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Tottenham Hotspur 3 West Ham United 3

Sunday 18 October 2020

This is going to be another one of those games that West Ham fans remember for a long time - but only because it's just so typically West Ham.

In typical fashion West Ham went behind to a well-taken goal from Son after just 45 seconds. Kane's sublime pass from inside his own half set up the opener when the South Korean bent his shot around Balbuena and into the bottom corner.

Son then assisted Kane for the second after just eight minutes, the Spurs skipper's excellent close control being followed up by a shot lashed past Lukasz Fabianski.

And when Kane then nodded in from a nicely floated cross by Sergio Reguilon, the hosts looked set to move up into second place ahead of the Sunday night Leicester v Aston Villa match.

After being 3-0 down in 16 minutes, you could forgive any West Ham fan who decided to them go out for an angry powerwalk with just a copy of Idles' Ultra Mono to keep him company.

The impressive Kane was even heavily involved at the other end, making an excellent block to deny Vladimir Coufal's shot just before half-time.

But Spurs looked to ease off in the second half, and the introduction of Bale with 18 minutes left should have injected some much-needed urgency.

However the Spurs defence, barely tested before the break, creaked and then collapsed when it finally came under pressure at the crunch.

Faced by a daunting scoreline before a quarter of the game had gone, West Ham dug deep and didn't collapse completely as might have been expected after Spurs' opening onslaught.

But when Pablo Fornals somehow headed over from two yards out with keeper Lloris not in the picture, it seemed to suggest that David Moyes' side would leave north London empty-handed.

But Moyes, back in the technical zone after a spell away with coronavirus, then saw his side go onto the front foot even after the introduction of Bale suggested that Spurs were closing in for the kill.

Fabian Balbuena's header began West Ham's fightback, with Davinson Sanchez's own goal giving even more hope with five minutes to go.

Lanzini's brilliant shot, his first goal since May 2019, gave West Ham a draw that sees them putting a poor start to the season behind them with seven points from their last three Premier League outings.

West Ham are the first team in Premier League history to avoid defeat in a game having trailed by 3+ goals as late as the 81st minute.

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Leicester City 0 West Ham United 3

Sunday 4 October 2020

Antonio heads home the first

West Ham continued to confound their loyal fans by ending Leicester's 100% winning start to the season with another comfortable win.

Once again David Moyes was absent from the touchline as he continues to recover from coronavirus, but as in last weekend's 4-0 victory, it did not hamper the Hammers, who offered an excellent balance of graft and guile.

Ruthless on the break, they did a similar job on Leicester to the one the Foxes did in their brilliant 5-2 win at Manchester City seven days prior.

Michail Antonio scored the first, heading in at the back post from Aaron Cresswell's pinpoint cross from deep after the striker had himself found his team-mate with a quickly taken free-kick.

Cresswell also assisted the second, but the credit was due more to a wonderful first touch and calm finish from Pablo Fornals, than the defender's long ball forward.

But for a solid block from Caglar Soyuncu to repel a Jarrod Bowen shot, and a sliding Jonny Evans intervention to stop the ball finding an unmarked and well-placed Antonio, the Foxes would have been further behind before half-time.

In the second half, the brilliant Declan Rice struck the crossbar with a shot from inside the box following a driving run from deep before Bowen sealed the win with a neat finish after collecting a through-ball from Fornals.

For all their possession and territory, Leicester failed to produce a single shot on target, with their misery compounded when Jamie Vardy was flagged offside to rule out a Harvey Barnes finish in added time.

City remain second in the table, but could lose that spot with Liverpool still to play this weekend, while West Ham are up to eighth.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy was given little space in which to operate by a compact and well-drilled West Ham defence, who were quick to spot and snuff out the threat of the busy Barnes and Ayoze Perez.

After years of persisting with expensive but ineffective attacking players, the Hammers appear to have hit upon a winning formula in Antonio, Fornals and Bowen - a potent combination of speed, skill, intelligence and willing pressing.

Their energy on the pitch was matched by Stuart Pearce, who cut a path from stand to touchline as the designated middle man between the home-bound Moyes and his assistant Alan Irvine.

West Ham have won against a side starting the day in the top two of the Premier League for the first time since May 2017, previously losing nine and drawing two since then.

West Ham have won successive Premier League games while keeping a clean sheet for the first time since May 2019.

After no assists in his past 36 Premier League appearances, Cresswell provided two against Leicester City; it was the first time he had assisted twice in a top-flight game (192nd appearance).

No player has scored more headed goals in the Premier League than Antonio since he made his debut in the competition in September 2015 (18).

