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Middlesbrough 1-3 West Ham Utd

Filed: Saturday, 21st January 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are back into the top half of the Premier League for the first time since August thanks to an Andy Carroll brace and a debut strike from Jonathan Calleri.

Following a poor opening half of the campaign, the Hammers can now look ahead to the rest of the season without any trpidation after securing a fifth league win in seven outings.

And key to the win was the in-form Carroll, who followed his Goal of the Season contender against Crystal Palace last weekend with two goals ahead of the half time interval that put the Hammers in command.

The former England international opened the scoring for West Ham after just eight minutes when he was allowed to nod home a Maneul Lanzini corner, having lost his marker in the build-up to the set-piece.

However the home side levelled after 27 minutes when the Hammers were caught out by a swift counter attack that ended with Cristhian Stuani applying the finishing touch to a low, far post cross from Calum Chambers.

Undeterred, the Hammers restored their lead four minutes ahead of the interval when Michail Antonio's shot was saved by Victor Valdes but tucked away by Carroll, following up.

The second half proved to be a far less enthralling affair with neither side testing the opposition 'keeper too much.

Indeed, the hosts' best opportunity of the half came from the boot of Aaron Cresswell, who inexplicably fired against his own bar (seconds before Winston Reid tested Randolph with a diving header).

In the end, Slaven Bilic's side had to wait until injury time at the end of the second half before securing the win, which was guaranteed when Jonathan Calleri's shot - that was covered by Valdes - took a huge deflection via a 'Boro defender.

West Ham Utd: Randolph, Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Fehouli (Collins 83), Obiang, Noble (Fernandes 54), Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll (Calleri 67).

Subs not used: Adrian, Fletcher, Oxford, Quina.

Goals: Carroll (9, 43), Calleri (90+4).

Bookings: Lanzini (6).

Middlesbrough: Valdes, Friend, Bernardo, Gibson, Clayton, Negredo, de Roon, Stuani (Bamford 80), Chambers, Forshaw (Gestede 83), Traore.

Subs not used: Guzan, Fabio, Leadbitter, Fischer, Downing.

Goals: Stuani (26).

Bookings: Gibson (80), Bernardo (83).

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

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