Saturday February 25, 2012 Day 33 Finished Upton Park

  1. West Ham held by Palace

    West Ham held by Palace

    West Ham kept 11 players on the pitch for a change but could only claim a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. More

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    Time:90'
    • West Ham United
    • Crystal Palace
    • 90'+5 And that's the last action of the half! It's ended West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 0. West Ham take a two-point lead at the top, but that's left the way open for Southampton to regain top spot!
    • 90'+4 In it comes! Falls to COLLISON!! Over the bar under pressure from Dikgacoi!
    • 90'+4 Another free-kick for West Ham just inside the Palace half. A last chance to float the ball into the box.
    • 90'+2 Reid with a snapshot! It's blocked and Tomkins sticks out a hopeful foot at the loose ball! Couldn't get anything on it and Speroni gathers!
    • 90'+1 Zaha for Palace. Clips in a cheeky cross to the near post. Green reacts first and clutches the ball to his chest.
    • 90' There'll be four added minutes.
    • 89' Faye gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position! Jedinak is some 35 yards out and over this! Strikes it! Not enough pace on it and it's right down Green's throat for an easy take!
    • 89' People beginning to drift away from Upton Park as time drifts down.
    • 88' Looks for Cole! Can't find him, Noble swings the ball back in, Gardner with a great headed clearance in front of Cole!
    • 87' Throw to West Ham opposite the Palace 18-yard line. Headed behind for a Hammers corner!
    • 85' Last five. That's a great whipped cross by Zaha! Murray just can't quite reach it in front of Green! A goal will surely win it now!
    • 84' Palace break. It's crossed into the box looking for Scannell. Plenty of time for Green to watch and claim the ball in front of the Palace man.
    • 83' McCartney with a throw on the halfway line. Noble plays it across the width of the pitch. Parr nips in to take the ball off Baldock's toes.
    • 82' Palace are lining up their third sub. Martin is off and on comes Owen Garvan.
    • 81' We're in the last 10 minutes. Palace break but there are plenty of claret and blue shirts in the way. No way through for Dikgacoi.
    • 80' In it comes! Speroni does just enough to get a hand on the ball and divert it away. Pressure continues to mount.
    • 79' Anywhere will do for Palace as the ball is knocked straight down the pitch to Green. Martin tries some ball control but only succeeds in giving the ball away and it's a West Ham corner.
    • 77' Sam Allardyce shows an impromptu bit of shoulder control as the ball is blasted at him. Play resumes and Baldock again is in the thick of things in the Palace box. Crowded out this time!
    • 76' Great lay off by Cole for BALDOCK!! Speroni again denies the West Ham sub at close range!
    • 75' Change for Palace. Easter makes way for Glenn Murray.
    • 74' BALDOCK!! Al;most an instant impact as he pulls a save out of Speroni at his near post! The West Ham man has been on the pitch for 10 seconds! What a start that would have been!
    • 73' West Ham sub. Sam Baldock is on for Maynard.
    • 73' Whistle's gone. McCarthy penalised for a shove in the box.
    • 72' Scannell for Palace. Haven't seen anything of the sub so far, but he's won a corner now!
    • 71' The West Ham fans are getting a bit restless as we move into the last 20 minutes.
    • 70' The ball is safely in Speroni's arms. Given away to Noble. Lofted forward by Tomkins and that's good defending by Parr. Gary O'Neil clatters the Palace man as he shepherds the ball out and earns himself a yellow card.
    • 68' Southampton will be happy with this score if it stays the same! A 0-0 draw will leave the way open for the Saints to regain top spot if they beat Watford!
    • 67' Palace counter! Superb crossfield pass by Parr to EASTER!! He's on the edge of the six-yard box!!! Ooooh! Slices his shot wide with just Green to beat!!
    • 66' Not far enough! Noble again with the cross TOMKINS!! Rises above Gardner, but can only direct his header over Speroni's bar!!
    • 65' Foul on Collison. Noble swings the free-kick into the near post, Parr reacts first to clear.
    • 63' It's been all West Ham in this half, Palace reduced to hopeful lofted passes at the moment!
    • 62' Dougie Freedman has seen enough. It's a change for Palace. Sean Scannell replaces Darren Ambrose.
    • 61' MAYNARD!! Strikes it from some 25 yards out, but the ball flashes high and wide!
    • 60' Played out wide to Martin in space out on the right. Forced backwards to O'Brien to groans from the West Ham fans.
    • 59' Another sub for the Hammers. Vaz Te is off and on comes Gary O'Neil.
    • 58' McCarthy with a hefty challenge on Maynard! No reaction by Maynard though! Could easily have been a booking!
    • 57' Vaz Te with a speculative effort! Goes through the legs of Jedinak, but Speroni smothers the ball comfortably at the near post. Looked to be heading wide anyway.
