Cardiff City v West Ham United Match of the Day Live


Cardiff City v West Ham United

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It feels like a big time cut final. He got it through, it is Mason! It

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is Miller! Will Cardiff get a better chance to win it than that?

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It is in! Cardiff are level. It is going to be settled by kicks from

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12 yards. Gerrard has put it wide. They should not beat themselves up

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about this because they have been outstanding. Welcome to Cardiff. 12

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million viewers shared in the paint at Wembley last week, now it is

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back on and today they are up against the Hammers, who are

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looking to bounce back up to the Premier League at the first time of

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asking. West Ham United are relegated! You just wonder whether

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Scott Parker has taken off a West The man who will be giving the team

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talk, Sam Allardyce has joined me. Looking back from August, would you

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have taken where you are now in the league? Definitely, our progress

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has been very good indeed in such a short period of time. We have had

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to take over from a club that has been relegated, but the team is

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focused now, they know each other better, and they are playing well.

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Even playing with 10 men, we are still undefeated. Hopefully we can

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take that form into today's game. You have this tough period, eight

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games in March, 14 games now, what is it that you take into this last

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push of the season? It is about the undefeated run. If that happens,

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the tired legs don't seem quite as tired. He you have depth. We have,

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we lost Julien Faubert today with an illness last night, but the

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squad is still good, there is still a good bench, and we have been in

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good form recently so we will need to take that into the game against

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Cardiff today. Eight games in March, six games in April, hopefully that

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is all we have got. You been away for a few games, I'm not sure if

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you watched the penalty shoot-out last week and thought this would be

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good. All the men watched it, and of course two different aspects.

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you choose the music by the way? not me! They have had what looked

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like a very good day, very disappointing at the end, and they

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did themselves proud. We were taking a sunshine break in Dubai,

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so it is a challenge. Have they got fatigue? Who knows. By will let you

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go and dance. Let's go to the home dug-out for the card of perspective,

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Robbie Savage caught up with Malky Mackay. How are the men after last

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week was a -- after last week? is the first time we got the whole

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group together on Friday, but overall sense of achievement,

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obviously, and that little glimmer that you are a two penalty kicks

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away from lifting the trophy. is the planned for the rest of the

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season? To play every game competitively, to hope we can

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compete and to aim as high as possible. We would love to get into

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the play-offs. It is a brand new team coming together and the

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journey through the Carling Cup has been great, but at the same time we

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want to among the top six. Opening day of the season, you beat West

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Ham 1-0, same again today? That would be lovely. It was a tough

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draw, we had 10 days for part of the season and we had six days to

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build up a team to go to Upton Park on the Sunday, it was live as well.

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We had Scott Parker then, and we obviously nicked it at the last

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minute. It was not a convincing victory, it was uneven game, but

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West Ham have bought a lot of people since then. A lot of finance

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has been spent, and there is that gamble of the club going up this

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year. It will be a tough game, on the back of a lot of good victories

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recently. It will be tough today. If good luck.

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Every little thing will be all right has just started on the PA

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system here. The stage has been set as a reminder to those fans who

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made the journey last week that everything will be OK. They have

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got to put it into action today against a West Ham side who have

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their own aspirations this season. They are hoping to see their team

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keep pace on the leaders, Southampton. Both the top two side

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have started in recent weeks. Reading have been putting real

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pressure on the top two. Cardiff can get back into the top six today,

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or they could find themselves cut adrift if they lose this afternoon.

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Alongside Robbie Savage who conducted that interview so

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beautifully, former England goalkeeper David James, who spent

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three years at West Ham. Good to have you here. You can't let me

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start without asking you about the waistcoat. This is my Bristol City

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waistcoat. I thought Robbie was going to be more colourful today.

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You played in these two sides, are either of them more equipped than

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the other? West Ham are read decent outfit. They have taken Nicky

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Maynard from Bristol City, he is a very talented player. I think

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Cardiff, especially for today, will maybe suffer from the events of

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last weekend. There is usually a Hanover after that. It will be

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tough for them. Can they use it as inspiration? When you have come so

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close to glory, they want to mix in with the big boys, don't they?

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lost in a Cup final against Spurs, and the following week my

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performance was the best of the season. Today they are all heroes.

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It is a tough game for them, but they will have recovered from last

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week. It is such a busy period now. They have eight games in March, 14

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until the end of the season. It is a tough period, you have got to get

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through it. At the end of March, perhaps we will have a better idea

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about where these teams will be. course, the clearer it will become.

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The games come thick and fast, and house Sam Allardyce has managed to

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get them out to Dubai, I don't know! He has got them out there for

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whatever reason, perhaps a bit of energising and sunshine. He has a

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very deep squad to work with, a lot of depth. Yes I was saying today,

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the forward line for West Ham, the strength in the squad is a

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Premiership squad so I think they are more equipped than Cardiff to

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get promoted. They do well here, but they do concede goals. Do you

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expect to see goals today? What is interesting is that they have not

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kept any clean sheets at home, so with West Ham strike force and the

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League keenness of Cardiff's defence, it could be... The Welsh

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voices have started, I can barely hear you. We are all looking

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forward to this one. The teams are getting ready in the tunnel,

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standing by, Jonathan Pearce. It is emotional homecoming for Cardiff's

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Wembley warriors. The message in the tunnel... Fire and passion.

