Premier League

March 23, 2010


West Ham

1 - 3


Premier League

20:00 +00:00, March 23, 2010

Boleyn Ground

Referee: Philip Dowd

  • 95'

    FULL TIME Boos are audible at Upton Park as Wolves win 3-1 to go seven points clear of the drop zone. West Ham are just three above 18th-placed Burnley and in real trouble.

  • 93'

    Well it doesn't mean very much at all but Guillermo Franco scores a superb goal when beating the offside trap to scoop the ball over Hahnemann. It was a great finish from a man who has looked bright since coming on.

  • 93'

    GOAL! West Ham!

  • 93'

    David Jones is bleeding from the head and requires treatment. The former Old Trafford trainee has impressed tonight.

  • 91'

    Diamanti flashes a shot wide in an attempt to reduce the deficit. It just hasn't happened for West Ham tonight.

  • 90'

    We will have four minutes of added time. That is four more minutes for West Ham to endure.

  • 89'

    Wolves will have 16 points away from home after tonight - a very healthy total. What a run they are on.

  • 88'

    West Ham have had the better of possession and more shots than Wolves, so the scoreline probably flatters the visitors somewhat. But the Hammers have been inexcusably limp in defence tonight.

  • 87'

    Mancienne, after his lucky escape, is replaced by Adlene Guedjoura. A wise move from Mick McCarthy.

  • 86'

    Diamanti strikes the cleanest half-volley you will ever see from 25 yards but Hahnemann sticks out an arm and bats the ball away. Lovely hit.

  • 85'

    Mancienne clatters into Franco and lucky not to get a second yellow card.

  • 84'

    Franco causes the visiting defence more problems when winning a corner and when Faubert dinks the ball back in after Wolves initially clear, Cole heads wide.

  • 83'

    Wolves are retaining possession fairly well and this game appears to be over. The proliferation of empty seats at Upton Park suggests the home fans know as much.

  • 81'

    Here is Halford, and he comes on for the scorer of the second goal, Ronald Zubar.

  • 80'

    Franco, who has been a lively presence since his introduction, cuts the ball back into the box, only to see Manciennce clear.

  • 79'

    Wolves are readying Greg Halford on the sidelines.

  • 77'

    West Ham almost score a wonderful goal! Diamanti picks out Stanislas with a soaring pass and the youngster produces an aerial backheel to find Franco, who slaloms past two markers before forcing Hahnemann into a save. Lovely stuff.

  • 75'

    Scott Parker continues to fight in midfield for West Ham but they just don't have the quality required tonight. It has been a horrible game for the home side.

  • 73'

    It has been confirmed that James Tomkins suffered an injury, leading to his withdrawal. But he wasn't exactly covering himself in glory anyway.

  • 71'

    West Ham win a succession of corners, and they need to do something fast if they are to get anything out of this game.

  • 70'

    Wolves make a change as Stephen Ward replaces Matt Jarvis. West Ham bring on Guillermo Franco for Benni McCarthy.

  • 69'

    Scott Parker has the ball in the back of the net but is rightly flagged for offside.

  • 66'

    Jarvis clips in a cross and Doyle clambers over his marker to try and get a header. He is pulled up for a foul though.

  • 65'

    Kevin Doyle has been raked by Diamanti on the back of the leg and requires treatment. Free kick to Wolves and they subsequently win a corner. Doyle is back on.

  • 64'

    The Wolves fans serenade Zola with chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning". Such is the poor nature of this display, you have to feel there is a chance.

  • 62'

    Tomorrow's headlines will not make pleasant reading for the very pleasant Italian. His future is very much in danger now. This is a terrible scoreline.

  • 61'

    It is Jones, again, who feeds Matt Jarvis and the midfielder takes the ball in his stride before driving a shot past Green from 20 yards. This is an absolute disaster for the Hammers, and the natives are restless.

  • 61'

    GOAL! Wolves!

  • 60'

    Well West Ham have it all to do now. They are on course for a fifth consecutive defeat and are in real, real trouble at the bottom of the table. What a scoreline for Wolves though. They will be seven points clear with seven games left if they win this.

