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2012-09-22T11:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:53:37

West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland FT




Final score - West Ham United 1-1 Sunderland

96 mins - Just before we reach the 97th minute, Mr Mason blows for full-time. It's a point gained from a late equaliser but West Ham, strangely, might feel like this is two dropped. They were by far the better team all afternoon. Sunderland's goal came from a mistake - as did all their other chances, bar a couple of counter-attacks. The Hammers peppered the Black Cats penalty area and got their reward. It's a point and we move on to Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday night. Tickets for that game are just a tenner for Adults and a fiver for Kids if bought in advance, so there is no excuse not to get down to the Boleyn next week! Thanks for joining us.

96 mins - I'm not sure how much more time we have left but this must be nearly over. West Ham have possession.

95 mins - We're still playing. West Ham THOROUGHLY deserved that equaliser. They have been outstanding. Sunderland have literally hardly had a kick.

93 mins - GOAL! ENOUGH TIME! NOLAN! Noble launches the ball forward and Jarvis just keeps it in. Maiga heads forward for Nolan, who spins and powers the ball pasty Mignolet.

93 mins - Meyler is finally on. How much time to we have left? West Ham have a throw.

91 mins - We're going to have at least four added minutes. To begin them, Campbell is going to have the physio on. Jaaskelainen complains about something and is booked. Campbell is replaced by David Meyler. Campbell is about one step from the touchline on the far side when the referee tells him to hobble all the way across the pitch. Sometimes this game just makes me laugh - but not because it is funny.

88 mins - Noble's clipped ball for Maiga and Bramble flicks out for another corner. Come on West Ham! It's a dangerous one and flicked on. Nolan retrieves and finds Demel. He feeds back inside for Nolan, who crosses left-footed. The ball is headed up in the air. Is Reid being held? West Ham appeal but again nothing is given.

87 mins - The attendance is 33,052. Some are leaving. Maiga wins the header inside the box but Mignolet is there to collect the bouncing ball. Sunderland will be absolutely made up if they win this.

84 mins - Noble is robbed but Reid saves his bacon with an outstanding challenge on the edge of the penalty area. Moments later West Ham resume the assault and Gardner fouls Jarvis again. Noble curls the free-kick into the box and Maiga wins it. He wants a corner, but Mr Mason awards a goal kick.

82 mins - Reid is caught in possession by David Vaughan. He pulls down the Wales midfielder and is booked for his troubles. Diame is voted Man of the Match by sponsors Southern Asbestos Services and England Environmental.

81 mins - Time is running out and I am sure not one West Ham fan can believe their team is losing this. Sunderland haven't had any sort of period where they have controlled possession at all.

78 mins - Jarvis collects on the far side after a clearing header and puts in another fantastic cross that flicks off the head of Bramble and goes behind for a corner. Maiga cannot get enough on his header and Sunderland clear and counter through Campbell. West Ham scramble back and even when Reid's header drops to Fletcher, his left-foot shot is too high.

77 mins - Cole is the man replaced and he sprints off. Top man. He's put a shift in. Cometh the hour, cometh the Van?

76 mins - Sunderland have a chance at long last. The cross comes over from the left and Vaughan dives full length but cannot make contact with his head. West Ham clear. Maiga is coming on.

75 mins - Another corner, this time as Colback challenges Demel after a one-two with Diame. Noble's corner comes over the Collins' header flicks the top of the crossbar on the way over the top. This is unbelievable.

74 mins - Sunderland are literally defending on the edge of their own box. It is attack against defence. Jarvis crosses left-footed and O'Shea volleys away.

71 mins - The corner comes over and drops to Collins, whose shot is blocked. Was it handball? Nothing given. West Ham come again and Reid challenges for another cross. Again it drops to Collins and again his shot is charged down. Collins stays up but two more balls into the box are headed away.

70 mins - Seriously. Jarvis again. He crosses and O'Shea beats him in the air but Diame collects. His left-foot shot hits a defender and spins behind for another corner. Before it is taken, Campbell comes on for Sessegnon. Sunderland have every player back to defend this.

69 mins - Jarvis involved again, but this time he checks on to his right foot and feeds the ball to O'Brien. He takes a touch and shoots right-footed. He catches it well but Mignolet gets his body behind it and makes the save.

67 mins - O'Brien's wayward header nearly lets in Sunderland, but Reid stands firm on the edge of the penalty area. That came after another dangerous Jarvis cross had been headed away.

65 mins - Noble's corner is half-cleared before Collins muscles in and wins the ball back. Diame tries to dribble but the ball rolls right to Benayoun. He is caught in two minds and lifts the ball into the hands of Mignolet.