Antonio is the first West Ham player to score in five successive Premier League away games, with the forward netting eight goals in this run.

Everton 4 West Ham United 1

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Everton are on fire at the moment and they looked way better than West Ham as they ended the Hammers' Carabao Cup dreams for this season.

Calvert-Lewin scores another

Calvert-Lewin scores another

Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his second hat-trick of the season, putting Everton ahead with a well-taken 11th-minute effort after Michael Keane had picked him out with an excellent chipped pass over the Hammers' defence.

The newly-called up England forward sealed victory with two goals in six minutes near the end, taking his tally in what is turning into a superb season to eight.

His second was a typical poacher's effort, the 23-year-old tucking home the rebound after Alex Iwobi's shot had bounced back off a post. Calvert-Lewin then got beyond the West Ham defence to finish off Gylfi Sigurdsson's through ball to complete another fantastic treble.

Richarlison had earlier put Everton back in front with a deflected effort after Robert Snodgrass had briefly pulled the visitors level just after half-time with a well-taken shot.

It was the second game David Moyes had to control from home, where he is isolating following his positive coronavirus test.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson were both guilty of conceding possession needlessly with their side in positions of promise.

Rice showed his versatility by playing in central defence and is evidently someone West Ham want to keep but Moyes' continuing search for defenders underlines where the Scot views his side's weakness to be.

As it turned out, this really was not the England man's night. Although he was controlled in possession, it was his back that Richarlison's shot struck, diverting it into the net past Darren Randolph.

West Ham United 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

Sunday 27 September 2020

Just as we were expecting another hammering at the hands of always-in-form Wolves, we did the unexpected again and gave them a great tonking.


Since the start of the 2017-18 season, only Mohamed Salah (50) and Sergio Aguero (38) have scored more home league goals in England's top four tiers than West Ham's Jarrod Bowen (36)

Jarrod Bowen scored twice as West Ham registered their first Premier League win of the season - lifting the Hammers from 18th up to 10th in the table, with Wolves dropping down to 16th.

It was no more than the hosts deserved, David Moyes' side delivering a fine performance while he controlled team affairs from home after testing positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.

Dominant throughout, they rarely looked like relinquishing their lead once Bowen had opened the scoring at the London Stadium.

Bowen, who had managed just one goal for West Ham since joining them in January, superbly set them on their way, curling a left-foot effort into the bottom corner after being sent clear by Pablo Fornals' quick free-kick.

The former Hull forward doubled West Ham's lead after the break, prodding in from close range after a Fornal effort had come back off the post.

The Hammers had lost each of their last four top-flight fixtures against Wolves without scoring a single goal, but they created several excellent chances to put the game out of sight.

Tomas Soucek made it three with a header that flicked in off Raul Jimenez from Aaron Cresswell's corner, and Sebastien Haller's stoppage time header added the gloss to a fine victory.

After showing improvement in their narrow defeat to Arsenal last Saturday this performance represented a large leap in the right direction for the Hammers.

Having started the evening in the bottom three, few would have predicted that they would end up thrashing Wolves using a similar template.

While manager Moyes was not present, it was clear from the opening moments that his side had been set up to operate on the counter-attack.

That, coupled with taking advantage of a 3-4-3 Wolves formation without natural full-backs, helped the Hammers establish control.

Ryan Fredericks, Bowen, Arthur Masuaku and Fornals all impressed working in or coming off wide positions and Michail Antonio's physical presence and pace provided another type of outlet up front.

The 30-year-old, who has kept record signing Haller out of the side since his conversion into a central striker at the end of last season, was a menace throughout.

And he tellingly contributed to both of the hosts' opening two goals, winning a free-kick from Willy Boly for the first and powering clear on the left to tee up Fornals before Bowen's second.

Moyes, communicating with assistant Alan Irvine from home throughout, will have been buoyed by the nature of the victory and the fact that his side could have enjoyed an even more emphatic win, had Fornals and Soucek both converted good chances from close range.

It was also the perfect way in which to go into a challenging set of fixtures in October when the Hammers will face Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and champions Liverpool.

This was West Ham United's biggest home league win since David Moyes' first game back in charge at the club on New Year's Day this year (4-0 v Bournemouth), while it was also their first league clean sheet at the London Stadium since then.

West Ham have scored three or more goals in three consecutive home matches in all competitions for the first time since March 2011.

Wolves suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat since March 2012 against Manchester United (5-0).

West Ham's Jarrod Bowen scored his first league double since December 2019 for Hull against Stoke in the Championship; he had only scored once in his first 22 Premier League appearances before tonight.

Since the start of last season, Pablo Fornals has assisted more goals in the Premier League than any other player for West Ham (six).