WEST HAM UNITED v LIVERPOOL
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER 2012
REFEREE: CHRIS FOY
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Final score - West Ham United 2-3 Liverpool
97 mins - We're still playing. Jaaskelainen belts a free-kick up field and Skrtel wins the header. The ball loops high and the final whistle goes. The loss of Diame to injury completely changed the course of the game. For whatever reason, Liverpool were able to turn the game on its head after the Senegal midfielder had been forced off with a hamstring problem with 17 minutes remaining. Before then, West Ham had been good value for their lead, but instead of three points they pick up none. The winner has now been credited as a James Collins own-goal. Anyway, we now have a week to prepare for a trip to West Bromwich Albion, who have lost their last three league matches.
96 mins - Into added-time at the end of added-time and this game is over. Liverpool win a throw deep in West Ham territory. Now Shelvey is down with cramp.
95 mins - Maiga's control lets him down from a throw and Liverpool have a throw. Is that West Ham's chance of grabbing a draw gone?
94 mins - 90 seconds to go...
92 mins - It's not happening, but it nearly does for Liverpool as Shelvey makes his way into the box. Reid stops him with a last-ditch tackle. Liverpool then win two free-kicks inside the West Ham half. Time is running out...
91 mins - We're going to have FIVE added minutes. Collins has gone up front.
89 mins - Cole is fouled about 30-odd yards from the Liverpool goal. Maiga wants to shoot, but he will wish he hadn't as his left-foot shot flies high into the stand.
88 mins - Jarvis puts in two decent crosses from the left and on both occasions Reina is out and punches clear from the edge of his own six-yard box. Liverpool break and Sterling beats Collins, but Jaaskelainen races out of his box to hack clear ahead of the England winger.
86 mins - Maiga is on for Taylor. Can he repeat his trick from last weekend? Liverpool bring on Coates for Allen.
85 mins - This time last game, West Ham were drawing 1-1 and went on to win 3-1. Two goals in the next seven or eight minutes wouldn't go amiss.
82 mins - Liverpool are playing with a lot of confidence now. Cole has a go from 25 yards but screws it wide of the right-hand post and into the Liverpool fans. The Reds supporters are making a lot of noise, as you might expect.
79 mins - GOAL! Liverpool lead. Henderson crosses low from the right and Shelvey slides in with Collins at the near post. The ball loops over Jaaskelainen and into the net. It's been a completely different game since Diame went off.
76 mins - GOAL! Out of nothing, Liverpool are level. Collins' clearance falls back to Sterling. Cole runs off Tomkins and gets in behind O'Brien before shooting hard and low. The ball clears Reid's lunge and nestles into the bottom right-hand corner. Cole becomes the second ex-Hammer to score against the club where he started his career.
75 mins - It's not a change of shape for West Ham, but Noble has gone forward a touch, with Tomkins sitting deep in the midfield.
72 mins - Oh dear. Diame is down on the turf having collapses to the ground holding his left hamstring. I wonder how serious that could be? Diame is taken off on a stretcher to strains of 'Diame Army' from the home fans. Tomkins is on in his place.
70 mins - Shelvey heads wide. Before the goal-kick can be taken, Brendan Rodgers replaces Lucas with Henderson.
68 mins - The corner is headed out to Downing, who finds Johnson. He drops his shoulder and crosses left-footed, but West Ham stand firm and Taylor slams the ball away for a throw. West Ham break and Jarvis crosses. Taylor heads goalwards fro the penalty spot but it's an easy catch for Reina.
67 mins - Liverpool are still a threat. Cole cuts inside from the left and slides the ball along the edge of the box. Sterling is there and hits his shot first-time. Jaaskelainen acrobatically tips over. Corner.
65 mins - Agger has scored one belter against West Ham before - his first Liverpool goal - but this time he checks on to his right foot and slams his shot high over the crossbar.
64 mins - Good football again as Noble finds O'Brien. He beats his man and then collects a pass from Taylor before standing the ball up. Johnson is there to control before Jarvis blocks the clearance behind for a goal kick.
62 mins - Johnson comes forward again and collects a pass from Gerrard in space. He gets to the edge of the box but his cross is half-blocked before McCartney hacks into the East Stand for a throw.
61 mins - Cole is having a fantastic game. He spins away from his marker and streaks away from Agger. He then looks up and crosses for Taylor, but Skrtel gets a boot in the way, just. The flag is up for offside again against Taylor and it's the correct decision.
60 mins - Collins makes one superb tackle and then a block to deny Shelvey and West Ham break. Cole is making some superb runs and he does so again to drag Agger wide left. The Hammers keep the ball well before Taylor is caught offside.
