West Ham 2-3 Liverpool: Reds Come from Behind to Win
Live Premier League commentary (full time result)
Glen Johnson (LIV) 10', Mark Noble penalty (WHU) 36', Steven Gerrard own goal (WHU) 42', Joe Cole (LIV) 75', James Collins own goal (LIV) 79'
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel (McCartney), Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Jarvis, Diame (Tomkins), Noble, Taylor (Maiga); Nolan; Cole.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique (Cole); Lucas (Henderson), Allen (Coates), Gerrard; Downing, Shelvey, Sterling.
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Full time from Upton Park: West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
Man of the Match: Glen Johnson
So it's been another cracking match in the Premier League that we've brought to you here on Bleacher Report—told you at the top of the commentary that this would be the main game, didn't I?!
Glen Johnson got Liverpool off to a fine start with a terrific strike in the opening 10 minutes and the Reds might have increased their advantage soon after, but they found themselves behind before half time in the end.
Joe Allen was adjudged to have handballed in the area and Mark Noble scored the resulting penalty, while Steven Gerrard scored an own goal soon after.
In the second half chances were few and far between—but two goals in four minutes for the away side meant the points headed back to the North-West, with Joe Cole equalising and James Collins scoring an own goal for the winner under pressure from Jonjo Shelvey.
Full time at Upton Park
West Ham United 2 Liverpool 3
The whistle goes and the game is finally over, and Liverpool have taken a big three points here to send them up above West Ham in the league.
90+6'—We're still playing. West Ham smack a free kick forward and Coates wins the header...
90+4'—Final 30 seconds. Sterling bursts forward again behind the defence but Jaaskelainen takes the ball. He gives it away soon after, and we're in the last moments of the game with Liverpool in possession.
90+3'—Johnson tries to work his way into the area but only ends up fouling the defender. West Ham want to throw the ball forward as quickly as possible.
90+2'—Sterling is pushed to ground and the Reds have a free kick near the halfway line. Shelvey turns into the box past two tackles and has the chance to shoot but gets sent to ground in the box by Reid—no penalty says the referee. That looked as though it might have been a penalty.
Five minutes of added time to be played. Brendan Rodgers is bewildered at the amount.
88'—The introduction of Coates is to head clear the aerial assault from West Ham which has ensued. Carlton Cole takes a bosh in the back to win a free kick for his team, but Modibo Maiga skies his effort. Final minutes of the game now.
87'—Liverpool playing 5-3-2 now and Raheem Sterling playing right up front—and he has a great chance to score a killer fourth after he knocks the ball past Collins and races towards goal, but Jaaskelainen is out quick to kick clear.
85'—Patient approach play from the Reds before Downing swipes a shot in from range. It goes well wide. Two subs coming on:
West Ham: Maiga on for Taylor.
Liverpool: Coates on for Allen.
83'—Well, that was some turnaround. What has the final seven minutes got in store for us? Sam Allardyce's team have been hard hit here, but they'll keep going until the end. Liverpool might have a chance to counter attack here.
And Liverpool are back in front! Two good runs into the penalty area in a matter of minutes results in two goals for the Reds. Henderson whipped a great low cross in from the right flank and Shelvey is racing in towards the near post, he stretches out a leg and it was perhaps James Collins for an own goal in the end who got the telling touch, looping the ball over Jaaskelainen and inside the far post.
West Ham United 2 Liverpool 3
Jonjo Shelvey, 79 mins
Joe Cole has scored against his old team, just as Glen Johnson did in the first half. The first real moment of quality interplay from the away team in this half sees West Ham opened up, as Sterling plays a one-two with Shelvey, receives the ball back outside the penalty area and plays a first time through-ball to Cole who has made the run. A great left-foot finish finds the inside of the far post and the Reds are back on level terms.
West Ham United 2 Liverpool 2
Joe Cole, 75 mins
74'—We're approaching the final quarter of an hour and West Ham still lead 2-1 against Liverpool. Liverpool need something in the final third if they are going to take anything from this game; they've been poor in the final third for the past 40 minutes or so.
West Ham sub: Diame off, James Tomkins on.
71'—Mo Diame goes down unchallenged and that looks like his hamstring gone. Disappointing for the midfielder who has had a good game, but he's going to be stretchered off now.
Liverpool sub: Jordan Henderson on for Lucas Leiva.
69'—It's a difficult chance, but definitely one that Liverpool might have taken better advantage of. Downing crosses from the left and Shelvey gets in front of Reid for his header, but diverts it wide of the near post.
68'—McCartney crosses from the left but the ball comes in without pace and Taylor can't generate any power in his header. Easy save for Reina.
67'—GOOD SAVE! Downing cuts his low cross back, Joe Cole dummies the ball and Sterling shoots first time from the edge of the box—but Jaaskelainen tips the ball over the crossbar. First time he's been called into action this half.
65'—Daniel Agger makes a run forward from defence to get a shooting chance, but his right-footed effort is very high and wide.
64'—Liverpool have no Oussama Assaidi or Nuri Sahin on the bench today. Suso and Adam Morgan are the more attack-minded subs, with Jordan Henderson also there along with the two defenders and goalkeeper. How long can Brendan Rodgers wait to make his move?
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