West Ham United beat 10-man Queens Park Rangers 2-1 for its first road win in English soccer’s Premier League.
Matthew Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te got the goals for the Hammers and Adel Taarabt scored with his first contribution for Rangers at Loftus Road in west London last night.
“Having just been promoted, to come to QPR and take the game to them and dominate that first half was great for me to see,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce told reporters. “I’m a little disappointed we didn’t finish them off, but absolutely delighted we won.”
The victory lifts West Ham three places to seventh in the 20-team standings, with 11 points from six games. QPR remains bottom of the table, with two points through six of 38 games.
“We were very poor, certainly in the first half where we were second to every ball and didn’t get anywhere near to the level we need to be at to get results in the Premier League,” QPR manager Mark Hughes told reporters.
QPR avoided relegation when Bolton failed to win its final game last season, while West Ham won a playoff to earn promotion from the second tier.
Jarvis put West Ham ahead in the third minute with a headed goal, his first since his move from Wolves in August.
QPR failed to clear a 35th-minute corner and Vaz Te capitalized to make it 2-0 on his 26th birthday with a shot that squeezed between QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar and his right-hand post.
Hughes brought on Taarabt for Shaun Wright-Phillips in the 56th minute. The Moroccan midfielder, last year’s Football League Player of the Year, curled a right-foot shot into the top corner of the net from about 20 yards (18 meters) a minute later.
QPR’s Samba Diakite was shown a red card in the 75th minute, 20 minutes after he joined the game as a substitute. The midfielder was ejected for a second bookable offense when he caught West Ham defender Guy Demel with a sliding tackle.
West Ham may be sanctioned after referee Mark Clattenburg cautioned eight of its players.
“We got fined for seven bookings,” Allardyce said. “An awful lot of yellow cards he gave nearly spoiled the game.”
England international striker Andy Carroll came on as a 72nd-minute substitute, his first appearance since injuring a hamstring in his debut for West Ham after joining on loan from Liverpool.