57 mins - Superb play by Diame and Cole, who holds up the Senegalese's pass before finding McCartney. He finds Jarvis, who wins a corner. Taylor's corner finds Collins, but his header is miles off-target.
53 mins - Argh! So close to a third for West Ham as Jarvis wins the ball from Skrtel and cuts back for Nolan, whose shot is blocked. Diame recovers possession and finds Taylor, whose shot is charged down. He had hit that, too, had Taylor.
51 mins - West Ham are probably edging it since the break, but no clear-cut chances as yet. Noble crosses but when Skrtel heads clear, O'Brien fouls Allen as he wins the header. Liverpool break but Gerrard slices his cross high and behind the goal.
48 mins - Taylor is fouled inside the West Ham half. Collins launches the ball into the box but Nolan is flagged offside. No matter, as Reina had collected.
46 mins - We're back underway and West Ham have made a change, with McCartney replacing Demel. The Northern Irishman has gone to left-back, with O'Brien over to right-back. Seconds into the second half Diame is down injured after a clash with Sterling. He has the physio on, but seems to be OK.
Half-time score - West Ham United 2-1 Liverpool
49 mins - Jaaskelainen clears upfield and the half-time whistle goes. Well, that was as breathless as the second half last week! West Ham have scored five goals in the last 72 minutes of Barclays Premier League football - not half-bad against Chelsea and Liverpool.
48 mins - Demel does well to deny Agger, who has stayed up following a marauding run down the left. The clearance is not so good, but when the cross comes back in again, Shelvey is offside before glancing his header off-target.
46 mins - This has been a belter so far. Sterling runs at Demel and wins a corner. Sterling crosses, Skrtel's header is high into the air and Jaaskelainen catches to cheers from the home fans.
45 mins - So close to an equaliser as Downing's cross takes a deflection and bounces into the path of Shelvey, who shoots hard but well wide from just in front of the near post. We're going to have at least three added minutes.
43 mins - GOAL! Jarvis crosses and Gerrard buries a header in his own net! The cross came from the left and was aimed towards Reid and Cole, but it hits the Reds skipper on the head and flies low into the bottom left-hand corner past Reina. You've got to hand it to West Ham - they have got some character.
40 mins - West Ham win the ball back through the energetic Diame, who beats one man and sends Jarvis away. He beats his man and gets to the byline before pulling the ball back. Cole makes something of it and finds Demel. He crosses and Taylor gets there ahead of Reina, but he's on the stretch a bit and the ball flies over the top.
39 mins - The visitors have responded well and win a corner as the ball intended for Gerrard hits Noble. The Reds skipper delivers and Cole heads clear at the near post.
38 mins - Booking for Taylor for a high foot on Sterling. Replays show that looked rather painful for the teenager.
37 mins - GOAL! Noble buries the penalty confidently into the bottom left-hand corner. Reina went the right way but the No16 hit it hard enough to beat the Spaniard's dive.
36 mins - Superb stuff! Penalty to West Ham! Taylor does superbly to pick up the ball after Cole had been tackled on the edge of the box. Taylor finds Jarvis, whose cross is headed out as far as Diame. His shot hits Allen on the arm. Mr Foy decides it's a spot-kick.
35 mins - Taylor takes the free-kick left-footed from about 30 yards. It's on target but easy enough for Reina to catch on the bounce.
34 mins - Diame drives foward about 50 yards at full-tilt. He appears to lose control but gets a toe to the ball before being felled by Gerrard, who is booked.
32 mins - This is a good game to watch. Slightly contrasting styles but two teams who are working very hard. Liverpool come forward again and Sterling's pass causes some panic. Cole loses out and Jarvis pokes behind for a corner. The ball is delivered by Gerrard and pings around for a while before Collins swings his leg to clear.
30 mins - West Ham are banging hard on the door. A free-kick is worked into Nolan, who holds off his man and feeds Jarvis. He crosses and Cole wins the header, but again it's cleared. Shelvey fouls Diame as West Ham come forward again and is booked by Mr Foy at the next stoppage.
29 mins - Some fantastic pressing wins the ball back for West Ham inside the Liverpool half. Jarvis, Nolan, Diame and Noble are all involved. Jarvis slams in a low cross that Cole looks odds-on to finish from six yards, but Liverpool scramble the ball away. The Reds then break, but Demel gets back to block Downing's cross-shot. Good defending and recovery.
27 mins - Cole is on for Enrique, with Downing going to left-back. Meanwhile, West Ham have a throw deep in Reds territory.
