- English Barclays Premier League
- 1 October 2012, 7:00pm
- Loftus Road
- Attendance: 17,363
FULL-TIME: WEST HAM WIN! The Hammers claim their first away win since their return to the top-flight and that defeat for QPR leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table and confirms their worst ever start to a Premier League season. Thanks for joining our coverage. Stay tuned for the full-match report.
90+5 mins: Two chances for Carroll to have the final say. The first is parried by Cesar and the next is walloped over the bar. That should see us to full-time.
90+3 mins: Eight yellow cards now for West Ham as Tomkins is booked for time wasting.
90+2 mins: Granero tries again from distance and again is thwarted by the eagle-eyed Jaaskelainen, who sees the shot through a whole host of bodies.
90 mins: Wow. SIX minutes of time are added on at Loftus Road. Big Sam is utterly perplexed by that announcement and I am too. Has that number been plucked out of thin air?
89 mins: Cisse's shot takes a nick off a West Ham defender which is enough for Jaaskelainen to tap the ball away awkwardly. The visitors are having to work extremely hard for all three points here.
87 mins: It looks like West Ham are digging in now as the defensive line stays deep and Big Sam has everyone in claret and blue operating in their own half.
84 mins: Last throw of the dice from Mark Hughes now as Hoilett replaces Onouha. All or nothing now for QPR.
83 mins: West Ham are doing all the pressing at the moment. Nolan's two efforts at goal are both blocked before a dangerous cross from Jarvis curls past everyone.
80 mins: Vaz Te cracks the crossbar! The ball drops perfectly to his left foot from the 18 yard line and Cesar is at full stretch to tip his fizzing volley onto the woodwork.
77 mins. More cards on show! This time it's a yellow for Collins and that means West Ham will now be fined by the FA for their ill-discipline.
75 MINS: QPR ARE DOWN TO TEN! Diakite has only been on the pitch for around 20 minutes and he still manages to find a way to get himself sent off which is some skill. He picks up his second yellow after a mis-timed tackle on Diame. He simply had to go and QPR's task of rescuing this game just got little bit harder.
72 mins: Carroll is on for the visitors which is a welcome sight for the West Ham fans. He's on to replace the striking sensation that is Cole.
71 mins: Taarabt has been tearing it up since coming on. He threads a perfectly weighted through to Cisse, who gets Jaaskelainen to turn the ball behind for a corner which ultimately results to nothing.
69 mins: Both Cole and Nolan are in the book now and I've no idea what for. I think Mark Clattenburg wants some of that spotlight.
67 mins: Cole misses a sitter! Not like him! Nolan slips him through one on one and he drags his shot woefully wide. That could have killed off QPR right there. Will he regret that come full-time?
66 mins: It's nearly 2-2! Granero works the ball onto his right foot and prompts Jaaskelainen into a fine one-handed stop from close range. The West Ham goalie is then booked for time wasting.
65 mins: Screams for a QPR penalty after Cisse looks to have been held back by Collins whilst trying to get on the end of Taarabt's flick on. However, the ref remains completely motionless.
62 mins: The referee is using his yellow card like it's a new toy. It's out again now for McCartney who stops QPR from progressing down the field illegally.
59 mins:Both Taarabt and Diakite have both been booked just after four minutes since coming on. It's fair to say they are a bit excited.
57 MINS: QPR BACK IN IT! What an inspired change from Hughes as TAARABT lets rip from distance and wheels away in delight as he watches the ball soar into the top right corner. Quality goal!
55 mins: Hughes is throwing on Diakite and Taarabt to freshen up his QPR side. Captain Park and Wright-Phillips are the ones making way.
52 mins: Cole races through on goal for West Ham but the ref's whistle comes to QPR's rescue as the striker is penalised for a push on Mbia.
48 mins: Not at the moment as West Ham are on the prowl for a killer third goal. Tomkins goes close to getting a header on target from a corner and moments later, Diame's scorching half-volley is too hot for Cesar to handle.
45 mins: Welcome back for the second half where West Ham will restart the match. Let's see if QPR have booked their ideas up.
HALF-TIME: The half-time whistle is met by boos and jeers from the QPR fans which will be mainly aimed at their very shaky backline. West Ham have not been near the best and in all honesty, they have not needed to be as QPR have just been alarmingly flat. Join me back here in 15 minutes to see if Hughes can fire up his team and get them back into this clash.
