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West Ham Utd 2 Liverpool 3

Filed: Sunday, 9th December 2012
By: Staff Writer

Two late goals for the visitors condemned West Ham to only their second home defeat of the season at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon.

It all looked so good for Sam Allardyce's side at the half time break with a Mark Noble penalty and a Steven Gerrard own goal giving the Hammers a slender advantage after former Hammer Glen Johnson had given Liverpool an early lead.

But the loss of influential midfielder Momo Diame, who was stretchered off with a torn hamstring with twenty minutes left to play changed the course of the game - and two goals in two minutes from Joe Cole and Jonjo Shelvey gave the visitors all three points.

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by Mike
08:16PM 9th Dec 2012
''Truly, Liverpool snatched victory from the jaws of defeat; if you prefer, we wuz robbed! The first 15 minutes belonged to the scousers. We were weak on the left. Jarvis, for all his threat going forward, was weak defensively, and O'Brien had one of his poor games today at left back. Whilst it was a cracking strike from Johnson, the first of our old boys to haunt us, Joey stood off him, never put a challenge in, and looked vulnerable every time Glen came forwards. One - nil to Liverpool.

For 50 minutes from the 20th minute, it was our game. We did exactly what we did to Chelsea in the second half last week - we pressed & pressed & pressed. I was dubious as to whether Sam would choose to be adventurous in my review of last week's game, but credit to him, he started with the second half team & went after Liverpool. It paid off. The penalty most certainly was. Allen's arm was up & well out from his face, it wasn't "self-protection" at all. Perfectly buried by Noble. Wave after wave of pressure resulted in an oggie from Gerrard. Two - one West Ham.

The second half ran much the same up to the fatal point. McCartney looked a lot more solid at left back, although Joe Cole's introduction in the first half had oddly relieved much of the pressure on the left flank, since he didn't stay wide. Equally oddly, O'Brien seemed much more comfortable at right back. The fatal point, of course, was Mo pulling up with an obviously pulled hamstring. It wasn't directly responsbile for the Reds' equaliser, but it didn't help. Collins made half a mistake; in committing to try to win the ball, he only toe-poked out to a Liverpool player and left himself way out of position. Tomkins, caught on the wrong side of Joe Cole, could do nothing to hinder an excellent finish. Old boy No.2; he did little else of note, but that was two a-piece.

Finally, poor old James - a nasty cross from Henderson, pressure from old boy no.3 Shelvey (who also did little of note for most of the game), and the ball looped from Collins' toe to the back of the net, over a stranded Jussi, condemning us to defeat. Diame going off had set us back on our heels , the goals thoroughly deflated us, and whilst we tried to come again, we never really looked like we could manage an equaliser. The last ten minutes were summed up in an awful free-kick from a worse than ineffective Maiga, on for the last 5 minutes.

In truth, the result doesn't bother me. You get days like that. I'm sure the majority of Reds' fans will cheerfully acknowledge that they were very fortunate to come away with the win. They might be able to argue they were worth a draw, but no more. On the whole, our performance was excellent. Cole was, for the second week running, a tower of strength up front. I want to see Carroll back, preferably permanently, but if Carlton can maintain his level of performance at the standard of the Chelsea & Liverpool games, big Andy won't be missed much. Diame was superb again, as was Noble. Jarvis was a huge threat going forwards, Taylor far superior to O'Neill, and apart from the dodgy O'Brien in the first fifteen, the defence was pretty solid, with Reid being the stand out.

The worry, though, is Carroll still out for several weeks, Demel off at half time, presumably through injury, and, the big loss, Mo. The way he pulled up, went down, and didn't respond to the crowd, my immediate thought was "8 weeks", and it's already being suggested 8-12. We're really going to miss him. Excellent & entertaining game; definitely the wrong result of the 3 possible; we really could have done without the injuries...''

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