25 mins - Cole does superbly to hold up play from a long ball forward and wait for support. Demel, Noble and then Taylor support before the latter curls in a cross left-footed. It's just too high for Cole and Reina is out quickly to catch on the bounce in front of Jarvis. Joe Cole will be on soon so Liverpool must have an injury issue.
24 mins - West Ham threaten from a couple more Jarvis crosses but Reina punches the first clear before catching the second under pressure from Taylor.
21 mins - Cole's diagonal pass puts Enrique in a bit of bother and Taylor seizes possession. Unfortunately, his touch is a little heavy and Agger is able to step in. The No14 fouls the Dane and the chance is lost.
19 mins - A bit more encouraging as Demel and then Taylor get balls into the box. Cole challenges for the second but is beaten in the air. O'Brien collects Downing's clearance and turns well, but Cole is unable to take advantage when the ball is rolled into his feet. Skrtel stands firm.
18 mins - Collins lifts a good ball into the near post. Cole flicks goalwards with his head, but it is straight into the arms of Reina. Half-a-chance, that.
17 mins - Johnson is having a worldy so far. He beats Jarvis again and dances into the box. Nobody wants to go anywhere near the right-back. He is forced to lay the ball off and West Ham survive. Diame is fouled on halfway and the Hammers have a chance to get the ball into the box.
14 mins - Close again! Johnson is again the threat as the ball down the wing gets him goalside of Jarvis. He checks inside the winger and finds Sterling, whose first-time shot is inches wide of the right-hand post. Jaaskelainen was at full-stretch there, but I'm not sure he was keeping that out.
13 mins - The goal has galvanised the visitors. Johnson cuts inside again but his cross is cleared by Collins to Sterling after a bit of a scramble. Sterling cuts inside on to his right foot, but his low shot slides into the side-netting.
11 mins - GOAL! Johnson shows why he is an England international. His first touch is good on the right wing before he cuts inside Jarvis. Nobody closes him down quickly enough, so the right-back unleashes an unstoppable right-foot shot high into the top left-hand corner. To be fair to Johnson, he didn't celebrate against the club where he started his career. The Liverpool fans did, though.
10 mins - Cole's good touch allows Diame to find Jarvis again. He checks and crosses right-footed, but it's just too strong.
9 mins - Corner to West Ham. Diame is fouled and takes it quickly to Nolan, who shoots from the edge of the box and the ball is headed behind. Noble delivers and Reina catches before sending Liverpool away on the counter. For a moment the Reds have men over, but the Hammers get back quickly and Sterling's diagonal cross is too strong for everyone. Goal kick and a sigh of relief for the hosts.
7 mins - Closer! Jarvis does well to lose Johnson before crossing left-footed. The ball is cleared to the edge of the box, where Noble reacts quickest and passes square for Diame. His attempted curler hits Cole and dribbles wide of the left-hand post. I think Reina had that covered, but I'm not 100 per cent sure.
6 mins - Diame properly fancies this. He has picked up where he left off last week, driving through the midfield before finding Jarvis with a neat flick. The No7 crosses and Skrtel adjusts his body to volley clear. O'Brien wins the follow-up but is flagged for a foul.
4 mins - Better from West Ham as Diame spins away from Lucas before Cole collects a pass inside the box. He pulls the ball back for Jarvis to cross. Taylor gets above his man at the far post, but the header loops into the air and is easily claimed by Reina. Breathless start.
2 mins - Diame slides in to win the ball on the edge of the box before Noble feeds Taylor down the left, who wins a throw inside the Liverpool half. It comes to nothing as the ball bounces away for a goal kick to the visitors.
4pm - We're off! Liverpool make a strong start and get two or three crosses in before the ball Gerrard's low angled shot is blocked behind for a corner. It's taken short and then Allen gets the cross in which Nolan volleys clear.
3.59pm - We're nearly ready to go as Nolan and Gerrard exchange a handshake and the pre-match coin toss takes place. Liverpool will kick-off shooting towards the Bobby Moore Stand end...
3.57pm - Here come the teams to the strains of 'Bubbles'... Can West Ham build on their victory over Chelsea and gatecrash the top six? Or will Liverpool continue their recent renaissance and leapfrog their hosts?
3.55pm - Not long until kick-off here in east London. It's getting dark and the floodlights are on. Who will brighten up the early-evening sky? Meanwhile, you can read a round-up of how the Hammers' loanees are getting on here.
3.30pm - The two teams are out warming up on the pitch. It's a chilly and blustery day in east London. The clouds are moving quickly overhead. Down on the playing surface, the players are warming up in their SBOBET t-shirts - celebrating the fourth anniversary of the principal partnership between West Ham and SBOBET. Big Sam is out on the pitch to hand over a birthday cake to SBOBET Executive Director Bill Mummery. The fans are now being treated to a video montage of SBOBET's four years at the club on the big screens.
