On This Day: Carlton Cole scores twice as West Ham tame Tigers


There were mixed emotions at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham United ended the 2011/12 Championship campaign with a win over Hull City on this day eight years ago.

Carlton Cole's double ensured the Irons would complete the regular season with a welcome home victory, but Southampton's 4-0 thrashing of relegated Coventry City meant Sam Allardyce's side had to settle for third place and the Play-Offs.

Cole headed in Matt Taylor's corner to open the scoring on 36 minutes before doubling the hosts' advantage with a clinical finish from Henri Lansbury's pass four minutes after half-time.

Cory Evans pulled one back for the Tigers late on, but it was not enough to deny the Irons as former West Ham forward Richard Garcia's header was ruled out for offside.

West Ham went on to thump Cardiff City 5-0 on aggregate in the Play-Off semi-finals before Cole was on target again as Big Sam's men defeated Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion back to the Premier League.


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