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West Ham 1 Fulham 0

Saturday 7 November 2020

Back to winning ways in the least West Ham way possible - a late goal, and an even later penalty which didn't take away two unexpected points.

On paper West Ham should have won easily against a Fulham team that hasn't really started firing this season, especially the way we played against Leicester and Wolves. In practice, it was the same old West Ham ...

The game had looked on course to end goalless before Tomas Soucek drove home from substitute Said Benrahma's pass inside the box in the first minute of injury time.

Fulham were awarded a 95th-minute penalty when Benrahma caught Tom Cairney and, after a check by the video assistant referee, the spot-kick was awarded.

Aleksandar Mitrovic had missed his previous penalty so Lookman stepped up but his chipped effort lacked any sort of power, leaving Lukasz Fabianski waiting to make an ultimately comfortable catch.

Lookman, who has been one of Fulham's better players so far this season, understandably looked devastated when the referee blew for full-time as the chance of what would have been a well-earned point slipped away.

Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola had made a number of excellent saves to deny West Ham and put the visitors within minutes of a second successive clean sheet after claiming their first win of the season against West Brom last time out.

Areola, who is on loan from Paris St-Germain, kept out Arthur Masuaku, Aaron Cresswell and Jarrod Bowen inside the first 10 minutes and also pushed Cresswell's free-kick onto the bar early in the second half.

Fulham finished strongly and had good chances to take all three points themselves as Lookman and Bobby Decordova-Reid both drew saves out of Fabianski.

But just as they looked to leave West Ham with a point, Soucek's late winner and Lookman's poor penalty ensured it was the hosts who claimed their third win of the season.
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games against Fulham (won seven, drawn four), with the Hammers currently on a four-game winning streak, their longest since a five-game run between September 1953 and September 1957.
  • West Ham manager David Moyes is unbeaten in his 14 Premier League home games against Fulham (W13 D1).
  • West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has saved seven penalties since the start of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign; three more than any other goalkeeper.
  • West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek's goal was West Ham's first 90th-minute winner since Javier Hernandez scored in a 4-3 thriller against Huddersfield Town in March 2019.

Liverpool 2 West Ham 1

Saturday 31 October 2020

Another chance for West Ham fans to get excited after we took a 10th minute lead in this match, only for Liverpool to come back and score two goals to take a slightly undeserved victory. A draw would have been fairer. Even though we only had 28% possession.

The Hammers took an early lead through Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals' smart finish, which clipped the post on its way in after a poor headed clearance by Joe Gomez.

That was the 15th goal Liverpool have conceded in seven games this season - as many as Chelsea let in all season on their way to the title in 2004-05.

Jurgen Klopp's side were level shortly before half-time, Arthur Masuaku's foul on Mohamed Salah allowing the Egypt forward to equalise from the penalty spot with Liverpool's first attempt on target.

But the Reds, who gave a league debut to central defender Nathaniel Phillips in the absence of injured trio Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho, found it tough going.

Jota, a £41m signing from Wolves in September, netted in the 85th minute after a smart pass by fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri - moments after already seeing a goal disallowed for a foul.

West Ham arrived at Anfield unbeaten in their previous four games against sides who finished in the top seven last season.

However, they were without key forward Michail Antonio, who scored a superb goal against City before suffering a hamstring injury.

After being restricted to 50 minutes of Premier League football this season, Sebastien Haller was handed his first top-flight start of the season in place of Antonio.

But it was midfielder Fornals who produced a lovely finish to put his side ahead.

After Salah equalised, the former Villarreal player was denied a second goal by Andrew Robertson's important block, yet West Ham were unable to secure a point their hard work deserved as they were undone at the end by Jota.
  • Since David Moyes' first game back in charge of West Ham in January, the Hammers have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League (16).
  • Since the start of last season, West Ham's Pablo Fornals is the only visiting player to score two Premier League goals away to Liverpool, also netting in this exact fixture for the Hammers in 2019-20.
The BBC website described us as "in-form West Ham" which has to be a win of sorts.

West Ham United 1 Manchester City 1

Saturday 24 October 2020

Another game that West Ham amazingly managed to get something out of after expecting another sound thrashing, and thanks once again to another wondergoal, this time from Michail Antonio.

Antonio's spectacular acrobatic overhead volley from Vladimir Coufal's cross put the Hammers ahead at London Stadium.

Man City substitute Phil Foden equalised six minutes after coming on at the start of the second half, producing a really good turn to score following Joao Cancelo's pass.

City dominated possession and sent on Kevin de Bruyne, who had missed the previous two games through injury, but could not find a winner and remain anchored in the bottom half of the table after five games.

Having lost their opening two games, West Ham have taken eight points from their past four matches, and can add a well-earned point against City to impressive wins over Leicester and Wolves.

Last Sunday, it was Manuel Lanzini who came up with a brilliant goal as the Hammers battled back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Tottenham.

Lanzini's heroics were not enough to earn him a starting place as Antonio produced a wonder goal, beating Ruben Dias to power an overhead kick beyond Ederson and give David Moyes' side a lead against the run of the play.

City complained there was a handball in the build-up by Tomas Soucek, which VAR checked. The goal would have been ruled out if Soucek, who had kept the ball in play before passing for Coufal to set up Antonio, had been judged to have deliberately handled - but VAR ruled that was not the case.

West Ham worked hard but had to dig deep to secure a first point against City since January 2016.

Keeper Lukasz Fabianski produced two excellent saves to keep out substitute De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as City finished strongly.

In the end it was an impressive point for West Ham, who had lost their previous eight games against City by an aggregate score of 25-3.
  • Michail Antonio has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games.
  • Since the Premier League restarted in June, only Harry Kane (12) has scored more goals than Antonio (11).
  • Antonio has scored against Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City this season.
  • David Moyes registered his first point against Manchester City in the Premier League since March 2013, when he won 2-0 with Everton. Prior to this game, he had lost the past seven against City in the top flight.
  • West Ham have lost two of their past 10 Premier League games (W4 D4 L2), going unbeaten in each of the past four (W2 D2).
  • All 39 of Michail Antonio's Premier League goals have been scored from inside the penalty area.

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.