Monday, 29 December 2008

West Ham United 2 Stoke City 1

Pulis Left To Fume After Fuller's Folly by Nick Szczepanik
Someone at Stoke City needs to remind Ricardo Fuller that strikers are supposed to strike the ball past goalkeepers, not strike their own players. The Jamaica forward was sent off yesterday for slapping his own captain, Andy Griffin, in an astonishing example of a self-inflicted wound... Times
West Ham Grab Late Winner by Trevor Haylett
West Ham scraped their way to three precious points with a winner three minutes from time but only after they were given a shove in the right direction by Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller who was shown the red card for lashing out at team-mate Andy Griffin... Telegraph
Full Slap In The Face For Potters by Ian Gibb
Ricardo Fuller was sensationally sent off for slapping his own captain Andy Griffin after 51 minutes - by doing so, he virtually gift-wrapped West Ham's first home win since September. It was an incredible incident as the Hammers had just equalised when Carlton Cole seized on Griffin's attempted clearance to chip the ball into the far right corner of the net... Mail
Fuller Sees Red For Hitting Team-mate by Roy Collins
Diego Tristan's first goal for West Ham, which gave manager Gianfranco Zola only his second home victory since he began his reign against Newcastle in September, should have been the subject of all the post-match conversations. But even Hammers' fans went away laughing not at a fortunate three points but at the most bizarre sending-off of the season... Independent
Tristan's Late Winner Proves A Second Slap In Face For Stoke's Warring Factions by Paul Doyle
Any side that can shoot itself in the foot with a slap to the face has serious problems. Stoke arrived at Upton Park with the worst away record in the league and their condition deteriorated drastically despite a hopeful start. There was no trace of travel sickness when Abdoulaye Faye punished slack West Ham marking by heading a Danny Pugh corner into the net in the fourth minute. A mixture of their own determined defending and wonky finishing by the home side enabled Stoke to cling on to that lead until half-time but their bizarre reaction to the eventual equaliser, scored by Carlton Cole in the 53rd minute, betrayed an alarming fragility... Guardian
West Ham Pile Misery On Stoke by Julia White
Stoke's miserable Christmas continued with a late defeat at West Ham which saw Ricardo Fuller sent off for fighting with team-mate Andy Griffin. Abdoulaye Faye scored an early header to put the visitors ahead at the Boleyn Ground. But Carlton Cole scored his second goal in three days in the 51st minute to equalise, and then had a hand in the winner, his shot going in courtesy of a deflection off Diego Tristan... Express

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