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That which does not kill us makes us stronger, it says in the match

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programme. Monday might have been melancholy, as the squad brutally

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self- analysed and realised what they should have achieved a week

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ago, had they not been so wasteful with chances or penalties. Tuesday

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saw the self-pity start to disappear, to be replaced by new

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focus and determination in the dressing room and in the stance as

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well. Just two League wins in seven games has seen their promotion bid

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falter. There is work to be done, and it starts against a West Ham

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side unbeaten in four games with nine away wins this season, under

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pressure themselves to win here after the Southampton win at Leeds

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left the hammer as four points off the top spot. A victory today would

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take them four points clear of third-placed Reading. Although the

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situation could be clouded if Portsmouth go out of business and

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their results are expunged. The Hammers would lose six points as a

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result and tumble out of the top two. So, an important day for both

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clubs. As Mark Hudson leads Cardiff out, his first league game in over

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a month, having returned from injury last week at Wembley. He

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played so much more -- so magnificently. Cardiff have got to

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get that defeat out of their system. West Ham need another away victory.

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It will be a nervy first five minutes. West Ham have more Premier

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League experience, more top-flight experience of crucial games at the

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business end of the season, for good and bad. Will that hold them

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in good Stead in the weeks to come? Cardiff bring back their preferred

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league goalkeeper, David Marshall, for Tom Heaton, otherwise they

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trust the men who went so close against Liverpool, even though a

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number of them looked so drained in missed the spot kick, is not in the

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squad. West Ham have two changes, booed off after the 0-0 draw

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so Henry Lansbury comes in. But for all their quality, they have not

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won a league game in Cardiff since 1980 when Ray Stewart scored the

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only goal. The remix queue had just been invented. -- the rubrics Cuba.

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Cardiff really need similar to exercise his Wembley demons, having

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missed a great chance in normal time and seeing his spot-kick miss

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the post. West Ham United will look for an inspirational Henry Lansbury,

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who played for 35 minutes in goal in a game that black -- at

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today, a really good encounter, the Business End of the season as we

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always ate. The managers get themselves together and assess what

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they want to achieve -- as we always say. 13 or 14 games to go,

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I'm sure that Malky Mackay is having a good chat to the boys once

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he got them back together. You have to put the disappointments behind

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Duke, we have all been there. It is about balancing back. -- behind you.

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And it is about bouncing back. Any slip up as above them, they have to

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make sure they take advantage. Bright and sunny now. We had a wet

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and melancholy morning, matching the Cardiff mood as they left

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Wembley a week ago. Chris for Lee from left to right. The ball played

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forward by McCartney -- West Ham Cardiff released financial figures

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showing a �12 million loss. The previous year, it was �922,000. The

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lower figure reflected the sale of Ninian Park. There is financial

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pressure here still, despite the what the owners from the Far East.

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They could very well do with a promotion play-off position, but

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Ham player, still in his mid-20s, a week, with Brighton in midweek.

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Away by Hartson. -- Hudson. Vaz Te, reunited with Sam Allardyce, who

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was his manager at Bolton. Tomkins has played well in central midfield

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in recent games. Cleared by O'Brien, the former Bolton man. A goal-kick.

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It looked at a corner today. -- to me. I think Kevin Nolan thinks the

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Wembley. They played so well. there, they gave everything they

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had, they represented the club and in many ways the country, and they

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won a lot of friends. Malky Mackay will say, we have to build on that.

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If you are wondering where Liam Lawrence is, he was signed from the

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troubled Portsmouth, he had a calf strain and has not made the scored

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yet. Cutely done by George McCartney, the experience nor the

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Ireland international. -- experienced Northern Ireland

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international. Malky Mackay has signed a contract extension through

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to June 2016. He had a lot to deal with when he came in. He did not

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have a team, did he? No, a couple of kids, he has done ever so well

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with his signings, it shows you what can be done. Whittingham was

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making the run-through but save pants from Robert Green. Brought

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down neatly by Taylor, having a very good season. He came through

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the excellent Middlesbrough academy. dangerous, arcing cross. That was

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good play by Kevin Miller -- Kenny Miller. Rob Green was not too sure.

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the six-yard area, he too long. I think it Tomkins just did: -- hit

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long. I think it Tomkins just did enough. There was lots of light in

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there, Gestede in there as well. -- for the challenge by Maynard.

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was the earlier Cross, an easy save. When you are not too sure what is

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behind you, you have to deal with football with injury. He came back

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at the tail-end of last season. Vaz side, Ricardo Vaz Te against

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of a winner. -- a winger. Ricardo Vaz Te was an Under 21

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international in Portugal. He has been in English football for a

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while but only really started He has moved towards the ball.

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McCartney was not offside but because Maynard made a movement, he

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was deemed to be active by the assistant referee. He actually put

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his flag back down again, once he saw George McCartney chasing the

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ball, but the referee had already reacted. We can see that Maynard is

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offside. Had he not moved for the ball, McCartney would have been on

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side. Mason is in the box, gear tax competitions, Cardiff, they are

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strong here. Preparations for this were interrupted by international

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Nolan was Square, it was just aged away by Turner. Good covering by

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Turner. Maynard showed a good turn of pace. Hartson does not see him,

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fans to be leaning down. -- sought by the Cardiff fans. He had a new

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lease of life at West Ham. He was originally there in 2006 before

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cover from O'Brien. There was Cowie, he skies it. Two good opportunities

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for Cardiff. Don Cowie with the volley. Before this, Gestede should

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have struck that. As the ball falls with the outside of his right foot,

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just take it on the half volley and between Cowie and his fellow

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Scotsman, Miller, at Wembley last week. I was quite impressed with

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Gestede. He does not score lot of goals but he led the line very well,

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he troubled Liverpool in the air. As he is doing here today. It is

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only his 10th start. He is big and raw. He has a good touch as well.

