In the end it was cruel on Hull, who pushed bravely despite being reduced to ten men early on as the Hull keeper was unluckily sent off for hauling down Momo Diame – but only after the big man handled the ball! As Hammers fans licked their licks in anticipation of a mauling, Hull continued with Long and Jelavic up front and, if anything, had the better of things after going down to ten men.
West Ham, meanwhile, stuttered to the break to regroup having lost their shape and sense of purpose. Almost immediately after the break Hull were rewarded for their courage with a deflected Huddlestone Free kick that touched Jelavic on its way past the stranded Adrian. Game on!
The Hammers mustered a mild response until lady luck again smiled upon them as unlucky James Chester deflected a poor cross into his own net after 53 minutes of play. What followed was a disappointing show from the Hammers who stumbled home without hardly managing to string a decent attack or series of passes together, defending deep and hoofing the ball away. Truly awful stuff that only served to irritate and agitate the Faithful. Top amongst the horror show were Taylor, Demel and Downing - three players who have had great seasons so far, but were sadly off form tonight.
Hull huffed and puffed, but somehow West Ham managed to hold on to the three points but not without their pride dented. You could see the Hammers fans relief to reach 34 points, as we have been consistently poor over the past 4 games and look bereft of ideas. Even worse, James Collins went off early with what looked like a recurrence of his calf injury.
On a more positive note, raise a glass for Roger ‘The Relegator’ Johnson who played well and notched up his first victory in the claret and blue.