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Great Expectations Not Met!

Expectations were high at Upton Park ahead of Saturday's visit of Blackburn Rovers. Not only because it was the first home league game of 2010, following the postponement of the Wolves match, but also the first home game under the new regime of David Sullivan and David Gold. That said West Ham United ended up having to battle to earn a point in a goalless draw. Manager Gianfranco Zola named the ....

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A Point Earned At Freezing Fratton.

West Ham United remain sixteenth in the Barclay's Premier League table after grinding out a frustrating draw at Fratton Park on Tuesday night. The Hammers started the brighter of the two sides in a first half which saw long periods of inactivity that were interrupted by a couple of genuinely exciting moments at both ends of the pitch. Both goalkeepers were equally as busy, but the first to ....

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Vital Point Earned At Villa

West Ham United grabbed a crucial point in a goalless draw at Villa Park to climb out of the bottom three. The Hammers shaded the opening stages and might have taken the lead when Frank Nouble's fantastic run left James Collins and Carlos Cuellar for dead but he couldn't find the finish to match. West Ham's five man midfield forced Villa's danger men Ashley Young and Stewart Downing very wide ....

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Gunners Fire To Send Hammers Crashing Out

West Ham United turned in a brave performance but were on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat to high flyers Arsenal, therefore ending any hopes of an FA cup run this season. Gianfranco Zola made two enforced changes from the team that lost to Tottenham last time out with Fabio Daprela deputising for the injured Herita Ilunga and Frank Nouble making his first team debut in place of the suspended ....

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Hammers Lose Out At Spurs

West Ham United turned in a spirited performance, but ultimately ended up losing to London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane this afternoon. Gianfranco Zola made one change from the side that  beat Portsmouth on Saturday with Valon Behrami coming in for the injured Mark Noble. The game was just nine minutes old, when Scott  Parker, who asked to play despite having a ....

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Hammers Head To Tottenham With A Win

West Ham United moved out of the relegation zone for the first time since the start of the month with a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory over a poor Portsmouth side at Upton Park on Saturday. An Alessandro Diamanti penalty and a late header from Radoslav Kovac secured West Ham's fourth league win of the season against a Portsmouth team sinking fast to bottom of the Premier League ....

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Hammers Robbed In Penalty Drama

A re-taken penalty by Frank Lampard meant that West Ham United had victory snatched away from them on Sunday afternoon. Chelsea started the brighter of the two sides, with a fizzing effort from 20 yards by Lampard being pushed round the post by Robert Green. For the second week in a row, West Ham had Scott Parker to thank for a goalline clearance as he chested and eventually cleared Branislav ....

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Mistakes Prove Costly For Hammers

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 ....

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A Noble Ton But Hammers Crash At Brum

A solitary Lee Bowyer goal for Birmingham City  condemned West Ham United to defeat at St Andrews on Saturday afternoon. Gianfranco Zola's team selection showed three changes from the home defeat to Manchester United seven days ago. Julien Faubert replaced Jonathan Spector, Mark Noble, who finally made his 100th appearance for the club, came in for Jack Collison and Alessandro Diamanti ....

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Patched Up United Still Too Strong For Hammers

Another goal fest at Upton Park saw injury hit Manchester United cruise to three points against West Ham on Saturday. West Ham should have had the lead early on, but Jack Collison could not connect after a sloppy back pass from Ryan Giggs. It was the visitors that took the lead in first half injury time with a Paul Scholes thunderbolt from the edge of the area. Darron Gibson made it two on the ....

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Hammers Produce Five Star Show

Life is never dull being a West Ham supporter, and it was no different on Saturday afternoon as Burnley arrived at Upton Park. Gianfranco Zola made three changes from the side that drew at Hull City seven days ago, with Herita Ilunga and Jonathan Spector returning in the back four while Radoslav Kovac replaced the injured Valon Behrami in the middle of the park. However it was Owen Coyle's side ....

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One Point Not Enough As Hammers Blow Two-goal Lead

West Ham United threw away a two-goal lead and then battled to salvage a point against fellow strugglers Hull City in a Barclays Premier League thriller at the KC Stadium on Saturday. The Hammers were two up inside eleven minutes courtesy of Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison. Carlton Cole unluckily deflected in ex-Hammer Jimmy Bullard's free-kick to get the hosts back into the game before ....

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Toffees' Defeat Hard To Swallow

The euphoria of the result against Aston Villa on Wednesday night was short lived as West Ham United were defeated at home against a resolute Everton side. Gianfranco Zola’s side showed two changes from the midweek win, seeing Luis Jiminez and Zavon Hines replace Mark Noble and the injured Carlton Cole respectively. Robert Green started in goal, making his 100th league appearance for the ....

