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West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: match report – Gareth Bale scores winner

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Brilliant Bale hits last-gasp stunner to hand Spurs all three points

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21:54 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:16 GMT, 25 February 2013

Gareth Bale scored another stunning goal to ensure Tottenham left Upton Park with all three points.

Jussi Jaaskelainen appeared to have kept the Hammers on terms after some remarkable second-half saves, but the Welshman carried the ball to the edge of the box in the 90th minute before letting fly with an unstoppable curling shot, notching up his ninth goal in seven games for club and country.

Bale had opened the scoring before Andy Carroll equalised from the spot. Joe Cole put the hosts ahead, but Gylfi Sigurdsson put Andre Villas-Boas' side back in the game, making things 2-2 with his close-range effort 14 minutes from time.

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unbelievable: Gareth Bale rushes to the bench after scoring his stunning match-winning goal

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham

Unstoppable: Gareth Bale lets fly late in the day to clinch the match for Tottenham


No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

No chance: Bale's strike flew over West Ham's defenders before hitting the back of the net

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

Too much space Hammers defenders stood off the Welshman, allowing him to aim his killer blow

MATCH FACTS

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel (Pogatetz 72), Nolan (Taylor 35), Jarvis, Diame, J Cole, O'Neil, Carroll

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collison, Taylor, C Cole, Vaz Te, Chamakh

Goals: Carroll 25 (pen), J Cole 58

Booked: Diame, J Cole, O'Neill, Collins

Tottenham: Lloris, Vertonghen, Dawson, Walker, Caulker, Lennon, Parker (Livermore 88), Bale, Holtby (Sigurdsson 56), Adebayor, Dembele (Carroll 75)

Subs not used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Assou-Ekotto, Sigurdsson

Goal: Bale 13, 90 Sigurdsson 76

Booked: Dembele

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 35,005

More to follow…

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

Come here you! Bale hugged his manager Andre Villas-Boas (right) after scoring his second goal

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Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Carnage: Gylfi Sigurdsson popped up in the box to score Tottenham's equaliser against West Ham

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

Main man: Gareth Bale scored Tottenham's first goal after just 13 minutes

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

In front: Joe Cole put West Ham in the lead after latching on to a long ball

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

Just about: Cole hit his shot into the floor as Hugo Lloris (right) was wrong-footed

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In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

In it goes: Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

No mistake: Andy Carroll fired his shot home from the spot to equalise

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Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

Putting the boot in: Carroll was brought down by Scott Parker (left)

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

On fire: Jussi Jaaskelainen (centre) made a number of saves to keep West Ham in the game

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Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Nice try: Bale tries a bicycle kick, to no avail

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

Game for a laugh: Sam Allardyce (left) and Andre Villas-Boas embrace before the match

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Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Tussle: Aaron Lennon (right) tries to resist the challenge of Matt Jarvis

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

Flying the flag: Moore's Poppy (left) Freddie (centre) and Ava (right) led the two teams out

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Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Appreciation: The players gathered round the centre circle to mark the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore's death

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

Icon: Fans held up posters to make a mosaic which read: MOORE 6

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

In memory: Posters were stuck to fans' seats for supporters to lift to pay their respects

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

Respect: Tributes to West Ham legend Moore were pinned to the gate outside Upton Park

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Reading 1 West Ham 0 – match report

Reading 1 West Ham 0: Pogrebnyak's early strike is enough as Royals earn three crucial points in relegation battle

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17:04 GMT, 29 December 2012

Pavel Pogrebnyak struck his third league goal for Reading to give Brian McDermott's side their second Barclays Premier League win of the season at the expense of West Ham.

The Royals had halted a run of seven defeats with a draw at home to Swansea on Boxing Day and went one better against a poor Hammers side, moving three points clear of bottom club QPR in the process.

McDermott had said before the game that his players would do whatever they had to do to start picking up victories.

