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West Ham Utd v Bolton: half-time report

Filed: Sunday, 4th November 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

West Ham are ahead at the break in this afternoon's Premier League clash with Bolton.

A 19th minute George McCartney strike - the first club goal of his career - is the difference between the two sides at the break.

A depleted Hammers side controlled most of the first 45, and when the goal arrived it came right in the middle of a sustained period of pressure from Alan Curbishley's side.

Matthew Upson stabbed the ball towards goal after it fell kindly from a corner, but Bolton managed to half clear the shot. However the resulting cross back in fell to McCartney who swivelled expertly to fire home - with his right foot - his first ever league goal.

Thereafter Bolton were restricted to just two chances; firstly, goalscorer McCartney was on hand to clear a deflected Diouf effort off the line on 24 minutes before Guthrie hit the woodwork with a low drive eight minutes later.

At the other end Matthew Etherington forced a good save from Jaskeleinan on 17 miinutes whilst Luis Boa Morte should have done better with his effort three minutes before the break.

More to follow at the final whistle.

West Ham United: Green, Neill, McCartney, Upson, Gabbidon, Bowyer, Mullins, Solano, Etherington, Boa Morte, Cole.

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