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happens if Portsmouth go out of business and the results are

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expunged. It would have a significant effect on Sam

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Allardyce's team, they would lose 6 points picked up against Pompey and

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they would drop five points out of the top two. It would be disastrous,

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Maynard. Maynard lifted his foot, the free kick is given. It is

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far off. David James will let you know his thoughts at half-time, he

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will know him from Bristol City days, Nicky Maynard. He has so much

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pace. He scored nearly 50 goals at Ashton Gate. Recently, something of

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a goal drought. Over the top, looking for Gestede. Faye could not

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get there. Cowie chase, Taylor is the ball, Miller in a deep position

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-- Gunnarsson has not seen much of the ball. He comes off the front

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line, in Between the Lines, he picks the ball up, no one

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confronting him, he teased, plenty of time to get the shot in. Close

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enough. Champion in Scotland for Celtic and Rangers. He needs a goal.

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Taylor, towards Gestede, Tomkins was there. Noble got fortunate.

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Lansbury switched the play to was to go beyond, wide -- came in.

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He is better move was to go beyond. Marshall hasn't kept a clean sheet

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in six games and the word from the boys in the studio, they have not

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kept a clean sheet here in 2012. They average a goal again, conceded.

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It doesn't matter, if you score two, line, and he is the furthest

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championship player of the year, Whittingham. He has adjusted his

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game, playing more centrally now. He has always played as a winner.

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Still contributing with the goals what a good chance that tears.

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composes himself, nice and steady, it comes off Kevin McNaughton. He

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just gets himself underneath the ball. A really good opportunity.

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The most clear cut of the game. Hasn't scored since they defeated

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Ipswich on transfer deadline day, when they were perhaps focused on

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think it was. A hit a straight the crowd. There you go, a little push.

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He only played 50 games in France before he made his move. He wants

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to play for the USA, at Atalanta. He has good attributes, he is good

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in the air, he has a decent touch. He has a good understanding of

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Kenny Miller. He is up against a real international defender, isn't

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opportunity for staff good movement from him, just falling backwards as

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he hits this. Never a regular at Bolton. In the season he scored 12

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for Barnsley before moving to West Ham different, he can run with pace

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but I have to get the ball wide and through to him, as opposed to long

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balls towards him because obviously Mark Hudson and Turner will win

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knows all day. Nicky Maynard has not have the best of receptions

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here, being a former Bristol City probably didn't really have any joy

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so he has tried the other wing and had some opportunities. He must

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have been studied throughout the season, setting the world on fire.

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The best defence in the division going into this week. The most

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important statistic is where they West Ham, moving the ball well,

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Lansbury. A good ball, an early cross to the header from Collison.

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He just needed more composure. He pulls it off, a good position, and

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that is two really good have had more possession but we

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away from home, recently at Blackpool. West Ham were really on

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Mackay to get his team focused for the rest of the season? It is an

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uphill struggle now to win promotion, and the League Cup has

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cost so many teams the remaining period of their season over the

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years. They have a huge prize in front of them. They are looking at

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Premier League football next season. Getting to the Carling Cup final

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was a bonus, a fantastic achievement for them, they have

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experienced that and they want to get there again in the play-offs.

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It is there in front of them. They have held their position near the

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top, and now is the time to strive for the last games. It is a message

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- look at the stadium. They have been unlucky the last few seasons.

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Their manager might be saying this is our time now. We have done well

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to get to the Cup final but we need April, look how many games they

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have got. In those games, anything can happen at the top. You just

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play. He is saying to done Cowie, the centre backs fed it into the of

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midfield, into gonna send and Whittingham and started off the

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moves, they hardly played any of those long balls. They have got to

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do the same again, they have got to get some rhythm going. Malky Mackay

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actually had a spell at West Ham United as a player, signed from

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Norwich, he won three successive promotions with West Ham and

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ball. They want Ricardo Vaz Te further forward, receiving that

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possession, Cardiff dropping back. catches him on his ankle,

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unintentionally obviously, but I Cardiff. There was a suspicion of a

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plush by Noble but nothing was run from Collison. -- Hudson read

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Wasteful, both teams are wasteful in possession. West Ham are having

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the easy possession in and around the halfway line. When it comes to

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the key pass, the killer ball, it seems to be a bit long. Once again,

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it to straight, from left back to the left channel. The ball is to be

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thread through midfield. -- the ball needs to be threaded through

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midfield. Tomkins was under no real pressure, he could guide it back to

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West Ham up front. Now they have won it back. Maynard looked for

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Lansbury. Peter Whittingham is sitting deep. They played the ball

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through him last week. Everyone else started it off him. Kevin

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Hudson had lots of time. People was too long. Wasted her again. --

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wasted again. Both teams are trying to find rhythm around the penalty

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area. If I was Gestede, I would pull away to the far post,

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encouraged the ball to be floated touch by Turner but they got away

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with it. Mason was looking for Gestede, who pulled up, no great

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pace. He seemed to pull up to me. He did to me. Didn't seem like he

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had pulled anything. He is just being the back of his thigh. --

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just feeling. The right hamstring. He has signalled to the bench as

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well. Yes. He is struggling. He should just go down. It is clear

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that he is injured. Mark Noble, sudden, he uses up. It has probably

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gone tight. It looked like he was favourite at one stage. I think

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Harris book it will be the man to come on for them. -- Harris Vukic

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will be the man to come on. I would say he has felt that, as he has

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this week, played for half-an-hour against Scotland. He is ready, as

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season for Newcastle. They rate his Miller further forward and Vukic

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will play off him, that is what very poor. The game has lacked

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tempo. As Cardiff are the home team, you expect them to initiate the

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play. Get it going, get some rhythm going, try to push West Ham back.

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West Ham have dominated possession. I think Cardiff have allowed them

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to have the ball around the halfway line. They have sat quite deep.

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They have tried to wait to hit them on the counter. The last 10 minutes

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of the first half. Here is way by Faye. A low strike from gun

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as a! -- from Gunnarsson. A decent strike. He eased himself further

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forward. There is the header out. Icelandic international. He was on

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international duty away to had more time than he thought.

