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The West Ham and Birmingham players were at each other’s throats all night as they watched their rivals move to within two points of fourth place, having taken a big step up on Liverpool, and that was before Alan Shearer fired in his third goal of the season.
It was the first time the sides had faced one another in the league and when the game broke out, it looked like it would be close until Shearer put the Hammers ahead. There were only five minutes left and Shearer turned into a danger, bending a drive into the near post, only for keeper Craig Dawson to save a shot before the half-time whist바카라사이트le.
Bentley levelled after the restart but neither side had any answer for Steven Caulker’s strike after 12 minutes – the only goal they’ve conceded in the league this season – and their fate was sealed after just더킹카지노 five minutes when Shearer gave away a free-kick from the edge of the box.
Petr Cech, one of several Hammers who have scored a brace as they have continued their impressive run of form, equalised for the home side after just over 90 minutes, beating Caulker to the ball inside his left-hand post.
The home side had some nice touches, first when Andy Carroll was able to curl one through on goal before he was denied by Daws바카라사이트on – he is yet to concede a goal in four matches since his loan move from Liverpool back to the club on 1 March. But Birmingham were fortunate not to lose for the second time in their last four league visits to the West Ham Park.
Caulker then went closest for Birmingham but Dawson saved. That was the last real chance for the visitors to have as they were punished through David Ospina, who was on hand to save off a header, the last of two chances they failed to create, and that was all Birmingham needed after half-time.
Caulker was withdrawn and a substitute Gary Cahill restored their advantage. After the break the Hammers had a number of attacks – both from midfield and on attack – but they fell short again as a counter-attack by Bentley got under the home defence to create space, and Bentley beat Shearer again.
The Hammers could have got in front before the half-time whistle had Andy Carroll been on. His pass allowed Michael Keane’s pass to fall to Tom Heaton and the forward heade