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Sam Allardyce hopes West Ham will find ‘killer edge’ against Hull

• Three defeats drop Hammers back near relegation zone • We haven’t achieved the results we warranted, claims Allardyce Sam Allardyce admits he is finding it harder to find a reason for West Ham United’s recent run of defeats than for their poor spell at the turn of the year. After four wins in succession hauled the team out of the Premier League’s bottom three and briefly into the top half …

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney turns Captain Fantastic at West Ham

• Fine display makes striker favourite to lead side into new era • Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa excel before Tuesday’s derby English football has long overblown the importance of the captain, but on a cold east London evening there was ultimately a sense that it was the performance of the man who filled the role for Manchester United more than their actual victory here that provided this most beleaguered of clubs with hope for better times ahead. That much could…

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West Ham United v Manchester United: match preview

The picture is looking much brighter for Manchester United now. Wednesday’s victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League has lifted the gloom for David Moyes after last Sunday’s humiliation at home to Liverpool, although United will have to be at their best at Upton Park, a ground where they have often come unstuck. The doubts will return if United lose to West Ham, who are not quite clear of the relegation battle just yet. West Ham have lost …

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In-form Stoke City aiming for first Premier League top-10 finish

• Marc Wilson confident Stoke can finish season strongly • Peter Odemwingie scores two in win over West Ham Marc Wilson feels Stoke are on course for their first top-10 finish in the Premier League. The home win over West Ham means they have lost only once in their past seven fixtures, and they are 11th in the table, level on points with 10th-placed Aston Villa. Eleventh in 2009-10 is the highest position Stoke have finished since they were…

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Stoke City v West Ham United: match preview

Stoke are without Jonathan Walters and Charlie Adam through suspension but are in good form, having lost just once – to Manchester City – in their last six. West Ham have lost once in five matches with Sam Allardyce named manager of the month in February. West Ham, who have conceded just one in their last four games on the road, have won and drawn in their last two league…

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Sam Allardyce backs Andy Carroll for England push but Lukaku steals show

• West Ham striker tipped to have outside World Cup chance • Everton’s Roberto Martínez welcomes input by on-loan forward Andy Carroll’s road to Brazil could have begun before an audience of millions of television viewers on Wednesday. Instead, Sam Allardyce believes it will start in front of a handful of people in a scratch side featuring his lesser-spotted January signings and semi-fit squad players. West Ham’s record signing was a notable omission from Roy …

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Everton v West Ham United: match preview

Everton have lost this fixture only once since 1983 but with West Ham arriving on four wins out of four for February and Roberto Martínez’s side slipping down the table since Romelu Lukaku was injured in the loss at Anfield, they will fancy their chances more than usual. Lukaku is available for the first time since while Andy Carroll has served a ban but may start on the bench. Mark Tallentire Kick-off Saturday 3pm…

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West Ham gain just reward for keeping faith with manager Sam Allardyce

• West Ham’s victory against Southampton was fourth in a row • Allardyce: ‘I don’t feel vindicated, I’m just doing my job properly’ Sam Allardyce insisted he did not feel vindicated, but perhaps that question should be asked to the two Davids, Sullivan and Gold. While the rest of the Premier League’s struggling teams opted to make a change at the top, West Ham kept the faith. Now, having secured a …

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West Ham United v Southampton: match preview

West Ham come into this fixture having won their last three games 2-0 but they have struggled in recent meetings with Southampton, having won just one of the last eight. Mauricio Pochettino’s team, meanwhile, are unbeaten in six league games and will be looking to win a third consecutive away game for the first time in the top flight – after victories at Fulham and Hull. Alan Smith Kick-off Saturday 3pm Venue Upton Park Last season West Ham 4 Southampton 1 Referee M…

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West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City | Premier League match report

If West Ham are to remain a Premier League side this year, then there may be a little pocket in Seville that celebrates with them. The Andalucian city produced their man of the match here, with goalkeeper Adrian coming to the rescue of a side that was often outmanoeuvred and outwitted by Norwich City but eventually emerged victorious thanks to late goals from James Collins and Mohammed Diamé. As Collins capitalised on some poor Norwich …

