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West Ham United 3-0 Fulham

Joe Cole curls home West Ham's third goal

West Ham easily saw off Fulham to increase the pressure on Cottagers boss Martin Jol, whose side have now lost five Premier League games in a row.

The Hammers hit the post through Modibo Maiga in a one-sided first half, before Mohamed Diame's deflected shot put them ahead straight after the break.

Fulham created little before Carlton Cole slid in to make it 2-0 and Joe Cole curled home a third late on.

The Cottagers' only serious effort saw Pajtim Kasami fire a low shot wide.

Jol admitted before kick-off he if Fulham lost this match and his side's performance, just as much as the result, will have done little to improve his prospects of staying in his post.

Fulham manager Martin Jol

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West Ham opener killed Fulham - Jol

The Cottagers were not completely devoid of spirit, but they did not manage a shot on target and offered little creative nous or attacking threat against a team who were only above them in the table on goal difference before kick-off.

If not for a combination of the woodwork, some fine saves from Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and some poor finishing from the hosts, a West Ham side who had managed only two goals in their previous five games would have inflicted a far heavier defeat.

With Maiga restored to their starting line-up, the Hammers were playing with a recognised striker for the first time in the league since the end of September.

But, between them, Sam Allardyce's starting XI had only managed two league goals this season and their lack of quality and confidence in front of goal kept Fulham in the game for far longer than they should have been.

West Ham attacked from the start, firing a series of crosses into the visitors' area and, from Mark Noble's free-kick, Maiga's near-post header cannoned back off the post.

Another set-piece delivery, this time a Stewart Downing corner, was met by James Collins as the home side threatened again, but his header bounced wide.

More home chances came and went and Fulham, who had only a few flashes of Adel Taarabt's fancy footwork to show for the first half, were grateful to get to half-time with the game still goalless.

Jol's luck would not last much longer, however, as the Hammers finally found the net just 75 seconds into the second half.

Steve Sidwell hesitated after being caught in possession by Diame, claiming Scott Parker had been fouled, and the Senegal midfielder advanced to the edge of the area before firing in a shot that deflected off Fernando Amorebieta and wrong-footed Stekelenburg.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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Win lifts West Ham spirits - Allardyce

Fulham did not improve after going behind and Maiga and Matt Jarvis both had chances to increase West Ham's lead, while Downing saw a cross drop on to the bar and Ravel Morrison missed an almost open goal.

Kasami's fizzing effort belatedly gave home keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen something to think about, before the Hammers substitutes combined to make the game safe in the final 10 minutes.

Carlton Cole slid home a Downing cross for his first goal since rejoining the club in October and Joe Cole curled home a Morrison pass to ensure the scoreline reflected their side's dominance.

With a trip to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace to come on Tuesday, Allardyce had described this as a "season-defining" week for his team before kick-off.

Victory means they climb away from the relegation zone, but Fulham remain rooted in the bottom three.

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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 20Demel
  • 3McCartneyBooked at 27mins
  • 16Noble
  • 19Collins
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 11mins
  • 23Downing
  • 21DiaméBooked at 45mins
  • 11MaigaSubstituted forColeat 81'minutes
  • 4NolanSubstituted forMorrisonat 77'minutes
  • 7JarvisSubstituted forColeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Collison
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Taylor
  • 15Morrison
  • 17O'Brien
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 22Zverotic
  • 15RichardsonBooked at 8minsSubstituted forDembeleat 83'minutes
  • 7SidwellBooked at 21minsSubstituted forKaragounisat 78'minutes
  • 18Hughes
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 8Kasami
  • 28Parker
  • 39Bent
  • 19Taarabt
  • 16DuffSubstituted forRuizat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Senderos
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Karagounis
  • 23Boateng
  • 45Dembele
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
34,946

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home12
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 3, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 3, Fulham 0.

Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic.

Attempt saved. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 3, Fulham 0. Joe Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Attempt missed. Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Kieran Richardson because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 2, Fulham 0. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ravel Morrison (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Carlton Cole replaces Modibo Maiga.

Attempt missed. Modibo Maiga (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Noble following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Steve Sidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Ravel Morrison replaces Kevin Nolan.

Attempt saved. Joe Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

Foul by James Collins (West Ham United).

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, West Ham United. Mark Noble tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Joe Cole replaces Matthew Jarvis.

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

Attempt saved. Matthew Jarvis (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Damien Duff.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Damien Duff.

Attempt blocked. James Tomkins (West Ham United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Tomkins (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Modibo Maiga (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Offside, West Ham United. Mark Noble tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Adel Taarabt (Fulham).

Foul by Mark Noble (West Ham United).

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Guy Demel.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1, Fulham 0. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

goal

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