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Half time report: Hull City v West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 21st November 2009
By: Staff Writer

Gianfranco Zola's West Ham find themselves behind at the break after conceding three goals in 19 minutes at the KC Stadium.

It had all been going so well for West Ham who found themselves 2-0 up through early goals from Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison. However Hull - hugely assisted by the appalling Mark Clattenburg - turned the game around to lead 3-2 at the break with goals from Cole (og), Zayate and Bullard.

West Ham took the lead in a quite extraordinary opening 45 minutes when Mexican international Franco ghosted in to nod home a Junior Stanislas corner after just five minutes. That lead was doubled on 11 minutes when goalscorer turned provider; Franco delivering a delightful flighted cross which Collison met with a looping header.

A quite astonishing comeback - from a side that have won just five times in 2009 - began on 27 minutes when Hull were awarded a decidedly soft free kick to the left of United's penalty box. Former Hammer Jimmy Bullard's delivery was deflected first off Scott Parker then the unfortunate Carlton Cole, whose header leaft Rob Green with no chance as it looped into the top corner.

Hull levelled the scores in the final minute of normal time when Junior Stanislas gave away an unnecessary free kick, this time to the right of West Ham's goal. The free kick split Danny Gabbidon and Manuel Da Cost allowing Zayate to steal in and stab home.

To cap it all off, referee Mark Clattenburg somehow managed to exceed himself with a minute of first half injury time played when he awarded a penalty against Julien Faubert for having the temerity to lift his hands above waist height. Bullard slammed home the resulting spot kick to put the home side ahead at the break.

No doubt a few strong words will be being said in the visitor's dressing room as we speak. We'll have more for you at the final whistle.

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by Terry Bonds
04:38PM 21st Nov 2009
''How long have we got to put up with this ref? Idiot.''

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