27 December 2010

Cole leads West Ham secure first away win of the season

Carlton Cole's double blow helped West Ham  securing a 3-1 win over Fulham to secure  their first away win of the season. Piquionne along with Cole contributed the goal for West Ham, as they put a strong post in an attempt to avoid relegation.With this win the Hammers are now put themselves from in level on points with Fulham.fts Avram Grant's men off the foot of the table and level on points with Fulham.

West Ham started made a good initial start , but soon they they faced a hitch when Rob Green  had to put his palm for Salcido's shot.The Hammers later failed to save a corner which allowed Davies to cross to Aaron Hughes to score the first goal of the match. By this Fulham started with a lead in the 11th minute. This also marked Hughes first goal in six years last coming in August 2004.They kept their lead coming along until Cole came into the show eight minutes before the half time when he pounced upon Etuhu's error and leveled the score. After that in the stoppage time of the half time Scott Parker's centre from the left by-passed Fulham's  defenders and invited Piquionne to gobble up the volleyed opportunity at the far post,this took lead for the first time in the match. In the second half Cole doubled his tally in the 73rd minute when he brilliantly found the corner of the net from an acute angle after a long ball had been headed into his path. This brought to a 3-1 lead which remained till the end.

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola said "We made it comfortable with the way we played, especially in the second half it was excellent. I thought the match had a strange atmosphere, it was a bit flat at the beginning but we made it happen and I told them I was proud of them." "

It was Fulham's first defeat since November and saw them drop to 10th in the table.


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