Doncaster 0-1 West Ham
Doncaster 0 - 1 West Ham
Kevin Nolan scored as West Ham United beat Doncaster to bounce back from their opening-day defeat.
Nolan's first goal for the club came in the form of a back-post volley from Jack Collison's lofted diagonal pass.
The Hammers, with influential midfielder Scott Parker excelling at the heart of a 4-5-1 formation, dominated in the first half.
But they had to withstand several nervous moments as they dug in for victory against an injury-hit Rovers.
Former Newcastle midfielder Nolan came close to doubling his tally after 17 minutes when his first-time shot from 30 yards almost caught out home goalkeeper Gary Woods.
After their passing game was stifled in the first half, Doncaster found more joy attacking down the wings after the break but they could not breach the Hammers' defence.
With time ticking down the visitors thought they had won a penalty when George Friend challenged Carlton Cole in the air.
But referee Scott Mathieson's whistle was for full-time.
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +1:10
Unfair challenge on James Tomkins by Chris Brown results in a free kick. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.88:40
Carlton Cole is caught offside. George Friend takes the indirect free kick.86:04
Scott Parker delivers the ball.84:47 Booking
Booking Carlton Cole receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.84:46 Substitution
Substitution Junior Stanislas on for Herita Ilunga.84:46
Unfair challenge on Sam Hird by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.83:17
The ball is swung over by Mustapha Dumbuya, Robert Green makes a save.81:04 Substitution
Substitution Sam Hird replaces Simon Gillett.79:11
The assistant referee flags for offside against James Coppinger. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.77:46
Corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger to the near post, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.77:28
Simon Gillett takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.75:24 Substitution
Substitution James Baxendale comes on in place of Kyle Bennett.75:24 Substitution
Substitution Giles Barnes leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Keegan.75:07
The ball is swung over by Mustapha Dumbuya, James Coppinger has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.74:23
Corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger from the left by-line to the near post, Winston Reid manages to make a clearance.73:30
The official flags Carlton Cole offside. Richard Naylor restarts play with the free kick.71:20 Substitution
Substitution Freddie Sears on for Jack Collison.70:28
Giles Barnes has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.69:28
Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Richard Naylor results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mark Noble, Gary Woods makes a save.
Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.67:32
Foul by Carlton Cole on Richard Naylor, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by John Oster.66:44
Effort on goal by Giles Barnes from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.66:06
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Chris Brown makes a clearance.65:32
Chris Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey O'Brien. Joey O'Brien takes the free kick.63:55
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor.63:48
Centre by Joey O'Brien, Richard Naylor makes a clearance.62:59
Scott Parker fouled by James Coppinger, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.61:48 Substitution
Substitution Carlton Cole on for Frederic Piquionne.58:22
Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, George Friend makes a clearance.56:04 Booking
Booking Chris Brown is cautioned.55:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid by Chris Brown. Indirect free kick taken by James Tomkins.55:02
Simon Gillett takes a short corner.53:05
Herita Ilunga is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gary Woods takes the free kick.51:55
Foul by Jack Collison on John Oster, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by John Oster, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Giles Barnes misses to the right of the target.51:08
Corner from the right by-line taken by James Coppinger, clearance by James Tomkins.45:22
The official flags Chris Brown offside. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.45:01
The second half begins.45:00 +1:13 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.44:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giles Barnes by Frederic Piquionne. George Friend takes the free kick.41:05
Mark Noble challenges James Coppinger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by John Oster.40:43
The referee penalises James Coppinger for handball. Free kick taken by Robert Green.38:42
Foul by Mark Noble on James Coppinger, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Oster.36:28
James Tomkins is ruled offside. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the indirect free kick.36:03
Foul by Tommy Spurr on Mark Noble, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.33:22
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Matthew Taylor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.31:52
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Noble played to the near post.31:32
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Mark Noble, clearance made by Kyle Bennett.27:09
Herita Ilunga concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Naylor. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.24:17
Corner taken left-footed by Mark Noble from the left by-line to the near post, James Tomkins produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.23:51
Kyle Bennett takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.23:05
Foul by Chris Brown on Winston Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Green.19:44
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Robert Green.19:20
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Oster. John Oster takes the free kick.19:02
Chris Brown takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.17:21
Kevin Nolan takes a shot.13:43
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Winston Reid by Chris Brown. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.12:18
Kevin Nolan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger. Richard Naylor takes the indirect free kick.10:13
James Coppinger takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.7:57
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jack Collison played to the near post, clearance by John Oster.6:02
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Coppinger.5:39
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Coppinger from the left by-line, Joey O'Brien makes a clearance.4:14
Assist by Jack Collison.4:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Kevin Nolan - Doncaster 0 - 1 West Ham Kevin Nolan gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-1 West Ham.1:52
Jack Collison is ruled offside. Gary Woods restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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