Match Analysis: West Ham United 3-0 Fulham

Kevin Nolan
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Sports Mole dissects West Ham United's 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park this afternoon.

West Ham United made it two wins from two Premier League matches at Upton Park this afternoon.

London rivals Fulham were the losers on this occasion as they shipped three goals during the opening 45 minutes of the contest.

With that in mind, Sports Mole has analysed all the action from East London.

Match Statistics:

West Ham:
Shots: 17
On target: 12
Possession: 49%
Fouls: 12
Corners: 6

Shots: 14
On target: 13
Possession: 51%
Fouls: 5
Corners: 6

Was the result fair?

In a word - yes! The home side stunned Fulham during the opening 45 minutes, scoring three goals and ending the game as a contest. They also defended extremely well after the restart.

West Ham's performance

The link-up between Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te will have been extremely pleasing for Sam Allardyce. The trio look like they will cause problems to a number of teams this season, particularly at Upton Park.

Fulham's performance

Martin Jol will be looking to draw a line under this one. They couldn't deal with Carroll's threat in the air and they lacked ideas in the final third. Dimitar Berbatov looked bright when he came on, which bodes well for the future.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Carroll, Nolan and Vaz Te will quite rightly grab the headlines, but Mark Noble's performance shouldn't go unnoticed. He worked hard for the entire 90 minutes and his superb breaking up of the play allowed the attacking trio to do their bit. A very selfless performance from the English midfielder.

Biggest gaffe

Brede Hangeland will not be pleased with his entire performance. His worst moment arrived just before the break when his poor downward header fell to the feet of Matt Taylor, who fired in West Ham's third.

Referee's performance

In truth, there was very little for Anthony Taylor to do. He did what he had to well and allowed the game to flow.

What next?

West Ham: Following the conclusion of the international, the Hammers travel to Norwich City.

Fulham: The Whites will be hoping to get back to winning ways when West Bromwich Albion visit Craven Cottage in a fortnight.

Kevin Nolan
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