FT: Fulham 2 West Ham 1


Last Updated: 04/01/14 at 14:12

Thanks for joining me today and please stay tuned for all the best post match reaction.All over and Fulham take a huge win.Kasami turns and breaks to the edge of the box, but sends his shot wide.Taylor takes, it comes for Downing on the edge of the box but he sends it wide off Diarra's head.Senderos brings down McCartney about 30-yards from goal - chance for West Ham to put this in. Taylor is over it, he goes for goal but it is deflected wide for a corner.Downing takes it down and goes for goal, he drives it right-footed and it is deflected wide. Corner comes in looking for Diarra but Fulham clear.Four-minutes of added time.Another taken short, it comes for Kacaniklic but his cross is well wide. It comes for Riether and his cross is deflected behind. Kacaniklic goes for goal but he hits the side-netting.Kasami breaks into the box and he wins a corner. Taken short and Kasami puts it into the back post and Jaaskelainen pushes it wide for another corner.Long ball from Rat into the box and Cole looks to hold it up but Amorebieta does well to clear.Fulham dominating possession although West Ham are showing more attacking intent as they look for Carlton Cole to hold it up.Good work from Downing down the right, but he just can't make a good connection on his attempted cross.Duff is replaced by Kasami.Taylor free-kick into the area and Diarra meets up but he heads clean over the bar - should have done better.Amorebieta booked for challenge on Cole as he looked to make a break.Rare West Ham attack as Collison takes control in the box, he plays it back for Taylor - he shoots but Stockdale takes it well.Bent chasing ball down, but good foot work from Jaaskelainen and he gets it to Rat who clears.Bent is clean through on goal, but Jaaskelainen makes the save - game should have been over.Carlton Cole on for Maiga.Bent is on for Taarabt.GOAL - DIMITAR BERBATOV - The Bulgarian pokes home from close-range as Parker deflects Kacaniklic into his path.Sidwell goes for goal from 30-yards, decent strike but straight at Jaaskelainen.Rat is booked.Rat drags back Duff, free-kick just on the edge of the box - Duff furious and thought it was a penalty - very close. Riise free-kick is deflected over by Rat.Brilliant save from Jaaskelainen to keep out Taarabt header, it comes back for him but from two-yards and an acute angle he sends it wide - should be 2-1.Taarabt and Berbatov combine well on the edge of the box to tee up Sidwell but his shot is blocked and wide for a corner. It is taken short, Parker picks it up and puts cross into the box and Diarra heads clear.West Ham free-kick is launched into Fulham box by McCartney but Amorebieta rises high to head clear.Demel is booked.Kacaniklic leads Fulham counter, but West Ham are quick to get back in numbers. Riise and Taarabt then combine to find Berbatov but he slips, it comes for Duff but his shot can only find Jaaskelainen.And Fulham bring Kacaniklic on for Richardson.West Ham change as Downing comes on for Diame.Duff almost breaking clear in the box but Rat and O'Brien manage to make a challenge and put him off.Fulham win another corner, it comes for Taarabt but it is just wide and deflected for another corner. This time chance comes in the box for Duff but he sends it over when he should have hit the target,And John Tomlinson: "Things are going from bad to worse, every week we just keep making problems for ourselves, what the hell is Nolan doing, he is the Captain for god's sake, show some discipline you idiot, we have to spend now and get someone in who is not over 30 years old, we cant keep waiting for AC to get fit, week after week we are fobbed off with excuses and dates as to when he is making a return to the team, we are all sick of it,maybe it's time for a change of Manager, daunting times ahead at Upton Park."Some West Ham fans far from happy with Kevin Nolan. Like Nathan Chander, he mailed in: "What is with Kevin Nolan at the minute. This is he's second red card in a few games. He is meant to lead by example but he has now put West Ham in a very dangerous position. No defence and a lack of forward attack. Who now will lead the line. Hope this doesn't cost us to much."Riether cross is deflected to his own goal by McCartney and Jaaskelainen does well to make the save.Diarra heads away as Fulham win the first corner of the second-half. Taarabt takes it short, it comes for Parker on the edge of the box but it is comfortable for Jaaskelainen.Riise collects in the box, he gets his shot away and Jaaskelainen does well to block at his bear post.West Ham pushing forward early on, Maiga takes control but he is forced out wide and Fulham win a thrown-in.West Ham re-start the match, neither side has made a change at the break.Whistle goes and it is level, brilliant first-half but West Ham look to have it all to do with just ten-men.No communication between Senderos and Stockdale almost allows Maiga in but the Swiss is back to make a sliding challenge.Kevin Nolan sent-off for clashing with Amorebieta - kicked him off the ball.Maiga goes for goal from the edge of the box but his shot is charged down. West Ham still pressing and Demel gets good cross into the box but Fulham clear their lines.Duff takes an