Celebration time: Pavel Pogrebnyak marks his goal after five minutes which gave Reading the lead at the Madejski Stadium

Celebration time: Pavel Pogrebnyak marks his goal after five minutes which gave Reading the lead at the Madejski Stadium

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Kebe (Robson-Kanu 74), Guthrie (Hunt 64), Pogrebnyak

Subs not used: Taylor, Morrison, Cummings, Tabb, Le Fondre

Goal: Pogrebnyak 5

Bookings: Pogrebnyak, Pearce, Harte

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Collins, Nolan, Jarvis, Taylor (Collison 53), Noble (Maiga 78), O'Neil (Vaz Te 66), Cole

Subs not used: Spiegel, Demel, Spence, Diarra

Bookings: Collins, Noble, Nolan, Tomkins

Referee: Michael Oliver

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As it turns out they had to do almost
nothing to beat a lacklustre West Ham as James Collins presented
Pogrebnyak with a late Christmas gift.

The Hammers defender looked to play a
simple ball back to goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and Pogrebnyak stole
in to slot past the Finn and put Reading ahead with just five minutes on
the clock.

Royals' winger Jimmy Kebe was causing
problems down the right flank early on and a 14th minute cut-back almost
found Pogrebnyak but was well cleared.

Two minutes later the same duo combined well on the edge of the area but Kebe's final ball drifted behind for a goal-kick.

West Ham struggled to make an
impression in attack but skipper Kevin Nolan released Matt Taylor just
before the half-hour mark, but his cross was collected by Reading
goalkeeper Adam Federici.

A few tough tackles started flying in
as the first half progressed with Pogrebnyak joining West Ham's Mark
Noble in referee Michael Oliver's notebook for a foul on Winston Reid.

The hosts then gifted West Ham a
half-chance in the final seconds of the first half as they dallied on
the ball outside their own penalty area.

Nolan pounced and found Gary O'Neil, but he appeared to be caught in two minds and his final ball was neither a shot or a cross.

Cool finish: Pavel Pogrebnyak opens the scoring for Reading following a poor back pass by West Ham's James Collins

Cool finish: Pavel Pogrebnyak opens the scoring for Reading following a poor back pass by West Ham's James Collins

Dejection: West Ham defender James Collins after his weak backpass gifted Reading's Pogrebnyak the opening goal on five minutes

Dejection: West Ham defender James Collins after his weak backpass gifted Reading's Pogrebnyak the opening goal on five minutes

Pogrebnyak had the ball in the back of
the net again five minutes after the restart but was flagged offside
after latching onto a through ball from Mikele Leigertwood.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce introduced
Jack Collison in place of the ineffectual Taylor with 54 minutes gone
with the Wales international making only his second appearance since
returning from a career-threatening knee injury.

The 24-year-old almost drew the
visitors level 10 minutes later but his low shot was parried by Federici
with no West Ham player able to tap home the rebound.

Although the Hammers were starting to
finally find their feet in the game they almost fell further behind when
Jem Karacan's thunderous effort was tipped onto the bar by Jaaskelainen
with Kebe firing the rebound into the crowd.

Scrap: West Ham's Winston Reid (left) and Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak battle for the ball

Scrap: West Ham's Winston Reid (left) and Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak battle for the ball

Eyes on the ball: Gary O'Neill (right) and Danny Guthrie keep a close watch

Eyes on the ball: Gary O'Neill (right) and Danny Guthrie keep a close watch

Ricardo Vaz Te was the next player to
be thrown on by Allardyce with the Portuguese returning to first-team
action for the first time since dislocating a shoulder in early October.

The winger had impressed earlier in
the campaign and flashed a cross in with 10 minutes remaining that was
hacked clear by Chris Gunter in front of the sliding Modibo Maiga.

Vaz Te was involved again moments
later as he missed West Ham's best opening of the game, inexplicably
heading Matt Jarvis' cross wide of the goal from four yards out.

How did he miss West Ham's Ricardo Vaz Te (bottom left) reacts with incredulity after missing an easy header

How did he miss West Ham's Ricardo Vaz Te (bottom left) reacts with incredulity after missing an easy header

Firm grip: Winston Reid with his arm around Reading's Jimmy Kebe

Firm grip: Winston Reid with his arm around Reading's Jimmy Kebe

Touchline battle: Sam Allardyce implores his West Ham players on, while Brian McDermott keeps a close check on proceedings

Touchline battle: Sam Allardyce implores his West Ham players on, while Brian McDermott keeps a close check on proceedings

Reading managed to see out the closing
stages to claim what could be a vital three points while West Ham's
lack of away goals again proved their undoing.

