Another three goal defeat sends Hammers bottom
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 29 Aug 2010 13:54:00
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Well, there seems to be a familiar pattern forming for the games involving West Ham United at the moment, as another three goals conceded against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, meant that Avram Grant's side slipped to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, due to Wigan Athletic's 1-0 away win at Tottenham Hotspur.

Avram Grant made two changes from the team that started against Bolton Wanderers seven days earlier, with Jonathan Spector replacing Pablo Barrera and Luis Boa Morte came in for Frederic Piquionne.

West Ham started the game comfortably, but goalkeeper Robert Green who returned to the side after being rested for Tuesday night's Carling Cup second-round tie against Oxford United was called into action after only 3 minutes, when Patrice Evra tried to find Dimitar Berbatov at the far post; however, Green judged the flight of the ball well to make an easy catch above his head.

On 11 minutes, Wayne Rooney beat Scott Parker andd Matthew Upson with ease, only to see his shot go straight to Green.

Three minutes later, Rooney tried to shoot again, but Upson was in the way of the chance and blocked well.

On 24 minutes, the home side nearly win infront when Berbatov cleverly flicked the ball to Nani, who unleashed a shot which Green superbly tipped onto the crossbar.

Four minutes later, good play from Carlton Cole released Kyeron Dyer, but his shot went into the side-netting at the near post. Moments later, Cole matches Nemanja Vidic, but the defender stops his run when he produces a great challenge on the edge of the penalty area.

On 33 minutes a challenge from Spector inside the area presented Sir Alex Ferguson's side with a great chance to put themselves infront; Rooney stepped up and sent Green the wrong way.

Two minutes later came a succession of corners for the home side, but they lead to nothing and the danger was cleared.

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The second half had bearly got into any sort of rythym when five minutes into it United increased their advantage further, when poor defending form Danny Gabbidon allowed Nani to drive a left-footed shot past Green.

On 56 minutes, Julien Faubert passed to Boa Morte, who inturn put Dyer through only for him to be denied again this time for the second time in a week by the post.

West Ham waited until 62 minutes to make their first change; Faubert was replaced by Pablo Barrera.

Minutes later both keepers were caught into action, as first Berbatov rolled the ball into Paul Scholes's path, but the midfielder's first-time shot was saved by Green, then it was West Ham's turn as Barrera drove in a cross which was too close to keeper Edwin Van der Sar.

On 69 minutes, the third goal arrived as Berbatov scored following Nani's cross.

On 75 minutes, Dyer was replaced by Piquionne for West Ham's second change in the afternoon.

Two minutes later, Barrera chased Man United substitute Chris Smalling who blocked his shot before presenting the ball to Noble. However, his weak shot was straight into the hands of Van der Sar.

On 83 minutes, West Ham had a chance when Parker drove forward only for him to stumble and the chance went begging.

Two minutes later, Noble picks out Parker after the Hammers had cleared, following a United corner. 

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