West Ham United 3-1 Fulham FT

Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Fulham
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 18 January
Referee: Phil Dowd
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Final score - West Ham United 3-1 Fulham

Full time - A superb home win for United. After an even first half ended a goal apiece, Zola's men stepped up a gear after the break and their class told. Di Michele and Cole caused endless problems for the Fulham backline as the Hammers climb to eighth.

90 min - The fourth official holds the board up and it will be four minutes United must survive.

89 min - Surely United will make it four wins from their last five games now. Just one minute plus stoppage time to see out....

87 min - He is and the No7 comes on to replace Di Michele. The striker is given a loud round of appluase from the home support as Dyer comes on for his first Premier League game since August 2007

85 min - It looks as though Kieron Dyer is going to join in the action. The midfielder is stripped and ready.

84 min - Final change for Fulham as Dickson Etuhu is replaced by Leon Andreasen.

83 min - Second change as Collison leaves to be replaced by Hayden Mullins.

82 min - Cole is playing like a man possessed. This time he tries a volley on the turn from 25 yards but it goes just wide.

81 min - Zola makes his first change as Noble leaves the field to be replaced by Julien Faubert. The academy graduate gets a rousing farewell from the Boleyn faithful.

79 min - Fulham press, but for all their effort the best they can offer is a Johnson header straight at Green.

76 min - Goal! Well what a time to ask that question! Within seconds the No12 runs on to Di Michele's through ball to slot past Schwarzer. It is now an unbelievable five games in a row he has scored.

75 min - Cole has been a handful for the Fulham defence all afternoon but will he get the goal his performance deserves?

74 min - Fulham make a second change as Zoltan Gera comes on for Simon Davies.

74 min - Green gets clattered when bravely clearing a corner. The United fans respond by voicing their opinion on the stopper's England ranking under the watching gaze of Fabio Capello.

72 min - Zamora fires well over from the 25 yards. It is to be the striker's last contribution this afternoon as he is replaced by Erik Nevland.

67 min - Another attack from the home team sees Parker burst into the Fulham area on the left. He holds the ball up well before laying it back to Di Michele, but he slices his shot well wide.

63 min - Cole so nearly makes it three but his fierce drive flies inches wide. United really are on top now.

60 min - GOAL! Noble makes no mistake, sending Schwarzer the wrong way from 12 yards.

59 min - It is West Ham's second penalty in consecutive home matches after going nearly a year without being awarded a spot-kick.

58 min - Cole robs a hesitant Konchesky 35 yards from goal and romps into the penalty area, where his former team-mate can only bring him down with a clumsy challenge. Referee Phil Dowd points to the penalty spot and books the Fulham goalscorer.

55 min - Zamora chests down a deep cross but his volley is high and wide.

54 min - Pantsil gallops forward and his cross is deflected out for a corner off Collison. Murphy curls the ball in and Ilunga heads it clear.

53 min - 31,818 supporters have turned out this afternoon and they have just witnessed Valon Behrami being booked for a foul on Clint Dempsey.

52 min - Simon Davies is booked for preventing West Ham from taking a quick free-kick. Roy Hodgson doesn't like the decision.

50 min - Di Michele has the ball in the net with a neat left-foot volley only for the goal to be ruled out by the assistant referee's offside flag. Replays show it was the correct decision.

49 min - Noble swaps passes with Ilunga on the edge of the penalty area, but his shot is straight at Schwarzer.

47min - Di Michele shrugs off Konchesky's challenge but Hangeland cuts out his low cross.

46 min - Cole and Noble get the second half underway.

45 min - Half-time at the Boleyn Ground and it is honours even so far. Both sides have had chances but neither keeper has been particularly busy. Konchesky's strike really is the highlight of the game so far.

45 min - It is played short to Di Michele but he cannot complete a promising first half with another goal as his shot from the angle ends up in the side netting.

45 min - There will be an additional two minutes of added time. As the board goes up, Ilunga wins a free-kick on the edge of the area after a lunge from Pantsil, who is booked by Phil Dowd.