The Hammers have only scored five
goals on their travels in the league so far this season and the defeat
leaves them only six points off the bottom three.

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes both set to appeal red cards from referee Taylor

Allardyce and Moyes both set to appeal red cards from pantomime villain Taylor

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19:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

Sam Allardyce and David Moyes were
united in their condemnation of referee Anthony Taylor after he
controversially sent off one player from both sides in Everton's 2-1
Barclays Premier League win at West Ham.

Taylor was the pantomime villain at
Upton Park in each club's final game before Christmas, showing needless
red cards to both Hammers striker Carlton Cole and Toffees midfielder
Darron Gibson.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Both were sent off for dangerous play after catching opponents while raising their legs in respective attempts to control and win the ball.
West Ham boss Allardyce and opposite number Moyes each confronted Taylor after the final whistle, confirming they would appeal the dismissals.

Allardyce accused Taylor of being trigger-happy, saying: 'It is how quickly the referee got the red card out, he couldn't wait, he didn't deliberate over the decision or anything.

'There is nothing much we can do about the result but we can appeal the decision and hopefully we can get Carlton down to a yellow card and get him off.'

Moyes added: 'I will appeal it.

'I'll have a word with Sam as well, because I don't think you could put the word frivolous next to that appeal.

'Because I think you would say there was genuine reason why maybe you could appeal that.

'Now, you don't want to go and appeal and find out that maybe you get an extra game on it. That's what you don't want to do.'

Allardyce was planning more than an appeal, however.

'I spoke to the ref but that is between me and him,' he said.

'We will go through the channels of 'reporting' that the system has in place and I will take that up and pursue it quite vigorously.

'If he is not getting the right feedback or coaching and is told it was okay and 'Carry on' then we have got a big problem.'

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Off you go: Everton's Darron Gibson was sent off for fouling West Ham's Mark Noble

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

Fuming: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sees red after Carlton Cole is sent off

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West Ham 1 Everton 2 – match report

West Ham 1 Everton 2: Two off as Pienaar strikes to send Toffees fourth

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16:53 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 22 December 2012

Referee Anthony Taylor was the pantomime villain in West Ham and
Everton's final match before Christmas as two needless red cards spoilt
the latter's victory at Upton Park.

Taylor all but handed the Toffees three points and a place back in the
top four after controversially deciding Cole had left his foot in on
Leighton Baines midway through the second half.

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham's Carlton Cole (L) was sent off for this challenge on Everton's Leighton Baines

Controversy: West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (C) appeals to match referee Anthony Taylor as he sends off Carlton Cole

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, O'Brien (Spence 81), Noble, O'Neil (Maiga 58), Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis (Collison 88), Cole.Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Diarra, Moncur, Lletget.

Sent Off: Cole (67).

Booked: Maiga.

Goals: Cole 14.

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Gibson, Neville (Naismith 85), Pienaar (Oviedo 88), Jelavic, Anichebe (Duffy 90). Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

Sent Off: Gibson (90).

Goals: Anichebe 64, Pienaar 73.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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The official evened up the red-card count in stoppage-time, finding Gibson guilty of a similar offence, having earlier angered Everton by chalking off Leon Osman's early header.

Cole gave West Ham a half-time lead and Victor Anichebe marked his Everton recall with his first goal for three months three minutes before Cole saw red, with Steven Pienaar making the man advantage count six minutes later.

Today's game was a test of how Everton and their opponents coped without their midfield heavyweights, with Toffees star Marouane Fellaini starting a three-match ban and Hammers talisman Mohamed Diame still out injured.

There certainly appeared to be a lack of drive from both sides in the opening moments and it was no surprise to see the first chance arrive via a set-piece in the ninth minute.

Baines delivered the type of devilish free-kick that is certain to keep him in the thoughts of bigger clubs with the transfer window looming, the unmarked Sylvain Distin nodding it into the ground and over the crossbar.