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Kevin Nolan said to Vaz Te, that is why you should be. A great little

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ball. He is standing, instead of trying to anticipate the cross.

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Nolan said, that is a cabin if you are moving forward. He was waiting

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for it to happen, instead of making it up and -- that is a tap-in and

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he waited for it to happen, instead of making it happen. Faye was just

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caught after he headed it away, was an elbow. Vukic is saying,

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that's not the case. It was after falling, it is not likely swings it.

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He misses the ball. -- not like he swings it. I don't think there is

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any intention, I think he is trying to prove that to Faye. The West Ham

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physio did well, he made sure there player, he did well at Stoke. They

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have only lost four league games when he has been in Sam Allardyce's

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starting line-up. I think if he sees that on the TV, he will see

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that Vukic wasn't trying to hurt not pick him out. Gunnarsson.

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from which Mason scored last week. That is better. They are asking

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Square, passing square. You can see that Tomkins was playing everybody

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he was scoring at Plymouth, last season. �250,000, the price-tag,

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when Cardiff bought him in the summer. He went 10 games without a

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Gunnarsson finds Hudson and this is Nolan, furthest forward again.

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Ham can be expansive again. They have scored four times on their

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travels on three occasions but they can also be tight and restrictive

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as they were down at Brighton. Discipline is key for Sam Allardyce.

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The here is our Lorton. -- McNaughton. I don't think there was

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a free kick. I think he is trying to buy one of the linesman and the

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referee. I think he just jockey Tim quality. He was being pressurised.

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I'm sure that Malky Mackay will ask the boy is to move the ball a bit

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quicker in the second half and can we get it down the sides of the

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centre backs. Gestede is off, so they don't have a lot of height.

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Can they have more creativity from midfield? Maynard took that well,

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the pass was behind Nolan. Onside, he went to place it, 1-0 West Ham!

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Just over two minutes left in the first half, and a moment of class

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at last, from a player with bags of Full credit to Nicky Maynard for

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finding it. He runs off the front man so well. Once he wins the ball,

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he goes. He is moving forward, he is looking for the space, he knows

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where it is. The hand goes up for offside, there could be a shade of

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that. He knows where he wants it, knows what he is doing and he just

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slides it in. His eighth goal of the season. A great finish.

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eighth career goal from a midfield performances they have put in. I

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mentioned the Brighton game a while back, it is very similar to that.

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Turner has gone for what. -- little flick on by Collison. A

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little question that Nolan might have been offside, he was onside

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singing at the moment. Going into half-time, it is a good time to

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score. Really they have won the midfield battle. Look at the man

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Ham United cautious, waiting for their moment, and then it came.

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Just before half-time, Kevin Nolan stroking them ahead. Cardiff City

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have not really tested Robert Green, and it is West Ham United ahead at

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Let's get the thought of David and Robbie. Are you surprised in a way

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that West Ham did not seize the opportunity, and make hay with the

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chances they had earlier on? What telling is the fact Cardiff's

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chances have come from outside the box. They have had opportunities to

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deliver the ball into better areas and failed. West Ham look a little

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bit more hungry for it, a bit more composed. A bit more like a team

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that didn't have a crushing defeat at Wembley last week perhaps? Is

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that what you're sensing from Cardiff? Yes, they have found it

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difficult. Kevin Nolan has been dropping them in so deep, no one

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has been there. West Ham, the goal from Kevin Nolan committee has a

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great habit of popping up in the box unmarked. Let's take a look at

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the goal because there was a question in commentary about

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whether it was offside. You can set them straight, David. He should not

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have had the chance. The full-backs switched off, it is a great finish,

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you can't take that away from him, but he was not favoured when the

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ball pops out. He in that situation, somebody has got a career everybody

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out. Kevin Nolan is unmarked. It is a fantastic finish. That is one of

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the first shot on target. I don't think either keeper has made a save

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yet. Kenny Miller did have a good chance after about 30 minutes and

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you thought this was his chance for redemption after the penalty last

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week which didn't go in. This didn't going either but he had

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plenty of space. Kenny Miller dropped deep, and he had a

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fantastic chance. Gestede made the fantastic chance. Gestede made the

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break. The ball comes out to Kenny Miller. Nobody goes out to him.

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Normally somebody would have closed him down. Somebody needs to close

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him down there. Didn't see too much from Cardiff earlier. The know, I

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was surprised. The space that Kenny Miller had there, West Ham have

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been more dog-eared in the middle of the park. Cardiff have allowed

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West Ham to play a little bit more. There had chances but they wasted

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them. Jack Collison had a good chance, didn't he? Yes, this is a

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great ball coming in from O'Brien here. He just got underneath it,

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but West Ham have been the dominant side. When the team is playing well,

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every single player closes the ball down, they are more hungry, and

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they create better chances. much time, too much space, and he

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has got to hit the target. goalkeeper was tested in any of

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these chances. A good move, and eyes cross from Henry Lansbury to

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Nicky Maynard. As Robbie was going to say at half-time, the first goal

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was always going to be crucial. know Nicky Maynard from Bristol

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City, obviously? I do. He had a bad injury before I signed for the club,

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and it has taken him a long time to get back to speak but unfortunately

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we had to let him go, couldn't sort out the contracts but he will do

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very well. There was a good chance for Gunnarsson. Yes, he is a very

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good midfield player. I would say don't shoot from here because the

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ball was bouncing. He struck that well. Cardiff have been limited to

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long-range chances because West Ham have been closing the ball down

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well and they were the better team. Kevin Nolan has come through a

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three-game ban but the captain has delivered. What's our Cardiff

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lacking today? They are lacking in wide areas. Kevin Nolan was trying

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to drop the ball and run in behind all the time. Maybe with the

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addition of Lawrence, who Portsmouth have to let go for

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financial reasons, he might be a good addition. I think so. Now

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Gestede has come off with these... How did he described it? The paint

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in the back of his thigh. The will be his hamstring! Possibly the

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second ball, when the ball was going into him, he was making a run

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behind but there was nobody to feed into. Lawrence himself is in aerial

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threat. Not in the squad today but may be going forward. In the future,

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I think there is an aerial threat because the back of the thigh...!

