Hammers upset Liverpool at Upton Park


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Liverpool slumped to a 3-1 away defeat at Upton Park as an energetic performance from West Ham found the Liverpool players wanting in almost all areas of the field.
Talismanic skipper Scott Parker opened the scoring for the Hammers in the 22nd minute with a well-placed shot that caught Jose Reina by surprise. Senegalese striker Demba Ba who has been in scorching form in recent times doubled the lead with a header just before half-time. Liverpool’s problems were compounded by forced substitutions of two of their best players this season – Martin Kelly being replaced by Joe Cole in the 42nd minute after a hamstring injury and David Ngog replacing Raul Meireles five minutes into the second half.
Luis Suarez looked isolated up front and it was only late in the game when the Reds were already two goals down that he showed glimpses of his real self as a striker. However, West Ham custodian Green pulled off some spectacular saves and Liverpool could only manage what turned out to be a consolation goal in the 84th minute when an excellent turn by Suarez enabled him to cross the ball across the face of goal which an onrushing Glen Johnson tapped in easily. As Liverpool went on the attack to try and salvage a point from a forgettable performance, substitute Carlton Cole put the contest beyond them in the final minute of regular time when he slotted home West Ham’s third goal of the night.
Thus, West Ham moved off the bottom of the table with three vital points while Liverpool will be looking to their arch rivals Manchester United to beat Chelsea on Tuesday so that the gap between the teams does not widen further.
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