Fulham 0-2 West Ham Match Report | Abject Cottagers defending hands Hammers fourth straight win

New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has massive, massive problems. His side created far more chances (16 shots to West Ham’s 6), but were let down by two horror moments of first half defending. West Ham didn’t have too many chances, but as Manuel Pellegrini remarked after the game, clinically took the ones they had. It’s the hallmark of a good team, and the Hammers moved into the top ten with a 2-0 win at Craven Cottage- their fourth straight victory on the bounce.

Pellegrini made only one change, bringing in Michail Antonio upfront for the injured Lucas Perez. Fulham had Andre Frank Anguissa suspended and Ryan Sessegnon injured, and Ranieri brought in Calum Chambers and Aboubakar Kamara into the starting lineup. The Italian chose to keep faith with the same backline that had struggled against Man Utd, which in hindsight, proved to be a terrible decision. He could’ve played Christie at right back instead of Odoi, who had a torrid evening against the in-form Felipe Anderson. [Read more…]

Newcastle 0-3 West Ham December 1 2018 | Post Match Report, Thoughts and Analysis

West Ham claimed only a second win at St.James Park since 1998 as they produced a quality attacking performance away from home to beat Rafa Benitez’s men 3-0. While the Magpies were on a three game winning streak going into this game, they had lost all four of their previous games under Paul Tierney, and four became five on Saturday afternoon.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini rung in the changes, with four players coming into the XI that had lost to Man City. Arthur Masuaku’s horror show at the London Stadium saw Aaron Cresswell replace him at left back. Skipper Mark Noble, who surprisingly didn’t start against City, came back into the XI and so did Scottish international Robert Snodgrass, who returned from suspension. There was another start for Javier Hernandez, who had been linked with a move away from the London Stadium in the leadup to the game, which meant the like of Michail Antonio, Grady Diangana and Pedro Obiang dropped out of the XI. Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere were both on the bench, with Arnautovic deemed fit enough to start after passing a fitness test. Chicharito played behind Arnautovic in the Hammers’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.

Newcastle made only one change, with Javi Manquillo coming in for Ciaran Clark. The Magpies had employed 5 at the back against Burnley, but switched to a more traditional back four against the Hammers. With Schar and Fernandez in decent form, Clark was the one to be dropped, despite a more than decent performance against the Clarets. [Read more…]

West Ham 0-4 Man City | Same number of attempts as City and eight times as many corners, but defeat!

The headline pretty much tells it all. West Ham haven’t been a walkover for top six sides in the Premier League this season, more so at home. The pre-game predictions for this game had City as easy winners. The end scoreline may not have suggested so, but West Ham gave Pep Guardiola’s men a fair run for their money. The Spanish gaffer even agreed in the end that his “City side were lucky” and “nowhere near their best”.

West Ham had the same number of attempts as City and had eight corners, compared to their solitary one, but were on the receiving end of a humbling 4-0 scoreline. A better attacking side with more lethal finishers all round- West Ham this season have been heavily reliant on Arnautovic and Anderson for goals, might have even upset City here. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Burnley?

Prior to this game, West Ham had only scored two second half goals in the ten Premier League fixtures they had played this season. Here, they proceeded to score three times in the space of 25 second half minutes to secure 3 absolutely precious points and give manager Manuel Pellegrini, who had labelled this a “must-win”, some much needed breathing space.

All pundits had expected the Hammers to beat Sean Dyche’s side, and for forty five minutes till the interval, they dominated all aspects of the game except the scoreboard, where Burnley somehow found themselves level at half time despite having only 32% possession and having a passing accuracy of only 60%. [Read more…]

Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham fare in the Carabao Cup v Spurs

West Ham were unable to produce an encore of their stunning win from 12 months ago as they exited the League Cup following a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Lilywhites coach Mauricio Pochettino made ten changes from the side that had lost to Man City on Monday. His opposite number Pellegrini couldn’t make as many, owing to injuries and suspensions, but the Chilean did his best to cobble together a side that had a chance against a second string Spurs outfit while also giving some key players a bit of a break- with the likes of Fabianski, Balbuena and Zabaleta rested.

Unfortunately for Pellegrini, defensive errors let his side down. All three goals scored by Spurs could be chalked down to individual errors, with Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku culpable. The latter has already attracted the ire of fans for some shoddy defending- the way he let Glenn Murray score for Brighton is one example, and the way he allowed Son to score Tottenham’s second will only add to their frustration and anger. Spurs had been unbeaten this decade under the ref for this game, and their record continued with this victory at the London Stadium. [Read more…]