Liverpool 2 West Ham 0

Last updated : 02 November 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Gerard Houllier's team extended their Premiership lead to seven points after beating West Ham 2-0.

West Ham, stuck firmly in 15th place in the League, were looking for their first win at Anfield since 1963, but star striker Michael Owen made sure this did not happen with two stunning goals.

In the 27th minute the North Wales soccer sensation scored the first goal for the unbeaten Reds.

As he carried the ball into the box, West Ham's Tomas Repka tried to wrestle it from him but slid on the rain-soaked pitch at the crucial moment.

Owen jumped over the defender and surprised the visitors’ keeper David James by curling the ball around him straight into the middle of the goal.

Three minutes after the interval the Hammers looked like they were going to equalise but a tremendous double save from Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek denied them a goal.

Missing their celebrated striker, Paolo Di Canio, Glenn Roeder's team had to rely on Ian Pearce.

Dudek easily saved his close-range shot but the ball bounced towards Hammers captain Steve Lomas who tapped it in the direction of the goal from just two yards.

Polish international Dudek demonstrated his superior reflexes when he saved the ball on the line for second time.

In the 54th minute West Ham's fate was sealed when Owen struck again.

Vladimir Smicer passed the ball to Owen and James sprinted out of the box to stop the threat of another goal from the Reds striker.

Owen fluffed his left-footed strike towards the open goal but the ball surprisingly trickled into the back of the net from 18 yards.

With the possibility of a hat-trick firmly in the back of his mind, Owen ran into the West Ham goal in the hope that a Steven Gerrard on-target shot in the 77th minute might work its way free from James' grip.

But the score remained 2-0 to the League leaders