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Derby County ran riot against a poor West Ham side on a cold Friday evening at the London Stadium.  The Hammers missed out on the chance to go second as the away side rampantly ended their unbeaten streak to claim their second win in 2 games.  Stand-out performances from Charles Vernam and Offrande Zanzala gave the Rams a comfortable 3-0 lead at half-time, and a sluggish start to the second half saw the home side concede two more. The visitors got off to a perfect start inside the first minute, when Zanzala found himself one on one with the goalkeeper following a long ball. The Congolese forward made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner from a tight angle. Luke Thomas fired in the second goal for Derby, beating Trott at his near post from the right-hand side following a driving run from Charles Vernam. West Ham were pushed hard for an equaliser through the first half, with both Martinez and Samuelsen going close from corners which were well dealt with by the Derby defence. It got even worse for the Hammers shortly before half-time, Callum Guy found Thomas in space on the right-hand side yet again, and the winger’s strike fired back off the crossbar, but the rebound flew in off the unaware Zanzala into the empty net. In the 48th minute Zanzala received the ball and played Babos in one-on-one, Trott denied the wide man brilliantly but the ball fell to the feet of Charles Vernam, who lifted the ball above the helpless goalkeeper. Derby stole the ball back from the following Hammers’ kick off, and Thomas weaved through the West Ham defence, forcing an effort from a tight angle which was blocked. The ball then fell to Bogle on the edge of the crowded box who managed to squeeze the ball through the bodies and under the legs of Trott.  The Irons began to take a more offensive approach, hitting the crossbar twice in two minutes with great efforts from Akinola and Toni Martinez.  Martin Samuelsen was denied by a great one-on-one save from Barnes, but the following clearance was played back into the box, finding an unmarked Diangana who came off the bench to fire a volley into the top-right corner.  Any hopes of a second goal for West Ham were denied by Barnes, who continued his fantastic performance in the Derby net, blocking Toni Martinez from close range and saving yet another one-on-one from Haksabanovic after brilliant play by Samuelsen.  West Ham will now go into Tuesday’s PLIC match against Benfica with a point to prove, whereas Derby will hope to continue climbing the PL2 table when they face Leicester at home on Friday evening.   Match Preview Saturday 25th November  17:15 GMT  Principality Stadium  Autumn Internationals    Warren Gatland’s Wales prepare to face his native country and potential future employers New Zealand, but face stern competition from ‘rival’ Steve Hansen’s side who are unbeaten in the Northern hemisphere this season. The Wales coach remains positive that his side can achieve a shock victory for the first time since 1953 in what will be the last game of the All Black’s tour.  In his press conference on Monday, Gatland claimed that there is no rivalry between the pair. However, Gatland has heavily criticised the negativity he has faced from the Kiwi media following the Lions tour in the summer, where his side rallied from a poor start to eventually tie the series. This culminated in him being labelled a ‘clown’ by the New Zealand Herald. However, Hansen claims that he receives the same scrutiny from the press, and should his compatriot ever take over his job he would “need to learn to deal with it” claiming that “in the All Black’s case, we are expected to win every game.” Hansen, a former Wales coach, claimed that Gatland should “quit coaching if he ‘hated’ Lions tour,” also adding that “I’m lucky enough to coach the All Blacks, which is fantastic, if you are lucky enough to coach the Lions it is also fantastic.” However, despite the recent stories within the media, Gatland stated in his Monday press conference; “From my point of view there are no issues between us. I have a huge amount of respect for what he has achieved in the game and the success he has had as an All Black coach. He has been absolutely outstanding. I look forward to catching up with him on Saturday and having a beer after the game.” Gatland’s Wales contract is set to end after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Steve Hansen’s set to run out in early 2020.  