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Norwich City v West Ham Utd: half time report

Filed: Saturday, 9th November 2013
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have completely controlled the opening 45 minutes here at Carrow Road - but only have one goal to show for it.

The Hammers have enjoyed near total domination against a desperately poor Norwich side and deservedly lead at the break thanks to Ravel Morrison's fifth goal of the season. However Sam Allardyce will probably feel a little disappointed that his side haven't managed to fully capitalise by adding further goals.

Morrison broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark following a clever move on the left involving Razvan Rat and Kevin Nolan. The Romanian's low cross found Kevin Nolan whose initial shot was blocked, before the Hammers captain managed to turn the ball back into the centre to meet Morrison's run.

Nolan particularly has enjoyed the freedom of Carrow Road, where Norwich's four-man midfield simply haven't been able to cope with West Ham's 4-6-0 formation.

He should have scored after only 12 minutes when his telegraphed shot was stopped by the feet of City 'keeper John Ruddy - and also 14 minutes later when he failed to connect properly with one of several good crosses from the left by Rat. However he more than atoned with his part in West Ham's only goal.

Norwich have barely been in West Ham's half, let alone near Jussi Jaskelainen's goal - but Redmond's 40th minute shot that flew high and wide at least meant the Hammers stopper had something to do.

We'll have more for you at the final whistle.

Norwich City v West Ham Utd: How They Line Up

West Ham Utd: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Rat, Noble, Nolan (c), Collison, Downing, J.Cole, Morrison.

Subs: Adrian, O'Brien, McCartney, Maiga, Jarvis, Diame, C.Cole.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Fer, Pilkington; Elmander, Hooper..

Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, Bassong, Hoolahan, Becchio, Redmond..

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Referee's Assistants: M Mullarkey, D Eaton.

Fourth Official:A Haines.

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