Hammers Snatch Late Equalizer At Elland Road

The hammers snatched a deserved late equalizer at Elland Road this afternoon after going one nil down to Leeds United.

As far as possession was concerned it was more or less 50 50 and for the whole match it was anybody’s game.Both teams had everything to play for this afternoon with the hammers sitting in 3rd place behind Reading and The Saints and neil Warnock’s leeds United bringing up the rear in tenth position in the championship.

The irons now have 68 points and sit behind Reading who are on 73 points after thrashing Barnsley 0-4 away.Southampton stay top with 75 points after beating Iron’s rival Millwall 2-3 at Cold Blow Lane.

On 35 minutes leeds got a free kick just outside the Hammers’ penalty area after Matt Taylor was adjudged to have handled the ball. Leads man Snodgrass sent in a lovely curling effort that just went wide of Rob Green’s post. After the free kick Taylor continued to have words with the linesman as he felt he had been judged too harshly.

West Ham have been unbeaten in their last seven games with 3 wins and 4 draws – the draws all being a Upton Park, by the way. on 40 minutes, Adam Clayton for Leeds fashioned a chance and struck just wide of keeper Green’s post – looks like Rob had that one covered, though.

3,000 West Ham fans made the trip to Elland Road and the last five minutes of the first half saw a flurry of attacks from the irons. A very competitive first half and anybody’s game!

After the break Snodgrass found the net on 47 minutes from a throw in but the ref already blew his whistle for a scuffle he saw on the near post. Lucky escape for the Irons!

Leeds pressed on regardless and White found space to shoot which ended up wide and to the left of Rob Green’s post. With 53 minutes on the clock Connolly headed into the arms of Green. 55 minutes saw Maynard off and Carlton Cole on.

On 69 minutes Paul Connolly with a flick of the head failed to find the net and was saved by the Robster. Connolly has yet to score for leeds and that might have been his first goal.

With just 8 minutes remaining Neil Warnock was praying for a late goal to give leeds a 3 point lifeline and it came. Danny Webber’s cross found Connolly who headed against the crossbar only to fall for Luciano Becchio to shoot home and give Green no chance. leeds were ecstatic with their goal and this happens to be the fourth late goal that Leeds score against the Hammers in a row!

The Hammers then went on to equalize on 89 minutes and grab a share of the spoils, too! Danny Collins headed home from a cross from Mark Noble to level the scores at 1 apiece. The ref adds 4 minutes of extra time and it’s end to end stuff. On 93 minutes O’neil could have stolen the game for West Ham united but it wasn’t to be and ends up a draw.

Leeds United
01 Lonergan
02 Connolly
22 Lees
28 White (Webber – 76′ )
33 Robinson Booked
48 O’Dea
08 Brown Booked
15 Clayton
10 Becchio
23 Snodgrass
44 McCormack (Forssell – 76′ )
29 Thompson
16 Pugh
20 Nunez
18 Forssell
25 Webber

West Ham United
01 Green
03 McCartney
05 Tomkins (O’Neil – 46′ )
15 Faye
17 O’Brien
25 Collins
04 Nolan
10 Collison (Morrison – 81′ )
14 Taylor
16 Noble Booked
08 Maynard (Cole – 56′ )
13 Henderson
23 Morrison
32 O’Neil
07 Baldock
09 Cole

Referee: Walton
Attendance: 33,366

West Ham United 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Ouch! Blooming Doncaster Rovers had to get in on the act, didn’t they? Hammers’ Kevin Nolan put the home side ahead early in the first half and although the irons had a lot of the game it was a confident Doncaster who stuck one in on 74 minutes in front of a packed Upton Park.

This puts a dent in the Hammers’ promotion campaign but I’m sure they will “carry on regardless”. Tuesday night’s game for Rovers against Nottingham Forest must have gave them oodles of confidence as they showed it at Upton Park in front of a crowd of 34,650. These are amazing crowds and I think it’s a glimmer of what’s to come for when the Irons get back to the Premier League.

Doncaster seemed to control most of the game but you would never have thought it the way the Hammers left their traps! It was 100 mph stuff in the first ten minutes but alas it was to be short lived by a quality Rovers performance.

Ricardo Vaz Te nearly struck for the hosts from a Kevin Nolan pass only for the ref to disallow the goal for a foul on Rovers’ Pascal Chimbonda. Carlton Cole then struck the crossbar with a lovely curling shot from the edge of the box.

All this piled on pressure from the Hammers paid off as on 9 minutes. Rovers’ keeper Carl Ikeme parried James Tomkins’ header from Vaz Te’s cross and Kevin Nolan was around to bundle the ball home from close range.

This now looked like a West Ham win all the way but as it turned out this was the Hammers best spell of the game and it had just passed!

Doncaster’s best chance of the half came five minutes from half time when Giles Barnes got up well and turned Diouf’s inviting cross just over the crossbar.

