Result: Fulham 0 - 1 West Ham

Last updated : 02 April 2002 By Footymad Previewer
Although the game wasn't the prettiest, the Hammers came away with all three points today, which could make West Ham top of the also-rans in the three tier Premiership.

Freddie Kanoute was the goalscorer on 45 minutes, heading in a Trevor Sinclair cross, who in turn had colluded with Steve Lomas to set up the opportunity. The goal was just about the only talking point of the first half, with the exception of Vladimir Labant's enforced substitution on 23 minutes.

Following a thunderous challenge by Louis Saha, Vladimir received extensive treatment on his back, and was replaced by the recently-returned Ian Pearce. The half was largely dominated by Fulham, but West Ham made the most of their attacks, and went in ahead at half time.

The second half produced much of the same, with Fulham unable to complete their moves, although David James made an excellent save within ten minutes of the final whistle, when Jon Harley almost scored with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Paolo di Canio will doubtless make some headlines tomorrow after his petulant display following his subsitution midway through the second half. Glenn attempted to bolster the midfield, making it five across the middle with Joe linking more with loan striker Freddie Kanoute. However, Paolo was unimpressed at the decision, and stormed off down the tunnel.

A full match report will be online tomorrow.