Premier League - West Ham late show piles misery on Norwich

Premier League, Upton Park – West Ham United 2 (Collins 84, Diame 90+4) Norwich City 0

Premier League - West Ham late show piles misery on Norwich

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James Collins puts West Ham ahead against Norwich City (AFP)

Two late West Ham goals in the final 10 minutes at Upton Park secured a third successive victory for Sam Allardyce’s men and put Norwich City deep in relegation trouble.

The match looked certain to end in a draw with six minutes of normal time remaining but James Collins' first Premier League goal for almost two years and a deflected stoppage time effort from Mohamed Diame secured all three points.

Norwich had actually looked the more likely team for the majority of the match and the home side had the reflexes of Adrian to thank for keeping them in it with three excellent saves from Gary Hooper. The home keeper's heroics mean he has now kept a clean sheet for a fourth successive match.

Norwich's inability to put the ball in the net is now a worrying trend and they now lie only two points clear of the relegation zone as West Ham climb to 10th.

It is the first time West Ham have won three matches on the bounce since May 2007.


9’ – GOOD SAVE ADRIAN - Redmond turns Demel and whips in a dangerous cross to Hooper whose header is parried away by the West Ham keeper.

17’ – ANOTHER DECENT STOP - The West Ham keeper is at it again to deny Snodgrass, who is played in by an excellent Redmond through ball but Adrian is quickly off his line to block the half volley on goal.

22’ – GOAL SAVING TACKLE - A great long throw from Ruddy sets up a Norwich attack but a great sliding tackle from Tomkins denies Johnson a shot on goal from Snodgrass’s cross.

45’ – ADRIAN DENIES HOOPER - The home keeper is again called upon to keep the scores level as Tettey plays a neat one-two with Hooper and shoots for the corner but Adrian again palms it away for a corner.

69’ – HOOPER DENIED AGAIN - Yet again it’s Adrian to the rescue as he again denies Hooper from Johnson’s cross.

76’ – GREAT SAVE RUDDY - This time it’s the Norwich keeper’s turn as he saves from Diame.

83’ – GOAL - Collins scores his first PL goal for almost two years from Diame’s cross,

90+4’ – GOAL - Diame bursts clear and his shot is deflected past the hapless Ruddy off Martin.


It is the first time West Ham have won three matches on the bounce since May 2007.

James Collins scored his first Premier League goal of the season, and his first since 31 March 2012, when he scored in a 4-2 loss to Chelsea as an Aston Villa player.

Adrian has now kept four clean sheets on the trot.

Despite his chances tonight, Gary Hooper has now gone eight games without scoring

Norwich have not won at Upton Park since 1989.

West Ham have not conceded at home since January 18.

TALKING POINT: Where will Norwich’s goals come from? It seemed a strange decision to take off the influential Nathan Redmond and bring on Johan Elmander, who has not scored this season. Norwich’s lack of firepower up front is a worrying sign for Chris Hughton.



Adrian (West Ham): Kept his side in the match with a string of decent saves and another shut out means he has now kept four clean sheets on the bounce.


West Ham: Adrian 8, McCartney 6, Nolan 6, Tomkins 7, Jarvis 6, Taylor 6, Noble 6, Collins 7, Demel 7, Downing 6, C.Cole 6. Subs: Diame 7, Borriello 6, Nocerino 6

Norwich City: Ruddy 7; Martin 7, Yobo 6, Bassong 6, Olsson 6; Tettey 6, Johnson 6; Snodgrass 6, Fer 6, Redmond 7; Hooper 7. Subs: Pilkington6, Elmander 6, Van Wolfswinkel 6.


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