WEST HAM UNITED v HULL CITY
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH 2014
KICK-OFF: 7.45PM
REFEREE: MIKE DEAN

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Introduction

• West Ham United will be aiming to end a run of three straight defeats in the Barclays Premier League when Hull City visit the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday evening.

• On Saturday, Manchester United took all three points with a 2-0 win in east London courtesy of a Wayne Rooney double.

• Prior to defeat against the Red Devils, Sam Allardyce's side had won their three previous home matches on the bounce, all by a two-goal margin.

• A run of three defeats has left the Hammers below Hull in the league table, lying 14th with 31 points, compared to the Tigers' 33 points which places them in 12th.

• Earlier in the season a Robbie Brady penalty after 12 minutes was enough to earn Steve Bruce's side all three points at the KC Stadium back in September 2013.

• Hull arrive in east London on the back of a 2-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, a victory which came courtesy of goals from Liam Rosenior and Shane Long.

• Last time out on their travels, a Nikica Jelavic double inspired the Tigers to a 4-0 win against Cardiff City.

• That away win was one of just three that Hull have recorded on the road this season, losing nine times and drawing twice.

Team news

West Ham United

• Matt Jarvis picked up a thigh injury during the defeat against Manchester United and will be assessed ahead of the match on Wednesday night.

• Marco Borriello (calf) and Joey O'Brien (shoulder) are still some way from a return to action with their respective injuries.

• Ravel Morrison, Modibo Maiga (both QPR), Jack Collison (Wigan Athletic), Paul McCallum (Heart of Midlothian), George Moncur (Partick Thistle) and Jordan Spence (MK Dons) are all out on loan.

Hull City

• Steve Bruce will check on the fitness of captain Curtis Davies and striker Shane Long ahead of Wednesday night's fixture.

• George Boyd is suspended for the clash after he picked up a three-match suspension following a clash with Joe Hart during the Tigers defeat to Manchester City on 15 March.

Last time out

West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
22 March 2014

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan (C Cole 72), Taylor (Nocerino 83), Diame (Jarvis 58), Downing, Carroll
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Armero, J Cole, Reid

Hull City 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Barclays Premier League
22 March 2014

Hull City: McGregor, Elmohamady, Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Huddlestone, Aluko (Koren 61), Livermore, Meyler, Jelavic (Sagbo 84), Long (Quinn 77)
Subs not used: Figueroa, Bruce, Fryatt, Harper
Goals: Rosenior 31, Long 38

Previous meeting

A controversial Robbie Brady penalty after just 12 minutes secured all three points for Hull City at the KC Stadium back in September 2013. The Irish winger picked himself up after Joey O'Brien had been adjudged to have shoved him, to slot the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen from the penalty spot. James Tomkins came close and Razvan Rat fired over as the Hammers searched in vain for an equaliser.

Hull City 1-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
28 September 2013

Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Faye, Huddlestone, Brady (Meyler 80), Livermore, Elmohamady, Graham (Sagbo 81), Aluko (Boyd 89)
Subs not used: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Quinn
Goals: Brady pen 12

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Rat, Nolan, Jarvis (Vaz Te 71), Morrison, Noble, Diame (Downing 71), Maiga (Petric 59)
Subs not used: Adrian, Collins, Demel, Taylor

Head to head (Last six meetings)

28 September 2013 Hull City 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
28 April 2012 West Ham United 2-1 Hull City (Championship)
5 November 2011 Hull City 0-2 West Ham United (Championship)
20 February 2010 West Ham United 3-0 Hull City (Premier League)
21 November 2009 Hull City 3-3 West Ham United (Premier League)
28 January 2009 West Ham United 2-0 Hull City (Premier League)

Overall record v Hull City (all competitions) W 17 D 14 L 11

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th
2011/12 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th
2008/09 Premier League 9th
2007/08 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 15th
2005/06 Premier League 9th
2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th

Hull City

2012/13 Championship 2nd (promoted to Premier League)
2011/12 Championship 8th
2010/11 Championship 11th
2009/10 Premier League 19th (relegated to Championship)
2008/09 Premier League 17th
2007/08 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2006/07 Championship 21st
2005/06 Championship 18th
2004/05 League One 2nd (promoted to Championship)
2003/04 Division Three 2nd (promoted to League One)

Background

• The first-ever meeting between West Ham United and Hull City took place at Anlaby Road on 17 April 1920. Dan Bailey scored the Hammers' goal in a 1-1 Division Two draw played out in front of 8,000 spectators.