Baines produced another special three minutes later for Osman's disallowed goal, his corner headed home by one of the smallest players on the pitch but ruled out seemingly for Anichebe's block on Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Having yesterday called for clarification on “grappling” in the box, the irony surely could not have been lost on Everton boss David Moyes.

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Up for it: Everton's Victor Anichebe equalised with a header

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

Cheers: Everton's Steven Pienaar (left) celebrates scoring the winner

His players were furious and their ire only increased when Cole fired
West Ham in front two minutes later, the striker cutting inside the
recalled Johnny Heitinga far too easily before cracking in a low drive
from the edge of the box.

Heitinga continued to flounder and Moyes must have been ruing his
decision to switch Phil Jagielka to right-back in order to accommodate
the surprise return of Phil Neville from knee surgery, the Toffees
captain filling in for Fellaini.

The pace dipped again, although Osman almost provided a moment of
inspiration when Nikica Jelavic just strayed offside onto the
midfielder's through-ball.

Jelavic got his timing all wrong again four minutes after half-time when
a rare mistake from James Collins saw the ball ricochet through to the
striker, who could only send it straight at Jaaskelainen.

hIGH BALL: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

High ball: Everton striker Victor Anichebe (L) vies with West Ham United defender James Collins (R)

On the ball: Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

On the ball: Everton's Steven Pienaar takes on James Collins

Gibson curled a free-kick narrowly wide and Everton continued to probe,
prompting West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to replace Gary O'Neil with Modibo
Maiga just before the hour mark, a move that almost paid off
immediately when the Malian scuffed Cole's cross wide.

And that was when it all went horribly wrong.

Maiga got himself booked for pushing Pienaar over in the 64th minute
and, from the resultant free-kick, the ball was worked left to the South
African, whose cross was glanced home brilliantly by Anichebe.

Three minutes later, Taylor made a the call that swung the game.

Cole hung his leg out in a bid to control a dropping ball and definitely
made contact with Baines but it looked anything but a reckless lunge.

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

'Ave it: Everton's Steven Pienaar, right, feels full force of James Tomkins

To Cole's horror, Taylor thought otherwise, brandishing a straight red card.

The momentum was all with Everton and they completed their comeback six
minutes later, Osman's cross inadvertently played against Pienaar by
Kevin Nolan before trickling into the net.

Ten-man West Ham refused to concede defeat and Nolan almost made amends by volleying narrowly wide.

Several substitutions followed, including Jack Collison's first appearance of the season after knee surgery.

And just as the game was drifting towards the final whistle, it exploded into life in the dying seconds.

Jelavic sent a rebound wide from barely six yards and Nolan was unable to prod home after being played in at the other end.

And Gibson then saw red for an almost identical challenge to Cole's on
Mark Noble, although this one was slightly less debatable.

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Jack Collison targets West Ham return after successful comeback from knee injury

West Ham's Collison targets first team return after successful comeback from injury

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11:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

West Ham's Jack Collison is looking
'onwards and upwards' after making his first appearance since
the Championship play-off final.

The 24-year-old has had to watch the
Hammers' fine start to life back in the top flight from the sidelines
due to a long-standing knee problem.

Boost: Jack Collison came through 45 minutes of Under 21 match

Boost: Jack Collison came through 45 minutes of Under 21 match

Collison, who last featured for first team as they overcame Blackpool at Wembley back in May, stepped up his recovery from injury with the West Ham development squad at Norwich on Monday.

The Wales international came through 45 minutes of the 3-1 Barclays Under 21 Premier League defeat and could not hide his delight at returning.

'It was great to be back out there again,' Collison told the club's official website, www.whufc.com.

'I am obviously a little bit rusty, but I have ticked a box by completing 45 minutes and hopefully it will be onwards and upwards from there.

'I loved it. It was great to be playing football again, even though it was not the best conditions out there. I thought the boys did well and were unlucky to not to get a point out of it.'

Collison's return is a welcome boost to injury-hit West Ham, who are without the likes of Mohamed Diame, Ricardo Vaz Te and Yossi Benayoun.

