Premier League
West HamWest Ham United3HullHull City0
By Richard WintonBBC Sport
Andy Carroll
Carroll's goal was his fifth of the campaign
  • West Ham keep first clean sheet in nine league games
  • Allardyce's side record first win in five
  • Hull have not scored in 10 of last 15 matches
  • Bruce's side remain in bottom three

West Ham moved back to within four points of the Champions League places after consigning relegation-threatened Hull to a third consecutive defeat.

Steve Bruce's injury-ravaged Hull had the better of the first half but were badly exposed after the break.

Andy Carroll prodded in after Allan McGregor pushed out Enner Valencia's shot and a cute Morgan Amalfitano dink from Valencia's pass doubled the lead.

Stewart Downing then rolled in a third after Alex Song split the Hull defence.

Formation changes key - Allardyce

After four games without a win since Christmas, the victory revives Sam Allardyce's hopes of earning the club a first appearance in continental competition since 2006.

But for Hull, a sixth defeat in eight games heightens concerns about their top-flight status.

Bruce's side, who are in 18th place, are just one point adrift of Sunderland and Burnley but the manner in which they capitulated after a promising first half was alarming.

Another worry ahead of their next match - the 31 January visit of Newcastle - is that James Chester and Alex Bruce have joined an already lengthy injury list.

A further concern will be the fact Hull have failed to score in six of their last eight games.

Ahmed Elmohamady spurned their best chance against West Ham, dragging a shot wide from 12 yards out after being picked out by lone striker Sone Aluko.

West Ham were equally impotent before the break.

They forced McGregor into action on just one occasion, the Scotland international having to tip a looping Valencia header on to the bar before smothering James Tomkins' header after the ball was not cleared.

Hull 'gifted' goals, says Bruce

But the hosts seized command four minutes after the interval when McGregor could only parry Valencia's fierce drive and Carroll reacted quickest to jab in the loose ball.

The concession spooked the visitors and their haphazard defending was exposed by two goals inside three minutes midway though the half.

First Hull defender Michael Dawson dropped off Valencia 30 yards out, allowing the Ecuadorian striker to turn and feed Amalfitano, who caressed a finish over McGregor.

Then on-loan Barcelona midfielder Song eliminated the Hull midfield and defence with one pass, allowing Downing to canter through and slip past the goalkeeper.

The final 18 minutes then became a procession as West Ham secured the win that keeps them in seventh place.

Morgan Amalfitano
Amalfitano scored for the third time in 18 appearances for West Ham
Stewart Downing
Only Cesc Fabregas has provided more Premier League assists than Stewart Downing this term
James Chester
James Chester had to go off injured after this challenge. Hull team-mate Alex Bruce also had to be replaced
Sone Aluko and James Tomkins
Aluko - who caused Tomkins problems - had scored just once in his previous 31 games
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
Allardyce has led West Ham to their biggest Premier League points haul after 22 games

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forReidat 49'minutes
  • 5TomkinsSubstituted forO'Brienat 76'minutes
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16NobleBooked at 21minsSubstituted forAmalfitanoat 66'minutes
  • 30Song
  • 11Downing
  • 4Nolan
  • 31E Valencia
  • 9Carroll

Substitutes

  • 2Reid
  • 7Jarvis
  • 17O'Brien
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 21Dawson
  • 4BruceSubstituted forMaguireat 45'minutes
  • 6DaviesSubstituted forSagboat 72'minutes
  • 5ChesterSubstituted forFigueroaat 45+4'minutes
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 7MeylerBooked at 87mins
  • 27El MohamadyBooked at 34mins
  • 29QuinnBooked at 75mins
  • 24Aluko

Substitutes

  • 3Figueroa
  • 12Maguire
  • 15McShane
  • 20Sagbo
  • 22Harper
  • 23Ince
  • 25Ramírez
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
34,914

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamHull
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 3, Hull City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 3, Hull City 0.

  3. Post update

    Joey O'Brien (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  12. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

  13. Post update

    Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a through ball.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Meyler.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Morgan Amalfitano (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Nolan with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

    Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Joey O'Brien replaces James Tomkins because of an injury.

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