64 mins - Action at both ends. First Fletcher is denied by a block, then Diame collects on his thigh and drives forward down the left. He finds Jarvis, who gets to the byline and crosses to the far post. Benayoun rises but Rose does well to bravely head out for a corner. Rose needs the physio on so will not be on the pitch for the corner.

62 mins - Larsson is replaced by David Vaughan. Maybe they're concerned about the threat of Jarvis because McClean has swapped flanks to help out Gardner.

60 mins - Jarvis has a chance to run at Gardner and the right-back cynically blocks him. Yellow card. Noble delivers and Nolan tries to flick on, but Sunderland clear. Rose tries to counter, but Mr Mason blows for a West Ham free-kick. Noble lifts the ball over and Cole heads wide.

59 mins - Gardner beats the offside trap and cuts the ball back for McClean, but he cannot apply the finish under pressure from Collins and Jaaskelainen collects.

57 mins - Vaz Te and Taylor are replaced by Jarvis and Benayoun. The latter gets a good reception on his Boleyn Ground return.

56 mins - This is SO frustrating at present. It's one-way traffic. Reid's diagonal ball in is flicked on by Cole but Vaz Te cannot apply the finish from six yards. Mignolet collects.

54 mins - Benayoun and Jarvis are both preparing to come on. Before then Taylor, who may well make way, wins a corner. Noble curls the corner in and Mignolet double fists the ball high over the bar. Surely he could have caught that? The second corner is blocked by Larsson and goes out for a throw.

51 mins - Diame works some space for himself before passing to Vaz Te on the right touchline. He ignores Demel's overlapping run and is tackled by Sessegnon a couple of yards outside the box.

49 mins - West Ham are back on top again, just as they were for the majority of the opening half. The ball is headed around a bit inside the Sunderland half before being nodded to Nolan, whose shot on the turn is blocked. Taylor races in but his follow-up is also charged down. The noise level rises.

47 mins - Diame has the ball and finds Nolan, who feeds O'Brien in space wide left. He checks on to his right foot and his ball inside is half-blocked and drops to the captain. He takes a touch and then hooks the ball into the arms of Mignolet with his attempted cross.

46 mins - West Ham get the second half up and running. A long ball forward is cleared by Sunderland before O'Brien is penalised for a foul on halfway.

Here come the Hammers and Sunderland. George McCartney and Lee Cattermole exchange a high-five. McCartney, of course, spent two spells with the Black Cats. West Ham to kick-off... But not before Bubbles nearly comes a cropper by tripping over the bubble machine. Ironic.

All seven West Ham substitutes are out warming-up on the pitch at the break. Christine Ohuruogu, the 2012 London Olympic 400m Silver medallist, is introduced to the crowd. She talks about growing up in Stratford, the best-ever Olympic Games and her hopes that London 2012 will leave a lasting legacy for the youngsters of tomorrow. Ohuruogu also reveals that she is planning to run again in Rio in 2014. Great stuff.

Half-time score - West Ham United 0-1 Sunderland

47 mins - Another cross comes over from the right following work by Demel and Vaz Te. It's deep and over the head of Taylor and bounces away for a goal kick. Rose's long ball is controlled by Collins, who has to be quick to poke clear in front of Sessegnon. Diame collects, but that's half-time.

46 mins - O'Brien is fouled again by Larsson. Free-kick about ten yards inside the Sunderland half. Noble lifts it in again and Cole wins the header, but it loops into the hands of Mignolet, who catches with ease.

43 mins - Amazing save by Mignolet. Demel challenges Rose for Vaz Te's pass before the No12 takes control himself. He gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for Nolan, whose acrobatic volley is pushed aside by the outstretched left hand of the Belgian. Great save.

41 mins - Sunderland only look threatening when West Ham let them. This time Collins passes back to Jaaskelainen on the volley. The Finn takes two touches and then passes 35 yards to a Sunderland player. Again McClean has the ball, but again he cannot do anything with it.

39 mins - Spoke too soon. McClean picks up possession about 25 yards out after West Ham miss a header. Demel stands firm and blocks the shot. The follow-up cross is too long. Goal kick.

38 mins - Aside from their goal, Sunderland have done next to nothing in possession. West Ham just need to find a finish...

35 mins - Great feet again from Diame as he spins away from Cattermole and is fouled. Vaz Te collects before he too is brought down by Bramble. Noble lifts the free-kick in and it's won by Cole. The ball falls to Nolan with his back to goal. He tries to turn it in from eight yards, but the ball goes a yard wide. Rueful smile on the face of the captain.

