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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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Spurs Earn Derby Day Victory

West Ham United experienced defeat for the first time this season in a closely fought London derby against top of the table Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park. The North London side were victorious in a 2-1 victory that saw former Hammer Jermain Defoe continue his excellent scoring run at the Boleyn Ground. With the news of the horrific incident suffered by Calum Davenport on Friday evening, both ....


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Hammers Send Wolves Packing

West Ham enjoyed another opening day success at Molineux with an accomplished 2-0 win. Mark Noble's superb 22nd minute strike took the bite out of Wolves who, up to that point, had looked the more threatening. From that point on West Ham took control of the half and could have increased their lead. Carlton Cole beat the off side trap and almost scored; Dyer failed to convert the rebound and from ....


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Hammers Fail To Do Italian Job!

West Ham United lost the Bobby Moore Cup match 0 -1 to SSC Napoli at Upton Park in their final preseason friendly on Saturday. Fabio Quagliarella's looping header beat Robert Green in the 78th minute to seal the result in a match that produced a lot of good football but very few chances. The Italian side and their fan's were very aggressive considering this was a "friendly" and kept the ....


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Hammers Nailed At Woodside Park

A youthful West Ham XI faltered in the club's penultimate pre-season game away at Bishops Stortford last night. A squad that contained many players hopeful of being included in Gianfranco Zola's first team squad could not break down the stubborn Blue Square South outfit. A starting eleven consisting of Zavon Hines, Frank Nouble, Savio and Josh Payne played some neat football, however as has been ....


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Young Hammers Win Duel At Kingstonian

Alex Dyer's West Ham XI came through their latest pre-season test, winning 3-0 at Kingsmeadow on Friday night. The side included a mixture of youth and fringe players- Nigel Quashie and Frank Nouble among those to get a run out. This could have proved a much tougher test against last season's Ryman League Division One ( South) champions, who started brightly, with former Hammers favourite Ian ....


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China Trip Not A Turkey As Hammers Break Beijing Duck

A much improved performance saw West Ham United claim third place with a 2-0 victory against hosts Beijing Guoan on Friday morning. After the disappointment of Wednesday's lethargic showing against Spurs, this was a much more encouraging performance as the Hammers increasingly showed signs of last season's form. A first half goal by the improving Kieron Dyer was ruled out for a marginal ....


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Old Foe Jermain Sinks Hammers In Beijing

The opening game of the Barclay's Asia Trophy ended in double disappointment for West Ham. Jermain Defoe's second half goal was the difference between the Hammers and London rivals Spurs and means that Hammers can now only achieve a 3rd place finish when they play Beijing Guoan on Friday morning. Article continues here... Advertisement   However, the result ....


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Hammers Ship Goals But Beat Thurrock

 The West Ham United XI side were given a tough test at Thurrock last night, eventually coming through it 3-2. Reserve team manager Alex Dyer took a youthful squad to Ship Lane, including new boy Frank Nouble and trialists Sebastian Huke ( a German youth international) and Simone Bezzicherri. And interestingly Andrea Zola, son of boss Gianfranco, was also given 45 minutes in which to ....


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