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West Ham injury crisis: Sam Allardyce bans full-contact training over Christmas

Allardyce bans injury-hit Hammers from full-contact training over Christmas

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14:03 GMT, 23 December 2012

West Ham's injury crisis has become so bad that Sam Allardyce has been forced to ban full-contact training over Christmas.

Hammers boss Allardyce insisted he could not risk losing any more players during the festive period as he faced up to the prospect of Carlton Cole being banned for three matches after Saturday's controversial 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat to Everton.

Referee Anthony Taylor infuriated Allardyce and West Ham's fans by sending off Cole for catching Leighton Baines with a raised boot while making what appeared an innocent attempt to control a dropping ball.

Down to the bare bones: Sam Allardyce is suffering an injury headache at West Ham

Down to the bare bones: Sam Allardyce is suffering an injury headache at West Ham

Taylor completed his conversion to pantomime villain by dismissing Everton's Darron Gibson for a similar offence in stoppage-time, Hammers supporters pouring scorn on what looked to them an obvious attempt to even up the score.

Allardyce and opposite number David Moyes confirmed they would appeal their players' red cards but the former was equally concerned about how to manage the rest of his depleted squad.

Andy Carroll, Mohamed Diame, Yossi Benayoun and Ricardo Vaz Te were joined on the sidelines by the ill Guy Demel yesterday, with Allardyce forced to select an 80 per cent fit Gary O'Neil in his starting line-up and long-term injury victims Alou Diarra and Jack Collison on the bench.

Seeing red: Carlton Cole was controversially sent off by Anthony Taylor during West ham's 2-1 defeat by Everton

Seeing red: Carlton Cole was controversially sent off by Anthony Taylor during West ham's 2-1 defeat by Everton

'We had 10 players who were fit and one was about 80 per cent fit and that was all we had,' Allardyce said.

'We had Jack Collison, who hasn't kicked a ball since the play-off final and Alou Diarra, who hasn't kicked a ball in three months, that is how bare bones we are at the moment.'

West Ham's Boxing Day match at Arsenal has been postponed because of a planned tube strike, with their next game at Reading on Saturday, and

Allardyce added: 'Medical staff are busier than us as coaches at the moment.

'We can't afford any more contact or any more injuries, so we can't even do any training.

'If we try to do any training and try to do any shape or build-up for Reading, we will get contact between players and, if you get contact between players, you risk injury and we can't do that.

'We can't even get out on the field and do a bit of coaching at the moment.'

Sheffield Wednesday X Charlton X – match report

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Charlton 0: McCabe and Helan make it two on the spin for Owls

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17:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:32 GMT, 22 December 2012

Rhys McCabe struck his first senior goal and Jeremy Helan was also on target as Sheffield Wednesday climbed out of the bottom three of the npower Championship with a second successive win.

Scottish midfielder McCabe, a summer signing from Rangers, slammed home a superb volley from the edge of the penalty area midway through the first half and Frenchman Helan marked his final game for the Owls before his return to parent club Manchester City with the second in the fourth minute of time added on.

Charlton, who lost their first league game in eight at Bolton last week, turned in a disappointing display and mustered only two efforts on goal throughout the match.

On the rise: Rhys McCabe gets the plaudits after firing Wednesday's opener

On the rise: Rhys McCabe gets the plaudits after firing Wednesday's opener

Match facts

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Reda Johnson, Antonio, McCabe, Prutton (Lines 67), Helan, Madine (Sidibe 87), O'Grady (Lee 74). Subs not used: /12/22/article-2252075-169FD686000005DC-440_468x308.jpg” width=”468″ height=”308″ alt=”Getting to grips: Anthony Gardner brings down Ricardo Fuller” class=”blkBorder” />

Getting to grips: Anthony Gardner brings down Ricardo Fuller

Chances at either end after the break
were few and far between, with only Gardner's 56th-minute header
threatening Hamer, who then held on to O'Grady's angled drive, while
Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland remained completely redundant.