out-swinger, Senderos gets his head to the ball but Nolan manges to clear with a good header.Taarabt is down after Taylor challenge - he is not happy, but nothing more than a free-kick. Richardson swings it into the box - it comes for Amorebieta but his shot is charged down for another corner.Fulham counter attack is led by Taarabt, he goes for goal from 25-yards but his shot is blocked when a pass looked the better option.Long ball into the box from McCartney and Stockdale does well to come and punch clear.More good play from Fulham, but Taarabt goes down on edge of the box looking for a free-kick - seemingly lucky to avoid a card for diving.Fulham should be winning. Richardson breaks clear and fires past Jaaskelainen, then it comes back for Taarabt and he hits the post before West Ham clear for a corner.GOAL - STEVE SIDWELL - Duff corner is headed home by Sidwell as he beats McCartney at the far post.Noble comes off and Razvan Rat comes on to replace him.Another corner for Fulham as Duff plays it off Taylor. Play is stopped as Noble needs treatment on what looks like a calf injury.If you would like to get in contact at any point this afternoon then please don't hesitate. You can mail me via the Score Centre, email me direct graeme.bailey@bskyb.com or you can Tweet me: @graemebaileyDuff takes, Amorebieta meets it and Maiga has to head the ball off the line as Jaaskelainen came and missed it.Great run into the box from Parker, McCartney comes over to make a good block - corner to Fulham.Berbatov hooks a Riise cross at goal, he gets it on target but it is comfortable for Jaaskelainen.Confidence from West Ham fans - like Ben Walsh on Twitter: "þ@Ben_Walsh94 26m @GraemeBailey must win for WHU today! I think we will have a fight on our hands but im going to go 3-2 westham. Miaga,diame&nolan to score!"Taarabt drives one at goal from 25-yards but straight at Jaaskelainen.Wonderful save from Stockdale as he keeps out Nolan's point-blank header with his feet. Senderos had given ball away and Diame crossed to back post for Nolan, who will feel he should have scored.Fulham's turn to pass it around, and it looks nice - but offside flag up against Taarabt - West Ham looking solid.Nice football from West Ham for the first time today as Collison, Noble and Diame link up to send Maiga clear but flag is up for offside.Riise unleashes a long-range drive as O'Brien heads clear but the Norwegian's effort is just wide.Strong running from Taarabt and he gets shot away but it hits his own man Duff and cannons away to safety.Taarbat, Richardson and Riise all fancy it...Taarabt takes but wall does its job and Jaaskelainen claims it.Free-kick about 30-yards out as Parker is taken out by Diarra. Chance for Fulham here to test Jaaskelainen.Noble curls the ball into the area, Diarra rises at back post but it is wide.Good ball in from Diame on the left and Amorebieta can only head behind for a corner.Another great ball into the six-yard box from Riether - but no Fulham player is willing to gamble.GOAL - MOHAMED DIAME - Long ball over the top, Senderos misses it, Diame takes it, turns and shoots past Stockdale - route one but very effective.Great ball from Richardson and Berbatov takes it in his stride, but again flag is up for offside.Richardson almost breaks the West Ham line but the away side clear their lines.Nolan latched onto knock-on from Diame and he gets a shot away but straight at Stockdale.Good ball in from Riether and Berbatov slides in but over the bar but flag was up for offside anyway.Duff breaks into the box but Noble does well to charge it down.West Ham have started with a back 3 of McCartney, O'Brien and Diarra.Fulham give it away from kick-off, Maiga goes for a long-range effort but he sends it wide.Fulham get us underway kicking from left to right.Teams are out and shaking hands, kick-off fast approaching...Some nervous fans on both sides today - Tom Edison thinks Fulham need to deliver, he mailed in: "After their 6-0 defeat to Hull, Fulham need to put in a big performance to get a win here and show what they can do." Rene Meulensteen makes seven changes from the Hull game as Riether, Senderos, Parker, Duff, Richardson, Taarabt and Berbatov all start for Fulham. Alou Diarra brought in by West Ham for his first start in the league to play at centre-half. Stewart Downing returns on the bench. Stockdale, Riether, Amorebieta, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson, Taarabt, Berbatov. Subs: Kasami, Kacaniklic, Hughes, Dejagah, Bent, Bettinelli, Dembele

Jaaskelainen, McCartney, Nolan, Collison, Maiga, Taylor, Noble, O'Brien, Diarra, Demel, Diame. Subs: Adrian, Jarvis, Rat, Downing. C.Cole, J.Cole, Potts

Whilst we wait for kick-off why not visit our friends at SkyBet for a pre-match flutter.Click Here to bet.I look forward to hearing from you and I will endeavour to post as many of your thoughts, opinions and reaction as I can.If you would like to get in contact at any point this afternoon then please don't hesitate. You can mail me via the Score Centre, email me direct graeme.bailey@bskyb.com or you can Tweet me: @graemebaileyWelcome to our live coverage of West Ham United's trip to London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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