After the break it was pretty much the same story and West Ham took ten minutes to even register a chance when Carlton Cole turned a header over the bar from close range. Rovers continued to pile on the pressure and it was beginning to show on West Ham.

But as just when it looked as though lady luck would evade Doncaster Rovers, they stole the equaliser with 74 minutes on the clock.

Diouf’s low cross scuffed off Gillett’s boot as he tried to turn it in but it bounced away from Green allowing Coppinger to scramble it home.

Rovers deserved a goal and they nearly got number two into the bargain if it weren’t for keeper Rob Green doing a great job and producing an awesome save.

In the late stages of the game, the Hammers did manage to put some pressure on Rovers but without really testing Ikeme.

The Iron’s best chance came when a corner fell to Jack Collison who found himself in acres of space just ten yards out but struck wide. That was it from Upton Park. What do you think, are we going up to the Premiership on this performance or what?

West Ham: Robert Green, George McCartney, Kevin Nolan (Danny Collins, 80), James Tomkins, Jack Collison, Ricardo Vaz Te (Sam Baldock, 23), Matt Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Mark Noble, Henri Lansbury (Gary O’Neil, 57), Carlton Cole

Substitutes not used: Nicky Maynard, Ravel Morrison.

Doncaster Rovers: Carl Ikeme, Pascal Chimbonda, Shelton Martis (Sam Hird, 75), Habib Beye, Tommy Spurr, Kyle Bennett, Giles Barnes, Simon Gillett, James Coppinger, El Hadji Diouf, Mamadou Bagayoko (John Oster, 61).

Substitutes not used: James Hayter, Fabien Robert, Herita Ilunga.

Referee: Andy D’Urso.

Irons Sail On At Cardiff

The Irons sailed on to a nice win on Sunday against Cardiff City and boost their chances of returning to top flight football in the process.

The Hammers closed the gap to just one point on Sunday after coasting to a win over Cardiff City. The hammers won a convincing 2-0 and now sit just one point behind leaders Southampton.

The irons started out four points behind Southampton and just a point in front of Reading, who are third in the table, in the race for promotion to the Prem.

The Hammers left Cardiff with their heads held high with a comfortable win over a team that put the willies up Liverpool in the League Cup final last week.

Kevin Nolan, who has just come back from a three match ban slipped the ball coolly past Cardiff keeper David Marshall to give the visitors the lead just two minutes before the break.

The Boyos had problems in producing the gutsy display that gave them a draw against Liverpool, only to be defeated on penalties. Marshall also had to save from Nicky Maynard to keep the sore from soaring, too.

Peter Whittingham managed to hit the inside of a post from a free kick and that effort gave the Bluebirds some hope but in the end it never came.

In the end it was Allardyce’s team, who still have a game in hand over The Saints who took the 3 points in the 77th minute when irons defender George McCartney beat David Marshall from a tight angle to seal the deal.

Palace Frustrates The Irons

Crystal Palace not only frustrated promotion prospects West Ham with a goalless draw but the Upton Park crowd also voiced their opinions at each half of the game after a mediocre performance from their side.

According to West Ham’s manager, Sam Allardyce, his stars were upset about being booed off the field after their poor display against Crystal Palace which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Although the Hammers managed to keep all 11 players on the pitch against Palace 🙂 , they just could not find a way past their guard as Palace were so resolute. Keeper, Green kept the hammers in the game and then some poor finishing after the break put the tin lid on a rather poor afternoon for the home side.

Allardyce said:

“As a manager you have to take it but one or two of the players in the dressing room were a little disappointed to get booed because we are at the top of the league”. “You build up the expectation as we have done recently having done so well, and we didn’t deliver today. But the fans have to stay with us and have to be patient, and then we’ll all benefit in the end.”

The only person who felt like he’d won something was Palace manager Dougie Freedman, who said:

“I’m pleased we could come to a big club like West Ham and force them to change shape and personnel,” he said. “West Ham will always cause you problems but we stuck to our game plan and I felt a draw was pretty much a fair result.”

The hammers next match is on 4th March against Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium and kick-off is at 12:45. Cardiff will be smarting from their loss against Liverpool in the Carling Cup on penalties and will be “up for it”, make no mistake lads!

Hooiveld Nabs Late Equalizer To Save Saints

It looked like the match was in the bag but Jos Hooiveld’s late equaliser earned a point for Southampton as the Championship’s top two clubs had to share the points at Upton Park.

Mark Noble stepped up for the irons and put them in front from the penalty spot before the break after being fouled by Southampton’s Billy Sharp.

The Southampton frontman was also involved in an incident that saw Matt Taylor sent off just before West Ham’s goal.

Saint’s striker Sharp was later denied by keeper Rob Green but equalised when Hooiveld tapped in from close range.

The result saw leaders West Ham united maintain their one-point advantage over Southampton, but both clubs missed out on a golden opportunity to inflict a significant blow on their nearest rival in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League – a place where the Hammers are destined to go back to 🙂