- West Ham vs Norwich

Tuesday 11 February 2014 | Boleyn Ground | Referee: Michael Oliver | Attendance 35,153

West Ham
  • James Collins (84)
  • Mohamed Diamé (90+4)
West Ham
2 - 0
Norwich
Norwich

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Late goals from James Collins and Mohamed Diame earned West Ham United a 2-0 home victory over Norwich City on Tuesday.

The club's third successive 2-0 win in the Barclays Premier League - and a division-best 13th clean sheet of the season - moves them up to 10th place, three points clear of Norwich, whose winless run was extended to four matches.

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was in fine form throughout the contest, and his heroics enabled the hosts to remain level before Collins broke the deadlock with a towering header six minutes from time.

Substitute Diame then sealed the win by finishing off a swift counter-attack in added time as Chris Hughton's side pushed for a late leveller.

The Canaries made a nervy start to the game, but created the first meaningful chance on 10 minutes when Nathan Redmond turned Guy Demel inside out and crossed for Gary Hooper, whose header forced Adrian into a smart save.

Sebastien Bassong then made a couple of important clearances for the away side, before the creativity of Redmond unlocked the Hammers defence once again. The winger's ball over the top sent Snodgrass through on goal, but he chose to shoot first time rather than take a touch and Adrian was able to make a comfortable stop.

Sam Allardyce's charges began to get more possession as the half progressed, but were unable to create a noteworthy opportunity despite sending a series of crosses into the Norwich box - largely thanks to some fine defending from Bassong. But just before the break, Norwich threatened again as Alexander Tettey's strike from just inside the area was pushed round the post by the diving Adrian.

Marco Boriello was sent on at half-time for the hosts, replacing Carlton Cole, and the on-loan Roma striker was almost presented with an instant chance, only for goalkeeper John Ruddy to clear the danger.

The east London club's winger Matt Jarvis then cleverly pulled the ball back for captain Kevin Nolan just before the hour, but the in-form midfielder got the ball caught up in his feet and a great chance went begging.

Hooper then passed up a presentable opportunity for Norwich shortly afterwards, before Diame's firm strike from inside the box was brilliantly tipped over by Ruddy.

But Ruddy could do nothing about Collins' 84th-minute opener, as he powered home his first Barclays Premier League goal since March 2012 from Diame's cross. And provider turned goalscorer in the 94th minute when Diame put the game to bed with his third goal of the season to move West Ham further clear of the relegation zone.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I'm delighted, it was a hell of a game Norwich gave us tonight. I had the chairman ringing me up to say we had not won under lights this season or last and that was in my mind.

"Our goalkeeper kept us in the game and we scored late, when it is hard for anybody to come back into it. It's a great end to an important run of fixtures. If Norwich continue like that, they will have no problems. They were very good and gave us a good game."

Norwich manager Chris Hughton: "We only have ourselves to blame. You've got to be able to capitalise on your chances, especially away from home. We did everything perfectly up until their first goal but then we made an error.

"Their goalkeeper had a good day but we managed to get into so many good positions and you have to put one of them away."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
13. Adrián 8.0 5.1
19. James Collins 6.71 4.84
3. George McCartney 6.14 4.15
5. James Tomkins 7.13 4.51
20. Guy Demel 5.86 4.68
7. Matthew Jarvis 5.0 4.85
23. Stewart Downing 5.63 5.35
14. Matthew Taylor 5.86 4.25
16. Mark Noble 6.57 5.64
4. Kevin Nolan 6.44 6.15
24. Carlton Cole 5.5 5.09
Substitutes All Fans BFR
47. Antonio Nocerino 7.33 5.76
10. Jack Collison 5.0 3.95
46. Marco Borriello 7.6 6.33
21. Mohamed Diamé 7.22 5.35
8. Pablo Armero 5.5 4.58
2. Winston Reid 5.67 6.02
22. Jussi Jääskeläinen 8.33 6.1
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 4.4 4.92
26. Joseph Yobo 3.25 4.29
23. Martin Olsson 6.0 4.57
2. Russell Martin 6.25 4.26
5. Sébastien Bassong 6.25 4.3
27. Alexander Tettey 5.75 4.77
22. Nathan Redmond 4.75 5.16
7. Robert Snodgrass 4.0 5.54
10. Leroy Fer 5.75 4.84
4. Bradley Johnson 6.25 4.23
11. Gary Hooper 5.4 4.78
Substitutes All Fans BFR
14. Wes Hoolahan 0.0 4.19
3. Steven Whittaker 5.5 4.91
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 2.0 5.93
13. Mark Bunn 0.0 2.4
12. Anthony Pilkington 2.5 5.18
18. Javier Garrido 1.0 4.76
16. Johan Elmander 2.5 4.64

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