End of Lee Mason Hoodoo, Chicha’s 50th and more- five talking points from West Ham v Fulham

West Ham claimed their first victory in over a month as they beat Fulham 3-1 at the London Stadium. In front of their biggest ever crowd at the London Stadium, Manuel Pellegrini’s side prevailed thanks to goals from Javier Hernandez, Issa Diop and Michail Antonio. Here are our talking points from this Friday clash.

End of Lee Mason hoodoo

West Ham had lost five in a row under Lee Mason coming into this game, while Fulham were unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games under him.

Mason was the referee when Watford had won at the London Stadium in December in what was considered an upset by the Hornets. That was enough cause for concern for West Ham fans going into this clash despite Fulham’s dreadful away form, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men managed to break the hoodoo with this 3-1 win. [Read more…]

West Ham v Fulham Match Report 22 February 2019

Fulham suffered their ninth straight loss in London derbies as they went down 3-1 to local rivals West Ham at the London Stadium on Friday night.

The Hammers made only one change, leaving out former Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks for Pablo Zabaleta at right back, while Fulham chose to give a former Irons player Havard Nordtveit a debut, with the Norwegian lining up in central defence for the visitors.

Zabaleta had a horror start to the game with a terrible backpass in the very first minute of the game, but fortunately for West Ham, Ryan Babel was not able to take advantage as Lukasz Fabianski managed to use his head to deny the former Liverpool star.

However Babel did get on the scoresheet a few minutes later. Between Cresswell and Ogbonna, no one really attempted to mark the Dutchman, and he got onto the end of a fine cross from Ryan Sessegnon to put Fulham 1-0.

West Ham started slowly and it was Fulham who produced much of the play in the first quarter of the game. However things changed with Javier Hernandez’s 29th minute equaliser- the Mexican appeared to use his hand, but the goal stood, and with that the game shifted into West Ham’s favour.

Issa Diop had given Fulham a warning when he had headed wide from a 7th minute corner, but the Cottagers’ defence didn’t appear to have learnt the lesson, and paid for it when the Frenchman scored his first Premier League goal and put the home side 2-1 up.

West Ham appeared content to hold on to their lead in the second half. Fulham had one excellent chance in the 67th minute but Aleksandar Mitrovic, fine player that he is, was no match for the pace of Ryan Fredericks, who had replaced Zabaleta at half time, and that opportunity was gone as quickly as it had been created.

The final fifteen minutes saw the much awaited return of Manuel Lanzini. The Argentine showed some delightful touches as West Ham began to pile the pressure. Marko Arnautovic went close twice, only to be denied by Sergio Rico, but the Hammers finally got their third, with some horrendous Fulham defending allowing Michail Antonio a free header in the box and the winger marked his 100th appearance with a goal.

Much welcome return to winning ways for West Ham, but as for Fulham, they were pushed closer to the drop. They weren’t too bad here, but the individual defending for each of West Ham’s goals was horrible, and at Premier League level, you get punished swiftly, as the Cottagers discovered at the London Stadium in front of a 59,950 strong crowd- West Ham’s biggest of the current season.

West Ham 3 (Hernandez, Diop, Antonio) beat Fulham 1 (Babel)

West Ham v Fulham predictions- How do the pundits think Pellegrini’s men will fare against the Cottagers?

West Ham’s first game after a two week break sees Manuel Pellegrini’s men lock horns against Fulham at the London Stadium on Friday night. The Hammers are winless since beating Arsenal at home in mid January, and have lost five in a row in the league under the referee for this game, Lee Mason.

This will be Fulham’s first Premier League game to be played on Friday in more than a decade- the last was a 0-0 draw against Spurs back in 2008. The Cottagers are also winless in their last nine away games against West Ham.

Will the Hammers able to complete a league double over Claudio Ranieri’s men? Let’s take a look at what the pundits are predicting for this Round 27 clash. [Read more…]

Referee announced for West Ham v Fulham- Cottagers unbeaten in last 7 Premier League games under him!

The referee for West Ham’s Game Week 27 fixture against Fulham has been announced, and it’s Lee Mason. Recent history tells us that this may not be the best appointment for the Hammers, and here are two BIG reasons for it being so.

West Ham have lost their last five games under Lee Mason

Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games under Mason

Mason was the referee when the Hammers last lost at the London Stadium- a 2-0 reverse at the hands of Watford back in December. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had won four in a row leading into that game, but had that winning streak snapped by the Hornets. That fixture was also the last in which we saw Fabian Balbuena, who limped off in the first half. After nearly two months on the sidelines, the Paraguayan has now recovered from his knee injury, and looks likely to feature in some form (potentially off the bench) on Friday night against the Cottagers. [Read more…]

West Ham record with 18-19 third kit | List of games played in grey shirt

West Ham’s third kit hasn’t been very lucky for them in the current 2018/19 season. As on date, the Hammers have played four games in this grey alternate strip and haven’t won even one of them. They also failed to score in three of the four games, and the solitary goal they managed in the fourth game came from the penalty spot.

West Ham record with 2018/2019 third kit– Played 4, L3, D1, GF 1 (penalty), GA 9

All four of these games were away from home, and three of those four teams, with all due respect to them, are clubs against whom the Hammers would’ve expected to take at least a point, if not all three.

Matches in 2018-19 season played by West Ham in grey third kit

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham (August 12, 2018- GW 1)

West Ham’s first game of the season saw them beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.

Burnley 2-0 West Ham (December 30, 2018- GW 20)

The Hammers’ final game of the calendar year saw them crash to defeat at Turf Moor [Read more…]