Filed: Saturday, 15th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham go into the break wth a well deserved lead thanks to an early John Carew strike.
The Norwegian striker capped an excellent personal first half performance with the only goal of the game so far on 12 minutes.
The goal came from just one of a string of flowing moves executed by Sam Allardyce's side in the opening 45 minutes.
Sam Baldock's.persistance started the move whilst Julien Faubert's pinpoint cross was perfect for Carew, stationed some six yards out. His cushioned header left goalkeeper Matt Gilks no chance.
The Hammers have threatened to increase their lead on a number of occasions with no shortage of bodies finding themselves in advanced positions - one of the fans' biggest bugbears of late.
Goalscorer Carew could have had a hat-trick himself had he not squandered two golden opportunities when played through on goal - however both efforts were aimed straight at Gilks.
At the other end Manuel Almunia, making his home debut will be delighted at having barely nothing to do; his only real contribution being a fairly straightforward save during injury time.
We'll have more for you at the final whistle.
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