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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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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

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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

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.

West Brom 0 West Ham 0: Match report

West Brom 0 West Ham 0: Baggies and Hammers serve up laborious bore draw

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18:21 GMT, 16 December 2012

James Morrison was twice denied by the woodwork but West Brom failed to score for a third successive game in a dire stalemate with West Ham.

The Baggies at least had the consolation of ending a run of three successive defeats and maintained their place in the top six.

But Sam Allardyce's side were worth a share of the spoils in a game which seldom moved out of second gear.

Tussle: Mark Noble (right) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera

Tussle: Mark Noble (right) vies for the ball with West Bromwich Albion's Hungarian midfielder Zoltan Gera

Match facts

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Gera (Lukaku 75), Odemwingie, Long (Rosenberg 83).

Subs: Daniels, Dorrans, Lukaku, Dawson, Tamas, Fortune.

Booked: Jones, Mulumbu, Olsson.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Tomkins 81), Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Jarvis (Maiga 76), Nolan, Taylor, Cole.

Subs: Spiegel, Spence, Moncur, Lletget.

Booked: O'Brien, Tomkins, Nolan.

Attendance: 24,186.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Morrison posed Albion's most creative threat despite operating in a deeper role in the absence of the injured Claudio Yacob.

But the Hammers showed plenty of resilience with central defender James Collins a rock solid performer.

The home players wore black armbands in tribute to long-serving club masseur Derrick Jones who died earlier this week.

West Ham were only able to field six
substitutes due to their current injury crisis after Mohamed Diame was
ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Albion made a promising start but the
first semblance of a chance fell to the visitors with Mark Noble
heading a deep cross from Carlton Cole over the bar.

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie
was on target with a low 25-yard drive although Jussi Jaaskelainen got
his body behind the ball.

Hotly contested: Billy Jones (left) tries to beat Matt Jarvis to the ball

Hotly contested: Billy Jones (left) tries to beat Matt Jarvis to the ball

A rare attempt: Cole tries to find the net but his effort is snuffled out

A rare attempt: Cole tries to find the net but his effort is snuffled out

Pile up: Carlton Cole tries to keep the ball away from Jonas Olsson (behind) and Gareth McAuley

Pile up: Carlton Cole tries to keep the ball away from Jonas Olsson (behind) and Gareth McAuley

But there was little goalmouth action
in the opening quarter of the game as both sides struggled to find a
creative spark although Morrison ventured forward to fire a low shot
past the post.

Shane Long created space for himself
on the edge of the Hammers' box after turning past Noble but dragged his
drive into the side-netting.

Joey O'Brien became the first player
to be yellow carded after half an hour for a touch-line challenge on
Baggies midfielder Zoltan Gera.

Chris Brunt drilled a long-range
attempt into the hands of Jaaskelainen before Winston Reid spurned a
gilt-edged chance for West Ham.

Collins headed a Noble corner back into the danger area and Reid volleyed over the bar.

Carlton Cole stung the palms of
Albion keeper Boaz Myhill with a 30-yard drive but it was Albion who
started the second period on the offensive and Morrison's hooked volley
struck the top of the bar.

Then the Scottish international
sliced his shot wide after Gareth McAuley had headed a fourth successive
corner from Brunt into his path.

High flying: Steve Clarke's West Brom have performed well this season

High flying: Steve Clarke's West Brom have performed well this season

Tracking: Shane Long tries to escape the attention of Noble

Tracking: Shane Long tries to escape the attention of Noble

Reid got into another good position to attack an inswinging corner from Noble but could not keep down his near-post header.

Jaaskelainen failed to hold onto a powerful attempt from Gera but Long could not take advantage of the rebound.

Reid produced a vital clearance to turn a low Odemwingie centre over his own bar under pressure from Long.

But West Ham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Joey O'Brien volleyed over at full stretch from a deep Noble free-kick.

Morrison struck the bar for the second time with 17 minutes remaining with a header from Brunt's corner.

Youssouf Mulumbu, Kevin Nolan and
Hammers substitute James Tomkins were all booked in quick succession by
referee Phil Dowd in the final stages of the game.

Cole nearly made the breakthrough in
the final seconds when his snap shot had Myhill scrambling across his
line to save at the foot of a post but a draw was a fair outcome.