    • 56' Good through ball looking for EASTER!! Great tackle by Faye! Palace showing they're still dangerous as the West Ham defence push further forward!
    • 55' Another good spell of possession by the hosts. Cole is in the thick of it again and West Ham look much more lively since his introduction.
    • 53' At the other end, Easter strays offside again. Another chance for the Hammers to build a head of steam.
    • 52' Good chance for the sub as Vaz Te drives forward! Poor first touch and shows just enough of the ball to Parr who makes a good tackle! Better stuff by West Ham and Cole's effort is their first real sight of goal!
    • 51' O'Brien takes on Ambrose. Loses out, but Zaha gives the ball away, played to COLE!! Tries to guide the ball inside the post but just misses! In fairness, Speroni looked to have that one covered!
    • 50' West Ham have started brighter after Palace closed the half on top. Speroni clutches the ball out of the sunshine and thumps it down the pitch. Only picks out his opposite number, Robert Green.
    • 49' Cole and Vaz Te link up. It's O'Brien to Noble in space. Tries to play the ball across the box, but Palace hoof it clear.
    • 48' West Ham string some six or seven passes together in the middle of the pitch. All a bit pointless though as the ball is again given away in the final third.
    • 47' Green thumps a wayward Palace ball back up the pitch. It's returned too quickly as Easter is caught offside.
    • 46' And Palace get us back underway at Upton Park.
    • 46' The teams are back out and Allardyce has indeed made a change at half time. Carlton Cole is on for Faubert.
    • 45'+5 It's West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 0 at the break - and as the teams walk off, there are a few boos around the ground! It'll be interesting to see if Allardyce shakes things up at the break! Plenty more action to come!
    • 45'+5 Last minute and Palace have a corner off Tomkins. Vaz Te gets it away and that's the last action of the half!
    • 45'+4 Palace throw. They look very comfortable here so far as the time ticks down! Very comfortable as MARTIN fizzes in a shot! Well wide, but shows Palace's confidence!
    • 45'+3 Maynard tries to head it on, the ball flies up and back out but Faubert again is well marshalled by Parr.
    • 45'+2 It's all a bit tight on the Palace touchline. Nobel eventually swings it in, Anthony Gardener heads away. McCartmey again comes forward for West Ham. Finds Vaz Te and that'll be another West Ham corner!
    • 45' And the fourth official confirms there'll be five added minutes.
    • 45' We're in the last minute, but there'll be plenty of stoppage time for Tomkins.
    • 44' Drives it low under the wall. It dies a bit en route and it's cleared away.
    • 44' Easter is clattered by Faye. Free-kick to Palace some 35 yards out. Ambrose is over it.
    • 43' But that'll be a West Ham corner as the ball bounces off Kagisho Dikgacoi. Noble takes it, but Speroni is under no pressure.
    • 42' Maynard to Faubert. Again the ball drifts out of touch. West Ham just haven’t been able to find that final ball so far!
    • 41' Ambrose delivers, Tomkins rises to head clear. Some relief for the hosts.
    • 40' Still the pressure mounts on the West Ham goal as Palace win a corner.
    • 39' JEDINAK!! Another good save by Green who gets down quickly to push the ball away! It's Palace asking all the questions at the moment!
    • 38' Vaz Te again with a loose ball forward. The man from Portugal has faded away after a bright start.
    • 37' Corner comes to nothing but Noble has it again. This time he's double-teamed and knocks the ball out.
    • 36' That's rattled West Ham but Faubert tries to drive them forward. Good block by Parr to concede a corner.
    • 34' In comes the corner for JEDINAK!! Couldn't get over it and the ball is well over the bar!! Great spell for Palace!
    • 33' MARTIN!! Green dives to his left to parry! The ball falls back to ZAHA!! Great save by Green again! Zaha's shot deflects off Tomkins and the West Ham keeper reacts superbly to tip the ball over the bar!! So close for Palace!
    • 32' Jonathan Parr under pressure. Just holds off Noble. McCarthy to Easter. Parr has made great strides down the left, but his cross to the near post is weak and West Ham can clear their lines.
    • 31' Faubert again from McCartney, looks for O'BRIEN!! Fires that one high and wide! The defender had a good sight of goal but it's fair to say that's a defender's finish!
    • 30' We're at the half hour mark. Plenty of possession for the hosts, but they haven't tested Speroni at all yet!
    • 29' Again West Ham come forward. It's Faubert down the right, shapes to get his cross in, poor delivery! Did all the hard work there!
    • 28' Good turn by Noble hands him the space to find Jack Collison. That's looking for Maynard again. It's a bit hit and hope, but Speroni almost made a hash of his clearance!
