JWP 2 assists on West Ham debut; Antonio stunner & more- Talking points from West Ham 3-1 Chelsea

West Ham picked up three very unlikely points against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Sunday evening, with goals from Nayef Aguerd, Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta sealing victory against Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Here are our talking points from the clash.

2 assists from JWP on debut

He may not be the flashiest player, but James Ward-Prowse is very effective at his core skills, and he demonstrated it with two assists in this game against the Blues.

The warning signs were already sent to Chelsea with an early corner delivered by JWP, but they didn’t play heed to it, and the very next one resulted in a West Ham goal, with Nayef Aguerd nodding in JWP’s pinpoint delivery.

He also assisted Michail Antonio for a crucial goal in the second half when the game was still in the balance, and West Ham produced a fine defensive effort in the final minutes despite Aguerd’s red to hold on for a win.

There’s also talk of the Hammers being linked with Sevilla forward Youssuf En Nesyri, and his heading skills and JWP’s crosses could be a match made in heaven for Moyesball, if we’re to be honest!

West Ham starting lineup vs Chelsea 2023

Antonio stunner

He was pretty poor in the first half, but Michail Antonio produced the defining moment of the second half when he came up with a goal out of nothing to put the Hammers 2-1 up. It’s not normally the kind of finish you’d associate with Antonio (his long range efforts generally end up landing in Row Z), and it’s one we hope he can produce many more times!

Felipe Caicedo struggles on Chelsea debut

Chelsea brought Felipe Caicedo from the bench, but the Ecuadorean was off the pace and struggled to impose himself on the game. Both Antonio and Lucas Paqueta- the latter in particularly, seemed to get into his head, and he made two costly mistakes towards the end. One didn’t cost Chelsea, with Pablo Fornals missing the target, but the other did, with Paqueta converting the awarded spot kick to make it 3-1. [Read more…]

Third Kit, Paqueta Winning Assist & More- Talking points from Conference League Final

West Ham picked up their first piece of silverware in more than four decades as they edged Fiorentina 2-1 in Prague to lift the Conference League trophy. The final was a tight, cagey affair, with chances at a premium for both sides, but the Hammers did just enough to secure a historic triumph, with Lucas Paqueta’s brilliant last minute pass setting up Jarrod Bowen’s 90th minute winner.

Here are our talking points from the game in Prague

Hammers in third kit

With Fiorentina the designated home team for this clash, West Ham were forced to wear a change strip for the final, and they opted to wear their white and orange third kit for this historic clash in the Czech capital. [Read more…]

Talking points from West Ham 2-2 Arsenal (2022-23 season)

West Ham claimed a priceless point in their fight against the drop as they held league leaders Arsenal to a draw at the London Stadium. Here are our talking points from the game.

Hammers prevent Arsenal away clean sweep of London opposition

Arsenal had beaten every other London based Premier League club away from home this season (Brentford, Chelsea, Spurs and Fulham), but were prevented from making a clean sweep by the Hammers. And given the two teams’ recent league form, one wouldn’t have expected West Ham to be able to halt Mikel Arteta’s all-conquering side in their tracks.

Moyes makes eight changes

David Moyes made eight changes to the side that drew away at Gent in the first leg of their UECL QF tie on Thursday. Vladimir Coufal, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen were the only three players that kept their places. [Read more…]

Home Kit without Sponsor, Vlasic chance, great Rice tackles & more- Talking Points from Sevilla 1-0 West Ham First Leg

West Ham gave a decent account of themselves but were beaten 1-0 by Sevilla in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie. The Hammers had Declan Rice back from illness, but were without in-form winger Jarrod Bowen, with Nikola Vlasic handed a rare start. Here are our talking points from the game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. [Read more…]

Two goals in two for Dawson, rare Rice mistake, Moyes vs Benrahma incident & more- Talking points from West Ham 1-1 Newcastle

West Ham fans endured another frustrating weekend as they drew 1-1 with relegation threatened Newcastle in GW26. Here are our talking points from the game at the London Stadium as the Hammers ceded ground to their rivals in the race for fourth place.

Two goals in two for Dawson: The central defender hadn’t scored a goal in the league all season before his stoppage time equaliser against Leicester. He now has 2 in as many games following this opener against the Magpies.

Given that set pieces appear to be West Ham’s most likely source of goals currently [Read more…]