West Ham started with Ben-Haim in for the injured Upson, with Gabbidon moving to the centre to partner Da Costa. Dyer was in for Barrera. Wolves suffered an injury early on and had to replace Craddock with Stearman in defence within the first five minutes.
Wolves started the brighter of the two sides and in the 10th minute got the reward for their early pressure. Jarvis hooked the ball into the net from 7 yards after West Ham failed a number of times to clear the ball. A minute after the restart Wolves almost got their second but Jones was denied by a good Green save.
It took West Ham about 25 minutes to settle into the game. After being on the back foot for most of the half West Ham began to maintain possession for periods without really creating any chances.
In fact it was Wolves who continued to look the more likely to score. In the 31st Ben-Haim was forced to clear the ball off the line. From the corner Green made a fingertip save from a point blank header from Stearman.
West Ham's best chance probably fell to Dyer in the 40th minute. Dyer managed to get in behind the Wolves defence but couldn't control the ball and the ball rolled harmlessly into touch.
Some awful defending in the last five minutes from West Ham almost gifted Wolves another goal. The only consolation for West Ham going into the break was that they weren't more than one goal down.
Within eight minutes of the start of the second half West Ham were awarded a penalty for a foul by Foley on Obinna. Noble scored from the penalty.
Within minutes of the goal Green flapped at a ball, the ball fell to Jarvis who shot goalwards only to see the shot blocked by his own player. A few minutes later Piquionne hit the bar after a pass from Boa Morte. Then a couple of minutes after that Obinna shot goalwards and Mancienne blocked the ball on the line.
In the 66th minute Dyer crossed into the box and Obinna shot from 10 yards and the ball was deflected wide for a corner. In the 76th Obinna shot from distance and Hahnemann saved. In the 77th minute Dyer was replaced by Cole.
As the game progressed West Ham seemed to dominate play and looked the more likely to get the winner. In the 84th minute Noble passed across the box and Cole just managed to connect with the ball. Two minutes later Cole broke clear but couldn't beat Hahnemann with his left foot.
In the 91st minute Parker played Obinna free and looked odds on to score only for the ref to pull the play back for a foul on Parker. A minute later Parker broke into the box but shot straight at Hahnemann. A minute after that Piquionne put the ball into the back of the net but the goal was disallowed and Piquionne was booked for handball.
This was definitely a game of two halves. Wolves should have been two or three goals to the good at the end of the first half. However after 90 minutes West Ham will be disappointed not to have snatched all three points.