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Hammers' Heroes Defeat Villains

West Ham United grabbed that elusive first home win with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night. Gianfranco Zola made three changes from the trip to Sunderland four days earlier, bringing Julien Faubert and Manuel Da Costa into the defence at the expense of Jonathan Spector and James Tomkins.  However, Spector did not have long to wait for an appearance as he came on to replace the ....

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Hammers Blow Advantage At Sunderland

In a complete reverse of last week’s result against Arsenal, West Ham United couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead and were forced to share the points away at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.   Gianfranco Zola’s team showed one change from the team that started last week with Radoslav Kovac replacing the suspended Scott Parker.   Both sides started brightly and the ....

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Zola Powered Hammers Snatch Draw

West Ham United produced a stunning second half performance to earn a creditable 2-2 home draw against London rivals Arsenal on Sunday. The match started at a frantic pace with the Gunners coming close on two occasions, while Hammers striker Carlton Cole illustrated his considerable threat up front after seeing a wicked shot deflected wide. It was Arsenal who made their possession count ....

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Stoked Up But Still No Result

West Ham United's run without a win continued on Saturday afternoon as they suffered their first defeat in the Potteries since 1983, eventually losing to James Beattie's second-half strike. Gianfranco Zola's side now haven't won since the opening day of the season but were the better side for much of this encounter. They fell behind after just 11 minutes when Julien Faubert conceded a penalty ....

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West Ham Snatch Late Draw In Difficult Match

A late stoppage-time Junior Stanislas equalizer rescued West Ham United from defeat at the hands of struggling Fulham. The Hammers orchestrated the run of play throughout the first half, Carlton Cole collected a Matthew Upson ball and volleyed it narrowly over the bar after just seventeen seconds.  Article continues below Advertisement Zoltan Gera forced a save ....

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Hammers Nailed As City Push On

The winless run continued for West Ham United on monday night as they went down fighting to big-spending Manchester City. City were quick to make a mark on the match, as they found the opening goal in the fifth minute as Martin Petrov crossed for former Hammers' favourite Carlos Tevez, who scored a simple tap-in from five yards. His celebrations were somewhat subdued, and apologetic towards the ....

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Bolton Deliver Hammer Blow

Once again it was third round disappointment for West Ham United. For the second time consecutively in the Carling Cup this season, the game went to extra time, because of Kevin Davies' eighty-sixth minute equalizer. Gianfranco Zola named a strong side as promised, with Jonathan Spector replacing Upson and Manuel Da Costa making his debut. Kieron Dyer started in midfield alongside Radoslav ....

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Liverpool Edge Out Hammers In Thriller

West Ham United were eventually undone by a Fernando Torres strike in a pulsating game at Upton Park on Saturday. It was clear before the match began that there was anticipation around the ground as fans of both clubs, facing Tube station closures, were walking from as far as Canning Town to get to the game. From the start it was clear to see why they had made the effort.West Ham started the ....

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A Pointless Trip To Wigan!

West Ham United came away pointless from the DW Stadium after turning in what was an out of sorts performance on Saturday. Gianfranco Zola's team selection showed four changes from the side that started, down the road at Ewood Park, a fortnight ago. Although the Hammers started brightly and could have won a penalty as early as the 6th minute when Zavon Hines appeared to be clipped on the edge of ....

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Best Is Held In Reserve

West Ham United reserves turned in an impressive performance against Birmingham City last night in the opening game of the reserve season. The blues were defeated 6-0, with Zavon Hines helping himself to a hat trick.  Article continues below Advertisement Reserve team manager Alex Dyer named a very strong side, which included the likes of long term injury ....

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Blackburn Rovers 0 West Ham United 0

  West Ham earned a point at Ewood Park yesterday in a game few will remember as a classic. Manager Gianfranco Zola opted to start the side which lost to Spurs last Sunday in a reshuffle from the Carling Cup win over Millwall, and Rovers did similarly as they gave new signing Pascal Chimbonda his debut after a move from Spurs, while Michel Salgado was on the bench. The Hammers started ....

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Hammers Take London Pride After Lions Tamed

Well...what a night! Walking to Upton Park was a particularly chastening experience compared to normal as Millwall desceneded on East London. The atmosphere was not the sort you would usually expect from in and around the Boleyn Ground and instead of singing and the sense of excitement, all feeling was replaced with a somewhat nervous anticipation that only this local derby appears to ....

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