Sam Allardyce

Gera challenges O'Brien

Waiting for action: Sam Allardyce (left) oversaw a very tight first half in which neither side made many openings

West Ham fan in a Santa beard

West Brom fan in a chicken hat

Bored This West Ham fan made his own fun by wearing a Santa beard, while he found a rival in this West Brom fan (right), who decided to wear a less seasonal piece of headwear

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: match report – James Collins own goal seals win

West Ham 2 Liverpool 3: Old boy Cole and Collins' own goal help Rodgers strike Hammer blows

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18:25 GMT, 9 December 2012

Liverpool proved they could win without talismanic striker Luis Suarez as they fought from behind to take three points from Upton Park.

Uruguay international Suarez was serving a one-match ban but the Reds struck twice late in the game to seal a win that sees them leapfrog West Ham in the table.

Former Hammers' defender Glen Johnson opened the scoring for the visitors with a tremendous effort before a Mark Noble penalty and Steven Gerrard own goal turned the game in West Ham's favour before the break.

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Dismay: James Collins and Jussi Jaaskelainen are stunned while Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling celebrate the winner

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Turnaround: Joe Cole scored the equaliser for Liverpool before Shelvey (right) helped force the Collins own goal to win the game

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel (McCartney 46), Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Taylor (Maiga 86), Diame (Tomkins 73), Nolan, Noble, Jarvis, Cole.

Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur.

Booked: Taylor.

Goal: Noble 36 (pen), Gerrard og 43.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Cole 27), Allen (Coates 86), Lucas (Henderson 71), Gerrard, Sterling, Shelvey, Downing.

Subs not used: Jones, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Morgan.

Booked: Gerrard, Shelvey.

Goals: Johnson 11, Cole 76, Collins og 79.

Att: 35,005.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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It was another West Ham academy
graduate in substitute Joe Cole who pulled the visitors level in the
second half with a James Collins own goal completing the comeback for
Liverpool.

Gerrard, returning to captain the
visitors after recovering from illness, saw an early effort deflected
behind for a corner following some good work by Jonjo Shelvey.

West Ham then had a few minutes of
dominance and Mohamed Diame, a one-time Liverpool target, saw his shot
deflect off the back of team-mate Carlton Cole and drift just wide of
Jose Reina's goal.

West Ham's Matt Jarvis was getting a
lot of the ball down the left flank but was soon found wanting when he
was tested defensively.

Gerrard played the ball out to Johnson
on the touchline and the England full-back cut inside Jarvis with ease
before arrowing a strike past the out-stretched hand of Jussi
Jaaskelainen.

Johnson did not celebrate out of
respect for his former club but the Liverpool bench was up in unison as
the visitors grabbed an early lead.

Raheem Sterling had two chances to
double Liverpool's advantage, firstly firing wide of Jaaskelainen's near
post as Gerrard's shot was cleared straight to his feet.

Moments later Johnson again got the
beating of former Wolves winger Jarvis and rolled the ball into
Sterling's path, but the 18-year-old's low drive was just off target.

West Ham started to get more into the
game after 25 minutes and again began testing the Liverpool defence with
a number of high balls into the area, with their equaliser duly coming
nine minutes before the interval.

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Screamer: Glen Johnson (right) opened the scoring with a magnificent strike which nestled in the top corner

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

Cool as you like: Mark Noble slots home his penalty to put the Hammers level

A West Ham set-piece was cleared as
far as Guy Demel whose shot hit the arm of Joe Allen as the former
Swansea man closed him down.

Referee Lee Probert deemed the block
to be intentional and pointed to the spot, with Noble stepping up to
coolly convert the penalty.

Matthew Taylor, recalled to the
starting line-up by Sam Allardyce after making an impact as a substitute
against Chelsea last weekend, then headed high and wide from close
range as West Ham started to take control.

The spell of pressure yielded a second goal for Allardyce's side, albeit it in fortunate circumstances.

Liverpool switched off after conceding a free-kick which Noble took quickly and found Jarvis in space on the left.

Sam Allardyce

Mark Noble and Carlton Cole

Topsy turvy: Sam Allardyce (left) saw his side fall behind, go ahead and then fall behind again

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

Powerhouse: Mohamed Diame was running play in the centre of the park before his injury

The 26-year-old produced yet another
fantastic delivery into the box and the ball was sent flying past Reina
off the head of Gerrard.

Shelvey then had a good opportunity to
level on the stroke of half-time when he was picked out by Stewart
Downing but his shot was well wide.

The second half started with both
sides looking to be more creative in possession although neither Reina
nor Jaaskelainen was tested before the hour-mark.

Sterling came close to levelling as
his left-foot effort from the edge of the penalty area forced
Jaaskelainen to flick the ball over his bar for a corner.

