Filed: Monday, 1st October 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham are in complete control of tonight's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers at the break.
Two exquisite goals from wide men Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te have given Sam Allardyce's side a commanding lead at half time here at Loftus Road.
The vocal travelling contingent of Hammers fans had to wait just three minutes for the first goal to arrive.
Skipper Kevin Nolan's initial shot - the result of some interplay between him and Ricardo Vaz Te - was heading wide of the target before club-record signing Jarvis appeared at the back post to send a deft header across Rangers 'keeper Julio Cesar into the far corner.
The Hammers almost scored a second on 11 minutes when Momo Diame's 25-yard effort dipped just over the crossbar. However they were forced to wait until ten minutes from the break before eventually doubling their lead.
Mark Noble's free kick found its way out to James Tomkins, on as a substitute for the injured Winston Reid. The central defender lobbed the ball back into the mix where Vaz Te stole in at the far post to find the net with a deft flick that took a slight deflection on the way in.
The goal was met by a wry smile from former West Ham number one Rob Green - who has already lost his place at his new club - and captured perfectly by the TV cameras.
The only sour note of an otherwise excellent first half was the injury to Reid which occured after he collided with Jussi Jaaskelainen as the two sought to clear a ball into the box. The New Zealander lay prone for several minutes before being replaced by Tomkins.
We'll have more for you at the final whistle...
West Ham Utd: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Noble, Diame, Nolan, Vaz Te, Jarvis, Cole.
Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, O'Neil, Benayoun, Carroll, Maiga.
Queens Park Rangers: Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Mbia, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Granero, Fauerlin, Park, Cisse, Zamora.
Subs: Green, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Ehmer, Ephrain, Hoilett.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg.
Assistants: G Beswick, D England.
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick.
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