Hull City 3-3 West Ham United FT

Barclays Premier League
Hull City v West Ham United
Kingston Communications Stadium
Saturday 21 November
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

WHUTV - Full audio commentary


FT - Hull City 3-3 West Ham United

95 min - We're into added time at the end of added-time. West Ham have a throw-in inside their own half. Da Costa belts the ball clear and Clattenburg brings a breathless game to a close. Collison and Bullard swap shirts, while the Hammers players go to applaud the travelling fans. As things stand, the Hammers are out of the bottom three and will be hopeful of picking up three points when Burnley come to the Boleyn Ground in a week's time.

93 min - Geovanni gets forward and Jimenez pulls him back. Yellow card for the South American. Geovanni is lining up a free-kick from about 35 yards. It hits the wall, Gabbidon gets to the ball first and is fouled.

92 min - Duke is called into action again. Faubert digs out a cross and Collison gets his head to the ball, forcing the goalkeeper to dive to his right to push the ball to safety.

91 min - We're going to have a minimum of four added minutes... It looks like Hull have settled for a point.

90 min - We're into the final minute of the 90. Stanislas works some space on the edge of the penalty area, but his chip is too strong and rolls out for a goal kick.

87 min - Great chance for Stanislas. Hines broke clear down the left and fed Faubert. The Frenchman crossed into the six-yard box, where the ball just cleared Cole and rather surprised Stanislas, who could only head the ball straight into the ground.

85 min - Hunt is replaced by Geovanni.

84 min - Upson gets above the big Dutchman Vennegoor of Hesselink to win a header. The home fans are incensed and want another penalty, but Clattenburg waves away the protests.

82 min - A big chance for Jimenez goes begging. Parker gets the ball off a hesitant Gardner and the South American latches on to it, only to fire his shot into the side netting.

79 min - Hines gets away from Marney before going down under a challenge from Gardner. Clattenburg isn't impressed and books the striker for diving.

78 min - Jimenez is playing just behind Cole now. Can the Chilean, nicknamed 'The Magician' conjure something special?

76 min - Less than 15 minutes to go now. Can the Hammers nick a late winner?

73 min - Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is on for Altidore. That's a striker for a striker.

70 min - Franco is replaced by Jimenez. West Ham need to turn the screw against the ten men here. Cole almost does just that, working some space before curling a shot too close to Duke.

69 min - GOAL! The Hammers have a corner. Stanislas runs across to take it. The ball appears to get stuck between two West Ham players before dropping to Da Costa, who lashes a left-foot shot between Dawson and the post. Great finish!

67 min - The home fans are not at all happy. Franco slides in and Altidore takes to the air. The Hull supporters want the Mexican to be sent-off, but referee Clattenburg waves away the protests.

66 min - Stanislas picks up a pass from Hines and cuts inside. He fakes a shot before letting fly from more than 30 yards. The ball is gathered by Duke at the second attempt.

65 min - West Ham are rocking a bit. Hull win a corner. Hunt runs across to take. Franco heads clear at the near post.

64 min - An iffy moment for Upson, whose pass back to Green is a bit short. The defender recovers just in time to hack the ball clear with Altidore closing in fast.

62 min - Franco is booked. The Mexican was penalised for a foul on Hunt as he tracked back.

60 min - Valon Behrami is the man to go off. Hines is on. A bold attacking move from Zola.

59 min - Zavon Hines is going to come on for West Ham. Who will be the man replaced by the England U21 striker?

57 min - Behrami and Cole create a chance on the edge of the penalty area, but Cole's shot flashes well wide. McShane replaces former Hammer Richard Garcia.

55 min - Stanislas stands over the resulting free-kick. Can he produce something special? No. The free-kick flies wide of the post.

54 min - We've had five goals and now we've had a red card. Mendy is the man to see red as he commits a professional foul on Parker.

52 min - Franco does well again. He holds off a challenge and runs at the Hull defence, but his attempted pass to send Cole in is just too strong.

49 min - Zayatte goes down under a challenge from Cole. The ball breaks to Franco, but his shot curls just wide of the far post. After treatment, Zayatte recovers and runs to the touchline.