  • 58'

    It is the right-back Ronald Zubar who collects a fine ball from David Jones and slams the ball past Green. It took a little touch off Daprela and Green may have done better. Good hit though.

  • 58'

    GOAL! Wolves!

  • 56'

    Matt Jarvis lays the ball off to Kevin Doyle in the box but the Republic of Ireland striker cannot control and the chance passes for Wolves.

  • 54'

    Faubert almost emulates Tomkins when producing a weak header back to Green but the keeper just gets to the ball ahead of the Wolves man.

  • 53'

    Diamanti turns away from Manienne in midfield and gets a shot away, but it is too close to Hahnemann to trouble the goalkeeper.

  • 52'

    Carlton Cole wins a high ball and attempts to knock it down to McCarthy, but Berra leaps into action and clears.

  • 51'

    We are back underway and McCarthy is okay to resume his place in the West Ham attack. They should be more of a threat with Junior Stanislas on the pitch.

  • 49'

    Wolves knock the ball out of play so Benni McCarthy can receive treatment for a bang on the head. The striker looks groggy but should continue.

  • 48'

    Parker attempts to release Carlton Cole with a nice through pass but it has too much on it for the striker.

  • 47'

    Zubar receives a yellow card for clattering into Behrami.

  • 46'

    West Ham make two changes with Tomkins and Kovac and being replaced by Stanislas and Spector.

  • 46'


  • 45'

    HALF-TIME Kevin Doyle's goal has given Wolves the lead but West Ham almost equalised, twice, through Soctt Parker. Will that double chance give the Hammers the kick up the proverbial they need ahead of the second half?

  • 44'

    Scott Parker hits the post twice in the space of five seconds! His low, initial effort strikes the bottom of the left-hand post and when attempting to turn in the rebound from a tight angle, he rattles the woodwork again! Hahnemann does suprbly to keep the loose ball out. Wow.

  • 43'

    Another attacking move breaks down as McCarthy fails to control a pass from Kovac. West Ham need to find Carlton Cole more.

  • 41'

    West Ham need to improve on this performance in the second half. Hahnemann hasn't had a proper save to make really, and that will worry Zola.

  • 39'

    Kevin Foley does superbly to keep the ball in touch and cuts the ball back into the box, but Doyle cannot convert.

  • 38'

    Wolves have enjoyed 61% possession in the last ten minutes - an impressive statistic for the visitors.

  • 36'

    Mancienne slips the ball to David Jones in midfield and he spins quickly before driving his shot across goal and just wide.

  • 35'

    Kovac thunders into Henry in the box and appears lucky not to concede a penalty. Replays show he clattered into his man. It was fortunate for West Ham that Dowd decided against awarding a spot-kick for that.

  • 34'

    Karl Henry attempts to wrestle control of the ball in the box but is adjudged to have fouled his man.

  • 32'

    Benni McCarthy twists and turns on the edge of the box and lays the ball off to Cole, who sees his effort easily saved by Hahnemann.

  • 31'

    Matt Upson gets a header in on goal but Hahnemann catches easily. This is a real challenge for the home side now. They cannot really afford to lose this game.

  • 31'

    Reflecting on the goal, it is another mistake from Tomkins who is prone to the odd lapse. He is a weak link in this West Ham side.

  • 29'

    Michael Mancienne is shown a yellow card for an exuberant tackle but Wolves deal with the free kick successfully.

  • 28'

    It is Kevin Doyle with a clinical finish but he takes advantage of a shocking error from James Tomkins. The Hammers defender got the ball caught under his feet and an attempted backpass lacked power, allowing Doyle to nip in and take full advantage.

  • 28'

    GOAL! Wolves!

  • 27'

    Hahnemann comes and fails to claim a deep cross from Faubert and is slighty fortunate to see McCarthy penalised for a foul.

  • 25'

    A scramble ensues in the Wolves box but neither side can get a decisive touch before the away side finally clear.

  • 24'

    West Ham, again, fail to make full use of the set piece though. Zola, a fine exponent of dead-ball delivery during his playing days, will not be impressed.

  • 24'

    West Ham win a corner when Faubert's cross is turned behind by Elokobi. The ball appeared to strike his arm but Phil Dowd was unmoved.

