The KC Stadium
Barclays Premier League
HULL CITY v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2014
REFEREE: MARTIN ATKINSON
Full time: Hull City 2-2 West Ham United
FT: That's it. West Ham could not have gone closer to nicking it at the end, but a draw is probably just about right in the end. Hull led at the break through Abel Hernandez's header. West Ham came back thanks to Enner Valencia's 25-yard rocket but went behind again as Mo Diame notched in his first game since leaving east London for the Tigers. Back West Ham came once more, with Diafra Sakho forcing home via a touch from home defender Curtis Davies. An entertaining Monday night's football and a point apiece as the Hammers draw for the first time since the end of January!
90+4: So close to the winner as Downing shifts the ball onto his right and crosses to the back post. Valencia heads downwards, but Davies gets a half block onto it to send it onto the top of the bar and over.
90+4: And now Reid follows him into the notebook for halting a Hull break illegally on half way.
90+3: Livermore is the third Hull player into the box for a strong tackle on Song.
90+1: Song is fouled 30 yards out in the right channel. Downing swings the free-kick over towards the far post, but it's not quite a shot and not quite a cross as it flies behind for a goal kick.
90: Four minutes of stoppage time have been signalled. Can we dind a winner?
87: West Ham make their final change of the evening. It's time for another debutant as Morgan Amalfitano comes on for Diafra Sakho. It's been an encouraging display from the Senegal forward, who has held the ball up well and played a big part in the second equaliser - and may well have a case for claiming it himself.
85: Both defences are remaining remarkably open and Ben Arfa tries a diagonal cross from the right. It has too much on it though and Jenkinson can watch it out for a goal kick, giving the Hammers time to catch breath.
82: Cresswell gives away the ball in midfield, allowing Hull to come at the Hammers defence Brady sizes up a shot and drills low and hard, but Adrian dives down to his right to push away. Good save.
79: Time for Hull to make their final two changes and Mohamed Diame's night is done as Gaston Ramirez comes on for him. The other goalscorer Abel Hernandez is also off, with Hatem Ben Arfa his replacement.
77: West Ham make their second substitution of the evening, as Carl Jenkinson makes his debut in place of Demel. Hull attack straight away and Brady's shot is gathered by Adrian. Both sides really going for it here. No hint of settling for a point yet.
74: Valencia makes a great burst down the right for the Hammers and it very nearly leads to another Hammers goal as they work the corner short and Downing crosses deep for Sakho, whose header needs to be clawed away by McGregor.
72: The action keeps on coming in this breathless second period and Noble lines up a long range shot which takes a deflection and only just drops wide of Allan McGregor's post.
67: GOAL! West Ham aren't behind for long! The perfect response as Downing slides a ball into Sakho in the right channel. He lets the ball run across his shoulder and drills across goal. McGregor can't get there and the ball bounces off Davies' ankles and into the net. Sakho will be claiming it for sure, and as he shot was on target we'll give it to him!
64: Goal! Hull are back in front and it had to be Diame. West Ham only have themselves to blame as Cresswell attempts a risky throw-in to Kouyate central in his own half. Diame nips in, takes the ball to the edge of the area and finishes via the right hand post. Poor from the Hammers who had done so well to get back in the contest.
62: Alex Song enters the fray for his Hammers debut. He comes on for Mauro Zarate.
60: The corner comes to nothing and Valencia tries to get down the pitch in response but Robertson cuts him down and is booked for his troubles. Another clear yellow card for Martin Atkinson to dish out.
59: Hull are given the chance to break again when Kouyate is dispossessed as he tries to keep a Hammers attack going. The Tigers get to the edge of the box and Jelavic's effort is blocked behind.
58: Hull make their first change of the evening as Robbie Brady replaces Stephen Quinn in the Tigers midfield.
57: Back come Hull and Adrian has to fly to his right to fist Hernandez's stringing drive away. Not the most conventional of saves from the No13 but it gets the job done.
56: It has been an extremely bright start to the second period for the visitors and Cresswell's low cross is nearly diverted past his own goalkeeper by Davies, but McGregor does well to cling on at his near post.
55: Opening for the Hammers as they flick a free-kick into the box and Winston Reid wins the first header. Valencia wafts a leg at it to try and divert it in but misses and McGregor gathers. The West Ham man would probably have been flagged for offside had he connected, anyway.
53: Hull's Tom Huddlestone earns the first booking of the evening after he flies into a tackle on Kouyate and doesn't get there. Simple decision for Martin Atkinson, that.
50: GOAL! Wow. Pick that one out Allan McGregor! Valencia picks the ball up 25 yards out, moves into a central position and looks set to shift the ball wide to the right hand side. Instead he stops the ball dead and takes the shot on. And what a shot. McGregor doesn't have time to react to that as it flies past him and into the roof of the net. 1-1 and what a way to announce yourself on the Premie League stage.