• West Ham's biggest home win over Hull City came on 6 October 1990 in a Division Two match. The Hammers ran out 7-1 winners with the goals coming courtesy of Steve Potts, George Parris, Trevor Morley and two each for Jimmy Quinn and Julian Dicks.

• The biggest crowd to ever witness a game between West Ham and Hull at the Boleyn Ground was for a Premier League match on 28 January 2009. Some 34,340 packed in and saw Carlton Cole and David Di Michele score a goal each as the Hammers ran out 2-0 winners.

• West Ham have faced Hull 42 times in their history and have come out victorious on 17 of those occasions. Hull have won eleven meetings and 14 have ended in a stalemate.

• Mark Noble spent three months on loan at Hull between February and May 2006. Noble made five Championship appearances during his loan spell with the Tigers.

• Hull full-back Liam Rosenior is the son of former West Ham striker Leroy Rosenior. Rosenior made 67 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 23 goals.

• Hull have only ever won twice at the Boleyn Ground in 20 visits. Their victories came 56 years apart, with the first in December 1934 and the second in January 1990. Both of the Tigers victories were by the same scoreline, 2-1.

• West Ham and Hull have only ever met once in the League Cup. West Ham won the second-round game 1-0 with Peter Eustace scoring the goal on 9 September 1970.

• Carlton Cole has enjoyed facing Hull, scoring four goals in six appearances against them, including two in the 2-1 final-day Championship win here on 28 April 2012.

• Hull striker Yannick Sagbo is the half-brother of West Ham right-back Guy Demel.

• Hull defender Abdoulaye Faye has won promotion from the Championship in each of the last two seasons with West Ham and the Tigers. Faye was originally brought to English football by Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers in 2005.

• Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper played alongside Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll at Newcastle United, winning the Championship title in 2009/10.

• Hull defender Paul McShane and West Ham's Joey O'Brien have known each other since childhood, having both grown up Dublin.

• A number of West Ham and Hull players have turned out together for old clubs: Mohamed Diame and Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic), Mark Noble and Alex Bruce (Ipswich Town) and Stewart Downing and Curtis Davies (Aston Villa).

They played for both…

• Hull defender Abdoulaye Faye has won promotion from the Championship in each of the last two seasons with West Ham and the Tigers. Faye was originally brought to English football by Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers in 2005. He made 29 appearances for the Hammers in 2011/12.

• The following players have worn the colours of both West Ham and Hull during their careers - Tommy Brandon, Jimmy Bullard, Roy Carroll, Alf Fenwick, Richard Garcia, Cliff Hubbard, Mark Noble, Stuart Pearson and Tony Weldon.

Referee

• The man in the middle for Wednesday's fixture is Mike Dean.

• Dean last refereed the Hammers in a 2-0 away win against Aston Villa with on 8 February 2014.

• In all, he has refereed West Ham 36 times, with the Hammers winning 13, losing eleven and drawing twelve of those matches.

• The 45-year-old began refereeing in 1985, starting out his career in senior football in the Northern Premier League.

• In 2004, Dean took charge of his first international match, a friendly between the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland at Amsterdam ArenA. That same year, he took control of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United.

• In May 2006, he refereed the Championship play-off final between Leeds United and Watford at the Millennium Stadium. In 2008, he was the man-in-the-middle for the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

• Dean will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Simon Beck, while the fourth official will be Neil Swarbrick.

General information

• Tickets for the match are still available, details can be found on our ticket page here.

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

• If you are commuting to the Boleyn Ground by tube on Wednesday night, you can view live travel updates here.

• If travelling to the match via Greater Anglia train service, you can click here to view travel information.