He will not, though, pinpoint a date for his first-team return, focusing instead on continuing his rehabilitation.

'I will leave that for the manager to decide,' Collison said.

'I have obviously been out for quite a while so for me it is all about building up my fitness and getting that sharpness back.

'I am not sure whether the reserves will have any more games or have arranged any friendlies [before the Elite Group Stage starts in January] but I will be training more now so hopefully I can return as quickly as possible.'

Mohamed Diame injury latest: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce rues midfielder"s loss

It's a crushing blow: Hammers boss Big Sam rues 12-week Diame loss

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UPDATED:

13:04 GMT, 10 December 2012

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has described Mohamed Diame’s injury as a ‘crushing blow’ for his club.

The Senegal international was carried off on a stretcher during the club’s 3-2 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday after pulling up near the touchline.

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

Blow: Mohamed Diame will be a big miss for West Ham in the next three months

He will be out for up to 12 weeks with a
grade 3 hamstring tear. With the likes of Alou Diarra, Ricardo Vaz Te,
Jack Collison, Yossi Benayoun and Andy Carroll already out injured
Diame’s absence is a big loss to Allardyce.

Allardyce said: ‘We had a massive
blow when Momo Diame pulled up and had to come off because everything
good about us going forward was generally coming from Mo.

‘He was breaking behind Liverpool’s
midfield and it allowed the full backs, the wide men, Kevin Nolan and
Carlton Cole to get in the box. We could not cope after he went off, we
sat back too much and Liverpool punished us.

‘It is not just Mo Diame that is out
and it is not just two weeks that our players are out for, it has been a
crushing blow for us but we will continue to do our best with the
players we have available.’

Diame has been a key player for West Ham this season but was forced off after 73 minutes.

He had been central to the action before his injury and after his withdrawal Liverpool scored twice to take the three points.

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

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Liverpool are still feared without Luis Suarez, says West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

It's foolish to think Liverpool are nothing without Suarez, claims Hammers chief Allardyce

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13:23 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sam Allardyce has dismissed the concept that Liverpool are a one-man team as West Ham prepare to host the Anfield club who are without the suspended Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international, who has scored 10 Barclays Premier League goals this term, will miss the trip to Upton Park through suspension.

After beating London rivals Chelsea last weekend, the Hammers are tipped to see off the challenge from Liverpool who sit three places beneath them in 11th in the table. But Allardyce insists his side won't 'underestimate' Liverpool.

Missing: Suarez is suspended for Liverpool's trip to West Ham

Missing: Suarez is suspended for Liverpool's trip to West Ham

'People are suggesting Sunday's game against Liverpool at Upton Park should be pretty straightforward for us with Luis Suarez being suspended,' Allardyce wrote in his Evening Standard column.

'I accept that Suarez is an important player for them but believing Liverpool are a one-man team would be incredibly foolish.

'Put it this way – we were without Andy Carroll, George McCartney, Yossi Benayoun, Ricardo Vaz Te, Jack Collison and Alou Diarra against Chelsea last weekend but still beat them 3-1. Missing that many players was far more damaging than Liverpool without Suarez.

Hammer time: West Ham ran out 3-1 winners over Chelsea on Saturday

Hammer time: West Ham ran out 3-1 winners over Chelsea on Saturday

'We cannot and will not underestimate Liverpool. They're playing well, their points tally is increasing and we will need to replicate that second-half spectacular against Chelsea, if we are to do well. I have often said we have to be at 100 per cent to win a Premier League game. If you'll excuse the exaggeration, I thought we were 110 per cent in that second 45 minutes against Chelsea.'

Meanwhile, Allardyce is confident the atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium will be better than Upton Park if West Ham's move goes ahead.

The club were selected as the preferred organisation to move into the Olympic Stadium following its vacation after the London 2012 Games.

Upton Park – now officially named the Boleyn Ground – has been the home of West Ham football club since 1904.

Moving house: The Olympic Stadium could become West Ham's new home

Moving house: The Olympic Stadium could become West Ham's new home

But after more than a century there they are now close to a move to the 80,000-capacity stadium.