The Addicks, who had failed to score
in two of their last three matches, had still not had a single shot by
the hour-mark and boss Chris Powell withdrew Salim Kerkar in the 63rd
minute and sent on fellow striker Ricardo Fuller, returning to action
after a four-game lay-off due to a hamstring injury.

Wednesday were dealt a blow when Prutton was forced off injured and replaced by Chris Lines in the 67th minute.

Fuller had the visitors' first shot
two minutes later, but his 25-yard effort was blocked by Llera and with
12 minutes left Powell sent on forward Rob Hulse and midfielder Danny
Green for Danny Haynes and Emmanuel Frimpong respectively.

But it was Wednesday who threatened
again. Helan, pushed up into midfield in his last match for the Owls,
fired a shot straight at Hamer from the edge of the box and although
another Fuller effort was blocked by Owls defender Lewis Buxton, Helan
made the game safe for the Owls by stabbing home from close range in the
fourth minute of injury time.

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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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

Mohamed Diame has hamstring injury which could last 12 weeks

West Ham's key man Diame set for 12 weeks out after hamstring injury

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19:24 GMT, 9 December 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is fearful he could be without midfielder Mohamed Diame for up to 12 weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.

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.

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

The Senegal international was stretchered from the pitch after pulling up near the touchline and Allardyce did not give a positive early prognosis.

'Not good, it does not take a medical expert to know it is a serious hamstring tear when he falls and stopped the way he did,' he said.

'I would expect, in medical terms, for it to be a grade 3 (injury) and that could be anything up to eight, 10 or 12 weeks.'

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.

'For us he is about the start and build-up of most of the creative side of our game – he runs at them (defenders) with pace and ability that puts them on the back foot,' he said.

'That is what we have lost and what we will be missing for a number of weeks so we are going to have to be a bit more dogged and resilient with the players we have got available, rather than have the more creative side we have had from Mo.'

Diame's performances for the Hammers
have seen him linked with a number of clubs, especially given that he
has a release clause in his contract, but Allardyce reckons he would
rather deal with bids for his player in the transfer window than have
him sidelined.

'I would sooner have that aggravation
in January where people trying to get him than lose him for the period
of time, eight-12 weeks,' he said.

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

Stretchered off: Diame is taken from the field for treatment

'In my experience, I have had a
number of hamstring injuries myself in my time, when you go down like
that you know you have really got (a bad) one.

'We will wait until it has settled
down and then scan it, we will find out exactly how big the damage is
and move on from there.'

Millwall 0 Charlton 0: Stalemate between in-form sides in Den derby

Millwall 0 Charlton 0: Stalemate between in-form sides in Den derby

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17:44 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:44 GMT, 1 December 2012

Millwall and Charlton maintained their unbeaten runs as two of the npower Championship's in-form sides shared a hard-fought goalless draw in the south London derby at The Den.

Liam Feeney and Chris Wood both failed to hit the target with good opportunities in a first half dominated by the hosts.

Substitute Dany N'Guessan came closest to opening the deadlock after the break with a close-range header that was cleared off the line by Chris Solly, but a resolute Addicks defence ensured the points were shared.

Scramble! Millwall's Shane Lowry is thwarted by the outstretched leg of Rob Hulse in the goalless Championship draw at The Den

Scramble! Millwall's Shane Lowry is thwarted by the outstretched leg of Rob Hulse in the goalless Championship draw at The Den

Over the bar: Chris Taylor of Millwall sent this header narrowly off target as both sides failed to break the deadlock

Over the bar: Chris Taylor of Millwall sent this header narrowly off target as both sides failed to break the deadlock

Match facts

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Feeney (N'Guessan 67), Beevers, Smith, Wright, C Taylor, Abdou, Keogh, Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Racon, Batt

Charlton: Harner, Solly, Seaborne, Cort, Dervite, Jackson, Stephens, Pritchard, Kerkar (Green 73), Kermorgant (Wright-Phillips 81), Hulse

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Jonsson, Frimpong, Haynes

Bookings: Jackson

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northampton)

Attendance: 18,013

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The result meant Chris Powell's men were undefeated in six games, while the Lions extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches.