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Time now to catch up on the Premier League, a nice quiet north-eastern

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derby to hear about. The nothing quiet about this one,

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it has been feisty. Kata more was booked within 40 seconds. --

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Cattermole. Sunderland overall in the first half were the better side.

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Newcastle finished the half strongly, but they have much

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improved in the second period. It has been all Newcastle, especially

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Sunderland having to retreat with 10 men. They have just had a strong

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penalty appeal as well, handball against O'Shea. Sunderland still

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leading 1-0. That game forms part of a tasty

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triple bill on tonight's Match Of had one eye on the top teams in the

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championship this week. Here is a round-up of the significant action.

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It is Lambert! What a finish. The championship's top scorer gets his

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20th of the campaign. At the form team in the championship are

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Reading. They recorded their sixth

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successive victory, and at this is magnificent. One touch off his

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feet, and bang. Goal! An equaliser for Hull City.

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It has gone in, now it is three against three. On to his right foot,

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feeds it towards King. Davis with the cross, and it is headed in. It

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is Steven Davis. Robertson is onside, and it is 2-2. What a

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comeback by Derby County. My calls Brown returned to the top

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six after a win at Portsmouth. Portsmouth without a win in six,

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and France fear for the club's existence after hearing they may

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not be able to complete the season. Brighton are the only team not to

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lose a championship fixture in 2012. Bottom of the table Doncaster

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earned a point with the second half penalty from L have -- from Diouf.

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Nottingham Forest are now unbeaten in three. This deflected shot put

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them in front at Barnsley, but Craig Davis levelled. Bristol City

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arrived it Ipswich having taken just one point from their previous

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six matches. Troubles off the pitch at Ipswich, Michael Chopra was

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fined after reported drinking session midweek. Andy Drury sealed

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their fifth win in six but it is nine matches without a clean sheet

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now for David James. Tight at the top, but Southampton

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are in the ascent. Cardiff can get into the top six today with a win.

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West Ham of course with that 1-0 lead. At the bottom end of the

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table, the relegation zone made up of Coventry, Portsmouth, and

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Doncaster Rovers. We will talk about them later, but some breaking

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news - on just the loss Bolas has parted company with Chelsea

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Football club today with immediate effect. -- Andres Villas Boas. Did

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you see that coming? I am not surprised, all the publicity in the

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last few weeks, nobody supporting him. I'm not surprised, but what

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Chelsea need to do now is to have a manager allowed to manage the team

:14:32.:14:38.

three years because they keep chopping and changing. You say that,

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but he might have thought he was the man. But I thought he could win,

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that guy. I still think he could win. Who vote is going to want to

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take that job? You basically have a few months to prove your

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credentials. It is a difficult one. The frequency in the managerial

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changes at the club can't help at any level. You need consistency and

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it will be a tough task. I imagine there will be plenty of people who

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would like to take that job. What is the remit for Chelsea now? Is it

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to get rid of the old guard, or instant success? I think he was put

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in to build for the future, leaving the experienced players out he got

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criticised and parted company. Chelsea are out of the top four at

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the moment. A Newcastle victory and they would be level on points as

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well. If Newcastle win today, I say that but they are trailing today.

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Changing tack slightly, today on BBC One there is some bonus six

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are a long way from the arctic conditions of three weeks ago. Even

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though it is a sell-out, the question is, how many Irish fans

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will make the journey 22 days on. This is a huge game for Ireland,

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they have only won here once in 40 years and the expectation is that

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at some point, this team that promises so much has got to deliver.

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Absolutely, it is a huge game. They are nervous about Ed. It is one of

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those games where if they get the confidence, they can do something -

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- nervous about it. Because they have lost so often here, they are

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lacking in self-belief. The French side are arriving, they have played

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two, won two. There is a feeling that this is the inevitable third

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leg towards a Grand Slam showdown against Wales. This Ireland team

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have recovered confidence after the emphatic second half performance

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against Italy. The Stade de France is fairly deserted at the moment.

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The fascinating thing will be, how many Irish fans, who spent a

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considerable amount of money three weeks ago to come for a game that

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never was, how many will come from the furthest corners of Ireland. It

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is 8 3:00pm kick-off. -- it is a 3:00pm kick-off.

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here is a special man to talk you through a special Football Focus.

:17:30.:17:36.

wait for no man. But if you tune into Football Focus next Saturday

:17:36.:17:39.

at 12:15pm, I am going to be getting inside the mind of one of

:17:39.:17:42.

the greatest characters ever to grace a football pitch in Britain.

:17:42.:17:49.

Don't miss it. Who could it be? There could be fireworks. That's a

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clue. It is not you, Robbie. Well set for the second half. Let's

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rejoin our commentary team. West Ham have the lead. Mark Bright and

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dozen peers are the commentary team. -- and Jonathan Pearce are the

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in London football, your views on the departure of Andre Villas-Boas?

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He seemed to lack confidence towards the end. In Abramovich, and

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the project that he get talking about. You have got to get results.

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Chelsea finished second last year. He has come up short with the

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results. Going into the Napoli game, their whole season depends on that,

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there is a struggle to qualify for the Champions League as well. I

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think he will give the place a live, there is obviously something very

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:18:54.:18:57.

wrong with the players as well off manager, I am sure he will come

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again. Cardiff will kick us off in the blue and white, trailing 1-0.

