Wolves Sunk By Hammers
Saturday 1st January 2011
West Ham United catapulted themselves to 15th and sent Wolves back to the bottom of the Premiership yesterday with a 2-0 win at Upton Park.
Freddie Sears sealed the deal with a 79th minute strike after Ronald Zubar had already steered into his own net 6 minutes into the second half.
Whilst Scott Parker pulled the strings in midfield, the star of the show was goal keeper Robert Green who pulled off a string of outstanding saves to deny Wolves.
In the first half, the most noteable chances came from a Sylvan Ebanks Blake header, a scuffed shot from Carlton Cole, who had been sent clear by Parker and a Sears scorcher that Richard Stearman somehow managed to hack off the line.
It was the second half however when the game really came alight. The game itself produced no less that 15 efforts on target (West Ham 5 Wolves 10) 10 off target (5 each) and 15 corners (10 for Wolves). Considering the number of chances created by Wolves they can wonder how they failed to score but Green proved the answer.
Wolves created four chances in as many minutes, with Green pulling off outstanding saves from Berra and Ward. Nenad Milijias wasted a great opportunity sending a free header harmlessly over the bar, and Wolves were duly punished.
A Piquioone cross was poorly missed by Cole, but Zubar, caught on the wrong side of the striker, was racing back in to the six yard box when the ball bounced off his knee and past Hennesey.
Both sides continued to create chances but Green proved a match for whatever Wolves had to throw at him, but for an Ebanks-Blake header that crashed off the bar when he really should have scored.
Once again Wolves were punished when Scott Parker launched a counter attack, freeing Haim who's cross was smartly finished by Sears in the 79th minute.
There was hope for Wolves when Marcus Bent was unleashed from the bench in the 87th minute but the three minute hat trick Mick had hoped for proved elusive.
Wayne Hennessey (6(
Ronald Zubar (5)
George Elokobi (5)
Christophe Berra (6)
Richard Stearman (7)
Kevin Foley (5)
Nenad Milijias (6)
Stephen Hunt (5)
Matt Jarvis (6)
Stephen Ward (5)
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (6)
David Edwards 76 mins
Stephen Fletcher 76 mins
Marcus Bent 87 mins
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