West Ham United
West Ham United

Jarrod Bowen 46'

Michail Antonio 66'

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-
1
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion

51' Matheus Fellipe Costa Pereira

0
15
30
45
60
75
90
WES
V
WES
Goal (46')
Scorer: Jarrod Bowen
Substitution (62')
Sub-on: Manuel Lanzini
Sub-off: Pablo Fornals
Substitution (62')
Sub-on: Saïd Benrahma
Sub-off: Andriy Yarmolenko
Goal (66')
Scorer: Michail Antonio
Substitution (84')
Sub-on: Michail Antonio
Sub-off: Mark Noble
Goal (51')
Scorer: Matheus Fellipe Costa Pereira
Assist: Kamil Grosicki
Substitution (70')
Sub-on: Kamil Grosicki
Sub-off: Darnell Furlong
Substitution (80')
Sub-on: Jake Livermore
Sub-off: Hal Robson-Kanu
Yellow (93')
Conor Gallagher
Possession
59.0 %
41.0 %
Shots (On Target)
6
2
Shots (Off Target)
8
4
Corners
3
1
Crosses
24
16
Clearances
18
23
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion
Possession
59.0%
41.0%
Shots (On Target)
6
2
Shots (Off Target)
8
4
Corners
3
1
Crosses
24
16
Clearances
18
23
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
4-2-3-1
1
5
15
3
21
41
10
20
28
9
30
23
18
16
14
35
7
24
4
31
Man. David Moyes
1 Lukasz Fabianski
5 Vladimir Coufal
15 Craig Dawson
3 Aaron Cresswell
21 Angelo Ogbonna
41 Declan Rice
10 Manuel Lanzini
20 Jarrod Bowen
28 Tomas Soucek
9 Saïd Benrahma
30 Michail Antonio
Substitutions
23 Issa Diop
18 Pablo Fornals
16 Mark Noble
14 Frederik Alves
35 Darren Randolph
7 Andriy Yarmolenko
24 Ryan Fredericks
4 Fabián Balbuena
31 Ben Johnson
Possession %
59
41
Duels Won
48
47
Aerial Duels Won
22
16
Interceptions
3
8
Offsides
2
0
Corners
3
1
West Bromwich Albion
4-4-1-1
1
27
3
5
6
13
8
18
12
19
7
4
22
28
24
2
20
17
21
25
Sam Allardyce Man.
Sam Johnstone 1
Dara OShea 27
Kieran Gibbs 3
Kyle Bartley 5
Semi Ajayi 6
Kamil Grosicki 13
Jake Livermore 8
Conor Gallagher 18
Matheus Fellipe Costa Pereira 12
Romaine Sawyers 19
Callum Robinson 7
Substitutions
Hal Robson-Kanu 4
Lee Peltier 22
Sam Field 28
Cédric Kipré 24
Darnell Furlong 2
Branislav Ivanovic 20
Filip Krovinovic 17
Kyle Edwards 21
David Button 25
Player Comparison
Jarrod Bowen celebrates

 

West Ham United’s perfect start to 2021 continued with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium that takes us onto 32 Premier League points at the halfway stage.

The Irons made it four wins in a row in all competitions for the first time since December 2018 and rose to seventh in the table thanks to well-taken goals from Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio.

The pair each netted their fifth top-flight goals of the 2020/21 campaign either side of Matheus Pereira’s equaliser for Sam Allardyce’s Baggies, who themselves remain in the bottom three.

West Ham were in almost complete control in the first half, as a quick rundown of the statistics shows. The Irons enjoyed 66.5% possession, completing 262 passes to the Baggies’ 99, and created seven goal attempts to two, with three on target to West Brom’s zero.

Indeed, the only time Łukasz Fabiański was troubled came when Angelo Ogbonna inadvertently headed Jake Livermore’s cross towards his own goal, forcing the Pole to move sharply to his left to make the catch.

At the other end, Sam Johnstone was far the busier of the two goalkeepers, with the former Manchester United youngster being called into action by Manuel Lanzini and Saïd Benrahma.

An unmarked Craig Dawson also headed an early chance wide and Lanzini curled a free-kick onto the roof of the net as the hosts dominated, but it took until added time for West Ham’s pressure to pay off.

Benrahma’s deep cross found Vladimír Coufal on the right side of the penalty area and his cross was expertly diverted into the net by Bowen, who turned his body at exactly the right time to chest the ball past Johnstone from eight yards out.

 

Michail Antonio scores

 

As one might have expected, West Brom emerged from their dressing room with renewed purpose after a half-time team talk from Big Sam, and their improvement was rewarded within six minutes.

Brazilian Matheus Pereira, who had scored twice in the 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, found the net again, striding forward before unleashing a well-struck left-foot strike from 22 yards that nestled into the bottom left-hand corner.

The goal momentarily stunned the Hammers, but they were soon back on the front foot and went close three times in quick succession just before the hour-mark.

First, Antonio teed up Lanzini, whose first-time shot was blocked by the head of right-back Dara O’Shea, then Rice curled inches wide from 25 yards. Rice then went close again, racing onto a quickly-taken free-kick and firing the ball across the face of goal with Antonio lurking.

Moyes made two changes on 62 minutes, replacing Lanzini and Benrahma with Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko, and the switches paid dividends just four minutes later when the Ukrainian headed down Cresswell’s cross and Antonio acrobatically volleyed the ball in from eight yards.

From then on, it was a case of seeing the game out, which Moyes’ men nearly failed to do.
First, Conor Gallagher shot straight at Fabiański with 12 minutes to play, then right-back Darnell Furlong got in front of his man and volleyed inches past the post with seconds of normal time remaining.

Then, deep in added time, VAR official Darren England dismissed a penalty claim when Fabiański punched a high ball clear, then referee Graham Scott booked Gallagher for simulation after the Chelsea loanee threw himself to the ground as Yarmolenko challenged him.

But when the final whistle was blown after four added minutes, the Hammers were able to celebrate winning three more Premier League points and extending their happy start to the New Year.

 

West Ham United: Fabiański, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Bowen, Lanzini (Fornals 62), Benrahma (Yarmolenko 62), Antonio (Noble 83)
Subs: Randolph (GK), Johnson, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Alves

Goals: Bowen 45+1, Antonio 66

 

West Bromwich Albion: Johnstone, O’Shea, Bartley, Ajayi, Gibbs, Gallagher, Livermore (c) (Robson-Kanu 79), Pereira, Sawyers, Grosicki (Furlong 70), Robinson
Subs: Button (GK), Krovinovic, Ivanovic, Edwards, Peltier, Kipré, Field

Goal: Pereira 51

Booked: Gallagher

 

Referee: Graham Scott