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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Boleyn Ground
  • Attendance: 35,005
West HamWest HamvNorwichNorwich
2
  • Noble, pen 3
  • O'Brien, 26
1
  • Martin, 90

live commentary

93 mins:All over at Upton Park and West Ham hold on for the three points.

90 mins:WEST HAM UNITED 2:1 NORWICH CITY: Elliott Bennett with a cross to Russell Martin who scores will a fine volley.

88 mins:West Ham are closing in on an important three points here.

86 mins:Jordan Spence is on for Matthew Jarvis.

86 mins:Norwich have offered very little in this second-half.

84 mins:Jonny Howson has come off for David Fox.

83 mins:Modibo Maiga has been brought on for Ricardo Vaz Te.

82 mins:Jonny Howson has picked up a knock but he will continue.

80 mins:Norwich have really missed Grant Holt and Steve Morison today.

79 mins:Guy Demel looks to find away into the box but he is forced back.

77 mins:Michael Turner does well to head the ball clear of danger after a Carlton Cole cross.

75 mins:Time is really running out for Norwich here.

71 mins:Simeon Jackson and Elliott Bennett come on for Harry Kane and Wes Hoolahan. For West Ham Gary O'Neil comes on for Joey O'Brien.

67 mins:Matthew Taylor with a free-kick but it bounces off the wall and away from danger.

65 mins:Ricardo Vaz Te with a header but he sees his effort bounce off the post and away from danger.

65 mins:Norwich will have to make a change soon if they want to get anything from this game.

63 mins:Mark Noble with a shot but it's deflected wide and will go out for a goal kick.

59 mins:Mark Noble has picked up a knock and will require some treatment.

57 mins:Matthew Taylor with a corner for West Ham but James Tomkins puts his header well wide.

54 mins:Robert Snodgrass with a ball to Anthony Pilkington but the flag goes up.

52 mins:Harry Kane goes down in the box but nothing given by the referee.

49 mins:Robert Snodgrass with a free-kick, which Jussi Jaaskelainen can't collect but it goes out for a goal kick.

46 mins:The whistle has gone and we are underway for the second-half.

45 mins:There goes the whistle for half-time.

44 mins:Ricardo Vaz Te with an effort but he slices it wide of the target.

41 mins:Robert Snodgrass with a free-kick into the box but it's headed clear.

39 mins:West Ham enjoying plenty of the ball at the moment.

36 mins:Carlton Cole with a horrendous miss from two yards out after a cross Guy Demel.

34 mins:Ryan Bennett has been struggling with the pace of Matthew Jarvis in this game so far.

31 mins:Matthew Taylor with a strike but Mark Bunn tips it over the crossbar. Nothing comes from the corner.

27 mins:Alexander Tettey has taken a knock but he will continue here.

26 mins:WEST HAM UNITED 2:0 NORWICH CITY: Joey O'Brien with an effort at the near post and it beats Mark Bunn to strengthen the Hammers' lead.

25 mins:Jack Collison with a shot towards goal and Mark Bunn pulls off a fine save.

22 mins:Anthony Pilkington with a driving effort which just goes wide of the target.

20 mins:Robert Snodgrass with a free-kick but it's well saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

17 mins:Norwich are having plenty of defending to do in these early stages.

15 mins:Matthew Taylor with a cross into the box but Michael Turner does well to clear.

13 mins:Carlton Cole with a shot but it's well saved by Mark Bunn.

9 mins:Carlton Cole has taken a knock to his knee but looks like he will continue.

5 mins:Very strong start from West Ham and Norwich will have to settle soon.

3 mins:WEST HAM UNITED 1:0 NORWICH CITY: Winston Reid is brought down by Ryan Bennett in the box and a penalty is given. Mark Noble steps up and scores from the spot.

1 mins:We are underway at Upton Park for West Ham United v Norwich City.

Ricardo Vaz Te will make his first Premier League start for West Ham since October. Norwich will have to do without Grant Holt and Steve Morison today so Harry Kane starts.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 1 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Boleyn Ground
  • Attendance: 35,005
West HamWest HamvNorwichNorwich
2
  • Noble, pen 3
  • O'Brien, 26
1
  • Martin, 90

match report

West Ham United ended a run of four Premier League games without a win after a series of controversial refereeing decisions helped them to a 2-1 victory over Norwich City at Upton Park.

The hosts took the lead through a third-minute Mark Noble penalty that was awarded by referee Mark Clattenburg for Ryan Bennett's negligible pull on Winston Reid.

They doubled their lead 23 minutes later through Joey O'Brien's opportunist close-range strike, despite the fact that Norwich's Alexander Tettey was grounded in the build-up with a head injury.

Russell Martin handed Norwich last-gasp hope with an injury-time consolation, but they couldn't force an equaliser and have now lost their last four league games.

The result sees Sam Allardyce's side leapfrog Norwich into 11th place, with Chris Hughton's out-of-form team now 12th.

The hosts were given a perfect start by Clattenburg, whose decision to penalise Bennett for tussling with Reid allowed Noble to send Mark Bunn the wrong way with a well-struck right-foot shot.

Although they then took control of the game, they were lucky to stay ahead when, after a rare foray forward, Norwich's Robert Snodgrass struck the foot of the post with a sublime free-kick from 25 yards.

The visitors then had another refereeing decision go against them when a penalty appeal was waved away, despite a clear handball in the West Ham box from Reid.

And they then fell 2-0 behind, once again in controversial circumstances. With Tettey down on the floor, Sebastien Bassong failed to fully clear Noble's near-post cross and O'Brien sidefooted home the rebound.

The goal sapped Norwich's confidence and West Ham took complete control of the game, with only Mark Bunn keeping the score at 2-0 courtesy of fine saves from Matt Taylor and Jack Collison.

However, the visitors improved markedly after the break and both teams created numerous half-chances as the tempo increased and the game opened up.

Substitute Elliott Bennett delivered a superb cross for Martin to sweep home at the near post in injury time, but West Ham held on for a deserved and much-needed victory.

team line-up

22Jussi Jääskeläinen
17Joey O'Brien71
20Guy Demel
2Winston Reid
5James Tomkins
12Ricardo Vaz Te82
7Matthew Jarvis86
16Mark Noble
14Matthew Taylor
10Jack Collison
9Carlton Cole

substitutes

43Sebastian Lletget
47Elliot Lee
11Modibo Maiga82
23Alou Diarra
30Raphael Spiegel
27Jordan Spence86
32Gary O'Neil71

referee

Mark Clattenburg

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
6Michael Turner
24Ryan Bennett
2Russell Martin
5Sébastien Bassong
8Jonathan Howson83
27Alexander Tettey
7Robert Snodgrass
12Anthony Pilkington
14Wes Hoolahan70
37Harry Kane70

substitutes

13Declan Rudd
32Korey Smith
10Simeon Jackson70
23Marc Tierney
15David Fox83
17Elliott Bennett70
20Leon Barnett

referee

Mark Clattenburg

match stats

possession %5049
shots on target52
shots off target45
corners113
tackles won910
offsides15