A calamitous James Chester own goal gifted West Ham victory over 10-man Hull and moved them nine points clear of the relegation zone.

Sam Allardyce's side took the lead through Mark Noble's penalty after Hull keeper Allan McGregor was sent off for bringing down Mohamed Diame.

McGregor sees red again

Allan McGregor

Allan McGregor's sending off was his second of the season and Hull City's fourth in the league. The 32-year-old is the first Premier League goalkeeper to be sent off twice in a single season since Maik Taylor in 2003-04.

Nikica Jelavic fortuitously deflected in to level, but Chester diverted Guy Demel's cross in minutes later.

Tom Huddlestone forced a smart save from Adrian but the home side held on.

The Hammers' inability to push on and make their numerical advantage pay saw their supporters greet the final whistle with boos.

Allardyce cupped his ear to highlight his surprise at the criticism, after his side had ended a run of three league losses, his worst run of defeats since becoming manager in 2011.

His side have lost 17 points from winning positions during the campaign, but despite not creating a clear opening in the second half, they won by the odd goal for the first time this season and leapfrogged Hull to move 11th in the table.

Defeat means Hull remain one short of the 10 victories that manager Steve Bruce has set as a survival target, while West Ham, on 34 points, are four short of the tally Allardyce feels will secure their place in the league.

Booing distracted players - Allardyce

After early efforts from Stewart Downing and Matthew Taylor, the game's moment of controversy arrived in bizarre circumstance when McGregor clattered Diame.

The Senegal international appeared to control the ball with his hand and referee Mike Dean did not initially penalise McGregor's clumsy challenge - but his assistant Scott Ledger instructed that a penalty should be awarded and a red card issued.

McGregor, who was hurt in the collision, left the field and Mark Noble - an ever-present for the Hammers this season - stepped up to slot to the left of substitute goalkeeper Steve Harper.

West Ham v Hull

Referee Mike Dean needed help from his assistant before giving a penalty and sending off Allan McGregor

The sending off forced a major tactical rethink for Hull, as Alex Bruce - deployed in a rare holding midfield role - was taken off so that Harper could come on, and strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long were kept in attack.

Their bravery was almost rewarded when Tom Huddlestone fired over and Maynor Figueroa forced a save from Adrian with a stinging shot.

And West Ham failed to heed the warning of Hull's late first-half flourish as they allowed Hull to start the second period quickly and Huddlestone's free-kick cannoned off Jelavic and past the helpless Adrian.

Bruce 'baffled' by 'ludicrous' decision

The Croatian's fourth league goal of the season makes him the Tigers' top scorer, but hope turned to misery moments later when Chester put into his own net.

The 25-year-old swung at Guy Demel's hopeful cross when under no pressure and diverted the ball in off his knee.

In response, Huddlestone fired a long-range shot which forced Adrian to save and Chester headed over from 12 yards.

The FA Cup semi-finalists could however not muster a clear opening and West Ham, who travel to 18th placed Sunderland on Monday, closed out the win.

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

West Ham United

  • 13 Adrián
  • 20 Demel
  • 03 McCartney
  • 16 Noble
  • 19 Collins (Johnson - 9' )
  • 05 Tomkins
  • 23 Downing
  • 14 Taylor
  • 09 Carroll
  • 04 Nolan
  • 21 Diamé (Cole - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Armero
  • 12 Vaz Te
  • 22 Jääskeläinen
  • 24 Cole
  • 26 Cole
  • 28 Johnson
  • 47 Nocerino

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor Dismissed
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 03 Figueroa (Rosenior - 59' )
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce (Harper - 25' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 14 Livermore Booked
  • 07 Meyler
  • 18 Jelavic (Sagbo - 82' )
  • 21 Long
  • 08 Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 22 Harper
  • 24 Aluko
  • 29 Quinn
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 31,033

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

3 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Ham United 2, Hull City 1.

90:00 +4:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Hull City 1.

90:00 +3:53

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

90:00 +3:53

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:06

Attempt missed. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Long with a cross.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt missed. James Chester (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

84:19

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

83:17

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Adrián.

83:13

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

81:46

Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

81:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

75:34

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Guy Demel.

73:35

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

73:35

Guy Demel (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:49

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by James Tomkins.

69:28

Offside, Hull City. Shane Long tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

68:29

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:29

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

68:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Mohamed Diamé.

64:50

Offside, West Ham United. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.

60:12

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

58:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Liam Rosenior replaces Maynor Figueroa because of an injury.

58:28

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

58:28

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

56:21

Delay in match Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) because of an injury.

54:47

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

54:12

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Mark Noble.

53:06 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by James Chester, Hull City. West Ham United 2, Hull City 1.

51:50

Offside, Hull City. Jake Livermore tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

49:59

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Curtis Davies with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

49:30

Foul by Matthew Taylor (West Ham United).

49:30

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 1, Hull City 1. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone following a set piece situation.

47:46

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:56

Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

46:56

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:22

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

45:22

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins West Ham United 1, Hull City 0.

45:00 +6:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Ham United 1, Hull City 0.

45:00 +5:30

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

45:00 +5:30

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:29

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Adrián.

45:00 +3:28

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

45:00 +2:21

Attempt missed. James Chester (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +1:46

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

45:00 +1:46

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:56

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:56

Dangerous play by David Meyler (Hull City).

41:46

Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by George McCartney with a cross.

40:46

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

40:46

Shane Long (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:13

Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:13

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

38:00

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:00

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

36:19

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

32:24

Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:24

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

29:17

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

28:55

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

28:30

George McCartney (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:30

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

25:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Ham United 1, Hull City 0. Mark Noble (West Ham United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

24:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Steve Harper replaces Alex Bruce.

22:50 Dismissal

Dismissal Allan McGregor (Hull City) is shown the red card.

22:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:24

Delay in match Allan McGregor (Hull City) because of an injury.

19:57

Penalty West Ham United. Mohamed Diamé draws a foul in the penalty area.

19:57

Penalty conceded by Allan McGregor (Hull City) after a foul in the penalty area.

17:56 Booking

Booking Jake Livermore (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:47

Mark Noble (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:47

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

17:18

Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

17:18

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:31

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

15:31

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:10

Foul by George McCartney (West Ham United).

14:10

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:36

Foul by Guy Demel (West Ham United).

10:36

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:12

Offside, Hull City. Alex Bruce tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

8:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Ham United. Roger Johnson replaces James Collins because of an injury.

7:46

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

7:19

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

7:12

Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

6:26

Attempt blocked. Mark Noble (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:02

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

5:56

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Taylor.

4:30

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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