WEST HAM UNITED v NORWICH CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2014
KICK-OFF: 7.45PM
REFEREE: MICHAEL OLIVER

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Introduction

• West Ham United return to the Boleyn Ground to face Norwich City in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday night having recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the Club was promoted back to the top- light in 2012.

• Consecutive 2-0 wins over Swansea City and Aston Villa have moved the Hammers up to 15th place in the league, one position above the Canaries by virtue of a superior goal difference.

• The win against the Villans means the Hammers are now three games without defeat in the Premier League, with a 0-0 draw at Chelsea also contributing to the run which has seen Sam Allardyce's side take seven points from a possible nine.

• On Tuesday night the home side will be looking to record just their second victory at the Boleyn Ground in 2014.

• Norwich City arrive in east London having drawn 0-0 with Manchester City at Carrow Road at the weekend.

• The Canaries have gone three matches without a win in the Premier League, their last success coming against Hull City in a 1-0 win on 18 January.

• Chris Hughton's side will be looking to win on their travels for the first time in four matches since they overcame West Bromwich Albion in December 2013.

Team news

West Ham United

• Andy Carroll serves the second match of his three-game ban on Tuesday night, following his red card versus Swansea City.

• Joey O'Brien is the Hammers' only long-term injury casualty with the full-back having undergone an operation on the shoulder he dislocated against Chelsea.

• Joe Cole (calf) and Mohamed Diame (gashed leg) missed the trip to Birmingham but could be fit for the visit of Norwich.

Norwich City

• The Canaries are waiting on the fitness of Robert Snodgrass, after he missed Saturday's game against Manchester City with a groin injury.

• Gary Hooper will be fit after picking up a kick to the foot in the same game, but Jonas Gutierrez is out.

Last time out

Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
8 February 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins, Demel, Noble, Nolan (Nocerino 68), Taylor, Jarvis (Reid 74), Downing, C Cole (Borriello 45)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Collison, Johnson
Goals: Nolan 46, 48

Norwich City 0-0 Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
8 February 2014

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Olsson, Tettey, Yobo, Bassong. Redmond, Johnson, Hooper (van Wolfswinkel 68), Fer, Pilkington (Whittaker 93)
Subs not used: Bunn, Hoolahan, Murphy, Becchio, Garrido

Previous meeting

West Ham United failed to take advantage of a dominant first half at Norwich City as the Canaries recovered from a one-goal deficit to triumph 3-1. The Hammers bossed proceedings and took the lead through Ravel Morrison. But after handing Gary Hooper a gift-wrapped leveller from the spot after the break, Norwich grew in strength and won the game with two goals inside the final 18 minutes.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Rat, Collison (C Cole 74), Noble (Jarvis 87), Morrison, Nolan, J Cole (Diame 72), Downing
Subs not used: Adrian, McCartney, Maiga, O'Brien
Goal: Morrison 32

Norwich City: Ruddy, Martin, Olsson, Howson, Turner, R Bennett, Snodgrass, Fer, Hooper (Johnson 87), Elmander, Pilkington (Redmond 33)
Subs not used: Whittaker, Bassong, Bunn, Becchio, Hoolahan
Goals: Hooper pen 54, Snodgrass 72, Fer 90

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

9 November 2013 - Norwich City 3-1 West Ham United
1 January 2013 - West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City
15 September 2012 - Norwich City 0-0 West Ham United
7 January 2006 - Norwich City 1-2 West Ham United (FA Cup)
8 January 2005 - West Ham United 1-0 Norwich City (FA Cup)
21 February 2004 - Norwich City 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)

Overall record v Norwich City (Premier League, Football League, FA Cup and League Cup) W 18 D 15 L 16

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)

Norwich City

2012/13 Premier League 11th (44 points)
2011/12 Premier League 12th (47 points)
2010/11 Championship 2nd (84 points - promoted to Premier League)
2009/10 League One 1st (95 points - promoted to Championship)
2008/09 Championship 22nd (46 points - relegated to League One)
2007/08 Championship 17th (55 points)
2006/07 Championship 16th (57 points)
2005/06 Championship 9th (62 points)
2004/05 Premier League 19th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2003/04 Championship 1st (94 points - promoted to Premier League)

Background

• West Ham United have met Norwich City on 73 occasions. The Hammers have taken the spoils in 29 meetings whilst the Canaries have won 24 times with 20 games ending as draws.

• The first ever meeting between the two teams ended in a 1-0 Norwich win at Newmarket Road on 7 October 1905 in the Southern League Division One.

• When West Ham first played host to Norwich at the Boleyn Ground on 10 February 1906 they ran riot putting six goals past their opponents whilst conceding only once.

• The Hammers' most recent home encounter with Norwich City ended in a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win on 1 January 2013 courtesy of goals from Mark Noble and Joey O'Brien.

Referee

• The referee for Tuesday's match is Michael Oliver.

• Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of referees in 2007.

• In 2007 he became the youngest referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium when he took charge of the 2007 Conference play-off final. He also went on to become the youngest fourth official for a Barclays Premier League match.

• The Oliver family enjoyed a referring double in 2009 when his father took charge of the 2009 League Two Play-Off final a day before he took charge of the League One play-off final.

• In August 2010 he was promoted to the Select Group of referees and soon became the youngest-ever Barclays Premier League referee when he took charge of Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers on 21 August 2010.

• Oliver has taken charge of the Hammers on two occasions so far this season, in a 3-1 defeat at the Boleyn Ground against Manchester City on 19 October and a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on 7 December 2013.

General information

• The weather forecast for Tuesday night is dry with temperatures around 5C (41F).

• Tickets are still available for the clash against the Canaries, and can be purchased at www.whufcboxoffice.com