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West Ham 3-1 Derby County

Championship    2011-12
Upton Park   27,864
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney   
15Abdoulaye Faye    
18Julien Faubert    
17Joey O'Brien    
5James Tomkins    
4Kevin Nolan 1  
16Mark Noble 1 (1 P)  
10Jack Collison    
9Carlton Cole 1  
7Sam Baldock    
30Frederic PiquionneSubed #7   
11John CarewSubed #9   
14Matthew TaylorSubed #18   
 PosTable as at 26 Nov 2011PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2West Ham United18522171062116537
3Cardiff City196211810352151234
5Leeds United184231314423161428
7Hull City174049104329827
8Birmingham City16530113224121526
9Leicester City185041410252101026
10Crystal Palace1835185405101226
11Brighton and Hove Albion18432141132471026
12Peterborough United185132215225121624
15Derby County18423141131591724
18Ipswich Town174051515224101820
20Nottingham Forest18324111430671620
22Bristol City1822591332491519
23Coventry City19244111303651613
24Doncaster Rovers1814451120781913
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West Ham 3 Derby 1

West Ham narrowed the gap at the top of the npower Championship to just two points after coming from behind to win 3-1 against Derby.

Sam Allardyce's side extended their unbeaten run to six games and closed the gap on leaders Southampton with victory over the Rams at Upton Park.

The visitors had taken the lead nine minutes before half-time when debutant Tamas Priskin scored his first goal for the club just two days after arriving on loan from Ipswich.

Carlton Cole's header ensured the Hammers were back on level terms before half-time and Kevin Nolan's spectacular volley put them ahead after 64 minutes.

Mark Noble scored a third from the penalty spot midway through the second half to hand Derby their fourth successive loss.

The Hammers' evening started badly when Sam Baldock had to come off with a hamstring injury.

Shortly afterwards, Jack Collison nearly caught goalkeeper Frank Fielding out with a shot on the turn, but the Rams stopper was able to keep hold of the ball at the second attempt.

That, after 28 minutes, was West Ham's first shot on target and Derby responded by scoring with the game's next chance six minutes later.

Collison was caught in possession on the halfway line and that presented Jamie Ward with the chance to cut in from the left flank and find Priskin.

James Tomkins remained static, losing the Hungary international, and he fired the ball into the far corner to open his account for the Rams.

The Hammers were back on level terms one minute before half-time thanks to Cole.

The visitors had cleared Abdoulaye Faye's free-kick but Joey O'Brien sent a first-time cross back in which Cole directed past John Brayford who was covering on the line.

Baldock's replacement Frederic Piquionne nearly put the hosts ahead early in the second half.

Julien Faubert lofted a ball over the defence and the French striker brought the ball down expertly but his shot was blocked by Fielding.

Allardyce's side continued to press and they got their reward when Nolan fired them into the lead with a sublime piece of technique 19 minutes after the break.

Collison diverted the ball in the midfielder's direction and he waited patiently for it to drop before planting a first-time volley into the bottom corner of the net from 25 yards out.

The hosts then wrapped up the points 10 minutes later through Noble's spot-kick after Craig Bryson had pushed Piquionne in the box.

The contact was close to being just outside the box but referee Colin Webster appeared to have made the right decision in awarding the penalty which Noble slammed into the top corner.

It could have been worse for Derby had full-back Gareth Roberts not cleared Piquionne's glancing header off the line near the end.


West Ham Green, O'Brien, Tomkins, Faye, McCartney, Faubert (Taylor 82), Nolan, Noble, Collison, Baldock (Piquionne 21), Cole (Carew 76).

Subs Not Used: Stech, Demel.

Booked: McCartney.

Goals: Cole 44, Nolan 64, Noble 74 pen.

Derby Fielding, Brayford (O'Brien 77), Barker (Hendrick 76), Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bryson, Bailey, Ben Davies, Ward (Doyle 79), Priskin.

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Buxton.

Booked: Ben Davies.

Goals: Priskin 34.

Att: 27, 864

Ref: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear).

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