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West Ham   1 - 3   Wolverhampton

Wolves celebrate another goal at West Ham
The visitors are delighted after the West Ham defence is penetrated again

By Mark Ashenden

Wolves made a huge leap towards Premier League safety with a crushing victory over fellow strugglers West Ham.

The visitors went close when Kevin Foley hit the bar and took the lead when a scuffed James Tomkins backpass fell to Kevin Doyle who fired home.

David Jones set up Ronald Zubar to rifle in and then passed to Matthew Jarvis who blasted in for a fine third.

Scott Parker hit a post for West Ham in the first half, leaving Guillermo Franco to chip in a late consolation.

But it was too little too late for the Hammers who lacked ideas and confidence and boss Gianfranco Zola will be concerned as he prepares for the final seven games of the season only three points away from the drop zone.

West Ham, in 17th spot, were facing the team one place above them with Zola calling the clash "a massive six pointer" as he desperately sought to avoid a fifth successive league defeat.

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Mick McCarthy's pre-match motivational speech to his players was likely to have pointed towards their opponents recalling star players after a rested few days with Zola having 'targeted' Wolves.

The Italian boss brought back fit-again skipper Parker, along with two strikers who did not start in the 2-0 loss at Arsenal, Carlton Cole and Benni McCarthy, but it was the visitors who ripped open a very nervous defence inside seven minutes.

It was a chance initiated by a long punt from keeper Marcus Hahnemann and created by the two Kevins, as lone striker Doyle headed on to Foley who outsprinted Matthew Upson before blasting against the bar.

And the hosts were caught out again on the half-hour mark when Tomkins mis-hit a backpass to his keeper and Doyle pounced to burst through and neatly squeeze his shot off the post and in for his seventh goal of the season.

McCarthy's mood quickly changed from joy to anger as his side were denied a penalty appeal when Radoslav Kovac clumsily hacked down Jones, but referee Phil Dowd was unmoved.

A minute before the break the Irons finally gave their fans something to cheer about with their skipper going agonisingly close to the equaliser.

Parker picked up the ball 40 yards out and danced his way into the box before firing his shot against the inside of the right post. The ball bounced back into Parker's path and again he was deprived as Hahnemann reacted brilliantly to scoop the ball off the line from the midfielder's rebound.

Both Tomkins and Kovac paid a heavy price for a sloppy opening 45 minutes by being replaced by Junior Stanislas and Jonathan Spector.

Despite the occasional sparks from Cole on the edge of the box, West Ham continued to disappoint as an attacking force, and on the hour it was their defence that crumbled.

Two goals conceded inside three minutes, both created by the irrepressible Jones, effectively ended the contest.

The midfielder picked out Zubar out wide on the right and despite the Frenchman needing to shoot from a tight angle, he showed no hesitation in blasting the ball past Green for his first Premier League goal.

The dissatisfaction at Upton Park soon turned to anger as fans headed for the exits after watching Jarvis turn the defence inside out after picking up a fine Jones throughball and firing low into the net for the third.

The hosts showed some late battling qualities and substitute Franco chipped in after Valon Behrami's threaded pass, but it was all too late.

On the day West Ham's new co-owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, stepped up their bid to occupy the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, the pair will be desperately hoping their club will still be in the top-flight to enjoy it.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Ham 1-3 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Franco 90+3
  • Doyle 28
  • Zubar 58
  • Jarvis 61