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Rising high: Steven Gerrard heads the ball into his own net

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal... but later scored one himself

Oops: Collins celebrates Gerrard's own goal… but later scored one himself

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Sympathy: Carlton Cole pats the England captain on the shoulder after his mishap

Shelvey had worked hard in an
unfamiliar attacking role all afternoon and saw a header flash wide with
20 minutes remaining before Rodgers introduced Jordan Henderson in
place of the ineffectual Lucas.

A serious looking leg injury suffered
by Diame made Allardyce's afternoon even worse, with the in-form
midfielder replaced by James Tomkins after pulling up hurt.

Joe Cole had been introduced by Liverpool before the game was 30 minutes old and was warmly received by the home fans.

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

Access denied: Matt Taylor's free-kick was kept out

The former Chelsea playmaker has
struggled during his time with Liverpool and had little impact on the
game until he struck a venomous equaliser after being played in by
Sterling and, like Johnson, he refused to celebrate the goal.

The turnaround was completed just 12
minutes from time as Henderson swung in a low cross that Shelvey and
Collins competed for with the balling looping up off the boot of the
West Ham defender and over a helpless Jaaskelainen.

Sterling almost burst through to wrap
up the game for the visitors, who saw out the five minutes of stoppage
time to creep into the top half of the table.

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Face down: Shelvey, who played in a relatively unfamiliar striker's position, lies in the turf

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Back on his feet: Shelvey forces Collins into an own goal

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Over the moon: Pepe Reina jumps for joy after seeing the third Liverpool goal fly in

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: match report

Tottenham 3 West Ham 1: Defoe hits back with double to defeat the boo boys

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00:00 GMT, 26 November 2012

It is almost nine years since Jermain Defoe left West Ham United, but football fans do not forget. The Tottenham striker was taunted mercilessly by those in claret and blue. His response was emphatic.

Defoe scored two goals — the first a quite superb individual effort — and was booked, then flirted with a second yellow card in a 3-1 win Tottenham so desperately needed. It was impossible to ignore him, never mind forget him.

In the absence of Emmanuel Adebayor, suspended after being sent off against Arsenal last weekend, and against the team with which the self-described ‘East End boy’ grew up, Defoe scored the opening goal and Spurs never looked back.

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Scores when he wants: Jermain Defoe celebrates helping Tottenham to victory

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Sandro (Livermore 86), Lennon (Dembele 79), Dempsey, Bale, Defoe (Sigurdsson 90).

Subs Not Used: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Carroll.

Booked: Defoe.

Goals: Defoe 44, Bale 58, Defoe 64.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, McCartney, Maiga (Jarvis 31), Diame, O'Neil (Taylor 55), Noble, Nolan (Cole 68),Carroll.

Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Collins, Demel, Moncur.

Booked: O'Brien, Noble.

Goals: Carroll 82.

Att: 36,043

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

They were as dominant as West Ham were poor, with Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey and, of course, Defoe exposing the visitors’ surprising defensive fragility.

Sam Allardyce’s side were the third stingiest team in the Barclays Premier League before this game, but the manager’s ploy to defend deep and try to nick a goal was ruined by Defoe’s stunning 44th-minute strike.

Bale then added a second after a delicious chipped ball from Dempsey before Defoe scored the third, profiting from an explosive run from Lennon.

Andy Carroll opened his West Ham account late on — the striker’s first goal in 15 games — but it was nothing more than a consolation; an aside to mar the exuberant, and somewhat relieved, celebrations of the Tottenham bench.

Assistant coach Steffen Freund’s ecstasy was perhaps a little much — ‘Sometimes we ask him if he’s taken the pill to calm down, but, when he forgets, he’s very energetic,’ joked Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas — but the hosts needed this victory.

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Bullet: Jermaine Defoe rifles Tottenham in front against West Ham

Losing three consecutive matches invited pressure; four defeats in a row would have represented a very serious problem.

Instead, this victory moved them above West Ham into seventh place, five points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea.

‘It was extremely important to get
back to winning ways in a London derby,’ said Villas-Boas. ‘We don’t
jump a lot in terms of the table but we narrow the gap.

‘It puts third place in a better perspective and, hopefully, we can continue this run of form.’

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

In front: Defoe is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Tottenham's opening goal

Defoe, too, will hope to continue an impressive start to the season which has seen him notch 12 goals already.

He had a look of determination when he chested the ball down with seconds of the first half remaining, turning and skipping past Winston Reid and George McCartney before sending Mark Noble the wrong way and unleashing a powerful 25-yard shot into the top right-hand corner.