    • 27' Foul by Faye on Martin hands Palace a free-kick in their own box.
    • 26' McShane tries to get the ball in, quick snapshot by MARTIN!! Well worth a pop from 30 yards that! And that almost caught Green by surprise! He pats the ball down, races after it and gratefully claims!
    • 25' Ambrose for Palace. Zaha pokes the ball out to Easter. he was clipped, but no foul says the ref. Palace have a throw close to the corner flag.
    • 24' Maynard is penalised for handball right in the centre circle, but the hosts have won it back. Good ball looking for O'Brien. Just couldn't bring it under.
    • 23' Green smacks the ball deep into Palace territory. Now Speroni has his chance to return the favour.
    • 22' We're already halfway through the first period! This game has rushed past, but it's still 0-0.
    • 21' This is some 25 yards out and central! AMBROSE!! Poor free-kick! Way, way over Green's bar and into the Palace fans!
    • 20' Cleared away, back in by Joey O'Brien, headed away and Winston Reid gives away a needless free-kick as he fouls Zaha.
    • 19' Corner to West Ham, won by Julien Faubert.
    • 18' West Ham down to 10 at the moment, but Tomkins is back on the pitch to applause from around the ground. Probably could have done without the welcome slap on the head by Noble though!
    • 17' The game resumes while Tomkins and Allardyce chat on the sideline.
    • 16' The good news is that Tomkins is up, but looks groggy. Cole is stripped ready for action, but no change yet.
    • 15' The stretcher is out. Tomkins is sitting up but they’re looking at his neck. There are some anxious looks, Carlton Cole is warming up.
    • 13' James Tomkins and Mile Jedinak go up for a header. Tomkins takes a shoulder to the head and lands heavily! Ref Salisbury rightly stops the game!
    • 12' Faye launches a long hopeful ball but that's way beyond Nicky Maynard! Wasted as Speroni collects the loose ball.
    • 11' It's all going through Vaz Te at the moment. Again McShane is in the way. This is going to be a good battle today!
    • 10' Long ball over the top looking for the speedy Vaz Te. Again, McShane does enough and heads the ball neatly back to Speroni.
    • 9' Good interchange of quick passing by the Hammers. Good defending though by Paul McShane who harrasses Ricrado Vaz Te into a mistake.
    • 8' Martin and Abdoulaye Faye try to link up. Noble is back on the pitch as Zaha is penalised.
    • 7' Meanwhile the ball is back with Green who thumps it long.
    • 6' Noble is up - although gingerly - and walks to the touchline.
    • 5' Mark Noble is down after a clash with Ambrose. Certainly no foul, but an awkward fall.
    • 4' Could certainly have been 1-1 already! You would have certainly put your money on Darren Ambrose curling his shot after 30 seconds just inside the post! Robert Green was helpless as the ball finished the wrong side of the woodwork!
    • 3' Sloppy defending by the Hammers' Abdoulaye Faye! Jermaine Easter latches on to it, but that's a good block - and it needed to be!
    • 2' West Ham straight up the other end, James Tomkins plays in GEORGE McCARTNEY!! Not sure if that was shot or cross, but it had Julian Speroni thinking as the ball drifts wide!! What a start at Upton Park!
    • 1' Palace on the attack. Chris Martin to Wilfried Zaha, square to AMBROSE!! Just past the post!! Almost the perfect start for Palace!
    • 1' And it's West Ham who get us underway!
    • 12:44 What are your predictions for today, Hammers and Eagles fans?
    • 12:43 And our ref today - Lancashire's Graham Salisbury.
    • 12:43 It's West Ham in their traditional claret and blue, Palace in their change strip of all yellow.
    • 12:42 The bubbles are blowing, and here come the teams!
    • 12:40 We're waiting for the teams to emerge into the London sunshine. It's a perfect day for football!
    • 12:37 And the Eagles have only won once at Upton Park, 2-0 back in 1992.
    • 12:35 History shows that West Ham have the edge. Palace have won only four of 27 competitive matches against their London neighbours - against the Irons' 13.
    • 12:33 Tributes to Bobby Moore inside and outside the ground today. The West Ham and England legend passed away 19 years ago yesterday.
    • 12:32 The Hammers had to come from behind twice in a 2-2 draw. Darren Ambrose fired the Eagles ahead in 6 minutes only for Kevin Nolan to level 10 minutes later. Glenn Murray put Palace back in the lead after the break and it took a late John Carew goal on 80 to share the spoils.
    • 12:28 It was nip and tuck between these two in the Selhurst Park clash in October.
    • 12:25 And just one change for Dougie Freedman from the side that thumped Watford 4-0 last time out. Manchester City loanee Chris Martin replaces Nathaniel Clyne who has a knee injury.
