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West Ham United 2-1 Hull City

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 20Demel
  • 3McCartney
  • 16Noble
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forJohnsonat 9'minutes
  • 5Tomkins
  • 23Downing
  • 14Taylor
  • 9Carroll
  • 4Nolan
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forColeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Armero
  • 12Vaz Te
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 24Cole
  • 26Cole
  • 28Johnson
  • 47Nocerino

Hull

  • 1McGregorBooked at 23mins
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 3FigueroaSubstituted forRoseniorat 59'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 4BruceSubstituted forHarperat 25'minutes
  • 5Chester
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 18mins
  • 7Meyler
  • 18JelavicSubstituted forSagboat 82'minutes
  • 21Long
  • 8Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 2Rosenior
  • 10Koren
  • 12Fryatt
  • 20Sagbo
  • 22Harper
  • 24Aluko
  • 29Quinn
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
31,033

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamHull
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Adrián.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Guy Demel.

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by James Tomkins.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nolan (West Ham United).

  19. Substitution

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea31216462233969
2Liverpool31215584394568
3Man City29213579275266
4Arsenal31196655361963
5Everton30169546301657
6Tottenham3117594040056
7Man Utd311561048371151
8Newcastle31144133843-546
9Southampton31129104540545
10Stoke31910123645-937
11West Ham3197153441-734
12Aston Villa3097143342-934
13Hull3196163339-633
14Norwich3188152648-2232
15Swansea3179154248-630
16West Brom30513123345-1228
17Crystal Palace3084181939-2028
18Sunderland2967162746-1925
19Cardiff3167182658-3225
20Fulham3173213070-4024
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