Npower Championship
West Ham United 2-1 Hull City



Kevin Nolan (left) and Joey O'Brien (right) celebrate after West Ham's first goal as they looked to overtake Southampton into second place



By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor from Upton Park

Carlton Cole's brace helped West Ham defeat Hull City at Upton Park but it was not enough for the Hammers to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce's side were beaten to second spot by Southampton, who hammered Coventry 4-0, and will now face Cardiff City in the play-offs.

The first leg will be played in Wales on Thursday, with the second leg at Upton Park on

Corry Evans scored a late consolation for Hull after a defensive mix-up.

West Ham went into the match needing a win and hoped that Southampton would drop points at home to Coventry, but as soon as Southampton got themselves a cushion, the Hammers' fans were resigned to the fact that they would have two extra matches minimum. 

Southampton's victory meant the match turned into an anti-climax, with the only positive for the Hammers being the momentum they will take into the play-offs from their display against the Tigers.

There was only ever going to be one winner once Cole headed home a corner in the 36th minute, and Hull only came back into the game once the Hammers started to conserve energy. 

Cole doubled the lead when he peeled away from his marker and fired home from Henri Lansbury's pass four minutes after half-time - and the England striker was substituted moments later as Allardyce began to prepare for Thursday's semi-final first leg.

The Hammers dominated possession, looking to have banished memories of their seven-game winless stretch at home, but a mistake at the back allowed Hull back into the game.

A poor header from defender Guy Demel let in midfielder Evans, who nodded the ball home for his third goal of the season.

Richard Garcia thought he had won a point for Nick Barmby's men, but his late diving header was disallowed for offside.

However, anything but three points would have been harsh on the Hammers, who could have won by a greater margin if Lansbury and Kevin Nolan had showed better finishing earlier in the game when their shots failed to trouble Hull goalkeeper Vito Mannone.



Saturday 28th April 2012

Npower Championship

Upton Park


West Ham United 2-1 Hull City                          KO 12:30pm               (HT 1-0)

Cole 36, 49               Evans 81


West Ham:  01. Green- 7/10, 02. Reid- 7.5/10, 05. Tomkins- 6.5/10, 20. Demmel- 6/10, 14. Taylor- 7/10, 04. Nolan- 7/10 (McCartney 74- 3/10), 16. Noble (C)- 5/10, 22. Lansbury- 5.5/10, 32. O' Neill- 6.5/10, 09. Cole- 8/10 (Baldock 52- 5/10), 12. Vaz Te- 7/10 (Maynard 60- 5/10).

Subs not used:  10. Collison, 18. Faubert

Booked:      Nolan (52)


Hull City:  28. Mannone- 5/10, 02. Rosenior- 6/10, 05. Chester- 7/10, 34. Cooper- 7/10 (Henderson 72- 3/10), 03. Dawson (C)- 6/10, 04. McKenna- 4.5/10, 08. Evans- 7/10, 14. Cairney- 6.5/10 (Brady 73- 3/10), 29. Garcia- 7/10, 12. Fryatt- 5/10 , 27. King- 5.5/10 (Stewart 46- 5.5/10).

Subs not used:  13. Oxley, 26. Bradley, 35. Cullen

Booked:      None


My Man of the Match:     Carlton Cole (West Ham United)- Rating 8/10

My Poorest Performer of the Match:    Paul McKenna (Hull City)- Rating 4.5/10



Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham)- 9/10
Attendance: 35,000



Match Facts

Possession: West Ham United- 57%                 Hull City- 43%

Shots: West Ham United- 13                 Hull City- 9

Shots on target: West Ham United- 6                 Hull City- 4

Shots off target: West Ham United- 7                 Hull City- 5

Corners: West Ham United- 14                 Hull City- 3

Fouls: West Ham United- 6                 Hull City- 5

Offside: West Ham United- 3                 Hull City- 4

Assists: West Ham United- 2 (Taylor, Lansbury)                  Hull City- None

Sam Allardyce - West Ham United Manager

"We have to lick our wounds and get on with the job. We still have 3 games left to win, and we will do it. We've had a very good season considering where we've come from. In the last few years [as well] 86 points has been enough. Our utlimate goal has not been achieved; we left ourselves too much to do, but we'll wake up on Sunday morning and look forward to facing Cardiff in the play-offs. I stuck my neck out at the beginning and said we need to get promotion in the first season."

For "big Sam's" full interview click here 



Nick Barmby - Hull City Manager

"We're really disappointed. Only in the last 20-25 minutes have we decided to believe we could get something against West Ham, which disappoints [me] because we've been preparing well for this game. We've come here not to roll over and die and we know that if someone's going to score against us then they need to work hard to earn it, but we conceded two terrible goals. Once we got our passing game going people could see what we were made of and had the game gone on another 5 minutes maybe we could have snatched another goal.

Click here to hear full interview with the Hull boss


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