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West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

Premier League    2009-10
Upton Park   34,685
1Robert Green    
15Matthew Upson    
22Manuel da Costa    
18Jonathan Spector   
20Julien Faubert    
14Radoslav Kovac    
16Mark Noble    
21Valon Behrami    
46Junior Stanislas    
9Araujo Ilan 1  
12Carlton Cole    
10Guillermo FrancoSubed #46   
33Fabio DaprelaSubed #9   
 PosTable as at 10 Apr 2010PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
2Manchester United3314124511925321672
4Manchester City3210413316674312459
5Tottenham Hotspur3211233510655232258
7Aston Villa327722613754181954
9Birmingham City337821712529172646
10Stoke City32755231937591642
11Blackburn Rovers3395224142411113642
14Wolverhampton Wanderers334481020449183132
15Bolton Wanderers3355722283310143332
16West Ham United3464726261610153131
17Wigan Athletic3355614203212164431
19Hull City3365522260413104427
match review copied from

West Ham 1 Sunderland 0 By Alex Lowe, Press Association Sport

Brazilian striker Ilan is fast emerging as West Ham's unlikely saviour after he earned the relegation-threatened Hammers a vital Barclays Premier League lifeline.

The 29-year-old followed up his equaliser against Everton last weekend with the only goal against Sunderland as West Ham edged four points clear of the relegation zone.

Ilan was virtually unknown in England when Gianfranco Zola signed him from St Etienne on deadline day in January having failed to land Eidur Gudjohnsen and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Zola was hopeful that Ilan's first goal for the club at Goodison Park last week, when West Ham ended a miserable run of six straight defeats, would spark a turnaround in their fortunes.

Ilan was promoted into the starting side and he made the telling contribution after 51 minutes, when he latched onto Carlton Cole's downward header to earn West Ham their first win in eight games.

West Ham are still far from same but this result, combined with Burnley's victory at Hull, means Zola will be breathing easier tonight.

Valon Behrami also came into the West Ham side, in place of the suspended Scott Parker while Sunderland were unchanged following their impressive 3-1 win over Tottenham last week.

For 10 cagey minutes neither team was able to create an opening, with the game played almost exclusively in the middle third.

Ilan turned cleverly in the centre circle but his pass for Cole was easily picked off while Anton Ferdinand's cross was just too high for Sunderland striker Frazier Campbell

But it was the Black Cats who settled first as Steed Malbranque grew increasingly influential on the left of midfield.

Malbranque engineered the first threatening attack of the game as he exchanged passes with Kieron Richardson to earn Sunderland a corner - and they should have taken the lead.

West Ham defender Manuel da Costa failed to deal with Malbranque's inswinging delivery but Campbell could not latch onto the loose ball as it ran across the six yard box and the Hammers survived.

Da Costa redeemed himself with a timely intereption as Malbranque attempted to slide a pass through to Bent, who would have been through on goal.

West Ham were struggling to keep Bent under control and the Sunderland striker latched onto a long ball over the top but his attempted lob over Robert Green landed on the roof of the net.

Behrami had West Ham's first shot on goal, forcing Gordon into a low block and Richardson was on hand to clear his lines as Junior Stanislas loked to pounce on the rebound.

West Ham began to build pressure but Cole could not get a shot away after stripping David Meyler of possession and Ilan was judged to be offside after being pcked out unmarked on the edge of the box by Jonathan Spector.

Lee Cattermole was booked for a late challenge on Behrami but Mark Noble's free-kick was poor and Sunderland counter-attacked, with Malbranque feeding Bent whose low strike was straight at Green.

Sunderland then received two major let-offs in the space of five minutes and were fortunate to reach half-time on level terms and with 11 men still on the field.

Firstly, Craig Gordon was penalised for handling the ball outside of his area but he received only a yellow card and West Ham made a hash of the free-kick.

Sunderland then had Paulo da Silva to thank for a brilliant interception inside his own box, stealing the ball from Ilan's toes after he had been picked out by Cole.

But if Gordon had been fortunate with the hand-ball, he was the luckiest man inside Upton Park after dragging Cole to the ground inside his box only to be saved by the whistle of referee Mike Jones.

Gordon had panicked after dropping a high ball while under pressure from Cole but referee Jones had already decided to penalise the West Ham striker for a foul.

When Meyler was judged to have fouled Ilan on half-way, referee Jones called Sunderland captain Michael Turner over to warn him about the Black Cats' discipline.

West Ham exacted the perfect punishment. Da Costa launched the free-kick towards Cole and Ilan latched onto the knock-down to score his second goal in two games.

The explosion of noise around Upton Park was as much relief as celebration.

Sunderland responded calmly, dominating possession and passing the ball around to stretch West Ham and test their patience but Cattermole's drive whistled just wide of Green's right-hand post.

Sunderland sent on Kenwyne Jones for Meyer and he made an immediate impact with a driving run from midfield before sliding the ball towards bent on the edge of the box.

The Sunderland striker took a perfect first touch to tee up the shot but he slipped on the Upton Park turf and Green was able to scramble out of goal and smother the ball.

There was drama right to the death. In the fourth minute of added time, Franco had the ball in the net and wheeled away to celebrate.

But the Mexican was judged to have controlled the ball with his left hand and the goal was disallowed.


West Ham Green, Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Spector, Stanislas (Franco 74), Kovac, Behrami, Noble, Cole,Ilan (Daprela 90).

Subs Not Used: Kurucz, Gabbidon, McCarthy, Diamanti, Spence.

Booked: Spector.

Goals: Ilan 51.

Sunderland Gordon, Ferdinand, Da Silva (Mwaruwari 88), Turner, Richardson, Henderson, Meyler (Jones 63), Cattermole,Malbranque (Zenden 72), Bent, Campbell.

Subs Not Used: Carson, Bardsley, Hutton, Kilgallon.

Booked: Cattermole, Gordon, Campbell.

Att: 34,685

Ref: Michael Jones (Cheshire).

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