West Ham iron out Cardiff 2-0

West Ham United spoiled Cardiff City’s first game in the Premier League running out comfortable 2-0 winners at Upton Park.

Cardiff, who were last seasons runaway winners in the Championship, found it difficult to get an early foothold in the game and found themselves under pressure straight away.

West Ham made their early pressure count when in the 13th minute Joe Cole opened the scoring to make it 1-0 to the Hammer’s.

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Jarvis beat his man on the left and fired in a low cross behind Cole who managed to swivel, control and then slide the ball low and in the corner past the Cardiff keeper from 12-yards out. It was an excellent goal with Cole showing fantastic touch and composure.

Cole then had the opportunity to put West Ham 2-0 up when he was played through one-on-one with the keeper, only to try an elaborate chip which the keeper caught with ease.

West Ham continued to frustrate Cardiff when they had possession, allowing the visitors no real time on the ball in West Ham’s half and putting them under constant pressure.

Mo Diame almost doubled the Hammer’s lead before half time, when he cut in from the left hand side and unleashed a powerful shot which got a deflection off a Cardiff player and whistles inches past the keepers post who would had had no chance.

Second Half

Cardiff came out in the second half looking to get back into the game and were chasing down every ball and looking to reverse the pressure which West Ham had put on them in the first half.

With the score finely balanced at 1-0 the game was end to end, however West Ham had some great chances to put the game to bed, with Cole, Jarvis and Diame all guilty of some poor finishing when in good positions.

Stewart Downing then made his début with 20 minutes left in the game, and he looked excellent in his short cameo, looking assured in possession and easily beating his man and putting some delicious crosses into the box.

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan finally added a second in the 76th minute, expertly sweeping the ball into the net from the edge of the box from a Mark Noble pass, it was a lovely Hammer’s move with multiple West Ham players involved in the build up.

Former West Ham player Craig Bellamy was then substituted and received a warm round of applause from the West Ham faithful and was replaced by another ex Hammer in Nicky Maynard.

Maynard almost pulled one back for Cardiff late on when he somehow guided the ball over the crossbar from within the 6-yard box.

Final thoughts

West Ham were well worth their 2-0 win and it could easily have been more if some of the finishing was more clinical.

Modibo Miaga showed some nice touches but was also booed for not chasing down a few balls over the top, I like Maiga but I am not sure if he is the man to lead the line when playing one up front.

Stewart Downing looked class when he came on and Andy Carroll will be licking his lips at some of the crosses he put in during his short cameo.

West Ham’s squad looks strong with players like Collison and Taylor not even worth of yesterdays bench. I think we still need another top striker but as it’s been reported we need to sell to buy I think Collison and Taylor along with Vaz Te will need to be looking over their shoulders as they don’t look like getting near the first team at the moment.

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Comments

  1. It’s only the first game of the season but a great way to start it off. Let’s hope they continue with a nice run of games COYI

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