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They immediately give West Ham a throw-in. West Ham, ticking towards

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their travelling supporters. -- kicking towards. Vaz Te and

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your half-time cup of tea, Chelsea have parted company with Andre

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Villas-Boas and Roberto di Matteo takes over as caretaker manager

:19:39.:19:45.

until the end of the season. I wonder if one day, Frank Lampard or

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:19:55.:20:14.

was for West Ham, to get them back into Premier League football. Still

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work to be done and Maynard gets the free kick. Sam knows him it

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really well. You are thinking when Barton and Nolan departed from

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Newcastle, they might be on tricky ground. They recovered well. They

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are in a good league position. Many people discounted them for the

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challenge for the Champions League not a winger. Nolan expected

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Maynard pulls it back. Arriving was Lansbury. I thought for a moment,

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Turner was going to get a touch. has come out, Vaz Te went around

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him. Hudson clears it. What a pass. Vaz Te tried to flick it around

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Marshall and go the other side. You can see how deep the defend -- the

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defence is. It was good play from lose Scott Parker for the end of

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August, he needed to bring in experience. He did with the likes

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of Nolan and Faye. They have a deep scored. Nine strikers. -- deep

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Gunnarsson got away from Nolan. Mason has come in field. Trying to

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get the full backs board. Away by press higher, Cardiff. Interesting,

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as the attack built up, Whittingham was in a more advanced position at

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he has been in form -- as he has he was fouled. Vaz Te overplayed it.

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You have got to capitalise on situations like that. Vaz Te did

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the pace to get away. He went for a backheel. Maynard, trying to get

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turn of place, to get himself in first. He moved the defenders one

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way, he came the other way. He doesn't use his left foot, he tries

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with his right, it was open for him, a great opportunity. Just wide. He

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That is what Cardiff are about. Cardiff's attacking options are

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limited. It is strange that Robert Earnshaw doesn't seem to be

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featuring these days. He comes on as a sub, doesn't he? Not in favour

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Collison's Arak gave it back to him, Nolan blocked. -- collars and's

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error gave it back. The crowd is prostrating Cardiff. You have to

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keep working away, try to position yourself way you can slide the ball

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into the forwards. -- where you can slide the ball. He can't find the

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Marshall came and made sure it was away from danger. West Ham are

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making inroads down the left. Stretching the defence. Good

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sweeping from David Marshall, the great movement. Maynard got back

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and won it, the home crowd don't like it. I think he got the ball.

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Nicky Maynard's place came in useful going the other way. I don't

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think that Whittingham is aware. He just tucked it away from him. Great

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and Lansbury. A player on loan from back, go across, or go back. There

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is the full-time score from the north-east derby, Newcastle 1,

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Sunderland 1. A great ball from Faye. Vaz Te is too far out to put

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it towards goal, he is trying to nip it around Marshall to get the

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other side. Hudson debt-financed deals it away. Terrible mistake by

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McNaughton, Maynard! The keeper spread himself and made a very good

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stop, it should have been two. Ham have had some good

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opportunities and that was a gift. Oh, another one there. Maynard has

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closed very quickly on marshal this time, Chris Foy is running in.

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think he is all right, I think he slides to block the clearance and

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Marshall jumps to avoid. I don't think it is a booking. All sorts of

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problems. He tries to block it. He it was the header. Once again Nicky

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Maynard gets in front of the goal. I am sure Sam Allardyce will be

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thinking that is three good chances in the second half, they have not

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and the goalkeeper, words expressed. Just lacking a bit of composure.

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West Ham are moving the ball quickly and well. Clumsy, but good

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around Ben Turner. Now everybody O'Brien hoists it back in, and

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there was a push. Tomkins pushed assistant didn't give themselves a

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on. The referee is trying to calm down the situation. The right thing

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little touch down here, no composure. This happened earlier

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off the free-kick. We saw them coming together, the swinging of

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Barnes. If the referee sees that, see a way back into the game for

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Cardiff. Jonathan, there is always a way back into the game. At 1-0,

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you are never safe. They are only one opportunity from getting back

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into the game, having the crowd behind them, but they need to give

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the fans something to sing about. No Nolan was screaming for it

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beyond the far post. I think he does just enough to put Vaz Te off.

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Good play here. Collison get in here, was it too hard? I think it

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was too hard for anybody to get on make a change. Carlton Cole is

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warming up. He has won the ball. Referee is the only one in the

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stadium who thinks that was not a foul. The first half was tepid, but

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eye for the goal was well, hasn't he? He lets it drop, quick with the

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swing. The challenge a few seconds ago, I thought it was a foul. The

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change is taking place. Nicky Maynard departs. A good start of

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the second half. Carlton Cole coming on, what will he give them

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that is different? Taller, stronger, a better threat in the air. You

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would have to say Nicky Maynard has had some good opportunities to get

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his name on the scoresheet, and one lines and start again. His is

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aground that generates greater excitement and noise. Gunnarsson

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with the long throw in. Vaz Te! And it is just over the bar. Ben Turner

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and Mark Hudson got there to the near post. It is a good long throw.

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They are the centre-backs. Keeping his IRA on the ball, that is a gift.

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They have not tested Robert Green Nicky Maynard off the field now

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could have really settled it for West Ham after a couple of mistakes.

