into the side.

Match Preview

Wolverhampton Wanderers have the chance to move even further away from the relegation zone when they face a West Ham United side at Upton Park that have lost their last four matches.

Mick McCarthy's side moved above the Hammers at the weekend when they secured an impressive 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, a result which came on the back of a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

In contrast Gianfranco Zola's team, who seemed to have banished any drop concerns when they beat Birmingham City and Hull City in successive games last month, have slumped to 17th after recent defeats to Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Portsmouth are virtually certain to be relegated, while the form of Hull City and Burnley is so bad that they appear the likeliest candidates to be joining them in the Championship next term, but Zola will be desperate to secure a victory against Wolves that will open up some daylight between his team and the bottom three.

Zola has Scott Parker and Carlton Cole available again after the former was rested as a precaution, while the striker came on as a late substitute on Saturday against Arsenal, hitting the woodwork in the closing stages.

Manuel de Costa serves the last game of his three-game ban, while Zola will assess the fitness of Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Danny Gabbidon, Kieron Dyer, Jack Collison, Mark Noble and Benni McCarthy before selecting his starting eleven.

Wolves have no injury concerns or suspension worries as McCarthy attempts to gain revenge for the opening weekend defeat to the Hammers at Molineux.


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Match Report

Mick McCarthy will sleep a lot easier than Gianfranco Zola in the days ahead after Wolves' wonderful 3-1 win at West Ham United sent them seven points clear of the danger-zone, with just seven games left to play.

On a night when the wheels well and truly came off the West Ham wagon, the men from Molineux coasted back home to the Midlands thanks to Kevin Doyle's seventh goal of the campaign and second-half strikes from Ronald Zubar and Matthew Jarvis.

Zola's side may have recorded their only away win of the season at Wolves on the opening day of the season, but kicking-off in 16th-spot - one point and one place above the Hammers - the visitors already had the psychological edge after following up a welcome win at Burnley with a determined draw at Aston Villa.

Wanderers made two switches from the side that drew at Villa Park on Saturday as Michael Mancienne and George Elokobi replaced the benched duo of Stephen Ward and Adlene Guedioura.

And with just eight minutes on the clock, they gave the rain-soaked East Enders the fright of their lives, when Doyle nodded Marcus Hahnemann's huge drop-kick into the path of Kevin Foley, who got behind Fabio Daprela before splintering the underside of Robert Green's crossbar from a tight angle.

The Hammers were looking nervy and, on 27 minutes, the determined Doyle fired Wolves ahead, when he pounced onto the hesitant James Tomkins' scuffed back-pass, before firing a low, angled shot across the face of the helplessly exposed Green and into the far corner.

Edgy West Ham had already come into this game on the back of four straight defeats at the hands of Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea and Arsenal and, with tricky trips to Everton, Liverpool and Fulham still to come, they knew that they had to make home advantage count in their final five games at Upton Park.

Following Saturday evening's loss at the Emirates Stadium, Zola had made a quartet of changes as top-scorer Carlton Cole, Benni McCarthy, Scott Parker and Julien Faubert came in for substitutes Mido, Guillermo Franco, Junior Stanislas and Jonathan Spector.

Although Parker, Faubert and Cole had tried their luck with long-rangers, the visitors' stifling five-man midfield meant that there had been nothing for the Hammers fans amongst the crowd of 33,988 to applaud with their free claret and blue clap-banners, that had been distributed in an effort to raise the roof off Upton Park.

But in first-half stoppage time, Parker gave them a glimmer of hope for a second-half upturn, when he burst into the area and curled a 15-yarder onto Hahnemann's left-hand post, before seeing the Wolves keeper save his angled follow-up, to preserve an interval lead for his side.

Stanislas and Spector replaced Radoslav Kovac and the injured Tomkins for the restart. Alessandro Diamanti soon forced Hahnemann to save his low 20-yarder and, as West Ham tried to get back into the contest, Zubar followed Mancienne into referee Phil Dowd's book for tripping the escaping Valon Behrami.

Sadly for Zola, it was to be a short-lived home revival for, as the hour-mark approached, Wolves doubled their advantage when David Jones brilliantly played in the overlapping Zubar, who clinically fired an unstoppable angled, 12-yard shot beyond Green and into the far corner to claim his second strike of the campaign.

And as the Wanderers fans danced with delight, their side wasted no time engineering a slick, killer third as Elokobi picked out Jones, who sent Jarvis racing between Matthew Upson and Spector into the heart of the defence, where he drilled a low 18-yarder past the outstretched right glove of the gob-smacked Green, to net his fourth goal of the season.

Substitute Franco replaced McCarthy for the final 20 minutes bu, by the time the Mexican raced onto Behrami's stoppage time pass to lift a late, late consolation over the advancing Hahnemann, those abandoned clap-banners were already lying in the puddles of a deserted Upton Park.

West Ham United

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Corners

85

Fouls

924

Goal attempts

185

Shots off target

81

Offsides

21

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