Kenny Jackett's side were unchanged from Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Wolves, while Powell made three changes to his team.

Ricardo Fuller was ruled out with a hamstring problem, meaning Rob Hulse led the line alongside Yann Kermorgant.

Dale Stephens earned a recall in place of Emmanuel Frimpong, who dropped to the bench, and Dorian Dervite replaced the suspended Michael Morrison in central defence.

In front of a sell-out crowd, the home side started brightly, with Feeney trying his luck with a driving run and shot in the opening minute.

So close: Chris Wood went close to sending the home fans into celebration with this attempt that drifted a fraction wide

So close: Chris Wood went close to sending the home fans into celebration with this attempt that drifted a fraction wide

Letting fly: Rob Hulse gets a shot away for Charlton as Danny Shittu dives for cover

Letting fly: Rob Hulse gets a shot away for Charlton as Danny Shittu dives for cover

Feeney was involved moments later, bursting past Daniel Seaborne and delivering a dangerous ball across goal, but the visitors were able to clear their lines.

Kermorgant then flicked the ball into the path of Hulse, whose shot was blocked by Josh Wright after 10 minutes, as both teams looked to break the deadlock in a hectic opening period.

Feeney continued to threaten on the right wing, but when his deep cross picked out Chris Taylor, the ex-Oldham man was unable to hit the target with a weak header.

Hulse's left-footed volley from a narrow angle flashed wide after 27 minutes, before Feeney spurned a great chance to give the hosts the lead.

Andy Keogh, playing with a broken toe, whipped in a great ball to the back post, but Feeney was unable to make a clean contact on the stretch, having got in front of a dozing Seaborne, as his effort bobbled just wide.

Break: Dale Stephens gets away from Millwall's Josh Wright

Break: Dale Stephens gets away from Millwall's Josh Wright

Touchline battle: Charlton's Chris Powell protests to Kenny Jackett on the sidelines

Touchline battle: Charlton's Chris Powell protests to Kenny Jackett on the sidelines

Jackett's men began to impose themselves on the game, and made another good opening minutes later, but Wood's weak close-range effort failed to trouble Ben Hamer in the Addicks' goal.

Six minutes before the interval, Dervite's headed clearance fell to the feet of former Charlton trainee Wright, who struck a speculative 25-yard volley which looped over the bar.

The Lions continued to build pressure, and Nadjim Abdou was unlucky not to give the hosts the half-time advantage after unleashing a right-footed strike which flew wide.

Neither side was able to forge a clear opening immediately after the break, as Powell's side made the game a more even contest.

Snapshot: Andy Keogh went close with this shot but was denied by the Charlton keeper Ben Hamer

Snapshot: Andy Keogh went close with this shot but was denied by the Charlton keeper Ben Hamer

The visitors' improvement forced Jackett to replace the stunted Feeney with former Addicks loanee N'Guessan midway through the second half.

The change injected life back into the home side, as Keogh forced Hamer into a fingertip save with a stinging drive on the counter-attack.

Wright's 76th-minute corner then presented N'Guessan with the best opportunity of the half, but Solly kept out the substitute's free header.

Powell introduced Bradley Wright-Phillips nine minutes from time to increase the visitors' attacking threat, but the game ended in stalemate.

Charles Sale: Tottenham back on Olympic Stadium track

Charles Sale: Tottenham back on Olympic track

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22:50 GMT, 11 October 2012

Tottenham Hotspur, in discussions with the FA over using Wembley as a temporary home if they move out of White Hart Lane to speed up building their new ground, have also put out feelers about the Olympic Stadium.

