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All's well that ends well

Filed: Friday, 25th January 2008
By: Matthew O'Greel

West Ham have scored a third of their goals this season in the final five minutes of each half.

Of United's 28 goals scored thus far this season, nine of those have come between the 40 and 45th minute (four) and 85th to 90th minute (nine).

However the Hammers are yet to score in the opening five minutes of any game this term.

Defensively the Irons are at their best midway through the first half as they have not conceded a single goal between the 25th and 35th minute of a game; nor have they conceded in the opening five minutes of the second half.

But of the 21 goals conceded in total this season, eight have been scored in the opening 20 minutes - and seven in the final 15 minutes of a match.

Two years ago Alan Pardew's West Ham side were known as the comeback kings - however Alan Curbishley's Hammers have gone on to lose six of the seven games in which they have been behind at half time.

On the flip side Curbs' team haven't lost a single game this term in which they have scored the opening goal - although they have gone on to draw four of those.

Top scorer so far this season is Dean Ashton with six, closely followed by Carlton Cole who has five. The 'own goals' tally sits alongside Craig Bellamy and Lee Bowyer in third place with four goals a piece.

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