Hammers see off Fulham
By Peter O Rourke. Last Updated: 17/09/05 2:57pm
West Ham completed a memorable week as they moved into fourth spot in the table after an impressive 2-1 win over Fulham.
Marlon Harewood's fourth goal of the week and an unfortunate own goal from Tony Warner helped West Ham to all the points, although they were made to sweat for the win after Luis Boa Morte pulled a goal back.
Fulham started brightly and could have broken the deadlock after just two minutes when Claus Jensen glided past Anton Ferdinand into the box, but Roy Carroll stood up big to keep out the Dane's shot with his feet.
The home side went close again on 12 minutes when Luis Boa Morte picked out Brian McBride inside the box with a fine cross and the American powered his header goalwards only for Carroll to push out his effort.
Fulham had claims for a penalty turned down two minutes later when Steed Malbranque played Moritz Volz in behind Paul Konchesky and the defender went down in the box under Konchesky's challenge, but Graham Poll waved away their appeals.
Marlon Harewood had West Ham's first real shot of goal on 22 minutes when he dragged his shot from the edge of the box wide of the target.
Two minutes later Bobby Zamora drove a shot straight at Tony Warner after the ball fell nicely to him inside the box from a corner.
West Ham had a goal disallowed on 27 minutes when Harewood was adjudged offside after netting from close-range after Warner had pushed out Matthew Etherington's shot.
McBride then called Carroll into the action again on the half hour mark with a powerful shot from the edge of the area which the Irishman did well to tip over the crossbar.
West Ham were unlucky not to score a minute later when Zamora flicked Yossi Benayoun's long throw into the path of Harewood who saw his volley come back off the underside of the bar with Nigel Reo-Coker somehow heading the rebound wide with the goal at his mercy.
Zamora had a good opening on 35 minutes when he rose highest to meet Etherington's corner, but he could not direct his header on target.
Fulham captain Boa Morte tried to rouse his team-mates and he failed to get enough on a glanced header when well placed and then he drove a shot from the edge of the area into the side-netting.
Warner had a lucky escape three minutes before the break when he failed to collect a cross from Etherington allowing the ball to drop to Benayoun and he was relieved to see Carlos Bocanegra on hand to clear the Israeli's cross.
West Ham caught Fulham cold right at the start of the second half with Harewood continuing his memorable week with the opening goal seconds after the restart.
Harewood collected a flick-on from Zamora before expertedly flicking the ball over Zat Knight to race clear on goal and he kept his cool before lifting the ball over Warner and into the net.
West Ham doubled their lead six minutes later and the goal had more than a little good fortune to it.
Konchesky fired a cross into the box and Harewood turned quickly before firing in a shot which rebounded off the post and then struck the unfortunate Warner to divert it into the net.
Fulham tried to rally and Papa Bouba Diop played Jensen in with a clever pass and the Danish international saw his shot superbly saved by Carroll.
The home side pulled a goal back on 66 minutes with a fine individual goal from Boa Morte.
The Portuguese star cut inside Konchesky wide on the right and curled a superb shot into the far corner past Carroll
Fulham threw men forward at every opportunity in a desperate attempt to get back into the game, but they could not find a way past a resolute West Ham defence.
Danny Gabbidon came to West Ham's rescue in the final minute when he was on hand to clear Voltz's flick-on from a long throw from right under his own crossbar.
Click on fixture for full match summary
Fulham v West Ham
|Fulham||Team Name||West Ham United|
|6||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||3|
|3||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||7|
|12||Total Fouls Conceded||15|
Barclays Premier League
|8||West Ham United||23||36|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||23||22|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||23||19|