Any soundings with the London Legacy Development Corporation, however exploratory at this stage, over some of their games taking place at Stratford are extraordinary considering Tottenham's earlier vision for what is now a fabled venue.

Ground designs: Spurs are still considering playing some games at Olympic Stadium

Ground designs: Spurs are still considering playing some games at Olympic Stadium

The Spurs blueprint during their previous bid for permanent occupancy of the site was to knock down the stadium and construct a football-specific ground in its place.

A Tottenham spokesperson said their preference was still to remain at White Hart Lane during the building work and that any communications with the LLDC would be part of fully exploring every option – and that interim use of the Olympic Stadium is different from being based there full time.

Green and Blues

Simon Greenberg – highly-combative former Chelsea and England 2018 communications chief who made himself even more unpopular among journalists with his subsequent role on Rupert Murdoch's despised Management and Standards Committee charged with cleaning up News International – emerged in public yesterday after more than a year behind closed doors due to the nature of his investigative job. Greenberg chose to appear at the Leaders in Football conference being held at his old hunting ground, Stamford Bridge.

Ronaldo turns on charm

Ronaldo

Brazil have certainly found a far more acceptable figure – albeit an overweight one – in Ronaldo (right) to chair their 2014 World Cup organising committee rather than the odious, English-hating Ricardo Teixeira who is embroiled in corruption allegations. World Cup record goalscorer Ronaldo charmed rather than antagonised the English press with his appearance at a FIFA drinks reception at Leaders in Football. He explained he is eating English salads rather than his favourite Chinese banquets to lose weight, with his kilo-shedding the subject of a Brazil TV programme.

Picture this

John Terry was lampooned landing on the moon after he wore the full Chelsea kit for the Champions League final from which he was banned. And there was nearly another unlikely JT picture at the Leaders conference. FA independent director Heather Rabbatts, highly influential in the decision to strip Terry of the England captaincy, was being interviewed about racism in football directly in front of a photo of JT lifting the CL trophy. Fortunately for the FA, the TV cameras had been turned away.

Arsenal can't draw in US

Arsenal fans concerned about Americanisation since Stan Kroenke's takeover would have had their fears underlined by the club's American commercial director Tom Fox chairing a panel at Leaders in Football about the NFL's expansionist plans. However, Fox said Arsenal's connection with fans cannot be found in American sport.

Gunnar happen

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pulled out of speaking at the conference yesterday because of a stomach bug – sparking more speculation about him becoming the new Bolton manager.

Charles van Commenee, departing UK Athletics chief, says he doesn't do regrets. But asked at the conference if he would have done anything differently at the Olympics, he said he would have given more attention to Team GB's chronically underperforming relay squads.

Such are the sensitivities around all aspects of the Qatar World Cup – with more calls yesterday from 2022 bid ambassador Ronald de Boer to hold the tournament in winter – that a Leaders panel comment suggesting royal patronage dominated decision-making in UAE club football provoked a furious response from Abu Dhabi TV sports executive Yacoub Saadi in the audience.

Blackpool 0 Charlton 2: Cort and Solly steal the points for Athletic in gritty Bloomfield Road affair

Blackpool 0 Charlton 2: Cort and Solly steal the points for Athletic in gritty Bloomfield Road affair

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16:58 GMT, 6 October 2012

Chris Solly's second-half thunderbolt sealed three points for Charlton as they condemned Blackpool to a third defeat in four games with a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road.

The 21-year-old fired in from 20 yards 17 minutes from time to earn back-to-back away wins for Chris Powell's side.

Leon Cort had headed the opener early in the second half as the Tangerines' woes continued.

Blackpool's Tiago Gomes fouls Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller

Late challenge: Blackpool's Tiago Gomes fouls Charlton's Ricardo Fuller in a heavy first half tackle

MATCH FACTS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Ferguson, Osbourne (Dicko 66), Gomes (Ince 52), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Kevin Phillips 62), Matt Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Sylvestre, Cathcart, Martinez.

Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Cort, Morrison, Solly, Green (Pritchard 20), Stephens, Razak (Dervite 79), Hollands, Kerkar, Fuller (Hulse 84).

Subs Not Used: Button, Evina, Wright-Phillips, Wagstaff.

Goals: Cort 49,Solly 73.

Att: 13,482

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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Blackpool, boosted by the return to
the bench of top-scorer Tom Ince following two games out, could have
edged in front in the 18th minute when Matt Phillips lined up a shot
from 18 yards only to be denied by a block from Charlton centre-half
Michael Morrison.

Addicks boss Powell was then forced
into an early change as former Dagenham midfielder Danny Green limped
off injured to be replaced by Bradley Pritchard before Jamaican striker
Ricardo Fuller rattled the Blackpool crossbar midway through the opening
period.

Blackpool's Ian Evatt and Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller

Blackpool's Ian Evatt and Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller

French midfielder Salim Kerkar, a
summer signing from Rangers, whipped in a low corner from the right
which was met by the stooping figure off Fuller but his header bounced
down off the underside of the bar and away.

In an absorbing opening period, Ian Holloway's man responded to nearly going behind with two efforts of their own.

Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher
attempted an audacious chip from 40 yards which landed on the roof of
Ben Hamer's goal before Phillips forced the Addicks goalkeeper to save
low down to his left with a drilled strike.

Danger man Fuller threatened again on the stroke of half-time when his 12-yard drive was tipped around a post by Matt Gilks.

The south Londoners continued to
cause Blackpool problems from set-pieces and broke the deadlock four
minutes after the interval.

Dale Stephens swung a corner over
from the left and centre-back Cort rose unchallenged to send a thumping
header past Gilks for his second goal of the season.

Home manager Holloway reacted to the
setback by introducing Ince in place of Portuguese midfielder Tiago
Gomes but his usually free-scoring side were struggling to create
chances.

The next goal was always likely to
prove decisive and it was Charlton who extended their lead 17 minutes
from time. Left-back Solly seized on the ball after Stephens' shot had
deflected into his path to strike an unstoppable drive into the top
right-hand corner with the outside of his right foot.

Substitute Nouha Dicko, who was
thrown on with fellow striker Kevin Phillips prior to Solly's strike,
came close to a consolation for the home side but his right-foot volley
flew wide of the right-hand upright.

And Athletic held out to record a second clean sheet of the season and a first win at Bloomfield Road since 1981.

Charlton Athletic's Bradley Pritchard is tackled by Blackpool's Stephen Crainey

Tough tackle: Charlton's Bradley Pritchard puts a good challenge in on Blackpool's Stephen Crainey

James Tomkins blames London 2012 Olympics for losing West Ham place

I wasted my time at the Games: Tomkins blames Team GB for losing Hammers place

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09:42 GMT, 3 October 2012

James Tomkins has blamed his decision to represent Team GB at London 2012 Olympics for costing him his place in the heart of the West Ham defence, saying that he 'wasted his time' at the Games.

The 23-year-old was an ever-present in the Hammers defence last season, helping them achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Stuart Pearce recognised his contribution and called him up – but the defender made only two appearances for Britain's squad.

Hammer time: James Tomkins hopes he can win back his place in the West Ham side after impressing against QPR

Hammer time: James Tomkins hopes he can win back his place in the West Ham side after impressing against QPR

The summer arrival of James Collins and the brilliant form of Winston Reid has since seen Tomkins cosigned to the Hammers substitutes bench, making only a single start in the league so far this season.

Tomkins hopes to win his place back for the visit of Arsenal at Upton Park this weekend after replacing Reid and setting-up Ricardo Vaz Te's winner in Monday's 2-1 win over QPR.

'It is always hard of course,' admitted Tomkins, speaking to London 24.

'I wanted to represent Great Britain and the manager gave me the chance to and I appreciated that.

