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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 17,363) 1st October 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Clattenburg

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs West Ham United West Ham


A Taarabt (57)
S Diakite (S/O 75)


West Ham 2

M Jarvis (3)
R Vaz Te (35)

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Hammers pile more woe on Hoops

Jarvis and Vaz Te on target for happy Hammers

Last Updated: 01/10/12 10:58pm

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QPR remain without a Premier League win and bottom of the table after West Ham inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the 10-man Hoops at Loftus Road in Monday night's London derby.

Man of the match: Mark Noble gets the nod from us after shining in midfield for the Hammers with a hard-working display. Goal of the match: Adel Taarabt was quick to make an impact off the bench, looping a wonderful effort over Jussi Jaaskelainen just seconds after coming on the pitch. Save of the match: Jaaskelainen pulled off a string of crucial blocks to keep out the Hoops in the second half and the most notable was his one-handed save which denied Esteban Granero. Chance of the match: Kevin Nolan set up Carlton Cole with a gilt-edged chance from close range after Samba Diakite had slipped to lose possession but the striker poked it wide. Talking point: Can QPR recover from a disastrous start to the season or is relegation calling already? West Ham have marched into seventh but will they be able to maintain their momentum?

The result marked a first away win for the Hammers this season and saw Sam Allardyce's men climb into seventh at the expense of Mark Hughes' strugglers.

West Ham wasted little time breaking the deadlock in West London as Matt Jarvis scored in just the third minute, nodding home after Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te had paired up with a great one-two.

The lively Vaz Te then added another in the 35th minute, squeezing home a tidy James Tomkins cross after the Hoops defence had failed to properly clear a Hammers corner.

Substitute Adel Taarabt pulled one back with a classy strike in the second half only seconds after coming on the pitch to inspire glimmers of hope in Hughes' side and Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was forced to pull off a string of impressive saves.

But QPR's woes were compounded with 15 minutes remaining when Samba Diakite was sent off after earning his second booking 20 minutes after coming off the bench and they were unable to see the comeback through.

West Ham also saw chances go begging late on, with Andy Carroll coming close after making his comeback from a hamstring injury as a 72nd-minute substitute.


Referee Mark Clattenburg handed out 11 bookings in all and eight of those went to players in claret and blue, who will be fined for indiscipline but held out for three valuable points.

Coming into the game, the surprise team news was that Carroll was deemed fit enough to be included amongst the substitutes after missing the past four matches with a hamstring injury.

Former West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green was on the opposing bench and was taunted from the start by the vocal visiting support, having lost his place in the QPR team just four games after his summer move from Upton Park.

The England international was reminded of his decision throughout the match by 1,681 away supporters, who had a goal to cheer after just three minutes.

Kevin Nolan linked up well with Vaz Te down the left but struck a poor scooped effort that was going harmlessly wide until Jarvis snuck in to nod home past Julio Cesar.

It was a bolt out of the blue in what was an unspectacular opening, although the Hammers came close to a second in the 11th minute when Mohamed Diame's 25-yard thunderbolt deflected off Ryan Nelsen and flew just over.

Joey O'Brien reacted quickly to stop James Collins putting into his own goal from an Esteban Granero free-kick that saw an unfortunate collision between Winston Reid and his own goalkeeper.

The New Zealand international required nearly four minutes of treatment after appearing to be knocked out by Jussi Jaaskelainen and saw James Tomkins come on in his place.

The break in play did not change the game's momentum as only Stephane Mbia's quick reactions prevented Diame getting a head on a right-wing Nolan cross.

"It was a more difficult second half for Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble and Mohamed Diame than it was the first half but they would have expected that, and I think in the first half (the midfield) is where West Ham did dominate."
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It was not all positive for West Ham, though, as O'Brien became their second casualty of the first half and had to be replaced by George McCartney 11 minutes from half-time.

The injuries were the only blot on a fine opening 45 minutes for West Ham, which got better as Vaz Te doubled the visitors' advantage moments later.

Mark Noble swung in a free-kick and the resulting penalty-box melee was cleared only as far as Tomkins, whose superb first-time cross was met by an equally impressive acrobatic effort from Vaz Te.

"Greeno, what's the score?" rung around Loftus Road following the goal and would have gone up a notch had a Carlton Cole header or Noble's deflected long-range strike found the target.

The latter and Diame were both booked heading into the break from which West Ham returned on top.

Cesar did well to deny Diame three minutes after the restart and it took until the 55th-minute introductions of Taarabt and Diakite to change course.

The former was welcomed with particularly loud cheers and showed why within two minutes, making space to curl home an exquisite 25-yard effort into the top right-hand corner.


Taarabt was booked for lifting his shirt and was soon joined in Clattenburg's notebook by fellow replacement Diakite.

West Ham's McCartney was the next, before Jaaskelainen was reprimanded shortly after denying Granero with an excellent stop.

Cole and Nolan both received yellow cards as the match became a bit of a farce and Allardyce soon brought on Carroll for the former.

Jaaskelainen spilled a driven Cisse shot at the near post as QPR pushed for an equaliser, before the hosts' task was made all the more difficult as Diakite received a second yellow a late lunge on Diame.

Vaz Te had an excellent strike palmed onto the bar by Cesar after Collins became the seventh West Ham player to be booked.

Cisse and Alejandro Faurlin were both denied by Jaaskelainen as QPR pushed for a leveller that never came as West Ham held out for victory, although not before Tomkins became the final player booked.

Queens Park RangersTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
01st Half Goals2
7Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target6
2Blocked Shots7
1Yellow Cards8
1Red Cards0
72.8Passing Success73.5
94.4Tackles Success85.7
42.1Territorial Advantage57.9
353Total Passes336
21Total Crosses35
191Lost Balls190
52.21st Half Poss.47.8
50.32nd Half Poss.49.7

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