Noble's spot kick earned West Ham a valuable point
By Mike Lawrence
Mark Noble scored a second-half penalty as West Ham took a share of the spoils from fellow strugglers Wolves.
Matthew Jarvis volleyed home after a weak punch by West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green to put the hosts ahead.
Noble then equalised from the spot after Kevin Foley brought down Hammers striker Victor Obinna in the box.
Frederic Piquionne thought he had scored the winner for West Ham with the last kick of the game but his effort was disallowed for handball.
Wolves had to make an early change when Jody Craddock fell awkwardly after jumping for the ball and had to be replaced by Richard Stearman.
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But the change failed to put the home side off their stride and they were ahead on 10 minutes through Jarvis.
After good build-up play, David Jones put the ball out to Stephen Ward on the left. His cross was punched away weakly by Green, falling perfectly for Jarvis to fire home.
The goal gave the home side confidence and they dominated the remainder of the first half as they looked to bring to an end a run of four defeats.
Green was soon called upon again and did well to block a long-range effort from Jones and the England goalkeeper also did well to block Stearman on the line after he had been put through by Stephen Fletcher.
West Ham, without Matthew Upson, were having to soak up a wave of pressure as Wolves were happy to push players forward and they were grateful to Tal Ben-Haim when he turned a dangerous Kevin Doyle cross behind for a corner.
West Ham's attacks were rare and on one rare foray forward Obinna threaded a ball through the centre only for Kieron Dyer and Piquionne to collide with each other on the edge of the box.
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There was little immediately after the restart to suggest the second half would be any different and yet on 53 minutes the Hammers were level.
Foley brought down Obinna inside the area and the well-placed referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, Noble making no mistake as he thumped home high into the middle of Marcus Hahnemann's net.
It was now West Ham's turn to play with a spring in their step and Piquionne almost put them ahead with a long-range screamer which rattled the Wolves crossbar.
But the Hammers' efforts were almost undone when another punched clearance from Green fell to Jones but his strike was blocked by Manuel da Costa.
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West Ham have not won on the road since this corresponding fixture on the opening day of last season and Piquionne thought he was going to be the hero by putting the ball in the back of the net with the last kick of the game.
However the Frenchman was judged to have handled the ball and instead got a yellow card for his efforts.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"We completely dominated the first half and should have been more in front to be honest. I knew West Ham would be better in the second half but I think they've been gifted a penalty.
"The two of them have come together and I think he [Obinna] is looking to go down. I think he [referee Mark Clattenburg] has bought it and it's probably indicative of the run we've been on that it was given against us.
"We've got off the five points and ended that losing run and sometimes you just have to wipe your gob and get on with it."
West Ham manager Avram Grant:
"We are very disappointed but we have many positives to take. We scored two goals, one of them was given and the other the referee decided wasn't a goal.
"Mark [Clattenburg] is a very good referee but he's also a human being. He made a mistake. It's not the first time this has happened to us this season. Of course it was a goal.
"We are improving a lot. We are working on the mental side of things and the character within in the team is getting better."
90:00+3:25 Frederic Piquionne handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
90:00+3:25 Booking Frederic Piquionne is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+1:12 Manuel da Costa takes a shot. Jelle Van Damme gets a block in.
90:00+0:23 Foul by Jelle Van Damme on Luis Boa Morte, free kick awarded. Mark Noble restarts play with the free kick.
89:09 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a comfortable save.
88:38 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by David Jones results in a free kick. Lars Jacobsen takes the direct free kick.
86:42 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces David Edwards.
85:36 Volleyed left-footed shot by Carlton Cole. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
84:21 Centre by Matthew Jarvis.
Correction - 81:19 Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Jelle Van Damme results in a free kick. Victor Obinna has an effort direct from the free
81:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Jelle Van Damme. Strike comes in from Victor Obinna from the
79:23 Effort from outside the penalty area by David Edwards goes wide left of the target.
77:23 Corner taken by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Doyle.
76:10 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Carlton Cole coming on for Kieron Dyer.
75:31 David Edwards is adjudged to have handled the ball. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
75:08 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
74:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kieron Dyer. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
69:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
Correction - 66:34 Scott Parker decides to take the corner short.
Correction - 66:34 Substitution Jelle Van Damme is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher.
66:34 Corner taken short by Christophe Berra.
66:34 Substitution Jelle Van Damme joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Fletcher.
66:17 Victor Obinna takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
64:07 Corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Richard Stearman
misses to the left of the goal.
63:24 Unfair challenge on Richard Stearman by Frederic Piquionne results in a free kick. Michael Mancienne takes the free kick.
63:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Jones by Luis Boa Morte. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
62:48 Luis Boa Morte is penalised for a handball. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
61:53 Unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by David Jones results in a free kick. Mark Noble takes the direct free kick.
58:14 Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel da Costa. Robert Green takes the free kick.
57:43 Victor Obinna challenges Kevin Foley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Foley restarts play with the free kick.
57:18 Victor Obinna has an effort at goal. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
56:36 Matthew Jarvis challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Noble.
55:59 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot.
54:30 David Jones has a volleyed shot. Manuel da Costa gets a block in.
52:34 Kevin Foley gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Victor Obinna. Assist on the goal came from Victor Obinna.
52:34 GOAL - Mark Noble:Wolverhampton 1 - 1 West Ham Mark Noble scores a penalty. Wolverhampton 1-1 West Ham.
51:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Scott Parker. Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
49:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Boa Morte on David Jones. Free kick taken by Stephen Ward.
46:38 Victor Obinna challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+2:13 The match has reached half-time.
44:07 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
41:19 Manuel da Costa concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by David Jones.
39:04 Kieron Dyer is ruled offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
35:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Doyle. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
34:56 The offside flag is raised against Frederic Piquionne. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
31:35 Richard Stearman takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken by David Jones, Luis Boa Morte makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, save made by Robert Green.
30:49 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Jones from the right by-line to the near post, Victor Obinna makes a clearance.
29:33 Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Noble, Michael Mancienne makes a clearance.
21:55 The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Daniel Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
21:40 Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
21:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Frederic Piquionne on Richard Stearman. Richard Stearman takes the free kick.
19:27 Kieron Dyer challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.
16:03 The offside flag is raised against Victor Obinna. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
15:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Steven Fletcher. Luis Boa Morte takes the free kick.
11:44 The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
11:05 Inswinging corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line, save by Robert Green.
10:53 David Jones takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
9:36 GOAL - Matthew Jarvis:Wolverhampton 1 - 0 West Ham Matthew Jarvis grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 West Ham.
7:48 David Jones has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
7:28 Stephen Ward takes the inswinging corner, Robert Green makes a save.
7:08 David Edwards takes a shot. Blocked by Lars Jacobsen.
4:27 Victor Obinna has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
4:09 Substitution Richard Stearman comes on in place of Jody Craddock.
Correction - 1:50 Kevin Doyle takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
1:50 Long range shot by Kevin Doyle goes wide right of the target.
0:57 The official flags Kieron Dyer offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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