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West Ham 1-1 Birmingham


West Ham 1-1 Birmingham

James McFadden bagged a goal from the penalty spot to deny West Ham a fourth consecutive home victory. It looked all rosey for the Hammers as West Ham took the lead from Freddie Ljungberg, scoring his first goal for the club.

Mikael Forssell had the best chance of the first half but was unlucky to see his cross-shot drift inches wide after a neat turn.

Carlton Cole showed great strength at the front post to flick on George McCartney's long throw and Ljungberg reacted quickly to fire the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The Blues were level on 15 minutes and it was from another throw-in. Lucas Neill got too tight on McFadden and bundled the striker over in the box after being flummoxed by a nifty dummy.

McFadden converted easily from the spot to equalise.

There were very few moments of real interest in the second half, but Lee Bowyer found himself heading for an early bath as he lunged at Damien Johnson late on.

West Ham: Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Upson, McCartney, Ljungberg, Bowyer, Mullins, Etherington (Camara 83), Ashton (Spector 90), Cole (Faubert 62).

Subs Not Used: Wright, Collison.

Sent Off: Bowyer (88).

Goals: Ljungberg 7.

Birmingham: Maik Taylor, Kelly, Martin Taylor, Ridgewell, Murphy, Larsson, Muamba, Johnson, McSheffrey (Parnaby 87), Forssell (Jerome 76), McFadden.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Nafti, Zarate.

Booked: Johnson, McSheffrey, Muamba, Maik Taylor, Jerome.

Goals: McFadden 16 pen.