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West Ham 2-1 West Brom
by Paul Donovan
at the London Stadium
WEST HAM manager David Moyes was dreaming of greater things after watching his team complete their second win in four days, this time against West Brom at the London Stadium.
The West Ham manager told of how he likes to “dream a lot.”
“But we’re very humble and understand we’re West Ham. We’re not going to start shouting about things too soon, because history has shown we can’t always back that up and I want to be the one to back it up,” said Moyes.
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce may have been dreaming about what might have been had former West Ham player Robert Snodgrass been able to play in this game. Snodgrass was omitted under an agreement reached between the clubs when he signed two weeks ago. The Premier League are looking into the matter.
Allardyce refused to comment.
West Ham dominated the first half of the game, with Craig Dawson putting an earlier header wide from a corner.
It was injury time in the first half when the home side struck, a whipped cross from Vladimir Coufal being chested home by Jarrod Bowen.
West Brom though were quickly back level after the break, Matheus Pereira picking up the ball inside the West Ham half, then driving home across Lukasz Fabianski.
There were appeals for offside against Connor Gallagher, but after a VAR check, the goal stood.
West Ham then piled on the pressure, with Manuel Lanzini being denied at point-blank range on the line by Dara O’Shea. Then Declan Rice saw his pull-back edge past the post with no West Ham player on hand to put in the finishing touch.
West Ham’s winner came when an Aaron Cresswell cross from the left was headed back by substitute Andriy Yarmolenko for Mikail Antonio to turn and finish on the edge of the goal area.
At the death, West Brom had a chance to snatch an equaliser as substitute Darnell Furlong met a cross but blasted wide.
Moyes declared his intent to compete “at the top end,” referring to the need to win ugly sometimes. This was one of those occasions.
Allardyce was disappointed not to get a point from the game. He said: “I was lifted by the spirit of the players and how they gave their all right to the end.”
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