2014/15 Season Review - November

West Ham United’s impress early season form continued into November with a win, two draws and a defeat. 

However, the Hammers got November off to a slow start away at Stoke City as the Potters stormed to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf. 

The travelling Irons refused to be cowed and Enner Valencia’s diving header, his third goal of the campaign, gave his side a lifeline. 

With the tide turning, England international Stewart Downing slammed home an equaliser, much to the travelling fan’s delight. 

Up next for the Hammers was a home tie with Aston Villa. Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession and bombarding the Villan’s goal the Hammers were denied time and again by an inspired Brad Guzan. 

In a match which saw Andy Carroll make a welcome return to action following a lengthy absence through injury, the American goalkeeper made a string of outstanding saves to secure his side a point.     

Unfortunately, the Hammers unbeaten run of five games came to an end on Merseyside with a 2-1 defeat to Everton. 

A sense of déjà vu engulfed Goodison Park as Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored against the Hammers to break the deadlock. 

Second-half substitute Mauro Zarate made an instant impact as he netted the equaliser with a cultured finish however Leon Osman was on hand to stab on the Toffee’s winner with little over 15 minutes remaining. 

However, the Hammers bounced back to finish November on a high by beating Newcastle United 1-0 at the Boleyn Ground. 

In a highly entertaining affair, the Irons overcame the Magpies thanks to Aaron Cresswell’s first goal in a claret and blue shirt.    

The left-back burst into the box, latching onto to Cheikhou Kouyate’s mishit shot to steer past Rob Elliot with the composure of a seasoned striker.