And Allardyce said: 'There was a wonderful atmosphere at Highbury. There is a better atmosphere at the Emirates. There is a wonderful atmosphere at Upton Park. There will be an better atmosphere at the Olympic Park.'

Yesterday vice-chairman Karen Brady emailed the club's Supporters Advisory Board to make it clear the fans would be consulted before any move went ahead.

In the email she said: 'It is important to understand that while the decision represents a huge step forward, as we have stated throughout, preferred bidder status does not mean that West Ham United have at this stage agreed to the move.

Net gains: Upton Park has been West Ham's home for over 100 years

Net gains: Upton Park has been West Ham's home for over 100 years

'It remains the case that we will only do so if the final proposal is right for the club and our supporters. This includes the necessity of agreeing a Stadium design specification that is acceptable to us in terms of its ability to host world- class football matches.This is the time for supporters to have their voices heard and a more intensive consultation process will commence immediately.'

And Allardyce believes it can only be a good thing for the future of the club.

The 58-year-old added: 'I think it is outstanding news for the club although there is still a long way to go. We are in the driving seat. It will be a fantastic venue for the future of West Ham United.'

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Chris Coleman thrilled with Wales display against Belgium

Coleman thrilled with Wales display despite defeat against group favourites Belgium

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22:00 GMT, 7 September 2012

Chris Coleman was delighted with his Wales players despite seeing them begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Belgium.

Goals from defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen ensured Marc Wilmots' men made the perfect start to their Group A campaign in Cardiff.

Injury-hit Wales showed a steely determination in the early running against their opponents but their good work was undone when James Collins was shown a straight red for a reckless lunge on Guillaume Gillet after 25 minutes.

Unlucky: Wales, including Gareth Bale, were impressive despite defeat

Unlucky: Wales, including Gareth Bale, were impressive despite defeat

Wales had been heavy underdogs coming
into the game, with Coleman not being helped by an injury list that
included Joe Allen, Craig Bellamy, Wayne Hennessey, Neil Taylor, Andrew
Crofts and Jack Collison.

Yet Coleman was happy to take the positives after the defeat.

'I'm very, very proud of the players first and foremost. We knew it was going to be a tough game,' said the Wales boss.

'Coming into this game at full strength would have been tough but we weren't at full strength and then we go down to 10 men.

Proud: Chris Coleman was happy with the performance

Proud: Chris Coleman was happy with the performance

'One or two questionable decisions went against us to say the least but the players, to a man I thought, were absolutely magnificent.

'They dug deep, showed a lot of passion, a lot of organisation. We had to.

'We conceded just before half-time which is disappointing because we've done very well from set plays of late.

Dismissed: James Collins was sent off

Dismissed: James Collins was sent off

'But we were in the game and we had to play counter because we were a man short but we saw two or three at the end had no more to give, they were limping but we couldn't take them off because we'd used all our substitutes.'

Coleman was unhappy with Collins' sending-off, believing referee Stefan Johannesson reacted too rashly to the West Ham defender's challenge on Gillet.

'For me it's not a sending-off, it's not,' he added.

'There
were one or two challenges on our boys as well that went unnoticed. The
free-kick at the end that they scored from wasn't a free-kick so maybe
the referee just had one of those nights.

'He certainly could have been kinder for us but they're a good team.'

Manchester
City skipper Kompany, who headed Belgium into the lead with a near-post
header from Dries Mertens' corner, believed the dismissal of Collins
made life harder for the visitors.

'I sometimes wondered if it would
have been best for us because we struggle against teams who are very
organised and just sit behind,' the defender told Sky Sports 1.

'Wales were very organised, fighting for every ball and they just made it tough for us. It was a very tricky game.'

Kompany added Belgium, who are favourites to qualify from Group A, were below par but was delighted to emerge from Cardiff with three points.

'I think over the years, this team has played very well without getting the result but today was not our best performance but two-nil in Wales is a great result,' he said.

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Jack Collison in West Ham return boost

Collison in Hammers return boost as fit-again midfielder eyes comeback

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08:50 GMT, 7 September 2012

Jack Collison has returned to training for West Ham – kicking a ball for the first time since their Play-Off Final win over Blackpool in May.

