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Sunday, 28 October, 2001, 15:58 GMT
Hammers sink Ipswich
Carrick challenges Stewart at Portman Road
Carrick challenges Stewart at Portman Road

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Ipswich Town 2-3 West Ham United

West Ham registered their first Premiership away win of the season at Ipswich after goals from Paolo di Canio, Frederic Kanoute and Jermain Defoe.

The Hammers appeared rejuvenated from the side that conceded 12 goals in their previous two away matches and deserved their win.

Hermann Hreidarsson cancelled out Di Canio's first-half strike but Frederic Kanoute's 71st minute goal soon restored the Hammers' lead.

  Key moments
22 mins: Di Canio finishes off an incisive move with a goal
24 mins: Hislop keeps the Hammers in front with a superb save
63 mins: Hreidarsson equalises after Hislop flaps at a cross
64 mins: Carrick hits the crossbar
71 mins: Kanoute puts West Ham ahead with a deflected goal
90 mins: Defoe makes it three in injury-time. Moments later Holland cracks in a long-range effort.

Jermain Defoe extended West Ham's advantage in injury time before Matt Holland scored a spectacular consolation goal for the home team.

George Burley's team have now gone seven games without victory and have still to capture the form that resulted in a fifth placed finish in last season's Premiership.

Ipswich started the game better than West Ham but were unable to create any chances.

After 18 minutes Marcus Stewart attempted to volley Chris Makin's floated pass over the Hammers' defence but missed the ball with the goal at his mercy.

Four minutes later Di Canio opened the scoring for the visitors.

A superb passing move across midfield culminated in Don Hutchison's threaded pass through the Ipswich defence, which Di Canio slotted past Matteo Sereni.

Martijn Reuser almost equalised two minutes later but Hislop - undoubtedly aware of David James' presence on the bench - athletically tipped his dipping free-kick over the crossbar.

Hislop was involved again three minutes later.

Things aren't going so well, but we'll battle away and see what happens
Matt Holland

The Hammers goalkeeper slipped as he tried to save a looping Chris Makin header and only just recovered to scramble the ball off his line.

A lacklustre second half exploded into life with Hermann Hreidarsson's equaliser after 63 minutes.

Hislop flapped at Venus' deep cross and Icelandic international Hreidarsson volleyed the ball into the roof of the net.

Michael Carrick almost immediately restored West Ham's lead but his long-range strike crashed against the crossbar and rebounded to safety.

Minutes later the Hammers did restore their advantage.

We had something to prove and I hope we can continue to win away
Paolo di Canio
Ipswich manager George Burley will not be pleased with the ease of Hutchison's mazy 30-yard run into the Town penalty area.

Hutchison passed to Kanoute, whose shot looped off Hreidarsson and over a wrong-footed Sereni.

Ipswich pushed hard for an equaliser but West Ham looked dangerous on the break.

Carrick played West Ham substitute Defoe through on goal in injury time for the young striker to score his first Premiership goal.

A minute later Matt Holland smashed a spectacular long-range shot past Hislop but seconds later referee Steve Dunn blew the final whistle.

Ipswich Town: Sereni, Makin, Gaardsoe, Hreidarsson, Venus, Clapham, Holland, Reuser, Wright, Stewart, Armstrong.
Subs: Branagan, Wilnis, Magilton, Counago, Peralta.

West Ham United: Hislop, Minto, Foxe, Dailly, Winterburn, Sinclair, Carrick, Hutchison, Schemmel, Di Canio, Kanoute.
Subs: James, Defoe, Kitson, Moncur, Potts.

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol).

BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton
"West Ham's first Premiership away win since February"
Hammers boss Glenn Roeder
"It's a good feeling"
Ipswich boss George Burley
"We've got to take it on the chin and we've got to do better"
West Ham's Jermaine Defoe
"The win is very important"
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