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Premiership: West Ham 3-0 Hull

West Ham impress as victory puts pressure on Steve Bruce’s Hull

West Ham gave their European ambitions a timely boost as a superb second-half display saw the Hammers thrash struggling Hull 3-0 at Upton Park.

Sam Allardyce’s side were booed off at half-time after a dismal opening period but Hull paid the price for some lacklustre finishing as Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing all found the net after the interval.

The result sees West Ham climb above Liverpool into seventh and puts more pressure on Hull manager Steve Bruce, who has now overseen just two wins in 15 Premier League games.

West Ham were dreaming of the Champions League when they sat fourth in the middle of December but four league games without a win, including draws against West Brom and Swansea, had dampened expectations.

This victory, however, puts the Hammers back in touch with the top four and was particularly important given their next seven fixtures include Liverpool, Manchester United, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Kevin Nolan’s return was the only change to the West Ham side that played 120 minutes before beating Everton on penalties on Tuesday and it showed, as the hosts were sluggish throughout the first half.

Hull’s Sone Aluko proved a menace for the Hammers’ back four with his speedy runs in behind and the visitors should have been ahead early on when his cut-back found Ahmed Elmohamady free in the area, but the Egyptian dragged wide.

Aaron Cresswell saw a long-range shot swerve narrowly wide of the post and James Tomkins headed over from a corner but otherwise West Ham’s first-half display was riddled with mistakes and mishit passes.

Hull should have capitalised. In the 24th minute, Aluko’s latest spin around Tomkins put the striker in on goal but he took too long and allowed Collins to block the finish.

Moments later, the Nigerian was in again and fed Jake Livermore in the box, but the midfielder failed to find Elmohamady, who was free outside him, and West Ham emerged unscathed.

Enner Valencia saw his back-post header loop over Allan McGregor and drop onto the crossbar at the end of the first period but that was not enough to spare the home side from a smattering of boos at the half-time whistle.

The Hammers came out with renewed vigour after the break and should have scored when Downing pulled back for Nolan but the midfielder fired his half-volley over.

In the 49th minute, however, West Ham did take the lead. Valencia unleashed a stinging shot from 25 yards and as Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor parried, Carroll outmuscled Curtis Davies to prod home his fifth goal of the season.

Having already made two substitutes, Bruce threw 21-year-old defender Harry Maguire up front with half an hour to play but Hull never really troubled their opponents.

Instead, it was the home side who looked the more threatening and in the 69th minute so it proved as Valencia slid in Amalfitano and the midfielder coolly dinked the ball over McGregror to double West Ham’s lead.

Three minutes later they made it three. Alex Song released Downing with a brilliant through ball and the winger held his nerve, tucking home his fifth goal of the campaign.

Hull were on the ropes and West Ham could have had a fourth late on.

Downing’s clipped ball released Nolan, but the midfielder hit the crossbar from a tight angle and Carroll also went close but the Hammers had to settle for three goals and another valuable three points.

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FA Cup: West Ham 2-2 Everton

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored the winning penalty as his side beat Everton in a thrilling FA Cup tie

Enner Valencia put the hosts ahead when he collected Andy Carroll’s pass and shot past away goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Everton had Aiden McGeady sent off for two bookable offences, but equalised with Kevin Mirallas’s free-kick.

Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees in front after Mirallas’s fine run, but Carlton Cole’s close-range finish took the game to penalties, where West Ham won 9-8.

After it finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time in an amazing match, the third-round replay went to a shootout.

Everton’s Steven Naismith had his penalty saved and Stewart Downing had a chance to win it for the hosts, but Robles saved his effort.

However, the Spanish goalkeeper then hit the crossbar with his attempt before Adrian threw off his goalkeeping gloves and calmly converted the 20th penalty to set up a fourth-round tie with Bristol City.

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Premiership: Swansea 1-1 West Ham

Swansea fought back to earn a point against West Ham and protect a strong home record at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts made the best of the early chances but fell behind as Andy Carroll floated a precise shot into the top corner just before the break.

Substitute Marvin Emnes sparked Swansea into life and Mark Noble could only divert Bafetimbi Gomis’ header into his own net as the tide turned.

West Ham came on strong, but a late onslaught could not regain the lead.

The visitors will reflect on two points lost in their pursuit of the top four as they dropped deeper in defence of their narrow lead.

But Swansea have only been beaten once in the Premier League at home this season and it is difficult to deny that the hosts deserved something from the contest.

West Ham’s physicality and aerial threat had hustled Swansea to a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park in December and the hosts seemed determined not to be bullied in the opening stages.

Ashley Williams and Federico Fernandez grappled with their opponents under every high ball, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski commanded his six-yard box and West Ham, without their manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline because of illness, seemed to lack their usual intensity.

They also carved out the better chances with Gomis and and Gylfi Sigurdsson going close before their promising start was undone and Carroll showed there is more to his game than just old-fashioned target man.