Defoe spun off as if to celebrate in front of the West Ham fans but was then, wisely, shepherded away. Villas-Boas said: ‘In one-on-one situations he is immense and it was decisive because it unlocked the game.

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Easy does it: Gareth Bale added a second for Tottenham as they saw off West Ham

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

Here we go: Bale celebrates with Clint Dempsey as Tottenham climb the table

‘He’s an incredible striker. His moment of form is absolutely immense. He’s enjoying his football.

‘When we see strikers of this nature, their hunger for goals is exactly what you want and request from a striker. I couldn’t ask for any more.’

Defoe’s strike ignited a poor first half that was more notable for the disgraceful chanting in the stands than the action on the pitch. Bale had looked the most likely architect of a Tottenham goal and Lennon sent a right-foot shot wide but West Ham offered little apart from a wayward Carroll header from a Reid free-kick.

The visitors looked surprisingly off the pace, something they must now try to correct at Manchester United on Wednesday without the influential Noble, who received his fifth caution of the season and will be suspended.

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Return: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (centre) as at White Hart Lane

Fourth official Mark Clattenburg

Allardyce said: ‘We were very poor, unfortunately. It looked like we were a bit overawed and I don’t know why. I didn’t expect that.

‘It shocked me, to be honest, but I’ve just got to accept it and we’ve got to get over it very, very quickly.’

Substitute Matt Jarvis brought a good save from Hugo Lloris just after the restart and the Tottenham goalkeeper, starting his third consecutive match ahead of Brad Friedel, was alert to stop the winger again after a pass from Kevin Nolan in the 56th minute. Carroll scored his goal eight minutes from time and there were late efforts from Joey O’Brien and Reid, but the visitors offered little.

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

At last! Andy Carroll scores his first goal for West Ham United

Spurs, by contrast, were lively and energetic. Dempsey hit the bar from the edge of the box before setting up Bale, whose left-foot shot went in off the far post.

Sandro, who later left the field for Jake Livermore after suffering pain in his abdomen, then won possession on the halfway line and fed Lennon, who sprinted forward and passed Nolan before picking out Defoe to his left.

The England striker does not miss chances like those — as West Ham know all too well.

It’s now six goals for him in seven starts against the Hammers in a Tottenham shirt. Maybe he doesn’t forget, either.

Stoke"s smart corner routine took three days to perfect, reveals Tony Pulis

Pulis reveals Stoke's smart corner routine took three days to perfect (but it was first time Walters had found the net)

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07:38 GMT, 20 November 2012

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was delighted a pre-planned set-piece paid dividends in their 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Pulis has yet to see his team win on
the road this campaign but they held high-flying West Ham after taking
the lead through Jonathan Walters in the 13th minute.

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Planned attack: : Six West Ham players are unable to stop Jonathan Walters scoring

Planned attack: : Six West Ham players are unable to stop Jonathan Walters scoring

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Demel 77), Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll (Cole 85), Maiga (Taylor 85).

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Spence, Hall.

Booked: Noble.

Goal: O'Brien 48.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson (Shotton 32), Whelan (Palacios 62), Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch, Etherington (Kightly 74).

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Jerome.

Goal: Walters 13.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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The goal came from a well-worked corner routine that saw Glenn Whelan roll the set-piece into the path of Walters' run inside the box, with the Republic of Ireland striker firing past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Pulis revealed he had been practising the routine to catch West Ham off guard and was pleased to see it make an impact.

'We have worked on it for the past three days,' he said. 'We tried it five or six times and Jonathan Walters has never scored from it so I'm glad he saved it for today.

'I spend a lot of time watching videos and watching teams and I felt if we could do this it would come off. You work on it millions and millions of times – it is lovely when it comes off.'

Pulis has not seen his side win away in the Barclays Premier League since a 2-1 victory over Blackburn on January 2 but was pleased with his players' application.

'First half I thought we played well and created the better opportunities and really we needed that second goal. The worst thing that happened to us was half-time, that took the momentum away from us,' he said.

Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

'We started very sloppy in the second
half, we invited West Ham onto us and they scored a goal and from that
point onwards we need to show a lot of resilience and determination as a
group not to concede a second.'

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce felt his side were unlucky not to secure a
victory that would have seen the Hammers move up to fifth in the table.

'I think in the end we were disappointed we didn't win it, given our second-half performance,” he said.