West Ham

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 33,988
WEST HAM
WOLVES

Possession

  • West Ham 51%
  • Wolves 49%

Attempts on target

  • West Ham 10
  • Wolves 4

Attempts off target

  • West Ham 7
  • Wolves 1

Corners

  • West Ham 9
  • Wolves 5

Fouls

  • West Ham 9
  • Wolves 24
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:42 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+3:58 Junior Stanislas concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Foley. Greg Halford takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+2:47 The assist for the goal came from Valon Behrami.
  • 90:00+2:47 GOAL - Guillermo FrancoWest Ham 1 - 3 Wolverhampton Guillermo Franco scores a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. West Ham 1-3 Wolverhampton.
  • 90:00+2:21 Valon Behrami takes a shot. Blocked by Christophe Berra.
  • 90:00+0:22 Alessandro Diamanti produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 85:39 Substitution Adlene Guedioura on for Michael Mancienne.
  • 84:39 Guillermo Franco fouled by Michael Mancienne, the ref awards a free kick. Junior Stanislas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Jody Craddock. Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 83:50 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Carlton Cole misses to the right of the target.
  • 83:30 Short corner taken by Junior Stanislas.
  • 83:06 Stephen Ward challenges Julien Faubert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:55 Substitution Ronald Zubar goes off and Greg Halford comes on.
  • 79:36 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 79:17 Foul by Karl Henry on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:53 Guillermo Franco takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 77:04 Guillermo Franco takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann. Inswinging corner taken by Junior Stanislas, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 76:17 Kevin Foley challenges Fabio Daprela unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabio Daprela takes the free kick.
  • 75:22 Foul by Ronald Zubar on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Alessandro Diamanti restarts play with the free kick.
  • 73:37 Guillermo Franco has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 72:32 Unfair challenge on Fabio Daprela by Kevin Foley results in a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:13 Corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti.
  • 69:58 Clearance by Ronald Zubar.
  • 69:58 Substitution Guillermo Franco replaces Benedict McCarthy.
  • 69:58 Substitution Matthew Jarvis goes off and Stephen Ward comes on.
  • 69:58 Inswinging corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the right by-line,
  • 68:38 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Parker. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 65:35 Julien Faubert fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:03 David Jones takes a short corner.
  • 63:34 Alessandro Diamanti concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Free kick crossed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Matthew Upson.
  • 61:35 Kevin Foley concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Daprela. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
  • 60:11 The assist for the goal came from David Jones.
  • 60:11 GOAL - Matthew JarvisWest Ham 0 - 3 Wolverhampton Matthew Jarvis grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-3 Wolverhampton.
  • 58:58 Foul by David Jones on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Valon Behrami.
  • 57:23 The assist for the goal came from David Jones.
  • 57:23 GOAL - Ronald ZubarWest Ham 0 - 2 Wolverhampton A goal is scored by Ronald Zubar from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 55:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.
  • 54:23 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 53:45 Kevin Doyle challenges Valon Behrami unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti takes the free kick.
  • 53:19 Alessandro Diamanti takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 52:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jody Craddock by Benedict McCarthy. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 51:11 Headed effort from inside the area by Benedict McCarthy misses to the right of the goal.
  • 50:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
  • 47:11 Booking Ronald Zubar is cautioned.
  • 47:01 Ronald Zubar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Valon Behrami. Fabio Daprela restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:39 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Jarvis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Fabio Daprela.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jonathan Spector comes on in place of James Tomkins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Radoslav Kovac leaves the field to be replaced by Junior Stanislas.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:12 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:21 Foul by Radoslav Kovac on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 44:53 Short corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line.
  • 44:35 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 44:29 Scott Parker has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
  • 41:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Jones on Scott Parker. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 37:32 Unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar by Alessandro Diamanti results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • Correction - 36:19 David Jones takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, Radoslav Kovac fouled by George Elokobi, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 36:19 David Jones takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in. Corner taken by James Tomkins from the left by-line, Radoslav Kovac fouled by George Elokobi, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 34:39 The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:16 Foul by Karl Henry on Fabio Daprela, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 32:45 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post.
  • 31:41 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Radoslav Kovac manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:14 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 29:48 Corner taken by Alessandro Diamanti from the left by-line, Matthew Upson takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 29:15 Fabio Daprela fouled by David Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Fabio Daprela restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:19 Booking Booking for Michael Mancienne for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:11 Alessandro Diamanti fouled by Michael Mancienne, the ref awards a free kick. Alessandro Diamanti takes the free kick.
  • 27:15 GOAL - Kevin DoyleWest Ham 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Kevin Doyle finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Ham 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 26:13 Benedict McCarthy challenges Marcus Hahnemann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 24:15 Alessandro Diamanti fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Upson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:14 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alessandro Diamanti, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
  • 19:58 Benedict McCarthy challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 18:18 Foul by Carlton Cole on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 16:43 Alessandro Diamanti takes a inswinging corner.
  • 13:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by George Elokobi on Valon Behrami. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
  • 12:58 Julien Faubert produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 11:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Benedict McCarthy by David Jones. Alessandro Diamanti takes the indirect free kick.
  • 10:44 Scott Parker takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 8:19 Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Jarvis, save by Robert Green.
  • 7:15 Kevin Foley takes a shot.
  • 6:29 Foul by Karl Henry on Radoslav Kovac, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Radoslav Kovac by David Jones. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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23 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 31 47 69
2 Arsenal 31 40 67
3 Chelsea 30 42 65
4 Tottenham 30 26 55
5 Man City 29 18 53
6 Liverpool 31 18 51
7 Aston Villa 29 17 50
8 Everton 30 6 45
9 Birmingham 30 -3 44
10 Fulham 30 -1 38
11 Stoke 30 -6 36
12 Blackburn 30 -17 35
13 Sunderland 30 -6 34
14 Bolton 31 -20 32
15 Wolves 31 -22 31
16 Wigan 31 -30 31
17 West Ham 31 -16 27
18 Burnley 31 -33 24
19 Hull 30 -35 24
20 Portsmouth 30 -25 13

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