34 mins - West Ham are knocking on the door, but Sunderland are holding it shut just for now. Cole combines well with his team-mates before Diame gets down the left and crosses. Cole has got into the box and rises, but his header goes just over.

31 mins - Close again! Reid wins the corner at the far post and Nolan swivels and volleys across the face of goal, but nobody is there to poke the ball home. Goal kick. Frustrating.

30 mins - West Ham are going to have stop giving the ball away inside their own half. Noble does so, but thankfully Reid steps in to win the ball back. Moments later, Taylor wins a free-kick for handball. Reid lifts it in and the ball drops to Demel, whose volley is deflected behind. Taylor to take the corner...

28 mins - McClean is in acres of space as he collects down the left. Instead of trying to find a team-mate he elects to shoot from 30 yards and drags it miles wide. Let-off.

27 mins - Another cross comes in from the right this time and West Ham win a throw on the near side. The ball is worked inside to Diame, who is fouled 22 yards from goal just left of centre. The ball is prodded to Nolan, whose shot hits the wall. The ball is worked back to Diame, whose loses out and Sunderland counter-attack...

25 mins - Better from the Hammers as Reid tries to pick out Cole. The ball is headed to Nolan by a defender and he spins and passes to Diame. He wrong-foots Colback but then slices his shot wide of the right-hand post.

23 mins - So close to an equaliser. First, Taylor picks out Nolan, but his and Noble's follow-up shot are blocked. Noble anticipates the clearance and wins the ball back. Taylor drives the cross to the far post where Vaz Te and Cole rise, but the former's header bounces down and over the angle of post and crossbar. A foot or two away...

22 mins - Taylor wins then loses the ball on the edge of the Hammers box. Larsson gets beyond O'Brien and crosses dangerously but Collins is there to head into the air before Demel nods behind for a corner. Larsson takes and Cole heads powerfully away at the near post. He is good at that, is Carlton.

19 mins - Big Sam has Jarvis, Maiga and O'Neil out warming up on the touchline. It's all getting a bit tetchy out there as West Ham feel they are not getting the rub of the decisions. Diame is finally awarded a free-kick as he is challenged by Larsson and Cattermole. Noble delivers into the box but Sunderland again head clear before Demel shoves Rose to the floor on the edge of the box.

17 mins - Nolan gets a talking-to for sliding in a bit late as Bramble clears. There was no contact, but Bramble went flying. No card.

16 mins - Cole is back on. Jaaskelainen collects the long punt forward from Gardner and the game resumes.

14 mins - That goal came out of nothing. West Ham had controlled the opening moments. O'Brien is fouled by Larsson on halfway. Reid launches the ball in and Mignolet clears everyone out as he punches clear. Cole is down and the referee stops the game for the physio to come on.

11 mins - Big Sam won't be happy with that goal at all. West Ham try to respond immediately and they win a corner. Noble will take, but not before the referee has spoken to Mignolet and Nolan about a coming together inside the six-yard box. The corner is cleared but only to Diame, whose cross is headed behind by Gardner at the far post.

9 mins - GOAL! West Ham knock the ball around at the back before Collins shapes to clear but mis-hits it. The ball drops to Larsson wide on the right and he launches a diagonal ball that picks out Fletcher. He controls inside the box and shoots low past Jaaskelainen. The goalkeeper got a hand to it, but couldn't keep it out.

8 mins - Taylor is fouled by Larsson on halfway. Collins to launch it into the box... He does, but Cole is penalised for a handball as he challenges two defenders. That looked a bit harsh.

5 mins - Outstanding feet from Diame as he jinks and powers his way from two Sunderland players by the left touchline. He is a talented and strong player, is the Senegal midfielder. An all-rounder, if you like. Unfortunately, Bramble challenges Nolan hard and the chance is lost. West Ham have started with a high tempo here. Sunderland have Gardner at right-back, with Colback in his preferred central midfield role.

3 mins - Cole wins his first flick-on from Jaaskelainen's long punt forwards. Taylor cannot quite get on the end of it. Moments later West Ham break up a Sunderland attack as Noble challenges Sessegnon. Diame collects a pass and runs forward 30 yards through the middle. Cole tries to make an angle for the through ball, but O'Shea just cuts it out. Decent start from the hosts.

2 mins - Cole tries to spin in behind Bramble this time, but is flagged offside.

1 min - Demel again, working well with Vaz Te before a ball over the top seeks out Cole. It is just too strong and bounces up for Mignolet to volley clear from just outside his box. Vaz Te collects on halfway, but after beating one man he is crowded out.