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West Ham’s Kevin Nolan and steely defence give Sam Allardyce hope

• Nolan scores twice in 2-0 win at Aston Villa • Hammers’ 12 clean sheets is the most in the League West Ham have the hallmarks of a Sam Allardyce team again. Over the course of a dozen years the 59-year-old has established a reputation as one of the most unapologetically efficient managers. It is no coincidence his teams have never been relegated from the top flight. While others flaunted possession-based football, Allardyce…

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West Ham seek ‘legal redress’ over Andy Carroll’s three-match suspension

• Carroll was sent off for violent conduct against Swansea • Independent panel threw out appeal on Tuesday West Ham have confirmed they are seeking “legal redress” over the decision not to overturn Andy Carroll’s three-match ban for a red card received against Swansea City, with their co-owner David Gold claiming the club have no other option. Carroll, who will miss Saturday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa and further fixtures …

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West Ham’s Andy Carroll loses appeal against red card

• Striker was sent off after clash with Swansea’s Chico Flores • 24-year-old to miss next three Premier League matches West Ham United have been dealt a major blow in their battle to stay up after it was confirmed that they will be without Andy Carroll for their next three matches after the Football Association rejected an appeal against the striker’s red card in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Swansea City . …

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Swansea’s plight not even helped by ludicrous Andy Carroll red card

The most damning statistic was that Swansea City did not have one shot on target, even after Andy Carroll’s ludicrous red card with half an hour left. It will lead to the usual criticisms, that Swansea are soft, that they pass the ball too much and could do with a bit more thrust and, whisper it, some good old-fashioned British blood and thunder. Yet their plight is more nuanced than that. It is …

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Transfer deadline day club by club: who went where and for how much

• Arsenal sign Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow • Crystal Palace bring in five players including Tom Ince Arsenal Ins Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow, loan) Outs Nico Yennaris (Brentford, undisc), Chuba Akpom (Brentford, loan), Anthony Jeffrey (Wycombe, free ), Benik Afobe (Sheff Weds, loan), Emmanuel Frimpong (Barnsley, undisc), Billy Clifford (Colchester, loan), Park Chu-young (Watford, loan) Arsène Wenger’s interest in Julian Draxler raised hopes of a pulse-quickening deal but Schalke’s…

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Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho says West Ham played ’19th-century’ football

• Visitors’ tactics were not worthy of the Premier League • Sam Allardyce says rival was upset at being ‘outwitted’ José Mourinho accused West Ham United of playing “football from the 19th century” to nullify Chelsea and the Portuguese claimed Sam Allardyce’s players had feigned injury and wasted time to secure their goalless draw on Wednesday. The stalemate cost Chelsea the chance to go above Arsenal into second place in the table. An exasperated Mourinho did acknowledge that …

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Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United | Premier League match report

Somewhere amid the din at the final whistle, as the locals gnashed in livid frustration and the visitors whipped up a taunting celebration, José Mourinho had actually been proved right. The Chelsea manager insisted on the eve of this derby against a side ensconced in the bottom three that his own charges were not yet ready to reclaim the title. The stalemate that ensued seemed to prove him right. The Portuguese’s animated …

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard can be a Ballon d’Or contender, says José Mourinho

• Mourinho says it has been ‘much easier’ to develop Hazard • But Chelsea’s top scorer must ‘build his entourage politically’ José Mourinho believes Eden Hazard has the potential to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the pinnacle of the world game, even if he must “build his entourage politically” if he is to claim the Ballon d’Or one day, having been surprised at how rapidly the Belgian’s game has developed at Chelsea. Hazard, the club’s leading goalscorer this season, will…

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Chelsea 19
2 Liverpool 18
3 Manchester City 17
4 Brighton & Hov… 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15
6 Manchester United 14
7 West Ham United 14
8 Everton 14
9 Brentford 12
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12
11 Leicester City 11
12 Arsenal 11
13 Aston Villa 10
14 Crystal Palace 8
15 Southampton 7
16 Watford 7
17 Leeds United 6
18 Burnley 3
19 Newcastle United 3
20 Norwich City 2

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