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West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City

By Marc HigginsonBBC Sport
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.

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.

Hughton rues missed chances

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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West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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


  • 3Whittaker
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 12Pilkington
  • 13Bunn
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 16Elmander
  • 18Garrido
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Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamNorwich
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Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. 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.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Nocerino (West Ham United).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United).

  13. Substitution

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

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Nathan Redmond.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

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

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3Man City25173568274154
7Man Utd25125841311041
10West Ham2677122833-528
11Aston Villa2677122736-928
15Crystal Palace2582151834-1626
17West Brom26412103038-824
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