West Ham V Hull City – We certainly know how to let a team back in!

West Ham took on Hull in what was considered to be a relegation scrap. With both teams needing the points Hull boss Phil Brown was more than happy to include Jimmy Bullard in the starting line-up and he proved instrumental for the Tigers. Zola was also able to bring back a star of his own in Carlton Cole however he only managed to score at the wrong end, however his presence does seem to lift the West Ham squad. Despite the thrilling encounter, the point earned by each team did nothing much to help them however, it seemed like the confidence booster that the Tigers needed and yet another dissapointment for Zola’s men who have failed to win in 4 games when the opposition have had 10 men.

Neither team had time to settle in to the game and I doubt everyone was sitting down when West Ham scored two well crafted goals. The first came from a beautiful corner from Junior Stanislas which was turned in by Guillermo Franco and minutes later, Franco turned provvider with a beatiful chip which gave Collison an opportunity. Matt Duke was out of position but that doesn’t mean the header was easy. Collison expertly floated the ball over Matt Duke to give the Hammers a two goal cushion. What could go wrong from there? Unfortunately, everything. Hull, with Bullard pulling the strings began to create some chances however neither team managed to control the game meaning it was some great end to end football. Hull finally got their chance with the half hour mark approaching. Not the greatest goal but it was that man Jimmy Bullard that struck the free kick. Green looked to have it covered but it hit Parker and Cole in quick succesion before floating over Green into the net. Hull deserved the goal but Zola’s team nearly gifted them a second when a majestic ball from Bullard found Hunt and the Hammers fans were just praying that they could hold onto a lead untill the break. Unfortunately, Hull grabbed a second through Kamil Zayatte from a Hunt free kick. The scoreline was probably fair but when Mark Clattenburg gave the Tigers an outrageous penalty, the West Ham players were shell shocked. Bullard scored from the spot and somehow the Irons went into the dressing room a goal behind.

Julien Faubert (2nd R) of West Ham leads his team mates in protesting to referee Mark Clattenburg after Hull were awarded a penalty which led to their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at the KC Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Hull, England.

Faubert leads the protests after Clattenburg's penalty decision

Despite the set back, Bernard Mendy soon lifted Hammers spirits after his challenge on Scott Parker meant he had to go. Despite facing 10 men, for the fourth time this season, the Hammers could not find a goal but then with 15 minutes to go they found it. Manuel Da Costa headed in a great Stanislas corner to set up a frantic finale. However, yet again, West Ham failed to take advantage of the 1o men in front of them and failed to get a winner with the otherwise poor Duke making a good save from Collison’s close range header. Overall it was a dissapointment for the Hammers as he knows that this was a game where his team should have comfortably had all 3 points but came away with only 1. He will be hoping that 3 points come easier to his side over the busy christmas period but after failing to beat an opposition with 10 men on four occasions this season, does anyone have any faith anymore? Well, I do but I am extremely optimistic so pessimistic Hammers fans will soon be losing faith all together.

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