Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Hammer got their second successive league win

West Ham United 3
- Behrami 3,
- Cole 59,
- Faubert 90

Hull City 0

**Phil Brown's side travelled to Upton Park searching for their first away win of the season and suffered a setback after just two minutes when Valon Behrami opened the scoring for the hosts. The Swiss midfielder played a neat one-two with Luis Guillermo Franco inside the box before poking a close range shot past Boaz Myhill.

It took the Hammers only three minutes to take the lead. Mexican Guillermo Franco was playing in his first game for over two months following an injury, and he announced his return by providing the pass for Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami who slotted the ball past the Hull goalkeeper for his second goal of the season.

Having taken a third-minute lead, the Hammers pressed forward and Scott Parker, Kovac plus Cole threatened before Diamanti almost decapitated one of his own fans with a wayward far post volley.

Then in 59 minutes, Carlton Cole doubled the scoreline his put the game out of sight for the visitors. Julien Faubert played a fantastic ball through the shaky-looking Hull defence, and the big striker was on hand to slot home his ninth goal of the season.

The Tigers had to see out the last ten minutes with nine men as Anthony Gardner left the field on a stretcher following an aerial challenge with Matthew Upson. The two-man disadvantage proved too much for the visitors as Hammers full-back Faubert moved forward with ease and emphatically opened his account for the side, smashing an 18-yard effort into the top left corner of the goal.

Hull will now however have to deal with more pressing problems as they try to improve their precarious position near the bottom of the table.

Teams :

West Ham :Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Jonathan Spector, James Tomkins, Scott Parker, Radoslav Kovac, Julien Faubert, Valon Behrami, Luis Guillermo Franco (Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan, 63), Carlton Cole (Ahmed Hossam Mido, 79),Alessandro Diamanti (Jack Collison, 85)

Hull City :Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Anthony Gardner, Paul McShane, Steven Mouyokolo, Stephen Hunt (Nicky Barmby, 65), George Boateng, Tom Cairney (Jozy Altidore, 64), Craig Fagan, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Amr Zaki (Seyi Olofinjana, 65)


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