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The Ex Hammers column

Filed: Sunday, 13th September 2015
By: Staff Writer

It was a busy day for ex-Hammers in yesterday's Premier League and Football League programme.

As reported yesterday afternoon, Matt Jarvis - who only managed four Premier League goals for West Ham during his three years at the club - scored on his debut for Norwich City, with whom he is on a season-long loan.

And n the same fixture, Junior Stanislas - who spent 11 years at West Ham as a youngster - made his first Premier League appearance for Bournemouth, despite ending up on the losing side.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Swiss international Valon Behrami - who moved from Fiorentina to Watford in the summer - was sent of for a reckless challenge on Swansea's Andre Ayew, a player strongly linked to West Ham during the transfer window.

However the 30-year-old's dismissal failed to affect the final score as his new side won 1-0 courtesy of Idion Ighalo's 59th minute goal.

Down in the Championship there were goals for no less than four former Hammers. Matt Taylor saved a point for Burnley at home to Birmingham with a splendid free kick nine minutes from time that earned the Clarets a 2-2 draw.

And Stewart Downing scored his first goal for Middlesbrough since returning to Teeside last month when he grabbed the opening goal in 'Boro's 2-0 win at home to recently-promoted MK Dons, themselves featuring the on-loan Diego Poyet, Jordan Spence and Robert Hall.

Meanwhile Freddie Sears continued his red-hot form for Ipswich as he grabbed his fourth goal in five games in the Tractor Boys heavy 5-1 defeat at Reading.

And over at Loftus Road in the clash between Queens Park Rangers and Nottingham Forest, Henri Lansbury scored from the penalty spot after Rob Green pulled down Chris O’Grady having failed to control Nedum Onuoha’s back-pass.

Lansbury of course replaced Green in goal during West Ham's 4-1 Championship win at Blackpool back in February 2012, when the goalkeeper was sent off on that occasion. Lansbury had the last laugh this weekend too as Forest ran out 2-1 winners.

Further down the pyramid, this time in League One, George Moncur registered his second goal in three games for struggling Colchester who sneaked a point at Chesterfield in a 3-3 draw.

And finally, a little bit further afield (some 4,000 miles or so, give or take the odd mile) Modibo Maiga scored a hat-trick for his new club Al Nassr in their 5-1 win over Al Nahdha in a Crown Prince Cup clash in Riyadh.

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