Hammers move out of relegation zone after crucial away victory

Cardiff 0 West Ham 2

Ten-man West Ham eased the pressure on manager Sam Allardyce as they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Cardiff.

Carlton Cole was on hand to convert from close range from Matt Jarvis’ excellent pass, before James Tomkins was sent off in the second half.

But Mark Noble sealed the win in stoppage time, and with Andy Carroll making a first appearance of the season as a substitute this was a good day for Allardyce with co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in attendance.

On target: West Ham United's Carlton Cole opens the scoring at Cardiff after 42 minutes
On target: West Ham United’s Carlton Cole opens the scoring at Cardiff after 42 minutes

 

Match facts

CARDIFF: Marshall 6, Theophile-Catherine 5, John 6, Whittingham 5, Caulker 6, Hudson 5 (Cornelius 78), Noone 6, Medel 6 (Wolff Eikrem 65, 6), Campbell 6, Kim 6, Odemwingie 6 (Bellamy 46, 7)

Subs not used: Turner, Gunnarsson, McNaughton, Lewis

Booked: Medel

WEST HAM: Adrian 7, Demel 6 (McCartney 17, 5), Rat 6, Taylor 6, Johnson 5, Tomkins 5, Downing 7, Noble 7, C Cole 7 (Carroll 72 , 6), Collison 6 (Diarra 75, 6), Jarvis 7

Subs not used: Maiga, DIame, Jaaskelainen, Cole

Goal: Cole 42, Noble 90

Sent off: Tomkins

Booked: McCartney, Johnson, Tomkins, Diarra

Man of the Match: Mark Noble

Referee: Lee Mason 7

Attendance: 27,750

Fraizer Campbell, Craig Noone and Mark Hudson failed to convert the best chances for the hosts, who replace West Ham in the bottom three, and this will have outlined to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the task he will face in keeping the Bluebirds up.

Allardyce’s position has been under severe scrutiny in the wake of heavy cup defeats against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, and the Hammers lying 19th the table.

The mood at Cardiff may have been lifted by Solskjaer’s arrival but with the Bluebirds a point and a place above the drop zone it was little surprise there was such a nervy start.

Cardiff survived an early scare when West Ham hit the post inside three minutes. Stewart Downing’s cross missed everyone and cannoned out of the far post, where Tomkins’ follow-up was smothered by David Marshall.

Tomkins’ return from injury had provided a timely boost for Allardyce who is without the likes of Winston Reid and James Collins.

But he lost another defender in the eighth minute when Guy Demel went down. Campbell had just failed to connect with Peter Odemwingie’s cross and when the ball was quickly put back into the box the striker collided with Demel and Roger Johnson.

Johnson’s elbow appeared to strike Demel and the Ivorian required lengthy treatment before being stretchered off with a suspected broken elbow and facial injuries.

The long disruption ensured there was little flow on the resumption until George McCartney, on for Demel, blocked superbly from Craig Noone.

Cardiff looked the more likely to score and they thought they had in the 32nd minute.

Jubilation: Cole celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after putting the Hammers ahead
Jubilation: Cole celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after putting the Hammers ahead
Unstoppable: West Ham's Mark Noble (left) seals the three points with a late goal in stoppage time
Unstoppable: West Ham’s Mark Noble (left) seals the three points with a late goal in stoppage time
Pile on: West Ham captain Noble is swamped by his team-mates as the Hammers win away from home
Pile on: West Ham captain Noble is swamped by his team-mates as the Hammers win away from home

 

CORRECT DECISION

The Premier League tweeted confirmation that Kim Bo-kyung’s shot did not cross the line.

The shape behind the line on the far side is the goalkeeper’s water bottle.

The system reportedly flashed up ‘Goal’ moments later when Campbell’s rebound went over the line but the referee had already stopped play for a foul on goalkeeper Adrian.

No goal: The Premier League tweeted confirmation that Kim Bo-kyung's shot did not cross the line

Kim Bo-kyung’s shot deflected off Johnson, struck the bar and appeared to cross the line as it came down. No goal was given and Campbell gave away a foul as he bundled Adrian and the ball over the line.

But replays showed the Goal Decision System had been correct, with the ball landing on the line.

Noone was again denied, this time by Adrian, before the visitors opened the scoring.

Matt Taylor picked out Jarvis, and the winger’s weighted pass gave Cole an easy tap in.

That prompted Solskjaer to hand fit-again Craig Bellamy a first appearance since November 9 in place of Odemwingie.

It nearly paid immediate dividends as the veteran’s free-kick found an unmarked Hudson, who headed over.

McCartney survived penalty shouts for handball and what looked like a clear push on Campbell, before the striker worked Adrian from Bellamy’s pull-back.

Off you go: West Ham's James Tomkins (left) is sent off by referee Lee Mason for a second booking
Off you go: West Ham’s James Tomkins (left) is sent off by referee Lee Mason for a second booking
Back in action: Andy Carroll comes on to make his first appearance for West Ham since May 2013
Back in action: Andy Carroll comes on to make his first appearance for West Ham since May 2013

 

Strong: Carroll (centre) holds off Cardiff's Steven Caulker (left) and Kevin Theophile-Catherine
Strong: Carroll (centre) holds off Cardiff’s Steven Caulker (left) and Kevin Theophile-Catherine

 

It was all Cardiff and West Ham were pegged further back when Tomkins saw red as he picked up a second booking for a foul on Campbell after earlier being cautioned needlessly for dissent.

But West Ham survived and Noble finished a sweeping break from Carroll’s pass to secure the spoils.

In the air: Cardiff's Fraizer Campbell is challenged at a corner but no penalty was given despite appeals
In the air: Cardiff’s Fraizer Campbell is challenged at a corner but no penalty was given despite appeals
Tumbling: Cardiff's Gary Medel (left) falls under the challenge of Noble
Tumbling: Cardiff’s Gary Medel (left) falls under the challenge of Noble

 

Team orders: Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (left) shout instructions from the touchline during the match
Team orders: Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce (left) shout instructions from the touchline during the match. 

 

Source : Daily Mail

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