West Ham celebrate Stanislas' injury-time leveller
By Peter Scrivener
Junior Stanislas' deflected injury-time equaliser clinched a first home point of the season for West Ham against 10-man Fulham at Upton Park.
Carlton Cole nodded in Alessandro Diamanti's near-post free-kick from six yards to put West Ham ahead.
Fulham's Kagisho Dikgacoi was sent off after an off-the-ball incident with Scott Parker but Danny Murphy's penalty after the break levelled the scores.
Zoltan Gera then volleyed in from close range before Stanislas' late strike.
The Hammers, who had lost their first two league games at Upton Park this season, looked understandably nervous in the opening exchanges.
However, Fulham struggled to take advantage as both sides traded possession in a busy midfield.
Hodgson proud of Fulham performance
But the home supporters were awoken from their post Sunday-lunch slumbers by Cole's towering header.
Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland was penalised for a rash lunge on Julien Faubert and Diamanti's in-swinging left-foot cross was met beautifully by Cole.
James Tomkins almost doubled West Ham's lead moments later, but his downward header from another inch-perfect Diamanti cross bounced just wide of the post.
Andy Johnson then wasted a good chance for Fulham, dragging his shot wide after he had been played through by Murphy's delightfully weighted slide-rule free-kick.
Fulham have won just three of their previous 37 Premier League London derbies away from Craven Cottage, and their fans could have been forgiven for thinking that dismal record was not going to be improved when Dikgacoi was sent off.
The South African, making his Premier League debut, put his hand in Parker's face and while both players were shown a yellow card, after consulting his assistant, referee Phil Dowd dismissed Dikgacoi.
Fulham's numerical disadvantage prompted Fulham boss Roy Hodgson to sacrifice forward Johnson, who had picked up a slight injury, and bring on defender Chris Baird, leaving Diomansy Kamara as the lone striker.
Within a minute of the restart, Kamara was hauled down in the penalty box by Matthew Upson and Murphy sent Green the wrong way from the spot to score his fourth of the season.
Green was quickly in action again, reacting superbly to push Paul Konchesky's deflected free-kick away for a corner.
But when the Fulham full-back swung over the corner, Green misjudged his leap and Gera gleefully volleyed in past a helpless Mark Noble on the line.
Fulham then sat back and were content to let West Ham pass the ball across the pitch in front of them and the home side, unable to find the incisive pass, were forced to resort to long-range efforts.
'We are not a club in crisis' - Zola
Diamanti dragged a left-foot shot well wide, while substitute Stanislas, Herita Ilunga and Faubert all fired straight at Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.
But as the fourth official announced four minutes of added time and disgruntled Hammers fans began streaming for the exits, one of those long-range shots finally found its way past Schwarzer as Stanislas' effort took a wicked deflection off Aaron Hughes to wrong-foot the Fulham goalkeeper.
There was still time for Fulham to almost snatch a winner when substitute Eddie Johnson blocked Green's attempted clearance, but the American, under pressure from Upson, dragged his shot wide.
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola: "The way we were playing in the first half it looked to easy and I was afraid the story of the game could change.
"It did because of sloppy mistakes and it's not the first time we have switched off after half time.
"We need to work on that because it is spoiling the good work that we have done.
"Good organisation and play is worth nothing if we don't have focus at crucial times of the game - we are playing well, but not getting the points."
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson: "It was a harsh way to lose two points after we had done so well to get ourselves in a position to win three.
"We played really well in the second half with and without the ball.
"It's hard to be happy, or satisfied, but I'm proud of my players, they deserve every credit for the way they played."
90:00+4:06 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+3:19 Eddie Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Correction - 90:00+1:42 Assist on the goal came from Alessandro Diamanti.
90:00+1:42 Assist by Alessandro Diamanti.
90:00+1:42 GOAL - Junior Stanislas:West Ham 2 - 2 Fulham Junior Stanislas finds the net with a goal from just outside the box high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 2-2 Fulham.
89:55 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the right by-line, clearance by Eddie Johnson.
87:53 Corner taken left-footed by Alessandro Diamanti, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
87:23 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
87:22 Danny Murphy takes a short corner.
87:09 Booking Eddie Johnson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
85:10 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
82:22 Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
82:22 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Bjorn Helge Riise coming on for Clinton Dempsey.
82:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Jimenez on Clinton Dempsey.
80:40 Substitution Eddie Johnson on for Diomansy Kamara.
79:47 Julien Faubert takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
79:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
78:51 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
Correction - 78:12 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
78:12 Herita Ilunga takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
76:58 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the right by-line, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.
76:36 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.
75:27 Long range shot by James Tomkins goes wide right of the target.
74:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Konchesky on Alessandro Diamanti. Valon Behrami restarts play with the free kick.
73:02 Carlton Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
72:10 Danny Murphy fouled by Luis Jimenez, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
71:33 Substitution Valon Behrami is brought on as a substitute for Scott Parker.
71:33 Substitution Junior Stanislas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Zavon Hines.
68:53 Alessandro Diamanti has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
67:32 Julien Faubert concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Konchesky. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
66:03 Effort from the edge of the area by Alessandro Diamanti goes wide of the right-hand upright.
65:46 Foul by Chris Baird on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Scott Parker restarts play with the free kick.
64:31 Paul Konchesky is adjudged to have handled the ball. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
63:39 Foul by Matthew Upson on Diomansy Kamara, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
60:55 Foul by Chris Baird on Carlton Cole, free kick awarded. Alessandro Diamanti has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
58:44 Booking The referee shows Julien Faubert a yellow card.
58:29 Julien Faubert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
56:50 Assist on the goal came from Paul Konchesky.
56:50 GOAL - Zoltan Gera:West Ham 1 - 2 Fulham Zoltan Gera finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 1-2 Fulham.
56:48 Corner taken by Paul Konchesky from the left by-line,
55:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Matthew Upson. Strike on goal comes in from Paul Konchesky
from the free kick.
53:49 Effort on goal by Clinton Dempsey from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
53:15 Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
53:15 Booking Luis Jimenez is cautioned.
53:05 Diomansy Kamara fouled by Luis Jimenez, the ref awards a free kick.
52:50 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line.
48:50 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
47:49 The official flags Zavon Hines offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
46:16 GOAL - Danny Murphy:West Ham 1 - 1 Fulham Placed penalty scored by Danny Murphy. West Ham 1-1 Fulham.
46:16 Assist by Diomansy Kamara.
45:29 Matthew Upson challenges Diomansy Kamara unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:01 Substitution Andrew Johnson goes off and Chris Baird comes on.
45:00+2:19 Shot by Alessandro Diamanti from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
45:00+1:57 Mark Noble takes a short corner.
45:00+1:35 The first half comes to an end.
45:00+0:45 Effort from the edge of the box by Zavon Hines goes wide of the right-hand upright.
45:00+0:17 Mark Noble takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
44:27 Julien Faubert takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
43:11 Foul by Alessandro Diamanti on Paul Konchesky, free kick awarded. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.
42:13 Diomansy Kamara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
41:07 Sent off Kagisho Dikgacoi receives a red card.
38:55 Booking Booking for Scott Parker.
37:22 Short corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
35:02 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
34:13 Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
33:29 Shot by Carlton Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
31:34 Foul by Danny Murphy on Alessandro Diamanti, free kick awarded. Matthew Upson takes the indirect free kick.
30:07 James Tomkins fouled by Andrew Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
28:42 The assistant referee signals for offside against Diomansy Kamara. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
27:48 Mark Noble produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
22:14 Shot by Andrew Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
22:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Luis Jimenez. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
20:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Noble on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
18:41 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti, Header by James Tomkins from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left
of the goal.
15:50 The assist for the goal came from Alessandro Diamanti.
15:50 GOAL - Carlton Cole:West Ham 1 - 0 Fulham Carlton Cole finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. West Ham 1-0 Fulham.
14:54 Centre by Alessandro Diamanti,
14:54 Booking Brede Hangeland is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
14:49 Paul Konchesky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert.
11:48 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
9:46 Herita Ilunga fouled by John Pantsil, the ref awards a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti takes the direct free kick. Shot on
goal by Alessandro Diamanti from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
8:51 Carlton Cole fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Herita Ilunga takes the free kick.
8:07 Diomansy Kamara has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
7:22 Corner taken by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line, save by Robert Green.
5:47 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
0:00 The match begins.
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