The Hammers’ record signing had scored with two headers in the reverse fixture, but on this occasion deftly controlled Stewart Downing’s cross on his chest before switching feet to buy a yard of space and clipping a superb shot into the top corner from 15 yards.

Carroll’s gleeful celebrations in front of a particularly vocal section of the home support had scarcely finished when Carl Jenkinson produced a superb last-ditch sliding block to deny Wayne Routledge at the other end and ensure the lead lasted until the break.

West Ham’s advantage was barely threatened in the early part of the second half, with James Collins almost doubling their lead with a close-range header.

The tone of the game changed though as Garry Monk brought on Emnes and Modou Barrow for Nathan Dyer and Routledge, focusing his attack on the heart of the Hammers defence.

The Swans, for whom Manchester City target Wilfried Bony was absent on international duty, immediately had more central threat with Gomis scooping a presentable chance over the bar before glancing a header towards goal and seeing Noble turn into his own net as he tried to clear.

It set up a grandstand finish and West Ham came closest to a winner through Stewart Downing’s 20-yarder and James Tomkins’ header, before running out of time.

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FA Cup: Everton 1-1 West Ham

Romelu Lukaku earns replay for Everton against West Ham with late leveller.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s added-time equaliser in the FA Cup tie against West Ham eased some of the mounting pressure on his manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium striker’s smart turn and finish – his fourth goal in as many matches for the Toffees against the Hammers – earned a 1-1 draw and at the very least postponed another inquest into what is going wrong at Goodison Park.

Lukaku’s first in seven matches ended a four-game losing streak and ensured they live to fight another day in the competition after James Collins’ 56th-minute header had exposed the Toffees’ defensive Achilles heel – only QPR have conceded more in the Premier League this season.

West Ham were on the verge of their first victory in 15 attempts since 2007 against their perennial bogey side.

Everton’s current figures do not make for much better reading. They have won just once in the last 10 matches and their last clean sheet came against Europa League opponents Wolfsburg in late November immediately prior to their current slump.

The goal was the least Lukaku, in his first start in three matches, deserved.

It looked like the rest had done him some good as he twice forced Adrian to fumble shots, the West Ham goalkeeper recovering once to deny Kevin Mirallas on the rebound and then being bailed out by Winston Reid.

The Belgium striker also rolled an effort wide of the far post after he was picked out in the inside-left channel by an eye-of-the-needle pass from Ross Barkley, who appeared to lurch from brilliant to dreadful and back again in the first half.

Lukaku has been criticised for not playing like a B£28million striker but he was offering plenty to the team, with his brilliant ball over the top picking out Steven Naismith, who shot from such a narrow angle it beat Adrian but eventually rolled out for a throw.

Seamus Coleman, who just failed to connect at the far post, and Mirallas both had efforts before Barkley showed the best and worst bits of his game as a 60-yard drive at the West Ham defence ended with him passing tamely into the path of Reid as he tried to pick out Lukaku.

The visitors were not without their chances with Stewart Downing, who drifted effectively across the pitch, forcing Joel Robles to tip over and Morgan Amalfitano firing wide.

Everton’s opportunities began to dry up in the second half as, for all Lukaku’s good early play, the side were lacking runners to get beyond him.

The visitors sensed their chance and after defender Carl Jenkinson had driven through the left of Everton’s defence, only to be denied by a good, low near-post save by Robles, they took the lead.

Sylvain Distin, whose scalp did just enough to divert wide Downing’s drive, was partly to blame after losing Collins at the resulting corner but the Wales defender was still allowed to get between Naismith and Muhamed Besic to head in at the near post.

Robles, deputising for the injured Tim Howard with his own position under threat, reacted well to tip over Enner Valencia’s header while Lukaku’s own header was ruled out at the other end as he had climbed all over Aaron Cresswell to get to the ball.

Martinez had labelled the match as the most important of their season so the significance of Lukaku pouncing on Bryan Oviedo’s cross late on could not be underestimated.

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Premiership: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce predicts Winston Reid exit

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he expects Winston Reid to leave the club when the central defender’s contract expires at the end of June.

Reid has been in negotiations over a new deal with the Hammers but Allardyce does not think the 26-year-old will extend his stay.

“It’s highly unlikely Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me,” said Allardyce.

Reid has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool.

The New Zealand international joined West Ham from Danish side FC Midtjylland in August 2010 and has developed into one of the club’s key players.

Allardyce said no approaches had been made for Reid so far in the January transfer window.

He added: “There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment as his contract finishes on 30 June. He hasn’t said he is or isn’t going to sign.

“You would err on the back that he isn’t, by the feel and look of it, at this moment in time.”

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Premiership: West Ham 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal moved above West Ham in to the Premier League top five after inflicting a first home defeat on the Hammers since August.

Alex Song had a 20-yard volley ruled out for offside for the hosts.

Santi Cazorla put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot, following a foul by Winston Reid, before Danny Welbeck put Arsenal further in front.

Cheikhou Kouyate’s header gave the hosts hope but West Ham were unable to avoid a second successive defeat.