45+5 mins: Noble is booked for a late tackle on Park and QPR have one last opportunity to grab a goal back from 30 yards out. Can they? No. The offside flag is up.
45+4 mins: This half is filtering out. West Ham are in firm control and keep edging forward into QPR territory.
45 mins: There will be five more minutes to play until the QPR players get one almighty rollicking from Mark Hughes.
42 mins: Half a chance there for Cole as he races in front of Nelsen at the near post to head Vaz Te's drilled cross from the right marginally wide of the goal.
40 mins: Diame becomes the first player into the ref's book after he is booked for a late tackle inside his own half.
38 mins: Cisse has two chances to haul QPR back in this contest but the first effort is blocked well by Collins and an acrobatic volley is tipped over the bar by Jaaskelainen.
35 MINS: WEST HAM DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! The QPR defence continue to look ropey! They initially make a right pig's ear of clearing a West Ham corner. Then, the ball breaks to VAZ TE who pokes it past a weak-wristed Cesar from the tightest of angles. The keeper should have done better there!
34 mins: Big Sam is forced into another defensive change as O'Brien trudges off the field. McCartney comes on for the Irons.
32 mins: Cole goes down requiring treatment just to add to the scrappy nature of the game. Both sides are not looking very fluent going forward and the forward players in particular are becoming isolated.
28 mins: Brief glimpses of goalmouth action at either end as Cole and Vaz Te fail to connect with Nolan's dangerous cross. Cisse then responds for the hosts with reckless drive from 30 yards out which balloons over.
25 mins: Cisse drifts across to left and plays a lovely ball inside for former Hammer Zamora. He loops the ball into the area where it is met by a sliding Jaaskelainen.
22 mins: Reid is looking groggy but at least he is back on his feet. He'll play no further part in this London derby though and will be replaced by Tomkins.
19 mins:Granero's free-kick from the right causes carnage into the area. The ball hits Collins and O'Brien is forced to hook away from near his own goal-line. Jaaskelainen also clatters into his own team-mate Reid and nearly knocks his block off.
16 mins: Cisse, the Lord of the Manor of Frodsham (fantastic name), forces Jaaskelainen into action for the first time this evening but the shot is straight at him.
13 mins: Granero races through midfield before belting the ball out wide for SWP. He then continues his run into the area and blasts a right-footed shot into the top tier. Good, positive intent from the former Real Madrid man.
11 mins: Things nearly go from bad to worse for Mark Hughes' side as Diame's shot clatters off the back of Nelsen's knee and nearly floats into the top corner. Cesar caught flat-footed again there!
8 mins: Wright-Phillips gives the QPR fans something to get excited about with a low, teasing ball in which flashes across goal. It takes a deflection behind but West Ham are able to run the ball out of defence.
6 mins: The home fans are getting a little tetchy already as they see their disjointed team struggle to keep the ball. Den in Liverpool thinks a West Ham win will do Mr Allardyce the world of good - "4-1 To West Ham would love that. Big Sam needs a good score to give them confidence."
3 MINS: WEST HAM LEAD! This makeshift QPR defence has been breached at the first opportunity! Nolan's skewed shot from inside the area falls perfectly for JARVIS at the far post, who nods it easily past the committed Cesar!
0 mins: Peep! Our hosts QPR gets us started and will play from right to left as I see it. West Ham are in claret 'n' blue and are wearing black armbands in respect of the late John Bond.
1956: The two teams emerge from the tunnel and whilst they are going through those pesky handshakes, Jon in Bristol texts in and is predicting goals - "3-1 to the super hoops. cisse to get a double."
1950:Ted from Southend is already looking forward to seeing Andy Carroll's flowing locks again - "Andy caroll to score two goals when he comes on in the second half hammers to win 4 1."
1945: Good evening. Anybody still drunk on European Ryder Cup glory like me? This could be the most uneventful 0-0 draw ever seen and it wouldn't dampen my spirits. That could happen by the way, as QPR haven't scored at home yet in the league and West Ham haven't scored away from Upton Park yet either. Surely something has to give tonight?
Welcome to our build-up to the Premier League clash between QPR and West Ham at Loftus Road.
QPR boss Mark Hughes is suffering a real defensive crisis and is missing Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa, Fabio and Armand Traore for tonight's London derby.
He makes two changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Tottenham in their last Premier League match with Stephane Mbia making his first Premier League start at centre-back and Djibril Cisse partnering Bobby Zamora up front.