3.10pm - Team news is in! West Ham make two changes from the team that started against Chelsea last weekend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mohamed Diame and Matt Taylor both start, with James Tomkins and Gary O'Neil dropping to the bench. As expected, Jonjo Shelvey will lead the line for Liverpool in the absence of Luis Suarez.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Reid, Collins, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Taylor, Cole
Subs: Spiegel, McCartney, Tomkins, Spence, Moncur, O'Neil, Maiga
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Leiva, Allen, Sterling, Gerrard, Downing, Shelvey
Subs: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Cole, Henderson, Suso, Morgan
1.40pm - Supporters travelling to the Boleyn Ground by Greater Anglia train services should note that services are being severely delayed as a person has been hit by a train at Goodmayes. Passengers may use their rail tickets local buses on routes 25 and 86 or London Underground services on all reasonable routes. For full information, click here.
Good afternoon and welcome to today's Barclays Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Liverpool.
The Hammers start the afternoon in tenth place, while the Reds sit three points behind in 12th position. A win for Sam Allardyce's side would lift them to sixth in the table if Tottenham Hotspur avoid defeat at Everton.
West Ham picked up 15 points from eight home Barclays Premier League games so far, beating Aston Villa (1-0), Fulham (3-0), Southampton (4-1) and Chelsea (3-1), drawing with Sunderland (1-1), Manchester City (0-0) and Stoke City (1-1) and losing out to Arsenal (1-3).
Away from home, Liverpool have won just once in seven Barclays Premier League fixtures - a 5-2 success at Norwich City on 29 September. The Reds have picked up seven points from their seven away league games.
Both clubs will go into the game on the back of important victories. West Ham United beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Barclays Premier League last Saturday, while Liverpool secured their progress to the last-32 of the UEFA Europa League by winning 1-0 at Italian side Udinese on Thursday evening.
West Ham are the only side in the Barclays Premier League not to have conceded a headed goal in 2012/13. The Hammers have conceded just two goals from set pieces all season.
Team news-wise, George McCartney (groin) and Yossi Benayoun (hip) could return to the West Ham squad after being injured at Newcastle United on 11 November. Andy Carroll (terms of loan agreement), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh), and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out. However, Diarra has returned to light training this week.
Liverpool will definitely be without suspended centre forward Luis Suarez, who was shown his fifth yellow card of the season in last weekend's 1-0 home Barclays Premier League victory over Southampton. Injury-wise, Italy striker Fabio Borini (broken foot) and defender Martin Kelly (knee) are both side-lined.
The team news will be confirmed at 3pm and published on the club's official twitter feed here.
Welcome to our Sponsors
West Ham United would like to welcome today's Match Sponsors SBOBET. One of the world's leading online gaming brands, SBOBET have enjoyed a successful partnership with the Hammers since the pair joined forces in December 2008.
Working together, the duo has enjoyed great success, on and off the pitch.
SBOBET Executive Director Bill Mummery said: "It's amazing that it's four years since we started working with West Ham United as their Principal Sponsor - one of the longest and mutually successful sponsorships in the Premier League.
"It's been a very busy time with all of the joint activities both directly with West Ham United, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research and the West Ham Supporters' Team. I am very grateful to all at the Boleyn Ground for the support they have provided for us, for being such a committed partner and for always making SBOBET welcome."
To mark SBOBET's fourth birthday, the company will today be donating £5,000 to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.
It is far from the first time that SBOBET have made a significant financial donation to the charity set up in memory of the West Ham and England legend, who died from bowel cancer in February 1993.
Whether it be by sponsoring the SBOBET Cup pre-season fixture or backing young fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman, the company has handed more than £20,000 to the Fund over the last four years.
SBOBET have also donated thousands to West Ham's other partner charity - Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton.
Each month since the start of the 2009/10 season, SBOBET has sponsored the club's popular Player of the Month competition, allowing supporters to vote for their favourite Hammers. Fans have also been given opportunities to win a range of exciting prizes courtesy of SBOBET-backed competitions, while the company donated a kit to the West Ham IFC supporters' team in September 2009.
In December 2009, to mark the first anniversary of the partnership, SBOBET gave a commemorative scarf to every fan who attended the home Premier League fixture with Manchester United.
The successful 2011/12 season saw the partnership of West Ham United and SBOBET move to another level, with tens of millions of television viewers seeing our Principal Partners' logo on the staff and players' kit, the Boleyn Ground Stands and perimeter boards, as well as in the Official Programme and website and adverts online and in the local, regional and national press.