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This visit here, round the keeper, left foot, slide it in. He had a

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volley this world. I think it was McNaughton with a header, and here

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I expected Vaz Te to come over, support, help. 65 minutes. Checking

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his notes. He needs a goal. Filip Kiss is on the bench, he has made

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Miller. Closed quickly. Towards Carlton Cole. Twice now, in the

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last couple of attacks, they have headed the ball away poorly, West

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Ham United. They have not cleared it really, just moved its out of

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the danger area. They have got to take a few chances. Carlton Cole is

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up there on his own, just one behind the ball, just this push

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frustrating the opponents. Don't give them any opportunity. It is a

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good one for Peter Whittingham, the position it is in. Far enough so

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that he can get it up over the wall The distance was good, the angle

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was good. Up and down, Robert Green stranded. It just doesn't fall the

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a free kick, none given. assistant was close by, nothing

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Mason has let it slip away. Now Could play. Lovely counter-

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attacking football. shaping it around, using the win in the

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a way back for Cardiff, suddenly they have just given the crowd some

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hope. They have tried to put some pressure on counter-attacks, that

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shot from Kenny Miller over the bar. You have got to take chances. You

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are coming to the time in the season when a draw is not really

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will be interested in the plight of Portsmouth, whether they are at the

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top or the bottom. If they go, their results will be expunged and

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it will have a real effect. You have to feel sorry for those

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supporters who have followed Portsmouth through thick and thin

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equaliser. The angle was good for him. Everyone moved away, there was

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only one thing in his mind. Up and over the wall and it was just the

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width of the post. It could get them back in the grain, the crowd

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get behind the team. -- back in the managers about their plans to deal

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with various opponents -- a few Championship managers. When you ask

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them about Cardiff they say they can have a game plan but if Peter

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Whittingham takes a free kick, the plans can go down the drain. Most

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teams have that special player. He has had a good goalscoring record

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over the years. He was the leading goalscorer couple of years ago,

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with 20 to from wide. -- 22 from think Mark Noble was looking for

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Carlton Cole to come towards him. I tell you what, get on the weights!

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It by is a bit of time, it takes the steam out of it, it runs down

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hand side. Whittingham checks back on to his left foot, and the cross

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measure his cross. Cowie, back to him. He dinks it in, straight to

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Robert Green. Everybody is in the box. Five players waiting for that

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come on. Collison, chasing, away by Tanner. West Ham are very efficient.

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-- away by Turner. Good to see him back around the first team, he was

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out for eight months after a horrible injury last season against

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Aston Villa. Lansbury departs. O'Neil comes on. He had a brief

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loan spell at Cardiff in 2004. He in the Premier League that would

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have been a yellow card. There does scored! He made all the running and

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it is 2-0 to West Ham. That has sent them a giant stride towards

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victory. What a run. He picks the ball up by the halfway line. He

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goes past Kevin McNaughton. He gets a bit lucky. The cross comes in, it

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comes back to him, what a finish with the right foot. It bobbles

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into the ground. David Marshall can opposed to out of play, Ben Turner.

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I would say that has sealed the points for West Ham. I make that

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his first goal in over five years. Five years and three months. Since

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Ham United in his previous spell. Can't remember it! It was in the

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Gunnarsson that he has played an advantage. -- indicated to

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Gunnarsson. There is no way through. He can't -- Cardiff can't break

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down the midfield. I think that is the best description for their

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performance, really hard working, Robert Green. The ball was under

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his feet, he did not get any power. The first save that Green has had

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final. You expected Cardiff to start the game at a tempo and it

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did not happen. West Ham dictated play. Nowlan got a round his man,

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here in the last two seasons, in terms of the play-offs -- some hard

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they were at the end of July and August, when he had to build a team

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to kick of the season. He did it and got the wind against West Ham

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United -- the win. It is a hard pill to swallow at the moment. A

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difficult week ahead with a trip to Brighton, and then Bristol City.

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Vaz Te, 10 minutes to go, he are two up. When Ricardo Vaz Te was

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at Bolton, they always said he still had time but he is in his

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mid-20s now. Sometimes they develop late, they sometimes drop down, to

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are no passengers in West Ham. Everybody has to work hard. When

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they are not in possession, they have a position, they get back,

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they fill in and it is absolutely frustrating Cardiff to death.

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Everybody is back behind the ball through. Gunnarsson just tumbled on

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the edge of the penalty area. No question of it being a penalty.

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Carlton Cole closing on Turner. And now Hudson, he has played well for

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He fouled his man. He fouled him twice. The first goal in five years

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Camp won in Cardiff in the league. It was 1980 -- since West Ham have

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is to see your season unravel. You come to a key time in the season,

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how much did the final take out of them? They have looked flat, they

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haven't moved the ball well. Large credit to West Ham. The way that

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they set up. Frustrate, a lot of experience in the team, but a lot

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Ham, with plenty of bodies back. thought it was a foul. Turner was

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the man behind him. The Cardiff fans are not happy with Carlton

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Cole. When you get to positions like this, where one team is

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organised and you drop back behind the ball, you need individuals. If

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you cannot play one-twos to get behind the defence, you need

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somebody who can trouble. At the moment, Cardiff don't have the

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person who can trouble. Vukic has drifted in and out of the game.

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That was more direct from has covered so much ground. He

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always seems to, for West Ham. makes himself available. McCartney

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was fouled by Vukic. He makes himself available, he works hard,

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he gets around the pitch. Just having a word with Nolan. In full

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the goalkeeper. Created an opening, slipping away. Robert Green had to

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come and get it. Abdoulaye Faye, his teeth touching his hamstring?

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He'd just got in the way. A poor back pass, just trying to look the

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other side. Virtually off the line target than Cardiff City. A lot of

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empty spaces now in the stance. -- Campbell? It didn't seem to me that

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now. A hundred and 20 minutes a lot of these Cardiff players played

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best of passes. His shot, if it had Ghanaian -- gone in instead of

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hitting the post, it would have face. Frustration, a tough seven

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days. This is driven in, and it just hits McCartney's left hand. I

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am not sure if he did it on purpose, but it is outside the penalty area.