Big Sam makes one change from the last gasp 1-1 with Sunderland. Matthew Taylor has calf injury and is replaced by Matthew Jarvis. The big team news for the Hammers though is that on-loan striker Andy Carroll has recovered from his injury quicker than expected, and is named on the bench.
Orange commentator Mark Scott will be in the hotseat and you can send him your predictions via the text box above.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 1 October 2012, 7:00pm
- Loftus Road
- Attendance: 17,363
West Ham climbed into seventh place in the Premier League on Monday night after a 2-1 win over London rivals QPR at Loftus Road.
QPR's alarming winless start to the season continued as Matt Jarvis' early goal set West Ham on course for a comfortable victory in west London.
The £11million summer acquisition headed home his first goal for the Hammers after just three minutes and began what was mostly an uncomfortable evening for the home support.
QPR looked devoid of ideas from the outset and were on the backfoot throughout a first half in which Ricardo Vaz Te acrobatically doubled the visitors' advantage.
Adel Taarabt clawed a goal back for QPR with a superb long-range effort moments after his second-half introduction, but any comeback was thwarted when fellow substitute Samba Diakite was sent off after collecting two bookings in the 20 minutes he was on the field.
Referee Mark Clattenburg handed out 11 bookings in all and eight of those went to players in claret and blue, who will be fined for indiscipline but held out for three valuable Premier League points at the expense of rock-bottom QPR.
Coming into the game, the surprise team news was that Andy Carroll was deemed fit enough to be included amongst the substitutes after missing the past four matches with a hamstring injury.
Former West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green was on the opposing bench and was taunted from the start by the vocal visiting support, having lost his place in the QPR team just four games after his summer move from Upton Park.
The England international was reminded of his decision throughout the match by 1,681 away supporters, who had a goal to cheer after just three minutes.
Kevin Nolan linked up well with Vaz Te down the left but struck a poor scooped effort that was going harmlessly wide until Jarvis snuck in to nod home past Julio Cesar.
It was a bolt out of the blue in what was an unspectacular opening, although the Hammers came close to a second in the 11th minute when Mohamed Diame's 25-yard thunderbolt deflected off Ryan Nelsen and flew just over.
Joey O'Brien reacted quickly to stop James Collins putting into his own goal from an Esteban Granero free-kick that saw an unfortunate collision between Winston Reid and his own goalkeeper.
The New Zealand international required nearly four minutes of treatment after appearing to be knocked out by Jussi Jaaskelainen and saw James Tomkins come on in his place.
The break in play did not change the game's momentum as only Stephane Mbia's quick reactions prevented Diame getting a head on a right-wing Nolan cross.
It was not all positive for West Ham, though, as O'Brien became their second casualty of the first half and had to be replaced by George McCartney 11 minutes from half-time.
The injuries were the only blot on a fine opening 45 minutes for West Ham, which got better as Vaz Te doubled the visitors' advantage moments later.
Mark Noble swung in a free-kick and the resulting penalty-box melee was cleared only as far as Tomkins, whose superb first-time cross was met by an equally impressive acrobatic effort from Vaz Te.
"Greeno, what's the score?" rung around Loftus Road following the goal and would have gone up a notch had a Carlton Cole header or Noble's deflected long-range strike found the target.
The latter and Diame were both booked heading into the break from which West Ham returned on top.
Cesar did well to deny Diame three minutes after the restart and it took until the 55th-minute introductions of Taarabt and Diakite to change course.
The former was welcomed with particularly loud cheers and showed why within two minutes, making space to curl home an exquisite 25-yard effort into the top right-hand corner.
Taarabt was booked for lifting his shirt and was soon joined in Clattenburg's notebook by fellow replacement Diakite.
West Ham's McCartney was the next, before Jaaskelainen was reprimanded shortly after denying Granero with an excellent stop.
Cole and Nolan both received yellow cards as the match became a bit of a farce and Allardyce soon brought on Carroll for the former.
Jaaskelainen spilled a driven Cisse shot at the near post as QPR pushed for an equaliser, before the hosts' task was made all the more difficult as Diakite received a second yellow a late lunge on Diame.
Vaz Te had an excellent strike palmed onto the bar by Cesar after Collins became the seventh West Ham player to be booked.
Cisse and Alejandro Faurlin were both denied by Jaaskelainen as QPR pushed for a leveller that never came as West Ham held out for victory, although not before Tomkins became the final player booked.