49: Good hold-up play from Sakho as he gets the ball into his feet, shifts it to his left and turns to make his way into the box. He clips a ball over but it is just in front of Valencia and Hull survive.
47: Strong run from Demel down the right gets him into the box by the by-line and he fizzes a ball across. It's beyond McGregor, but Robertson cranes his neck to nod away and avert the danger.
9.01pm We're back underway. Do you think we can get back into the game here at the KC Stadium? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #HULWHU
HT: Martin Atkinson's whistle goes for half-time and it is the Tigers who hold the interval advantage. Abel Hernandez's pinpoint header is the difference so far, but Sam Allardyce will probably be thinking that his side should have made more of their good spell after weathering a strong Tigers start. Still 45 minutes to turn this around. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half.
45: One minute of additional time has been indicated
44: The home fans think they have a second and in fairness they were so close to it. Hernandez's 20-yard piledriver crashes off the underside of the bar and Jelavic is there to knock the rebound home, but he is offside and thankfully the assistant referee is in agreement.
42: Chance! Noble swings over a teasing corner with real pace and bend from the left, but Tomkins and Kouyate rather get in each other's way and Tomkins can only divert the ball wide of the mark.
40: West Ham look for an immediate response and Sakho tries to slide a cross into the six yard box, but Dawson is there again to make a sliding clearance. It's just a corner.
39: Goal! The deadlock is broken and it hasn't gone the way the Hammers would have wanted. Hull are given too much time to work a crossing opportunity from the right and Elmohamady's delivery picks out Hernandez, who rises above Tomkins to nod a debut goal past Adrian. West Ham punished for not making use of their dominant spell and they'll have to come from behind now.
35: Great leap from Valencia to get up over Quinn at the far post and nod Downing's deep cross back into the centre. Sakho is there and gets something on it, but McGregor does brilliantly to stretch out his left paw and bat away for a corner. So close for the Hammers and a good spell from the visitors.
33: Great battling from Sakho down the right to bulldoze his way through Robertson's and Davies' challenges. He looks to square for Valencia, but Dawson just about gets there on the stretch to divert behind for a corner. Noble plays the flag kick short to Zarate, who is always looking for the shot, but is closed down and the effort is blocked.
30: Good interplay from Cresswell and Downing as the pair exchange passes in the attacking third before the latter takes on a shot from 20 yards, which flies over the angle of post and bar. Decent build up, though.
28: West Ham are giving away a few too many passes in midfield for their liking in the last few minutes, inviting Hull to come at them. No problems so far, but they need to sharpen up again.
26: Adrian has a hairy moment as his pass to Tomkins is almost intercepted. Jelavic can't quite get enough of a foot on it and then injures himself as he chases the ball down. He takes some treatment but is ok to continue.
24: It's got a bit scrappy in the last few minutes and now Diame fouls Kouyate in midfield. The game has lost a little of its early rhythm.
23: Stephen Quinn is coming in for a bit of a bruising so far and he is fouled by Guy Demel on yhe touchline. The free-kick comes into the box and now Abel Hernandez fouls Winston Reid, leading to words being exchanged between the pair.
19: Diame is involved plenty early on, buzzing around the pitch as he aims to make a point. He whips over a cross from the left, but it has too much on it and Reid can watch behind.
17: Cheikhou Kouyate leaves a pass short for James Tomkins, who catches Mo Diame as he tries to nip in. It was a bit of a delayed reaction to award a free-kick from referee Martin Atkinson, but it was a foul and Hull have their dead ball. It comes to nothing though, and West Ham are able to clear.
13: Downing drops his shoulder to make space for a burst in midfield. He gets his head down and motors forward 20 yards before slipping Sakho in down the right channel. Robertson gets back at him though to force the shot over the bar. Valencia had taken up a good position in the centre and a cross might have been the better option.
11: West Ham have responded well to that good Hull start and Mark Noble has a fierce shot closed down on the edge of the area.
9: The Senegal midfielder has to show the other side of his game, closing the space down excellently in midfield to stop a Stephen Quinn break in its track. Fine play from Kouyate to stop a potentially dangerous moment.
8: Kouyate shows his raw pace to power away in the right channel and whip an inviting cross over into the middle. However, his break was so quick he arrived in the box before any of his teammates and the cross flies through the box.
7: West Ham enjoy a good spell of possession inside the Hull half, but it ends as Demel attempts a cross under pressure from Diame, but clears the Hull crossbar. Goal kick.
3: Diame is involved again, threading a pass through to Hernandez on the edge of the box. He's a little ponderous in his touch, though and Noble gets a terrific block tackle in. All-action start here at the KC Stadium.