'I think that when you put that much pressure on the opposition second
half you have got to try and a be a bit more ruthless in front of goal, a
little bit more quality and composure needed and we probably would have
won it, but at the end of the day it is another point.'

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

Allardyce was without injured duo Yossi Benayoun and Matt Jarvis for the
game but praised his players and reckons quality, rather than quantity,
is the key.

'I was very pleased with the second-half performance and the fact the squad has performed very well yet again,' he said.

'I think that while our numbers are not great our quality seems to be
very good and our defensive unit was very good apart, from that corner.'

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

Come on: Pulis' side faded as the match went on

Master stroke: Stoke boss Tony Pulis

West Ham 1 Stoke 1 – match report

West Ham 1 Stoke 1: O'Brien strike earns Allardyce a point against resilient Potters

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21:51 GMT, 19 November 2012

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Joey O'Brien struck early in the second half to earn a point for West Ham against a tough-to-beat Stoke City.

The Potters had led after a well-worked corner routine saw Jon Walters smash home.

After the equaliser West Ham pushed to win the game but could not breach Tony Pulis' mean defence for a second time.

Andy Carroll was substituted with five minutes remaining and was clearly annoyed at the decision by Sam Allardyce.

More to follow.

Back on track: Joey O'Brien (right) is congratulated by Kevin Nolan after scoring the equaliser

Back on track: Joey O'Brien (right) is congratulated by Kevin Nolan after scoring the equaliser

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Demel 77), Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll (Cole 85), Maiga (Taylor 85).

Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Spence, Hall.

Booked: Noble.

Goal: O'Brien 48.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson (Shotton 32), Whelan (Palacios 62), Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch, Etherington (Kightly 74).

Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Jerome.

Goal: Walters 13.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

Opener: Jonathan Walters struck from a cleverly worked corner

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Good job: Peter Crouch celebrates the strike which put Tony Pulis' side ahead

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

Shocking: West Ham had a less than impressive first half

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

That'll do: O'Brien struck just after the interval

Scrappy: Glenn Whelan and Mohamed Diame get tangled up

Scrappy: Glenn Whelan and Mohamed Diame get tangled up

Come on: Pulis' side faded as the match went on

Come on: Pulis' side faded as the match went on

No impact: Crouch could not help his side as the game petered out

No impact: Crouch could not help his side as the game petered out

Off form: Andy Carroll was not at his best and was substituted late on

Off form: Andy Carroll was not at his best and was substituted late on

Thump: Matthew Etherington and O'Brien fight for the ball

Thump: Matthew Etherington and O'Brien fight for the ball

West Ham v Stoke live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: West Ham v Stoke – all the action as it happens at Upton Park

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as West Ham host Stoke at Upton Park to conclude the weekend's fixtures.

The Hammers are aiming for three points that would take them into fifth while the Potters will target a win that will drag them into the comforts of mid-table.

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West Ham 0-0 Stoke (8pm)

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West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien,
Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll, Maiga.
Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Taylor, Collins, Demel, Spence, Hall.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth,
Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch,
Etherington.
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Kightly, Shotton,
Jerome.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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7min: It's died down since that open start with both sides struggling to keep the ball. I do hope it's not going to be one of those nights…

4min: Straight up the other end and Stoke have a reasonable chance themselves. The ball drops for Charlie Adam inside the box, but the Scot fails to read the bounce and volleys over.

3min: An early corner for the hosts after Modibo Maiga's dangerous cross is headed over by a Stoke defender. The Potters easily clear the set-piece though.

Kick-off: The home side to a backdrop of bubbles get us going in front of a lively crowd.

19.57: So we do have an even contest after all as out come the players on a chilly night in east London.

19.53: Well that looked a bit worrying from a West Ham perspective.

As the Stoke players lined up in the tunnel, on the opposite side were the Hammers mascots who are a good couple of feet shorter.

Even I would have to play a long ball game if I was Tony Pulis and had seen Big Sam was giving the kids a run out.

Kevin Nolan soon appears with the real West Ham side though.

Drought: Andy Carroll is still searching for his first league goal since joining on loan from Liverpool

Drought: Andy Carroll is still searching for his first league goal since joining on loan from Liverpool

19.48: Stoke however are not in that mix right now. Sitting 14th they are three points above the relegation zone.

That's more due to to the fact they have proved a tough nut to crack though.

No side has had more than their six draws and no side has conceded fewer than their 10 goals this term.

Then again no team has scored fewer than their nine goals either so plenty for the Potters to build on the attacking front.

19.45: Not that I expect Big Sam and friends to feature in the Champions League next season but it shows how tight the battle to reach Europe is right now.

