Mistakes prove costly for Hammers
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 16 Dec 2009 11:12:00
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An uncharacteristic mistake by Robert Green cost West Ham United a share of the points at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners on Tuesday night.

Gianfranco Zola's team selection showed two changes from the defeat at Birmingham three days earlier, with Kieron Dyer making only his second start of the season. The suspended Mark Noble was replaced by Jack Collison.

In a goaless first half it was Bolton who had the upper hand, just 35 seconds had passed when Kevin Davies disposessed Collison and saw his shot deflected wide of the post by James Tomkins.

Seven minutes later, the hammers had Danny Gabbidon to thank as the welshman positioned himself superbly to block Davies' attempted cross to the unmarked klasnich. Minutes later, Bolton had two players booked after Davies clattered in to Green well after the Hammers' shot-stopper had collected the ball. The forward received a yellow card, as did Ivan Klasnic after raising his hands to Scott Parker's face in the ensuing melee.

Soon after, the returning Keiron Dyer had to come off after a slight hamstring pull proved too much for the fragile midfielder. He was replaced with Junior Stanislas.

Bolton continued to remain a greater threat in front of goal, with a number of players coming close.

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 The second half was a more open affair, with Parker coming close nine minutes after the break, with a sizzling shot that stung the fingertips of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Finn was called in to action again just after the hour mark, when Alessandro Diamanti's 25-yard curling shot was comfortably saved.

The deadlock was finally broken on 65 minutes as South Korea winger Lee played a neat one-two with Klasnic before slotting home past Green.

Bolton had the lead for just five minutes however, as Collison set up Diamanti who lashed the ball in to the roof of the net.

A minute later, Parker skimmed the top of the crossbar with a 30-yard effort as Zola's men pushed for a winner. Then came the turning point. There appeared to be little danger as Green uncharacteristically dropped the ball straight at the feet of the alert Klasnic, who gratefully slipped the ball into the empty net to restore the hosts' lead.

There was still time for Gary Cahill to ensure that West Ham slipped further into the bottom three, as he rose highest from a corner to head in at the far post.

So it's worrying times for the Hammers' fans at present as the clubs future remains uncertain and there's only the small matter of a home game against Chelsea on sunday!  

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