The Wales midfielder has been dogged by a troublesome knee injury for two years and was unable to feature at all during pre-season.

But after three months out on the sidelines the 23-year-old is ready to hand manager Sam Allardyce a selection boost.

Comeback trail: Hammers midfielder Jack Collison is on the mend

Comeback trail: Hammers midfielder Jack Collison is on the mend

The Hammers return to Barclays Premier League action, buoyed by two wins from their first three games upon their return to the top-flight, on September 15 at Norwich following the international break.

The trip to Carrow Road is likely to come too soon for the 23-year-old to put himself in starting contention, but Collison is looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

'I’m pretty much there or thereabouts,' he said.

'I just need to get some minutes under my belt.'

Hammers boss Allardyce will welcome the news after reeling from the discovery that new signing Andy Carroll will miss the next six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury on his debut against Fulham last week.

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Mohamed Diame joins West Ham on three-year deal

Hammer time for Diame as midfielder quits Wigan for Upton Park

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12:06 GMT, 20 June 2012

West Ham have completed their third summer signing with Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame joining the Premier League new boys on a three-year deal.

The Hammers beat off a host of European and domestic suitors to snap up the 25-year-old midfielder on a free transfer from Wigan.

Sportsmail understands that the Senegal international was put through a stringent medical amid concerns of a heart condition but manager Sam Allardyce is delighted to add him to his squad.

East Ender: Mohamed Diame has joined West Ham on a three-year deal from Wigan

East Ender: Mohamed Diame has joined West Ham on a three-year deal from Wigan

'His is potential is really good and he's ready to go and compete in the first team straight away as he's had three years in the Premier League already,' Allardyce told the club's official website.

'He's 25 and can only get better and I hope he can go on to prove that to me and all of the West Ham United fans.

Hammer time: West Ham want Grant Holt

Hammer time: West Ham want Grant Holt

'He will be a very exciting addition to the squad.'

Diame, who started his career at Lens before switching to Spanish side Rayo Vallecano and later Wigan in 2009, insisted he was looking forward to his new beginning at Upton Park joining goalkeepers Stephen Henderson and Jussi Jaaskelainen as the club's third summer recruit.

'I'm very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I'm looking forward to the start of the season,' said Diame, who last month admitted he was heading for Liverpool until manager Kenny Dalglish was sacked.

Diame, who will compete with the likes of captain Kevin Nolan, Jack Collison and Mark Noble for a central midfield berth, will officially join the east London club on July 1 when his Latics deal expires before jetting out to Austria a day later on their pre-season tour.

He added: 'I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I'm looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch.'

West Ham will now turn their attentions to 31-year-old Norwich striker Grant Holt.

It is understood that the Hammers have tabled an improved 5.5million bid for the wantaway Canaries frontman, who scored 17 goals last term.

Busy boss Allardyce hopes to bolster his
squad with further acquisitions and has been linked with moves for
Juventus winger Eljero Elia, West Brom's Jonas Olsson, Trabzonspor
hitman Burak Yilmaz.

George McCartney is expected to complete
a permanent switch to the Boleyn from Sunderland soon. The left-back
was named the Players' Player of the Year following his successful loan
stint last season.

And Allardyce could be encouraged to make a bid for out-of-favour Inter Milan teenager Luc Castaignos, 19, after the Dutch striker admitted he plans to leave the Serie A side in search of a move to a 'big club'.

Club over country: Winston Reid has turned down a chance to represent New Zealand at the Olympics

Club over country: Winston Reid has turned down a chance to represent New Zealand at the Olympics

Defender Winston Reid, meanwhile, has chosen club over country after revealing he will not play for New Zealand at this summer's London 2012 Olympics in a bid to retain his place in Allardyce's starting eleven

The 23-year-old, who impressed alongside Team GB hopeful James Tomkins in the Championship last season, told Radiosport: 'It would be different if I'd been at the club for six or seven years and I'd been playing regularly then maybe I could have done it.

'But I needed to work hard this pre-season and make sure the spot's mine at West Ham.'