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Derby County 2-1 West Ham

Championship    2011-12
Pride Park   28,067
1Robert Green    
48Daniel Potts    
17Joey O'Brien   
2Winston Reid   
5James Tomkins   
21Papa Bouba Diop    
32Gary O'Neil    
16Mark Noble    
22Henri Lansbury   
30Frederic Piquionne    
24Frank Nouble 1  
9Carlton ColeSubed #32  
7Sam BaldockSubed #30   
46Robert HallSubed #21   
 PosTable as at 31 Dec 2011PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
3West Ham United246231912733201144
4Cardiff City247222113472171342
6Hull City247041512535111239
8Crystal Palace24461106607131636
10Leeds United245241515535222035
11Derby County247241914326101934
12Birmingham City22740175227131933
14Leicester City246341913254121432
15Peterborough United246142619346172132
16Brighton and Hove Albion24533151242781632
19Ipswich Town235061717336162727
21Bristol City24236914436132024
22Nottingham Forest24328112131771721
23Coventry City24445141403861919
24Doncaster Rovers243448122011123119
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Derby 2 West Ham 1

Teenage striker Callum Ball and Paul Green struck early in the first half as Derby closed in on the npower Championship's top six with a second successive win over the Christmas period.

Ball, 19, struck his second senior goal from the edge of the penalty area in the second minute and midfielder Green, who returned from a long-term knee injury in November, headed his first goal in over a year eight minutes later.

Hammers striker Frank Nouble pulled one back for the visitors with a rasping drive just before the break, but Nigel Clough's side created other chances and defended valiantly in the second half to claim another prized scalp by following up their Boxing Day win over Leeds.

Derby have won three of their last four league games to climb within two points of the play-offs.

West Ham, depleted by injuries and suspensions, have won only one of their last five league games.

Derby were unchanged from the side that beat Leeds 1-0 on Boxing Day, while Hammers manager Sam Allardyce was without eight first-team players.

Skipper Kevin Nolan, winger Julien Faubert, defender George McCartney and midfielder Jack Collison all missed out through suspension, while Abdoulaye Faye (thigh), Guy Demel (thigh), Matt Taylor (calf) and David Bentley (knee) are currently injured.

Midfielder Gary O'Neil and striker Nouble both made their first league appearances of the season for the Hammers but Derby caught the visitors cold by racing into an early lead.

Striker Nathan Tyson slipped the ball inside from the right side of the penalty area and Ball rammed an unstoppable shot into the top corner from 18 yards.

The visitors had barely had time to catch breath when the Rams doubled their advantage.

Left-back Gareth Roberts stormed forward and supplied a fine cross for former Doncaster team-mate Green to head firmly downwards beyond West Ham keeper Robert Green into the bottom corner in the 10th minute.

West Ham midfielder Noble, skipper in Nolan's absence, lifted his side with a 25-yard shot that flew just wide and Papa Bouba Diop headed over the crossbar.

Hammers striker Frederic Piquionne also went close with a header and at the other end Derby striker Jamie Ward flashed two shots just off target.

Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding saved brilliantly twice to deny Nouble and O'Neil in quick succession in the 39th minute, but could do nothing to prevent Nouble reducing the deficit three minutes later.

Piquionne played the ball inside from the left and Nouble arrowed a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Rams midfielder Craig Bryson fired wide early in the second half and Ball dragged his effort off target from similar distance inside the area.

Allardyce sent on strikers Sam Baldock and Carlton Cole with an hour gone, but it was Derby who threatened to add to their lead.

Green's goalbound header from John Brayford's cross was blocked by West Ham defender James Tomkins and Ward lashed a shot from the edge of the area wide.

The action continued to flow from end to end, with Noble and Cole this time pulling shots wide for the visitors.

Noble's late corner prompted Fielding into another sprawling save and Cole headed wide in the 90th minute, but Derby held on.


Derby Fielding, Brayford, Barker, Shackell, Roberts, Green, Bailey, Bryson, Ward (Ben Davies 73), Tyson (Robinson 46), Ball (Buxton 90).

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Priskin.

Goals: Ball 2, Green 10.

West Ham Green, O'Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Potts, Lansbury, Diop (Hall 79), Noble, O'Neil (Cole 61), Piquionne (Baldock 61), Nouble.

Subs Not Used: Carew, Sears.

Booked: Lansbury, O'Brien, Reid, Cole.

Goals: Nouble 42.

Att: 28,067

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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