    • 12:22 So no changes for Sam Allardyce's men from the victory at Blackpool.
    • 12:17 And the teams are in! WEST HAM: Green, O'Brien, Reid, Faye, McCartney, Noble, Tomkins, Faubert, Collison, Maynard, Vaz Te. Subs: Baldock, Cole, Lansbury, O'Neil, Potts. /// CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, McShane, McCarthy, Gardner, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ambrose, Easter, Martin. Subs: Price, Garvan, Scannell, West Ham United v Crystal Palace
    • 12:14 That's probably good news for makeshift goalie Henri Lansbury who went between the sticks against the Seasiders when the Hammers had no keeper on the bench. Mind you, the Arsenal loanee did do well, he may well now have his own set of gloves!
    • 12:12 Back at the summit, West Ham were boosted for the Palace game by the news that Robert Green has had his red card against Blackpool overturned.
    • 12:03 The Hammers regained top spot in the week with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Blackpool and will be looking to open up some daylight between them and Southampton. A win for the east Londoners will send them four points clear of the Saints.
    • 12:02 West Ham kick-off proceedings at 12:45 GMT with what promises to be a tasty London derby with Crystal Palace at Upton Park.
  • Summary

    • 90'+4 In it comes! Falls to COLLISON!! Over the bar under pressure from Dikgacoi!
    • 90'+2 Reid with a snapshot! It's blocked and Tomkins sticks out a hopeful foot at the loose ball! Couldn't get anything on it and Speroni gathers!
    • 89' Faye gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position! Jedinak is some 35 yards out and over this! Strikes it! Not enough pace on it and it's right down Green's throat for an easy take!
    • 74' BALDOCK!! Al;most an instant impact as he pulls a save out of Speroni at his near post! The West Ham man has been on the pitch for 10 seconds! What a start that would have been!
    • 67' Palace counter! Superb crossfield pass by Parr to EASTER!! He's on the edge of the six-yard box!!! Ooooh! Slices his shot wide with just Green to beat!!
    • 66' Not far enough! Noble again with the cross TOMKINS!! Rises above Gardner, but can only direct his header over Speroni's bar!!
    • 61' MAYNARD!! Strikes it from some 25 yards out, but the ball flashes high and wide!
    • 57' Vaz Te with a speculative effort! Goes through the legs of Jedinak, but Speroni smothers the ball comfortably at the near post. Looked to be heading wide anyway.
    • 56' Good through ball looking for EASTER!! Great tackle by Faye! Palace showing they're still dangerous as the West Ham defence push further forward!
    • 52' Good chance for the sub as Vaz Te drives forward! Poor first touch and shows just enough of the ball to Parr who makes a good tackle! Better stuff by West Ham and Cole's effort is their first real sight of goal!
    • 45'+4 Palace throw. They look very comfortable here so far as the time ticks down! Very comfortable as MARTIN fizzes in a shot! Well wide, but shows Palace's confidence!
    • 39' JEDINAK!! Another good save by Green who gets down quickly to push the ball away! It's Palace asking all the questions at the moment!
    • 34' In comes the corner for JEDINAK!! Couldn't get over it and the ball is well over the bar!! Great spell for Palace!
    • 33' MARTIN!! Green dives to his left to parry! The ball falls back to ZAHA!! Great save by Green again! Zaha's shot deflects off Tomkins and the West Ham keeper reacts superbly to tip the ball over the bar!! So close for Palace!
    • 31' Faubert again from McCartney, looks for O'BRIEN!! Fires that one high and wide! The defender had a good sight of goal but it's fair to say that's a defender's finish!
    • 26' McShane tries to get the ball in, quick snapshot by MARTIN!! Well worth a pop from 30 yards that! And that almost caught Green by surprise! He pats the ball down, races after it and gratefully claims!
    • 3' Sloppy defending by the Hammers' Abdoulaye Faye! Jermaine Easter latches on to it, but that's a good block - and it needed to be!
    • 2' West Ham straight up the other end, James Tomkins plays in GEORGE McCARTNEY!! Not sure if that was shot or cross, but it had Julian Speroni thinking as the ball drifts wide!! What a start at Upton Park!
    • 1' Palace on the attack. Chris Martin to Wilfried Zaha, square to AMBROSE!! Just past the post!! Almost the perfect start for Palace!
    • 12:42 The bubbles are blowing, and here come the teams!
    • 12:17 And the teams are in! WEST HAM: Green, O'Brien, Reid, Faye, McCartney, Noble, Tomkins, Faubert, Collison, Maynard, Vaz Te. Subs: Baldock, Cole, Lansbury, O'Neil, Potts. /// CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, McShane, McCarthy, Gardner, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ambrose, Easter, Martin. Subs: Price, Garvan, Scannell, West Ham United v Crystal Palace

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