'I went there expecting to play more than I did in the end, so obviously I wasted a lot of time and then Ginge [James Collins] and Reidy played a lot together in pre-season and the manager had his thoughts.

'It was disappointing for me, but I suppose that is what football is like. You have to keep your head down and keep working hard in training which I have.

'It paid off against QPR because I came on the pitch and did well.'

Wasted time: Tomkins believes his Team GB experience cost him his starting place at West Ham

Wasted time: Tomkins believes his Team GB experience cost him his starting place at West Ham

Tomkins is hoping his excellent performance at Loftus Road will propel him back into the thoughts of manager Sam Allardyce ahead of Saturday's televised London derby.

He came on for New Zealand international Reid early in the first half after the New Zealand international was carried off suffering a concussion following a collision with his own goalkeeper, Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Reid is expected to be given the all-clear to play against the Gunners but Tomkins remains hopeful he will start.

'I want to play more games and that is important to me,' he added.

'The lads have come in and done well in the back four, so obviously they haven’t changed it much.

'We have played teams around where we could finish and we have stepped up the challenge.

'Hopefully we can continue that and we are going to be positive going into the Arsenal game.

'It is frustrating to watch, but if we keep getting the results there is not much I can do.'

Charlton 1 Watford 2 match report

Charlton 1 Watford 2: Zola's boys hold on despite Forestieri diving red

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22:23 GMT, 2 October 2012

Gianfranco Zola will order Fernando Forestieri to change his boots after the Watford forward claimed he slipped after he was sent off for diving.

A stunning free-kick from Almen Abdi – one Zola said he would have been proud to have scored – gave Watford all three points after Ricardo Fuller cancelled out Tommie Hoban's opener.

But the visitors were forced to play all of the second half with 10 men after Forestieri received a second yellow card when Mike Dean judged he had gone down too easily in the penalty area in first-half stoppage time. The Italy Under-21 international, who was born in Argentina, had already been booked for encroachment and was duly shown a red card.

On target; Almen Abdi (centre) celebrates after scoring Watford's second goal

On target; Almen Abdi (centre) celebrates after scoring Watford's second goal

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Cort, Morrison, Solly, Green (Hulse 79),
Stephens, Hollands (Pritchard 79), Kerkar, Fuller, Wright-Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Button, Evina, Wagstaff, Razak, Dervite.

Booked: Morrison,Green.

Goals: Fuller 35.

Watford: Almunia, Hoban, Hall, Neuton (Ekstrand 75), Cassetti,
Chalobah (Doyley 90), Hogg, Abdi, Pudil, Deeney (Iwelumo 90), Forestieri.

Subs Not Used: Bond, Yeates, Murray, Vydra.

Sent Off: Forestieri (45).

Booked: Forestieri, Pudil, Neuton, Abdi, Almunia.

Goals: Hoban 29,Abdi 70.

Attendance: 15,585

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral).

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Watford boss Zola said he did not agree with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero's comments that foreign players are unfairly penalised by English referees and insisted Forestieri had fallen over because his studs were not long enough to cope with the slippery surface.

Zola said: 'Fernando told me he just slipped, he didn't dive. I keep telling him he has to change his boots. But he's Argentinian – he likes to play with boots with not big studs.

'It's a pity Mike saw it as a dive and disappointing for the boy as he was playing a good match.

'Because he goes to the floor many times they label him as a diver. He doesn't – he's just quicker than the opposition 'I told him I don't want him diving and if I find out he is diving he's not going to play. But he said he didn't dive, he slipped and I believed him. I will change his boots myself now.'

Charlton boss Chris Powell added: 'There's a lot of talk about simulation and referees are clamping down on it. If Mike feels that's the right decision he makes it. He blamed his studs Right, OK.' Powell blamed his side's lack of clinical finishing after Charlton created 15 chances but only scored once. Watford, by contrast, converted two set pieces and clung on despite their numerical disadvantage.