It was Arsenal’s ninth win in a row in all competitions against West Ham as they moved level on points with fourth-placed Southampton and just three points behind Manchester United in third.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who opted to rest key players Song and Diafra Sakho for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Boxing Day,disagreed strongly with the decision to disallow Song’s goal, claiming Sakho was not in the eyeline of the goalkeeper when he was adjudged to be offside.

The Hammers had won six of their last seven league home games but, despite heavy late second-half pressure, lacked the quality needed for the leveller.

Former Arsenal man Song, on loan from Barcelona, almost made an instant impact with a low volley into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards early on. Sakho was penalised for standing in an offside position in front of goal, though, despite not touching the ball.

While Allardyce’s men have exceeded expectations this season, Arsenal have had a mixed start to the campaign and they were very much on the back foot in the opening stages.

But the Gunners had failed to score in only one of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League and they were at it again before the break.

Cazorla punished Reid’s high leg in the box to roll home the resulting penalty for the opener. The lead was doubled minutes later as Welbeck was on hand to slide the ball in to the net from close range after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s low cross from the right.

Stunned by the deficit, West Ham restored hope soon after the break with Kouyate bundling Sakho’s cross from the right in to the net via Mathieu Debuchy.

But it was Arsenal who had the better chances, with Hammers keeper Adrian brilliantly denying Alexis Sanchez and Oxlade-Chamberlain, before the visitors survived a late aerial bombardment.

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Premiership: West Ham 3-1 Swansea

Two-goal Andy Carroll helped West Ham climb to third in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Swansea at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce put his neck on the line leading into the game after revealing he opted to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, insisting his decision would be vindicated in time.

Bony has since lit up the league and is in a rich vein of form, while Carroll has struggled for both fitness and form since his club-record move to east London.

It looked as though Allardyce’s comments would backfire on him and his player when Bony put the Swans in front, but Carroll’s brace – plus a third from returning substitute Diafra Sakho – sealed a come-from-behind victory to leave just Chelsea and Manchester City above the Hammers.

Swansea ended the match a man down, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dismissed for attempting to impede Sakho as he bore down on goal.

West Ham were quick out of the blocks and skipper Kevin Nolan had two good chances to open the scoring for the Hammers but he could not connect fully with Carl Jenkinson’s cross down the right as his volley squirmed wide.

His second chance came moments later after a disguised Stewart Downing free-kick allowed him to get a shot away, with Fabianski making a smart stop and James Tomkins’ follow-up effort blocked.

The visitors had been second-best up until that point but were ahead from their first chance as Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson exchanged passes before the former fed Bony, who coolly slotted home past Adrian for his 19th league goal of 2014 and his seventh in nine games.

Swansea were having less of the ball but looked more incisive and could have doubled their lead on 26 minutes as Sigurdsson’s driven effort was pushed away by the West Ham stopper.

Bony then came close to a second after Cheikhou Kouyate was robbed of possession on the edge of his own area and the Ivory Coast international arrowed a shot inches wide.

Both sides were looking dangerous in possession and Aaron Cresswell came close to his second goal in a week but he could only head Downing’s pinpoint ball straight at Fabianski.

Carroll may not be enjoying a similar goalscoring record as counterpart Bony, but the England international showed just what he is capable of as he rose to head home a Jenkinson cross five minutes before the break.

It was Bony who once again came close on the hour-mark as he collected Montero’s pass and flashed an effort past Adrian, only to see it clip the crossbar and go behind before a goal-kick.

West Ham were presented with a good opportunity to take the lead as Leon Britton was caught dawdling by Nolan, who fed substitute Sakho – with the Senegal international’s cross poked behind for a corner.

And Carroll was on hand to leap highest and head home Downing’s corner – with the former Newcastle man running over the embrace Allardyce and the rest of West Ham’s bench.

Things went from bad to worse for the Swans as Fabianski was shown a straight red card seconds later as he was adjudged to have fouled Sakho as he raced through on goal.

Sakho came close to wrapping up the points but could only hit the post when one on one with substitute goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel before Swansea looked to hit back despite their numerical disadvantage.

But West Ham added a third courtesy of a thunderous finish from Sakho, his seventh league goal of the season, to wrap up an eighth win of the season.

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Premiership : Andy Carroll : West Ham striker faces long lay-off with ankle injury

West Ham’s Andy Carroll has torn ligaments in his ankle and could be out of action for four months.

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The former Liverpool player, 25, is set to have an operation on Friday in the United States.

Carroll picked up the problem on the Hammers’ tour of New Zealand, reporting a sore left ankle in training.

He tweeted:  “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season.”

Jack Sullivan, son of co-owner David, tweeted details  of the extent of the injury on Thursday following a question and answer session with his father.

He wrote: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in ankle. Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA. Will be playing in four months.”

The club only discovered the full extent of the injury on Thursday evening.

Carroll missed West Ham’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wellington Phoenix and the club announced he would miss the rest of the tour.

He has been plagued by injury since moving to Upton Park for a club record £15m from Liverpool after impressing during a loan spell.

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