Collison edges Hammers closer
CARDIFF CITY 0 WEST HAM 2
Jack Collison's double strike helped West Ham take a huge stride closer to the Premier League.
The Welshman, a product of the London club's youth system, registered twice in the first half of his side's play-off semi-final first leg encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Collison nodded home from close range after nine minutes and then saw his deflected volley find the back of the net five minutes before the break to give the Hammers a huge advantage going into the second leg on Monday.
The Welsh hosts struggled for any kind of rhythm for much of the match and West Ham could have taken an even more comfortable lead back to Upton Park, but for David Marshall's superb save from Carlton Cole's header.
The Hammers may still have two more games to negotiate before they can celebrate a return to the top flight but, on this showing, the class and determination of Sam Allardyce's outfit is clearly evident for that dream to become a reality.