2.59pm - Sunderland get us underway a few seconds early. Demel wins the ball back and Vaz Te tries to beat Rose down the Sunderland left, but he accidentally runs into the left-back. Foul given.

2.55pm - A bit of Coldplay and The Clash and we're nearly ready for some 'Bubbles'. Can West Ham maintain their 100 per cent start here at the Boleyn Ground? Or will the Black Cats prove to be unlucky opponents? We'll know in two hours! Here come the two teams...

2.45pm - If you'd like a copy of today's Official Programme to read at home, you can download a digital version - complete with exclusive video footage and highlights - for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Android or Pocketmags for your Kindle Fire or Blackberry Playbook.

2.40pm - Both sets of players are going through their final warm-ups. We've also got an exclusive gallery of photographs from today's game available to view on the club's official Facebook page.

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2.05pm - Team news! West Ham United are unchanged from last weekend's goalless draw at Norwich City. On the bench, Alou Diarra has picked up a knock in training and has been replaced by Gary O'Neil. Sunderland make one change, bringing in Titus Bramble for the injured Carlos Cuellar.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Taylor, Vaz Te, Cole
Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Jarvis, Maiga, McCartney, Benayoun, O'Neil

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher
Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

Richard House Children's Hospice

West Ham United's home match with Sunderland will be promoting awareness and raising funds for the Richard House Children's Hospice.

The Beckton-based hospice, which has midfielder Mark Noble as a patron, will have bucket collectors around the stadium and there will be promotion of the work it does on the big screens as well as the first-team players wearing special Hospice T-shirts in the pre-match warm-up.

Captain Kevin Nolan, Mark Noble, Matt Taylor and James Collins all recorded messages on behalf of the team this week to help raise awareness and the club supports the hospice throughout the year.

Noble said: "It is a great little place that helps a lot of families and without this support, it can't carry on the fantastic work it does day in day out. We know from visiting the hospice what it provides and I can only urge everyone to get behind Richard House, they truly appreciate the support."

The hospice provides care and support for life-limited children and young adults with complex health conditions. Last season, West Ham supporters helped Richard House raise around £2,000 at a match day and they are hoping that Hammers fans will dig deep for them again.

Viv Talbot, Richard House's fundraising manager said: "We really appreciate the support we get from West Ham United and their supporters. Every penny makes a huge difference to the lives of all those who use our services."

Richard House volunteers will be around the Boleyn Ground with collection buckets or you can donate £5 simply by texting RHCH02 £5 to 70070.

For more information on Richard House Children's Hospice, click here.

Match Sponsor

Saturday's joint Match Sponsors are England Environmental Services Limited and Southern Asbestos Services. West Ham United would like to welcome both companies to the Boleyn Ground and hope they enjoy a successful day with us.

EESL Southern Asbestos Services

West Ham United v Sunderland

Hello and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for today's Barclays Premier League fixture. There is still time to get down to the East End and snap up a ticket for today's game, with Youth Academy members admitted for FREE when accompanied by an adult!

West Ham United face Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League at the Boleyn Ground hoping to maintain their 100 per cent home record in all competitions. The Hammers have won their previous six home matches dating back to the 3-3 npower Championship draw with Birmingham City on Easter Monday, conceding just one goal.

Sam Allardyce's side start the weekend in eighth place, having collected seven points from four matches courtesy of home wins over Aston Villa (1-0) and Fulham (3-0) and a 1-1 draw at Norwich City last Saturday lunch-time. The Hammers have also recorded a 2-0 home Capital One Cup second-round victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Sunderland, under manager Martin O'Neill, are unbeaten this season, having drawn all three Barclays Premier League fixtures and beaten Morecambe 2-0 at home in the Capital One Cup second round.

Team news-wise, Jack Collison will not feature after missing the start of the season as he continues to manage his long-term knee issues. Likewise, striker Andy Carroll will also be missing after suffering a hamstring injury on his debut against Fulham. In Carroll's absence both Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga are vying for a starting spot.

Winger Matt Jarvis is also pushing for a starting place after returning to action against Norwich after a thigh injury. Yossi Benayoun, who made his second 'debut' against the Canaries, is also pushing for inclusion. If Jarvis does feature, it will be his first appearance for the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground.

The two starting line-ups and substitutes will be confirmed at 2pm and posted first on the club's official twitter feed.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Taylor (Benayoun 57), Vaz Te (Jarvis 57), Cole
Subs: Henderson, Tomkins, Maiga, McCartney, O'Neil

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher
Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

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