47 min - It is absolutely chucking it down out there now. Cole is brought down by Gardner. Stanislas will take the free-kick, but he overhits it and the ball bounces out for a goal kick.

46 min - West Ham get us underway. Collison fires an early shot in, but it goes a long way wide of the far post.

West Ham take to the pitch a few seconds before their opponents. No changes from Zola at the break. West Ham will kick-off shooting towards their own fans. Can that inspire them to come back and nick a victory.

Half-time - Hull City 3-2 West Ham United

50 min - After just a tad over four minutes of added-time, Clattenburg brings the first half to a close.

48 min - I'm sorry but in the confusion, I did not see how many added minutes we're going to have here.

46 min - GOAL! Hull are ahead. Bullard smashes the penalty into the top right-hand corner.

45 min - Hull have a penalty. That was harsh in the extreme. Fagan went down under a challenge from Faubert and Clattenburg points to the spot.

44 min - GOAL! Hull are level. Hunt curls in the free-kick, Zayatte gets away from Da Costa and volleys home from close range.

43 min - Stanislas is booked for a blatant tug on Mendy's shirt. Another free-kick in a dangerous situation...

41 min - Hull are finishing the half strongly. Hunt has another corner, but Gardner can only head wide of the near post from five yards.

40 min - Collison shoots from 30 yards, but it is straight at Duke. Hull break and Altidore gets around his marker, only for Gabbidon to make a fine block.

37 min - Hull force another corner. Hunt trots across to take it. The ball is cleared to Bullard, who elects to shoot first time, but he screws his volley a mile wide. 

35 min - Fantastic play from Faubert, who skips around Stephen Hunt and crosses. Gardner has to be at his best to clear from in front of Cole.

31 min - Franco nearly sets Cole clear with another fine through ball, but Duke slides in and hacks the ball clear with his feet just in the nick of time.

30 min - Parker has another shot saved by Duke. The effort came at the end of another fine move involving Franco and Stanislas.

29 min - Marney receives the ball about 35 yards from goal and the crowd implore him to shoot. He does, but nowhere near the target.

28 min - West Ham think they should have a free-kick as Parker tries to burst away from Gardner. The midfielder is not impressed with the decision, but Clattenburg is unmoved.

27 min - GOAL! Bullard shoots, the ball hits Parker, then flicks off Cole's head and into the top corner. That was a little bit lucky.

26 min - Da Costa brings down Altidore about 25 yards from goal. Bullard looks like he wants to shoot again.

22 min - Hull look a bit shaky at the back. Franco does well again, but his reverse pass for Stanislas is just too strong.

20 min - West Ham are looking to kill this game off early. Faubert crosses, the ball is deflected and Mendy has to be alert to stop Cole from scoring a third. The resulting Stanislas corner is eventually cleared. That rain has arrived by the way.

18 min - Another chance for the Hammers. Franco does superbly in midfield to hold off his marker before spreading play wide to Gabbidon. He finds Stanislas, but the winger's cross is just over Cole's head.

16 min - Hull win another corner after Altidore had nicked the ball off Da Costa wide on the left. Green punches again and, following a bout of pinball again, West Ham win a goal kick.

14 min - The away fans are in full voice. I'm not sure Parker is hearing much of hit as he climbs to his feet rubbing the back of his head.

13 min - Scott Parker needs a bit of treatment after being caught flush on the head by Bullard's 30-yard free-kick. Hull's players are not too pleased. They think Parker encroached before the former Hammers player had taken his set-piece. Referee Clattenburg waves away their protests.

12 min - Collison celebrated the goal by pointing skywards before being swamped by his jubilant team-mates.

11 min - GOAL! West Ham are in dreamland! Franco provides the assist this time, curling a superb ball over the Hull defence. Collison gambles and gets goalside of Dawson before sending a superb header looping over Duke.

10 min - Bullard shoots from long range but it goes miles wide.

9 min - Sorry for the delay there. Hull have come on fairly strong since conceding as you might expect. The Tigers force a corner that Green punches clear. Bullard launches a shot that hits a defender and eventually falls to Fagan, who can only stab wide from no more than six yards.