2: We know that's Mo Diame's first touch of the ball because it's roundly booed by the travelling support! He gets in a cross from the right which the Hammers work clear.
8pm We're off and underway. Come on you Irons!
7.56pm Mark Noble leads the Hammers out on to the pitch. It's nearly time for action!
7.50pm The Hammers may want to forget their last trip to the KC Stadium - a 1-0 defeat in September last year - but they enjoy a good record against the Tigers, having won five and drawn one of their last seven games against the Humberside club.
We won 2-0 at the KC Stadium in the 2011/12 promotion campaign. Can we achieve a similar result tonight? Let us know using #WHUHUL on Twitter.
7.25pm The Hammers players take to the pitch to begin their warm-up. They are looking for a second away win of the campaign today, following their 3-1 triumph at Crystal Palace in August.
Stewart Downing, Mauro Zarate and Carlton Cole were on target that day. The former pair are both in the starting line-up this evening as they aim to fire the Hammers into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.
7.00pm The team news is in and both Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho are in to start for the Hammers. There are three changes to the team who lost to Southampton in total, with Guy Demel also coming in. Joey O'Brien, Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te are the men to miss out.
Hammers new boys Alex Song and Morgan Amalfitano are both on Sam Allardyce's substitutes' bench.
For Hull, former West Ham man Mohamed Diame starts, as does fellow deadline day signing Abel Hernandez. Other late transfer window arrivals Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez have to settle for places on the bench.
What do you make of the teams? Let us know on Twitter using the matchday hashtag #HULWHU
Hull City: McGregor, Davies (c), Huddlestone, Hernandez, Livermore, Diame, Jelavic, Dawson, Robertson, Elmohamady, Quinn
Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Chester, Meyler, Brady, Ramirez, Ben Arfa
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble (c), Downing, Zarate, Valencia, Sakho
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Vaz Te, Jenkinson, C.Cole, Collins, Song, Amalfitano
6.10pm Here are some pre-match stats for you...
- The Hammers have won five of the last seven meetings with Hull City (W5 D1 L1) - including the 2-1 win over the Tigers at the Boleyn Ground in March.
- We've scored more goals (three) from outside the box than any other Barclays Premier League this season.
- We've not drawn any of our last 18 Premier League matches - a run stretching back to the 0-0 draw at Chelsea on 29 January.
5.55pm Hull manager Steve Bruce has been describing the challenge facing his side tonight in the matchday programme, with special praise for the job Sam Allardyce has done in east London.
SB: "West Ham will be a difficult proposition for us, and we would expect nothing else from a Sam Allardyce side who have taken three points from their opening three games.
"Sam has done a tremendous job at the Boleyn Ground, guiding them to promotion and consolidating their position in the Premier League.
"Every game in this division is a massive challenge, no matter who you are."
Hello and welcome to a warm and sunny KC Stadium for West Ham United's second away fixture of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.
West Ham will be cheered on by in excess of 1,100 fans this evening, with the Club providing free coach travel to and from the KC Stadium today.
The Hammers arrive in Hull having suffered disappointing defeats in each of their previous two matches, going out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Sheffield United and losing 3-1 to Southampton at the Boleyn Ground.
Away from home, of course, Sam Allardyce's side have played just one competitive match this term, scoring a deserved 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace back on 23 August.
Since then, both of tonight's combatants have been busy in the transfer market, with West Ham taking their summer tally of signings to nine with the loan signing of Alex Song from Barcelona and the permanent capture of winger Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille.
Both could feature this evening as Big Sam considered freshening up his starting XI. Forwards Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are pushing for starts, but captain Kevin Nolan (shoulder), striker Andy Carroll (ankle) remain sidelined and both full-back Carl Jenkinson and winger Matt Jarvis (thigh) face a fight to be fit.
Hull brought in four players on deadline day alone, snapping up midfiel/der Mohamed Diame from West Ham, along with Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Italian club Palermo and Hatem Ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez on loan from Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.
All four could make their Tigers debuts this evening after Hernandez was granted with a visa over the weekend.
West Ham have had mixed results in their four previous visits to the KC Stadium, winning one, losing two and drawing one. However, the Hammers have not won in three Premier League games at this ground.
The victory came in 2011/12, when Sam Baldock and Jack Collison were on target in a 2-0 Championship success. Last term, Irish winger Robbie Brady won a controversial penalty from fellow countryman Joey O'Brien, which he converted himself to gain Hull a 1-0 victory.
Steve Bruce's side have already been knocked out of the UEFA Europa League by Belgian side Lokeren. In the Barclays Premier League, Hull opened with a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers, drew 1-1 at home with Stoke City and lost 2-1 at Aston Villa last time out.
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