Hansen had a poor spell as Wales coach between 2002-2004 (including an 11 match losing streak) before moving on to become assistant coach with New Zealand, eventually getting the full time job in 2011. On the flip side Gatland has endured success in the last ten years as Wales coach, leading them to 3 Six Nations titles and a narrow World Cup semi-final defeat in 2011. He has also enjoyed 2 successful tours as the British Lions coach with victory in Australia and of course this year’s draw in New Zealand,  International coaching Head to Head:  Gatland HEAD TO HEAD  Hansen  137 Career games 111 68 Career wins 82 49.46% Career win percentage 61.11% 93 Games as Wales coach 30 47 Wins as Wales coach 10 50.53% Win percentage as Wales coach 33.33%   Wales have made 3 changes from the side that lost to Australia, Rhys Webb starts at scrum-half, with Hallam Amos and Scott Williams replacing the injured Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies. New Zealand will be without their captain Kieran Read, with Hansen stating “Whilst it’s disappointing to not have ‘Reado’ available, it’s a great opportunity to further grow the leadership of the team and, in this case, Sam Whitelock gets the opportunity to captain the side. On behalf of the team, we’d like to congratulate him on this special honour.” New Zealand are also without star flanker Ardie Savea, who has contracted mumps, and has been moved into isolation from the team whilst he is being cured. Hansen said in his press conference “There’s been a real energy and buzz in the team this week as we prepare for the Test against Wales. The group has worked hard on its preparation, we’ve asked them to go bone deep and they’re looking to deliver a performance we can all be proud of.”   Match Report Fulham 3-0 Charlton  Fulham moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a comfortable win over a lacklustre Charlton side.  A fantastic performance by Scott Parker against his former club, and a brace from Hugo Rodallega saw them comfortably see off their rivals.  Fulham came flying out of the blocks and pressed aggressively, with an early attacking mentality at real pace, allowing Charlton no time on the ball. 6 minutes in Scott Parker stole the ball inside the opposition half, and followed his pass out wide into the box, hammering home Ross McCormack’s cross in off the bar from six yards.  The Cottagers surged forward relentlessly and eventually claimed their second goal in the 12th minute, when McCormack’s brilliant headed-control to volley shot was only parried by Henderson into the path of Hugo Rodallega, who stabbed the ball into the gaping net. Charlton struggled to impose themselves on the game, only managing to scramble a few chances which were easily dealt with by the Fulham defence. Fulham had the chance to make it 3 just before half time, when the head-bandaged Jackson was deemed to have brought down fellow skipper Parker. However, McCormack’s delivery could only be glanced wide by an unmarked Hoogland. The Lilywhites managed the game well throughout the second half, with Charlton posing no real threat to Bettinelli’s net despite their efforts. The hosts claimed their third late on, when Hugo Rodallega latched on to Christensen’s ball to fire home his second of the evening.  The Colombia international limped off the pitch after scoring, seemingly injured, but interim boss Symons claimed there was no serious damage. Charlton have now suffered two defeats in two games, after remaining unbeaten for the first 11 games of the season, whereas Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons only strengthened his case for the full-time job.  Post-match quotes piece Fulham 3-0 Charlton  Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons strengthened his case for the full-time job as the Cottagers eased past a high-flying Charlton to move out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.  “It’s fantastic that we managed to get out of the bottom three,” claimed the former Fulham player and Welsh international. The Lilywhites now have thirteen points from seven league games under Symons, after previously having only one point from 7 previous games. He remains confident of earning the full-time job, as the interview panel at Craven Cottage continue their appointment process: “I don’t want to comment on what went on before, but since I have taken over it is a much happier place and there are a lot of smiles.”  The Fulham players were also very supportive of their manager on twitter:  Ross McCormack (@rossmacca) – Gotta give the gaffer the job now. Great result tonight. Everyone is pulling together at the club. #fulhamfc Scott Parker (@scottyp) – Don’t score often, but well pleased with the goal. Gaffer is getting results & picking up results. Good times. #fulhamfc Despite this praise, Symons refused to take all the credit himself as he believes “The players have been brilliant and they deserve full credit for that, it’s great what they have achieved in such a short space of time.”  The caretaker boss is odds-on favourite and remains by far the strongest candidate for the Fulham job, and a decision will be made by Shahid Khan and his panel on the 29th of October. “I haven’t checked my phone yet but I am very confident I’ll get it. It has to be getting more difficult, with the team winning games, for the five-man panel not to see the obvious thing to do for this football club. The chairman is over the week after next. I don’t know what to expect, I understand the process but not when a decision will be made or how it will come about. Hopefully we’ll find out sooner rather than later.”