19.43: Even if West Ham do lose this evening – it's still been a highly respectful start from the east London side.

They are seventh and a place above Tottenham but the win would put them just two points off a Champions League spot – a sign of how good their start has been since returning to the top flight.

19.38: It's not often we have a chance to have a detailed flick through the archives of a particular fixture – especially to the 1970s.

But here Sportsmail's Jeff Powell has done exactly that to remind us why this fixture can deliver the goods. Recommended reading this one.

19.33: Full line-ups from Upton Park:

West Ham v Stoke
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll, Maiga. Subs: Spiegel, Cole, Taylor, Collins, Demel, Spence, Hall.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch, Etherington. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Upson, Kightly, Shotton, Jerome.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

19.28: From OptaJoe:

49 – Mark Noble has made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League this season. Snappy.

19.25: As a slight bonus, below I have attached a video of Sam Allardyce's press conference from earlier today, enjoy.

19.20: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Stoke are extremely good at defending, breaking them down is very important tonight.

'Succeeding in this division requires good defending and we have done that this season but we will be tested by Stoke’s attacking system tonight

'At some stage we may have have to change it around but I hope we don’t. It’s a big task for us tonight. We can go fifth but the pressure is on us as everyone expects us to win.

'Not only do they play off Peter Crouch exceptionally well but they play around him as well too.'

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19.15: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce makes two enforced changes to his starting line-up for the Barclays Premier League visit of Stoke.

Both Yossi Benayoun and Matt Jarvis failed to recover from injuries suffered in last weekend's 1-0 win at Newcastle with Modibo Maiga and Gary O'Neil replacing them for the Hammers.

Stoke name an unchanged side following last weekend's victory over QPR with midfielder Glenn Whelan overcoming a hamstring complaint.

19.10: West Ham staring XI:

Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, McCartney, Reid, Tomkins, Noble, Diame, Nolan, O'Neil, Maiga, Carroll.

19.05: Stoke starting XI:

Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington; Adam, Crouch.

19.00: You only have to go back to Saturday and see QPR v Southampton to see how much of a battle staying in the Premier League can be as two of the three promoted sides slugged it out in a bottom of the table clash.

The third however, West Ham, seem to be loving life back in the top flight. Tonight the Hammers take on Stoke and given the look of the table may adjust their sights on a battle for a European spot if they win this evening. Team news on the way.

West Ham v Stoke

West Ham 0 Manchester City 0 – match report

West Ham 0 Manchester City 0: Unfair This bore draw is just the start, Mancini

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An awkward night in the East End of London will pale in comparison to the mission facing Roberto Mancini in Manchester on Tuesday.

For the second consecutive season, he is presented with the prospect of the team he has assembled on Abu Dhabi petro-dollars being eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages. Victory against Ajax on Tuesday is an absolute necessity.

Even then, the odds of survival seem heavily stacked against Manchester City. After Ajax, Mancini will have to conjure further wins over Real Madrid at home and against Borussia Dortmund in Germany — then trust that other results in the group fall favourable.

Tip top: Joe Hart pushes over Yossi Benayoun's effort

Tip top: Joe Hart pushes over Yossi Benayoun's effort

Match facts

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Collins (Spence 84), McCartney, Jarvis, Noble, Diame (O'Neil 71), Benayoun, Nolan, Carroll (Cole 77).

Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Maiga, Chambers, Hall.

Booked: Collins, Benayoun, McCartney.

Man City: Hart, Nastasic, Kompany, Toure, Clichy, Barry, Toure, Nasri (Sinclair 90), Tevez (Javi Garcia 84), Dzeko, Balotelli (Aguero 69).

Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Razak.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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It promises to be an uncomfortable
period in the extreme. For the first time in 16 Premier League games,
City failed to score. And that was after Mancini tried to break West
Ham’s spirited resolve by using, over the 90 minutes, the striking
talents of Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and
Samir Nasri.

All Mancini could conjure at the end
was a hard-luck story. ‘No, it’s not a fair result,’ he said. ‘We missed
four incredible chances. I am happy with the performance but, if you
don’t score, you can’t win.’

He felt particularly aggrieved by the
failure of Balotelli. In the 33rd minute, the volatile Italian striker
had the chance to bring a smile to his manager’s face. A free-kick from
Tevez evaded West Ham’s defence and Balotelli appeared at the far post
with the freedom of Upton Park. He tried to divert the ball into the net
with his right leg almost horizontal to the ground, when perhaps he
would have been better advised to have headed the ball. And on the
stroke of half-time, Balotelli missed the target with a volley.