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You can't give a free-kick for that. I don't think so. Looking at it

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from West Ham's perspective, what do you want to do? Keep a clean

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sheet, don't give them any encouragement, quiet and the crowd,

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and they have done all those things. At the start of the second half,

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they created some really good opportunities which could have put

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this well beyond Cardiff early in the game. Two minutes of stoppage

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Jack Collison decided to come in, Kevin Nolan thought he was out.

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This is something Sam Allardyce a snippet of an opportunity, he

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didn't take it. West Ham needed to respond today, given Southampton's

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victory yesterday, and they have done. They moved to within a point

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again of Southampton at the top of the table. Reading have had a good

:05:58.:06:06.

run, they are in third place, and it would leave Cardiff City looking

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like promotion is a distant opportunity now. A lot of teams are

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involved in trying to get into the play-offs. It is the automatic

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it? They came so close with Kenny Miller, but it was West Ham South's

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victory. The goals came from a familiar source with Kevin Nolan

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getting the first of the goals, but the second goal was unexpected. No

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one really anticipated that George McCartney's long and winding goal

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would be a long and winding road... Unintended, that was! Or full! --

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I got the Beatles joke, even if he didn't! West Ham and now one point

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behind Southampton. Cardiff are now 11 points from an automatic

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promotion place. They will be promotion place. They will be

:07:42.:07:47.

pushing for the play-offs, but so many teams around them. Leicester

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and firmly might think they are in with a shout because it is so

:07:51.:07:54.

with a shout because it is so congested at the top.

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Kevin, well played, back with a band. I have to really, didn't I?

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The men have been fabulous. I am delighted with the clean sheet. My

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little curl told me I had to score so that was for her. Was this a

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good time to play Cardiff given their heartache last week? I don't

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know, maybe that did take a bit out of them but we have to take

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advantage. We were magnificent from start to finish, well worthy of 2-0.

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Is there a feeling you can hang on to second place? We are going for

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the first place. We want to win, we want to go up automatically, no

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doubt about that but we want to go as champions so we will be pushing

:08:47.:08:53.

Southampton all the way. Anywhere in this division, if they are

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challenging their one to beat in the automatic places. For sure. I

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thought it was a really good performance from West Ham. They got

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a bit of fortune with the way the ball ricocheted for the cross in

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but overall they have worked hard. Crucially timed, that first goal.

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Cardiff will be kicking themselves, so many players around the ball.

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Nobody made a tackle, there were six guys around him, but a great

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finish. And was there some lethargy in Cardiff? George McCartney's

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second goal for West Ham, perhaps second goal for West Ham, perhaps

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as unexpected for him as it was for the defenders. They didn't seem to

:09:42.:09:47.

really want to get in there. surprised. The defenders are in the

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:09:57.:09:58.

right position, but they have not decide -- decided who will take it,

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and then it is in the back of the net. Kevin Nolan has got to do

:10:05.:10:11.

better in the tackle. He has run through, he has gone 50 yards, and

:10:11.:10:17.

he is the first to react. Poor defending from Cardiff. Peter

:10:17.:10:23.

Whittingham, 1-0 to hit the post. He will be thinking about that a

:10:23.:10:29.

night. Yes, the keeper might have saved it if it went inside the post.

:10:29.:10:38.

I don't know what David thinks? he is renowned for his left foot,

:10:38.:10:43.

Robert Green obviously said he had it covered. We will talk more about

:10:44.:10:49.

this game on the red button, but we need to talk further because of the

:10:49.:10:57.

news that broke at half-time that Andres Villas Boas has left Chelsea.

:10:57.:11:02.

We have boards already on names in the frame. You may be surprised by

:11:02.:11:12.
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some of the names. This is for the next full-time boss, because

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Roberto is almost at 6-1. Any of those names more prominent for you

:11:21.:11:29.

than another? I just feel sorry for AVV. Maybe he can get the best out

:11:29.:11:38.

of Torres. I don't feel much love for him from the fans. He has been

:11:38.:11:44.

naive, but the board and the players have got to be culpable.

:11:44.:11:48.

They have dictated what happens. The owners are at Chelsea have got

:11:48.:11:53.

to realise that now maybe they are not good enough to get into the

:11:53.:11:57.

team and there Koreas are coming to an end. They are up in the business

:11:57.:12:02.

of winning, they have got to win at different levels. Of course there

:12:02.:12:09.

has been the criteria since Jose- Maria neo-, to win titles, qualify

:12:09.:12:13.

for the Champions League and win it. What is interesting is that John

:12:13.:12:19.

Terry is in the frame. Managerial material? I'm surprised he was not

:12:19.:12:26.

in the frame for the England job! Perhaps he needs to look a

:12:26.:12:36.
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different way, Roman Abramovich. David Moyes? Someone who has taken

:12:36.:12:45.

Everton, I mean why go down that road again? David Moyes for me.

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Before we go, confirmation of the earlier game in the Premier League

:12:49.:12:58.

today, Newcastle against Sunderland and it finished 1-1. The action

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from that is in Match Of The Day 2 at 10pm. That is it from us on BBC

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Gabby Logan presents live coverage of the Championship game between promotion rivals Cardiff City and West Ham United.

The visitors were relegated last season but with experienced manager Sam Allardyce at the helm they will hope to make an immediate return to the Premier League. There is no shortage of experience in the Hammers squad, with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Matthew Taylor and Carlton Cole all proven performers in the top flight. The Upton Park club also recruited strikers Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te in the January transfer window, and Allardyce will hope the pair can score the goals to send the Hammers up.

Cardiff beat West Ham in their opening league game, courtesy of Kenny Miller's late goal, and that result has set the tone for an encouraging first campaign under Malky Mackay. As well as reaching the League Cup final, the Welsh side look on course for a top-six finish. However, Bluebirds fans will be acutely aware that they have lost in the play-offs in the last two seasons, and will therefore be desperate to secure automatic promotion if at all possible.


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