Half-Time Report: West Ham United, Sunderland goalless

West Ham United and Sunderland go into the half-time break of their Premier League game with the score at 0-0.

West Ham United and Sunderland go into the break with the score goalless in their Premier League clash at Upton Park.

Modibo Maiga had two early chances for the home side, but the striker lifted both of his efforts over the bar.

With six minutes on the clock, Jozy Altidore had a good chance to give the visitors the lead, but the American saw his low shot from 16 yards tipped wide by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

At the other end, a Matt Jarvis cross broke loose in the Sunderland penalty area, but a number of Black Cat defenders put their bodies on the line to deflect James Collins's shot over the bar from six yards.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland is challenged by George McCartney of West Ham during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Boleyn Ground on December 14, 2013© Getty Images

Fabio Borini fired straight at Jaaskelainen with Altidore in a good position inside the penalty area and Phil Bardsley rattled the crossbar with a 25-yard shot as the away side looked more likely to break the deadlock.

With the game approaching half time, Guy Demel and Jaaskelainen thwarted Emanuele Giaccherini and Lee Cattermole respectively, as the hosts struggled to the break with their clean sheet intact.

Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates after Guy Demel of West Ham United scored an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013
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