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West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

James Collins

West Ham beat Norwich with two late goals to secure a third successive win and move up to 10th in the Premier League.

James Collins headed home in the 84th minute from Mohamed Diame's left-wing cross before the midfielder scored himself with a breakaway goal.

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West Ham patience pleases Allardyce

Norwich trio Gary Hooper, Robert Snodgrass and Alex Tettey were all denied by Adrian in the first half.

And West Ham went on to keep their 13th top flight clean sheet this season.

After starting last weekend's round of fixtures 18th in the Premier League, the result continues a rapid but deserved rise up the table for Sam Allardyce's vastly-improved side.

Since holding Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge on 29 January, they have beaten Swansea, Aston Villa and Norwich - all by a 2-0 scoreline.

They enjoyed some good fortune against the Canaries, with Adrian their hero for the first 80 minutes of the contest.

The Spanish goalkeeper made a fine save low to his left from Hooper's header, before denying Snodgrass when the Norwich midfielder was put clean through on goal.

Both chances were created by 19-year-old winger Nathan Redmond, who was causing problems with his pace on the counter.

James Tomkins made a superb tackle to deny Bradley Johnson while, at the other end, John Ruddy dealt easily with straightforward efforts on goal from Matt Jarvis, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan.

As the first half drew to a close, Adrian made arguably his best save of the match when he turned away Tettey's shot following Hooper's pass.

West Ham improved after the break, slowly winning the midfield battle as Norwich's raids down the flanks became less frequent - Hooper spurning another good chance to open the scoring.

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Hughton

Substitute Diame should have done better when played in by Nolan but Ruddy made a fine save, while Joseph Yobo lifted a shot over the bar after Adrian had failed to collect a corner.

As the game opened up in the final 10 minutes, West Ham took the lead when Collins evaded his marker and beat Ruddy to Diame's high ball from a short free-kick to bury a header into the back of the net.

With Norwich pushing forward for an equaliser, Diame ensured a flattering margin of victory by breaking away from his own half before beating Ruddy with the aid of a deflection.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"I am very, very frustrated. When you come here, you know you'll be up against a direct and physical game and you have to match them.

"For nearly all the game we were able to do that but you rely on getting a little release by scoring goals.

"It is a bit too familiar, creating chances and not putting them away. We put more pressure on ourselves."

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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 20Demel
  • 3McCartney
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forNocerinoat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Collins
  • 5Tomkins
  • 7JarvisSubstituted forDiaméat 61'minutes
  • 16Noble
  • 24ColeSubstituted forBorrielloat 45'minutes
  • 4Nolan
  • 23Downing

Substitutes

  • 2Reid
  • 8Armero
  • 10Collison
  • 21Diamé
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 46Borriello
  • 47Nocerino

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23OlssonBooked at 43mins
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 60mins
  • 26Yobo
  • 5Bassong Nguena
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 27TetteySubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 86'minutes
  • 11HooperSubstituted forElmanderat 76'minutes
  • 10Fer
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forPilkingtonat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 12Pilkington
  • 13Bunn
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 16Elmander
  • 18Garrido
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
35,153

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 2, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Norwich City 0.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 2, Norwich City 0. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Noble following a fast break.

Booking

Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anthony Pilkington (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United).

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

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

Attempt saved. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Alexander Tettey.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 1, Norwich City 0. James Collins (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Nathan Redmond.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Antonio Nocerino.

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

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

Attempt missed. Joseph Yobo (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by George McCartney.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Antonio Nocerino replaces Matthew Taylor.

Attempt missed. Marco Borriello (West Ham United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Nolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Johan Elmander replaces Gary Hooper.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Leroy Fer (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradley Johnson with a through ball.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Norwich City).

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

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

Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Foul by Marco Borriello (West Ham United).

Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Mohamed Diamé replaces Matthew Jarvis.

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea2617632757
2Arsenal2517442255
3Man City2517354154
4Liverpool2515553350
5Tottenham251456047
6Everton2512941145
7Man Utd2512581041
8Southampton261097839
9Newcastle2511410-237
10West Ham267712-528
11Aston Villa267712-928
12Swansea257612-327
13Hull267613-627
14Stoke256811-1426
15Crystal Palace258215-1626
16Norwich266713-2025
17West Brom2641210-824
18Sunderland256613-1324
19Cardiff265714-2522
20Fulham256217-3120
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