Hammers mauled in Cardiff
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: 02/11/04 9:40pm
Improving Cardiff continued to move in the right direction after a thumping 4-1 victory over West Ham at Ninian Park.
The Bluebirds, who were denied three times by the woodwork in Saturday's goalless draw with Leicester, took control from the first whistle and are now unbeaten in seven league and cup matches.
Meanwhile, travel-sick West Ham are now without a win in six away games and have won just three of their last 21 games away from Upton Park.
Their last visit to South Wales ended in the misery of their play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace and they endured another torrid visit to the Welsh capital.
Alan Lee put the home side in front after just three minutes when he turned the ball past Stephen Bywater from six yards after Paul Parry's cross had been dummied by Gary O'Neil.
West Ham almost hit back immediately when Marlon Harewood fed Luke Chadwick, but Tony Warner was equal to the on-loan winger's shot.
However, they found themselves two goals behind after 16 minutes, when former Hammers winger Jobi McAnuff crossed for Joe Ledley, who brought the ball down before beating Bywater with a right-foot drive.
O'Neil, who was twice denied by the woodwork at the weekend, went close once again when Bywater turned his shot onto the crossbar.
West Ham's slack defending was punished for the third time nine minutes after the interval when Parry was left unmarked in the area and given time to pick his spot.
Harewood gave the visitors a glimmer of hope when he converted a penalty 20 minutes from time after his run into the area had been crudely brought to a halt by Graham Kavanagh.
But that hope was snuffed out by McAnuff, who completed the scoring against his old club by finishing off a fine move from close range.
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