Mancini’s frustration this season is
deepening. James Milner was withdrawn from the team in the warm-up and,
like Joleon Lescott and David Silva, he is not expected by Mancini to
feature against Ajax. ‘When you win the title, I think the year after is
more difficult,’ said Mancini. ‘We have improved our defensive phase,
but we now need to score (as freely) as last year.

In the 68th minute, Gareth Barry
engineered an opportunity when he arrived late into the penalty area to
catch West Ham’s defence napping.

Taking a tumble: Edin Dzeko goes down under Mohamed Diame's challenge

Taking a tumble: Edin Dzeko goes down under Mohamed Diame's challenge

Causing a scene: Vincent Kompany

Now it's Carroll's turn

Causing a scene: Vincent Kompany appeals for a foul… while Andy Carroll (right) holds his face

He appeared to bring the ball under
control with the upper part of his arm but, without censure, he had
ample chance to score. Instead he shot wide of the far post. ‘Had that
been a goal it would have been a real sickener as he brought the ball
down with his hand,’ said West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.

West Ham are deserving of credit. They
caused moments of anxiety for City and defended with heart over the
final 30 minutes when they kept the champions out. In fact, Kevin Nolan
felt he had given West Ham a fourth-minute lead, but he was judged to
have volleyed Mark Noble’s free-kick from an offside position. ‘City
were a little fortunate with that decision,’ said Allardyce.

Yossi Benayoun thundered a volley
against Joe Hart’s crossbar in the 18th minute, while Andy Carroll’s
overhead kick on the hour from a corner from Matt Jarvis looked
goalbound until it was deflected to safety off the back of City’s
stand-in right back Kolo Toure.

Anything to score: Carroll flings himself at the ball

Anything to score: Carroll flings himself at the ball

Complaint: Gareth Barry appeals to Howard Webb

Complaint: Gareth Barry appeals to Howard Webb

But while Allardyce is enjoying
jousting again at the highest level, Mancini remains a man who cannot
predict with total certainty what the future holds for him.

Last week he was forced to admit that
he had been close to accepting an attractive financial package from
Monaco, the latest club to have a billionaire benefactor bristling with a
desire to reach the top table of European football.

Mancini, clearly, was keeping his
options open. After all, City only delivered the championship —demanded
by the club’s owners and coveted by fans impatient to have bragging
rights over Manchester United — with effectively the final kick of the
season from Aguero.

Oh no, Mario! Balotelli sees the ball evade him

Oh no, Mario! Balotelli sees the ball evade him

What's going on here then Howard Webb looks puzzled as Kevin Nolan sits injured

What's going on here then Howard Webb looks puzzled as Kevin Nolan sits injured

Mancini’s signature on a new five-year contract with City seemed to calm the speculation surrounding his future.

But these are complex times at City.
The arrival from Barcelona of Txiki Begiristain as director of football
and Ferran Soriano as chief executive, has shaken up the administrative
structure at the club. It will hardly escape Mancini’s notice that the
third member of that triumphant triumvirate at Barca, former manager Pep
Guardiola, will be seeking new employment next summer after the
completion of a year-long sabbatical.

Back home: Former Hammer Carlos Tevez was given rapturous applause

Back home: Former Hammer Carlos Tevez was given rapturous applause

Nervous: Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini urge their teams on

Oops! Carroll bemoans a missed chance

Nervous: Sam Allardyce and Roberto Mancini watch on while Carroll bemoans a missed chance

Guardiola’s reputation for creating a
team that epitomised football as the beautiful game will cast a giant
shadow on managers across Europe. But only those with deep pockets
should bother calling him.

Mancini endured a tough day at the office. And tougher days beckon, beginning with the visit of Ajax on Tuesday night.

Silence: The teams paid their respects to fallen heroes in advance of Remembrance Day

Silence: The teams paid their respects to fallen heroes in advance of Remembrance Day

Wigan 2 West Ham 1: Roberto Martinez sees win as launchpad

Martinez wants victory over West Ham to serve as Latics' launchpad

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Roberto Martinez hailed his side's 2-1 victory over West Ham as the start of Wigan's season as they claimed a first home win of the campaign to end a poor run.

The Latics had gone six games without a Barclays Premier League victory, losing four times, but goals from Ivan Ramis and James McArthur early in each half proved enough.

