West Ham halted their losing run with a 2-1 win over Hull at Upton Park which saw keeper Allan McGregor sent off in the first half.
McGregor brought down Mohamed Diame as the forward lifted an effort on goal over the outrushing keeper inside the area, but what looked like the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity was thrown into doubt by the fact that Diame controlled the ball with his hand first.
Nonetheless, McGregor received his marching orders and Mark Noble broke the deadlock with an excellent spot kick past replacement stopper Steve Harper.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce risked the wrath of his own supporters by trying to use the extra man to suffocate the game, and Hull's more daring bursts forward paid off when they won a free-kick three minutes into the second half.
Tom Huddlestone struck at goal, but Nikica Jelavic got a crucial final deflection which wrong-footed Adrian and levelled the score until James Chester scored his second own goal of the season to decide an otherwise-insipid encounter in the Londoners' favour.
20’ PENALTY! Noble pokes the ball towards goal in the box and Diame just beats McGregor to it, but a defender clears before it can bounce over the line. Mike Dean ignores claims the keeper felled the forward until his assistant intervenes…
23' PENALTY AND RED CARD! That's controversial given replays show Diame's handball in the build. But Hull are down to 10 men!
25’ GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Hull! Noble puts it in. Hard on Hull though West Ham have been on top.
48' GOAL! West Ham 1-1 Hull! Huddlestone's effort takes a big deflection off Jelavic and goes in - the striker will be claiming that despite Tom's best efforts!
53' GOAL! West Ham 2-1 Hull! West Ham lead again give minutes after being pulled level. It's a calamity for the visitors as Chester ends up conceding an own goal!
Allan McGregor becomes the first goalkeeper to be sent off twice in a single season since Maik Taylor for Birmingham City in 2003/04, 10 seasons ago.
Mark Noble has now scored 13 penalties for West Ham Utd in the Premier League, equalling Hammers legend Julian Dicks in the club's record books.
James Chester put in his second own goal of the season, after also scoring in their 3-2 home loss to Man United on Boxing Day.
Allardyce angers impatient Hammers fans - The controversy of the penalty will frustrate Hull, but unfortunately there's little we can add on the fun and games that is human error in the 'beautiful game'. Instead, it was curious to see the home supporters react so furiously to Sam Allardyce having his team do what so many other sides do when they have an extra man on the pitch - short, directionless passes to wear down a side desperately hunting down the ball in an effort to get back into the match. Like it or not, barring a wild deflection and unfortunate own goal, 'Big Sam' killed off the game in his side's favour and he did it promptly.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Mark Noble (West Ham United): Not a game of many amazing solo performances, but in addition to despatching an excellent penalty Noble was key to his side playing keep ball when ahead and staying calm in the face of a Hull side with nothing left to lose and their own supporters growing restless despite winning.
WEST HAM: Adrian 6, McCartney 7, Nolan 6, Tomkins 7, Carroll 5, Taylor 6, Noble 7, Collins n/a, Demel 6, Diame 6, Downing 6. Subs: J.Cole 5, Johnson 6
HULL CITY: McGregor 4, Figueroa 6, Bruce 5, Chester 5, Davies 6, Meyler 5, Huddlestone 7, Livermore 6, Jelavic 6, Long 6, Elmohamady 6. Subs: Harper 5, Rosenior 5, Sagbo 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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