An early Andy Carroll header gives West Ham a 1-0 lead at the halfway stage of their Premier League encounter with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this evening.
An early header from Andy Carroll has given West Ham United a 1-0 lead at the halfway stage of their crucial Premier League encounter with struggling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this evening.
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The hosts came close to taking the lead in unorthodox circumstances after just two minutes when Phil Bardsley's cross almost caught Adrian out, flying just past the post.
It was the Hammers who broke the deadlock, however, doing so seven minutes later when Carroll rose well inside the box to power Mark Noble's corner past Vito Mannone.
Sunderland had a fine chance to level things up within three minutes as Ki Sung-Yeung's shot deflected to Lee Cattermole, but the combative midfielder's effort was weak and straight at the keeper.
The visitors came close to a second in the 19th minute when Noble again played the role of creator, setting up Matthew Taylor who put his effort just wide.
That proved to be the last clear chance of the half as West Ham took the lead into the break, leaving Sunderland needing at least two goals to avoid a seventh consecutive match without a win.
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