5 min - GOAL! Close from Cole. Gabbidon and Franco release Stanislas down the left. Stanislas crosses and Cole's shot is blocked brilliantly by Dawson and the ball spirals out for a corner. Stanislas delivers and Guille Franco gets in front of his marker to plant a downward header past Duke from six yards! Cue massive celebrations in the away end!

3 min - Green makes a fantastic save to keep out a shot from Fagan, but the striker had already been penalised for a foul on Upson. The England man wasn't to know that play had been called back and plunged low to his right to push the ball aside.

1 min - Hull get us underway... Just 50 seconds have passed when Behrami stings Duke's palms with a shot from 25 yards. Cole had started the move on the halfway line with a smart turn before Stanislas provided the width. Cole crossed and the ball fell to the Swiss midfielder, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper. Good start!

3pm - The teams are ready to kick-off. Jack Collison is on the right wing, with Valon Behrami alongside Scott Parker in the centre of midfield in a flat 4-4-2 formation.

2.57pm - The Hammers fans to my right are making plenty of noise and giving each of their heroes a hearty cheer as their names are read out. I forgot to mention James Tomkins there! The England Under-21 defender has a groin problem and is hoping to return to action soon.

2.56pm - Here come the two teams to the strains of Republica's 90s classic 'Ready To Go'....

2.55pm - For those of you with slightly shorter memories, who will ever forget 6 October 1990? That afternoon, Steve Potts scored his only goal in a claret and blue shirt in a 7-1 West Ham win. Just a quick word on today's absentees. Herita Ilunga and Mark Noble are both expected to return next week against Burnley. Ilunga has returned to training following a hamstring problem, while Noble has a slight muscle strain in his leg. Alessandro Diamanti has a minor hip problem, while Kieron Dyer has returned to full training and is hoping to feature against the Clarets.

2.50pm - Both teams have returned to their respective dressing rooms for their final preparations. The floodlights are on as darkness threatens to fall early here on the north banks of the River Humber. West Ham travelled to Hull in the FA Cup first round in January 1923, coming away with a 3-2 win. A repeat of that result would be most welcome this afternoon.

2.45pm - While the substitutes engage in a spot of two-touch in the centre of the pitch, fitness coach Antonio Pintus is putting the starting XI through their paces with some shuttle runs on the touchline. In the penalty area, Ludek Miklosko is warming up young goalkeepers Peter Kurucz and Marek Stech.

2.40pm - West Ham will be feeling confident of scoring their first win at the KC Stadium this afternoon. Hull have not been in good form throughout 2009, with only a strong start to last season keeping them in the top-flight. A victory over Stoke City last time out will have eased the concerns in this part of the world, but the Hammers will be hoping to increase the Tigers' worries again this afternoon. 

2.35pm - Welcome to the KC Stadium for this afternoon's big Barclays Premier League fixture. It is unseasonably warm here, so the jumper has stayed in the bag for the moment. I can also report that the rain that has been sweeping across the north of the country hasn't arrived in Hull just yet. But enough of the weather... On the pitch, both teams are going through their pre-match warm-up routines.

Gianfranco Zola has made three changes to his West Ham United side for today's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull City.

At the back, Danny Gabbidon makes his first start since the trip to Wigan Athletic on 12 September, starting at left-back in place of Jonathan Spector. Junior Stanislas replaces Luis Jimenez in midfield, while Carlton Cole is back from a hamstring injury to replace Zavon Hines up front.

Hull have made one change from the 2-1 win at Stoke City a fortnight ago, bringing in Essex-born Dean Marney for Seyi Olofinjana.

West Ham are seeking their first win at the KC Stadium, having not won at Hull since the 1954/55 season. Should they taste victory this afternoon, the Hammers will leapfrog the Tigers out of the bottom-three.

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Gabbidon, Collison. Parker, Behrami, Stansislas, Franco, Cole
Subs: Kurucz,  Spector, Daprela, Kovac, Jimenez, Hines, Nouble

Hull City: Duke, Mendy, Zayatte, Gardner, Dawson, Garcia, Marney, Bullard, Hunt, Altidore, Fagan
Subs: Myhill, McShane, Kilbane, Boateng, Geovanni, Barmby, Vennegoor of Hesselink