Sunning strike: Ivan Ramis centre smashes a sweet volley to give Wigan the lead

Sunning strike: Ivan Ramis centre smashes a sweet volley to give Wigan the lead

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Watson 77), Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Goals: Ramis 8, McArthur 47

Booked: Ramis, Di Santo, McCarthy

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Noble (Cole 63), Diame (O'Neil 72), Benayoun (Maiga 45), Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, O'Brien, O'Neil, Chambers, Hall.

Goals: Tomkins 90

Booked: Maiga, Noble, O'Neil

Referee: J Moss

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West Ham went into the match on the
fringe of the top four but were poor all afternoon and James Tomkins'
injury-time header came far too late to make any difference.

Manager Martinez said: 'Before the
game we knew it was a must-win game, and that's always difficult to cope
with. It brings extra expectations and all of a sudden you start
wanting to win and you don't really know how to win.

'I thought today was the complete
opposite. I thought the performance was very mature, we kept the ball
really well at times, we were a real threat and probably the most
pleasing aspect was the manner we coped with their attacking threat.

'Until the last minute we showed real
composure and I was extremely pleased with that. It was a very well
deserved three points and now is probably the start of our season.'

Ramis' opener was a strike of
quality, the defender connecting perfectly with a volley, although it
was not enough to particularly impress his manager, who insisted
set-piece goals leave him cold.

Opening salvo: Wigan's Ivan Ramis is congratulated after his stunning opener

Opening salvo: Wigan's Ivan Ramis is congratulated after his stunning opener

West Ham were also looking to sign
the 28-year-old Spaniard in the summer, and this is the second time he
has scored against them after netting in the Capital One Cup last month.

Martinez said: 'Probably we'll have
to play against West Ham more often. It was as clean a contact as you're
going to see, it was a striker's strike.

'So I'm pleased with that but I'm
even happier with Ivan Ramis's performance, what he did off the ball,
the way he was talking with the others. I think he's developing his
communication skills quite quickly and he was a real leader.'

Ivan the terror ball: Wigan's Ivan Ramis watches his volley fizz towards the West Ham net

Ivan the terror ball: Wigan's Ivan Ramis watches his volley fizz towards the West Ham net

Martinez talked in the build-up to
the game about his frustration that Wigan needed to be in a hole before
they played their best football, so Ramis's goal was the perfect start.

The defender met Jean Beausejour's corner with a stunning volley, smashing the ball beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen from 15 yards.

And the home side could easily have
extended their lead in a first half they dominated apart from a
five-minute period during which Matt Jarvis forced Ali Al Habsi into a
decent save and West Ham threatened from set-pieces.

Under pressure: Wigan's Arouna Kone (right) chases down James Collins

Under pressure: Wigan's Arouna Kone (right) chases down James Collins

Franco foiled: James Tomkins can only watch as Wigan's Franco Di Santo (left) gets in a shot

Franco foiled: James Tomkins can only watch as Wigan's Franco Di Santo (left) gets in a shot

Getting shirty: Kevin Nolan and Wigan's Franco Di Santo (right) square up

Ivan a hug: Ramos (left) celebrates his goal with Shaun Maloney

Close encounters: Kevin Nolan and Di Santo (left) square up while Ramis and Shaun Maloney celebrate

Wigan struck even quicker in the
second half, a poor kick from Jaaskelainen putting his defence under
pressure and Shaun Maloney teed up James McArthur.

That looked set to be that as West
Ham huffed and puffed without ever really looking like getting back in
the game, and when their response came it was too late.

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez

Contrasting fortunes: Sam Allardyce

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez (left) and Sam Allardyce

As the clock ticked towards 90
minutes, Tomkins saw his shot deflected on to the bar by Gary Caldwell,
then two and a half minutes into injury time the defender headed in, but
it was no consolation for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers had lost only twice in
the league before today but Allardyce was highly critical of the
performance, particularly when West Ham had the ball.

Di Santo denied: Winston Reid blocks Franco Di Santo's shot

Di Santo denied: Winston Reid blocks Franco Di Santo's shot

He said: 'From start to finish we
never got going. They hadn't won a game at home and, if you stay in the
game, they get a bit more nervous.

'I'm surprised because our last away performance against QPR was outstanding and it was that performance I was asking for.

'We might have had a better start
than Wigan but we've only just got here [to the Premier League] and we
can only go out and give 100% to get a result.

'Any less than that you get punished at this level.

'Their technique was 10 times better
than ours. Our technique on the ball was ridiculously poor today. The
one thing that's got us where we are is our technique has been very good
in possession. Today was a real blow and a real shock.'