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West Ham 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Premier League    1997-98
Upton Park   24,864
22Craig Forrest    
4Steve Potts    
12Keith Rowland    
6David Unsworth   
15Rio Ferdinand   
11Steve Lomas    
16John Moncur    
14Iain Dowie   
10John Hartson 2  
29Eyal Berkovic 1  
18Frank Jnr Lampard   
 PosTable as at 18 Oct 1997PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2Blackburn Rovers113211373208222
3Manchester United114101032316322
5Leicester City11231963025318
6Leeds United11213673119517
7Derby County93101032038716
8West Ham United1140110411451316
10Newcastle United8401641022515
11Aston Villa11212692046813
13Coventry City10240860220512
14Crystal Palace11023383126512
16Tottenham Hotspur10221440232710
17Sheffield Wednesday10212790237149
18Bolton Wanderers10031121237138
match review copied from

West Ham 3 Bolton 0 By John Oakley, PA Sport

West Ham collected three valued points through two second half goals from John Hartson and one from Eyal Berkovic.

But the game will mainly be remembered for its bad tempered exchanges.

Four West Ham players - David Unsworth, Rio Ferdinand, Iain Dowie and Frank Lampard - were booked and Bolton substitute Michael Johansen, Dean Holdsworth and Scott Sellars were also cautioned.

To cap the lot, Jerry Taggart was sent off for a senseless foul on West Ham goalkeeper Craig Forrest in the 69th minute.

It was unusually violent for a match at Upton Park though there was little doubt that West Ham deserved their victory.

Yet it took the London club 66 minutes before they opened the scoring through Berkovic after which Bolton lost most of their poise and their determination.

The first goal came when Lampard crossed from the right, Hartson headed the ball down, Dowie shielded it and the ball ran to Berkovic who scored from close range.

Three minutes later Taggart hammered keeper Forrest into a post and was given a red card.

From this point, Bolton's defence, which had looked most secure, began to lose much of its edge and began to allow gaps to appear.

Hartson made it 2-0 after 75 minutes with a superb volley after Berkovic, a constant menace, had crossed from the right.

Then, in injury time, Hartson gained a fortunate third goal when he sent in a hard shot but straight at Keith Brannigan only to see the ball hit the keeper on the shoulder and be deflected into the net.

It was a bad mistake by Brannigan but by this time it made little difference.

West Ham had made the running from the start and Berkovic struck the bar with a free kick after only two minutes and Hartson had a shot saved by Brannigan at the second attempt after nine.

Bolton had two good first half chances.

The came when Sellars had a shot narrowly deflected and then Thompson struck a free kick through the West Ham wall which hit Forrest on the chest rebounded to Gudni Bergsson who hammered the ball against the keeper.

Then, in the second half West Ham were becoming frustrated at their inability to break through before Berkovic brought them relief with his goall and they finished as comfortable winners.


West Ham: Forrest, Potts, Unsworth, Hartson, Lomas, Rowland, Dowie, Ferdinand, Moncur, Lampard, Berkovic.

Subs Not Used: Bishop, Sealey, Hodges, Moore, Coyne.

Booked: Unsworth, Dowie, Lampard, Ferdinand.

Goals: Berkovic 67, Hartson 77, 90.

Bolton: Branagan, Frandsen, Taggart, Pollock, Sellars, Thompson (Johansen 60), Bergsson, Beardsley (McGinlay 78), Phillips, Whitlow, Holdsworth.

Subs Not Used: Ward, Coleman, Gunnlaugsson.

Sent Off: Taggart (70).

Booked: Taggart, Sellars, Johansen, Holdsworth.

Att: 24,864

Ref: G R Ashby (Worcester).

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