  • 23'

    Upson then rushes quickly across to deal with Zubar who had snuck into the right-hand side of the box. Excellent defending from the West Ham man.

  • 22'

    Matt Jarvis cuts inside and flicks a cross into the box but Upson is on hand to get a good boot to it and clear.

  • 20'

    Parker feeds the ball forward to McCarthy and he slips in his strike partner with a neat pass. However, Cole takes the ball wide and allows Christophe Berra to come across and block his scuffed effort. Cole should have tested Hahnemann.

  • 19'

    West Ham are looking to Diamanti for a flash of inspiration and he looks like he will be a real handful for Zubar tonight. The Wolves defender has coped okay so far, but looks ready to be outfoxed any time soon.

  • 17'

    A deep cross from Alessandro Diamanti almost finds Kovac at the back post but Elokobi rises high to head behind for a corner. That was a nice move from the Hammers, shame they make a total mess of the corner.

  • 15'

    Diamanti does well to cut out a lofted pass to Ronald Zubar and finds Carlton Cole, who produces a lovely backheel for Scott Parker. His sliding pass for Benni McCarthy is too quick for the striker though and the move breaks down.

  • 14'

    Julien Faubert skips away from George Elokobi on the right and cuts inside, but he drags his effort well wide of the far post. That's former Real Madrid 'star' Julien Faubert, of course.

  • 12'

    David Jones is penalised for an aerial challenge with Benni McCarthy but there didn't look to be a lot in it. Wolves clear from the free kick though.

  • 11'

    Scott Parker has West Ham's first proper attempt of the game as he nicks the ball away from Mancienne and drills a low effort that Hahnemann clasps easily.

  • 10'

    Robert Green is off his line to punch a Matt Jarvis corner away for a throw-in. A heavy touch from Mancienne gifts West Ham a goal kick as they attempt to work the ball into the box though.

  • 8'

    Wolves hit the bar! Kevin Doyle flicks on a long punt from Marcus Hahnemann and Kevin Foley races onto the ball, holding off Fabio Daprela, and thumps a shot against the woodwork from a tight angle. Great effort.

  • 7'

    Karl Henry is penalised for a foul on Kovac as he clumsily bangs into the back of the Hammers midfielder.

  • 6'

    Rain is beginning to fall fairly heavily at Upton Park which could make the surface greasy. Good news for the neutral perhaps.

  • 3'

    Scott Parker drives into the box and almost tees up Carlton Cole before Wolves take possession of the ball. It has been a bright start for the home side.

  • 3'

    Christophe Berra embarrasses himself when skewing an attempted clearance back over his head and then kicking clean air when trying to clear at the second attempt. West Ham cannot take advantage though.

  • 1'

    Michael Mancienne successfully intercepts a flicked pass from Radoslav Kovac as West Ham adopt a positive outlook from the off.

  • 1'



    "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" rings out around Upton Park. Fortune's always hiding? Gianfranco Zola will hope not tonight.


    We are just five minutes away from kick-off in a game that could prove important for both sides. West Ham are in desperate need of a win while Wolves could take a big step towards safety. Let's see who can handle the pressure.


    Wolves make two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Aston Villa, with George Elokobi and Michael Mancienne replacing Stephen Ward and Adlene Guedioura. The team has a settled look about it though.


    West Ham have made four changes from the side that lost to Arsenal, with key men Scott Parker and Carlton Cole in for Mido and Junior Stanislas. Benni McCarthy and Julien Faubert also replace Jonathan Spector and Guillermo Franco.


    Wolves are one point above West Ham and Mick McCarthy has trained the focus very much on his Italian counterpart, claiming: "In this fixture the pressure is on them. If we win this it will put a real dent in West Ham." Wolves are in good form with four points from two games.


    West Ham come into this evening's game off the back of a four-game losing streak and with pressure building around manager Gianfranco Zola. They start the day three points clear of 18th-placed Burnley, with this their game in hand.


    Welcome to our live coverage of a game that could prove critical in the relegation battle as 16th-placed Wolves visit 17th-placed West Ham. A win will give either side valuable breathing space. So a draw it is then...


    Live updates will follow at 1945 GMT.