Defender Hoban, 18, making on his third senior appearance for Watford, claimed a heavily deflected header from a corner in the 29th minute, but Zola's side wasted a chance to equalise just three minutes late when Jonathan Hogg failed to capitalise from Nathaniel Chalobah's strong counter-attacking run. Charlton were level after 35 minutes, however, when Neuton failed to intercept Danny Stephens' through pass and Fuller slotted the ball calmly past Manuel Almunia.

Powell's side dominated the second half, with Bradley Wright-Phillips and Fuller both seeing chances blocked, but a moment of class from Abdi, 25, saw Watford steal victory. The Switzerland international placed a curling right-foot free-kick into the top right-hand corner after 70 minutes and rushed to the touchline to celebrate with his manager.

'It was a very good free-kick,' said Zola. 'It came as a surprise to me. I didn't expect him to be that good. I would have been very, very proud of that goal.'

Kevin Nolan hails West Ham win at QPR

West Ham skipper Nolan salutes crucial away win as Hughes laments Diakite red

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22:20 GMT, 1 October 2012

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan hailed his side's first away victory of the Barclays Premier League season on Monday night as 'absolutely vital' – and also fully deserved.

The promoted Hammers took a third-minute lead against hosts QPR through Matt Jarvis' first goal for the club before Ricardo Vaz Te doubled their advantage in the 35th minute, both goals coming from far-post finishes.

QPR pulled a goal back with a stunning 57th-minute effort from Adel Taarabt just moments after he came on as a substitute, but they lost Samba Diakite to a second yellow card 15 minutes from time and the remaining 10 men could not find an equaliser.

Double trouble: Vaz Te (above right) scored West Ham's winner after Jarvis (below) had given them and early lead at Loftus Road

Double trouble: Vaz Te (above right) scored West Ham's winner after Jarvis (below) had given them and early lead at Loftus Road

Double trouble: Vaz Te (above right) scored West Ham's winner after Jarvis (below) had given them and early lead at Loftus Road

The result leaves QPR rooted to the foot of the standings with only two points from six games, while West Ham moved into the top seven, with Tottenham and West Brom on 11 points.

Nolan said of the win on Sky Sports 1: 'It was absolutely vital. Absolutely delighted with the win today.

'They made us work for the win in the second half. It was a fantastic first-half performance, the second half I thought we dug in and we could have won it by more in the end really.'

Nolan also praised his side for the way they fought to hold off QPR's attempted comeback after the break.

Out cold: Winston Reid was substituted but suffered no serious damage

Out cold: Winston Reid was substituted but suffered no serious damage

'We knew at some point they had to make changes, we had to be ready for that and I thought we dealt with it well,' he said.

'It was a great goal (from Taarabt) but I thought the lads after that we responded well, we dug in, they had the man sent off which helped us, but I thought overall we were well deserving of the win.

'Tonight we proved we are tough to beat and we have quality.'

Seeing red: Diakite is given his marching orders

Seeing red: Diakite is given his marching orders

QPR manager Mark Hughes felt his side improved after a poor first half and thought an equaliser might be in the offing after Taarabt's wonder goal – only for the dismissal of Diakite to shatter those hopes.

Hughes said: 'We were very poor, certainly first half where we were second to every ball, didn't really get anywhere near the level that we need to get near to get positive results in the Premier League.

Contrasting emotions: Nolan (above right) and Hughes (below right)

Contrasting emotions: Nolan (above right) and Hughes (below right)

Contrasting emotions: Nolan (above right) and Hughes (below right)

'First half we were just off the pace for whatever reason. Second half we made a better fist of it. In fact when Adel scored a great goal that got us a little bit of momentum and at that point I could see us getting a second goal.

'But obviously the sending off has completely killed that momentum and that point it was very, very difficult for us. We're desperately disappointing on the basis of the first half performance because we've been much better than that.'