43 min - Two minutes to go until half time and United push forward once more. However Konchesky intervenes and United win a corner. The corner from Noble is cleared.

42 min - Collins shows some fancy footwork to get out of a sticky situation. The player he tricked happened to be Zamora and no doubt he will be mentioning that again in the tunnel!

40 min - Di Michele has a chance to make sure they don't, but he cannot keep his volley from just inside the area down.

39 min - With six minutes to go until half-time, will the sides go in level? It has been a fairly even contest thus far.

36 min - Noble clips Murphy on the edge of the area as Fulham earn a dangerous-looking free-kick. It is hit straight into the wall by Konchesky and then, when Pantsil crosses back into the box, birthday-boy Green comes out well to punch the ball clear.

34 min - Dangerous looking free-kick from Noble is headed back across goal by Collins, but Schwarzer is there just ahead of Cole, who seems fit enough to carry on.

32 min - Herita Ilunga, Di Michele and Collison all come to the touchline to have a drink, and Ludek Miklosko is on hand to give them out.

31 min - We all have time to catch our breath as Cole is down and receiving treatment.

29 min - United have re-grouped though and Behrami is tackled by Murphy, just as he was about to shoot.

24 min - That goal has certainly buoyed the away support, who are sat directly in the sunshine in the Centenary Stand.

22 min - GOAL! Fulham draw level as former Hammer Paul Konchesky scores an absolute belter. The left-back burst forward from the halfway line before unleashing an unstoppable drive past Robert Green.

19 min - James Collins has to be strong to clear the danger as former teammate Bobby Zamora threatens.

17 min - This London derby is reaping the rewards of the early kick-off time as glorious sunshine shines down on the pitch, although there is still a slight chill in the air.

16 min - Zola's men are set up in the traditional 4-4-2 formation with Collison and Valon Behrami playing on the left and right of midfield respectively.

14 min - Di Michele is enjoying himself out there. A clever bit of control and skill aids a United attack.

13 min - Clint Dempsey hits a speculative shot from 30 yards but it goes well over.

12 min - United are seeing lots of the ball with Parker, Jack Collison and Noble are finding plenty of space.

11 min - Free-kick to United 25 yards out after Scott Parker is fouled. Noble takes it but it is straight into the wall.

10 min - The goal is Di Michele's third in a claret and blue shirt. All have come at home and all in the same net - at the Centenary Stand end.

9 min - The goal has given United a lift and Mark Noble is next to test the Fulham keeper, but it is well held by Schwarzer.

7 min - GOAL! David Di Michele puts the Hammers in front. A cross from Lucas Neill reaches John Pantsil and his attempt to chest the ball back to Mark Schwarzer puts Di Michele in on goal. He rounds the stranded Australian and rolls it into an empty net. Great start from the home side

4 min - It is wasted and United's first attack sees Carlton Cole - who has scored in each of his last four games  - put Fulham's defence under pressure

3 min - Fulham fans have packed the away end as Matthew Upson does well to clear from Andy Johnson as the visitors earn the first corner of the match

2 min - First shot - if you can call it that - comes in from Danny Murphy, but it is sliced well over

1 min - Fulham get us underway

Gianfranco Zola has opted to leave Craig Bellamy out and replace him with David Di Michele in the only change to the team from the Newcastle United game. Kieron Dyer and Freddie Sears are on the bench.

Bubbles is now being sung and the players are on the pitch. Can United make it five games unbeaten or will Fulham's fine away form thwart them?

We are approaching kick-off here at the Boleyn Ground and the tension in building. The groundsmen are making the final tweaks to the playing surface and we should be underway within five minutes. 

West Ham United: Green, Neill (c), Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Behrami, Parker, Noble (Faubert, 81), Collison (Mullins 83), Cole, Di Michele (Dyer 87),
Subs: Stech, Boa Morte, Tristan, Sears

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil,  Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Davies (Gera 74), Etuhu, Murphy (c), Dempsey, Johnson, Zamora (Nevland 72)
Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Andreasen, Kallio, Gray