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  • Westham United 3-0 Hull City: Faubert great finish

    The Hammers got off to a perfect start when Valon Behrami scored his second goal for the club after just three minutes.

    Hull recovered to make it a competitive contest but their chances took a fatal blow in the 52nd minute when Craig Fagan was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

    West Ham then sealed the victory eight minutes from time when Carlton Cole (pictured) calmly placed home after a superb Julien Faubert pass.

    Hull eventually finished the match with just nine men as Anthony Gardner was stretchered off eight minutes from time after the Tigers had already made their three substitutions.

    The Hammers then managed to add some gloss to the win before the end, as Faubert smashed home a third in stoppage time.

    The victory means that West Ham jump up two places to 13th, but Hull will slip into the relegation zone on Sunday if either Bolton or Burnley manage to get a point in their matches at Blackburn and Aston Villa respectively.

    The opening 10 minutes was all West Ham and their goal was early reward. Behrami created and finished the move as he stormed forward before playing the ball to Guillermo Franco on the edge of the box. The Mexican striker took a heavy touch but it then it fell back perfectly for Swiss international Behrami to drill low into the net.

    Hull gradually managed to muscle their way back into the game but they were struggling to created chances before Boateng's stinging shot just before the break was well tipped over by Robert Green.

    Before that, Boaz Myhill had to twice make good saves from Behrami but by the early stages of the second-half it all still looked very even and up for grabs.

    That was until Fagan got his marching others. The winger had been booked for a bad foul on Scott Parker in the first half and was then dismissed for pulling back Alessandro Diamanti. He was furious with the decision, and while it looked a little harsh, it was still an unnecessary challenge.

    The Hammers then doubled their lead on the hour mark when Faubert sliced the defence open with a gem of a low ball from inside his own half. Cole produced a perfect, angled run to get onto it and then calmly placed past Myhill.

    A third goal nearly came in the 70th minute when Myhill had to flick behind a sensational, Beckham-esque effort from Diamanti, but the home side final put an exclamation mark on things when Faubert, against just nine men now, was able to run unopposed into the box before smashing into the corner of the next.

    Gianfranco Zola's side are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United while Hull begin a tough run of games next Saturday when they face Aston Villa before then meeting Everton (away) and Arsenal (home).
    Seán Fay / Eurosport



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