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West Ham 2-1 West Brom: Michail Antonio scores winner for Hammers

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Antonio’s goal was his fifth of the season

Michail Antonio scored for the second successive game as West Ham edged struggling West Brom to move up to seventh in the Premier League.

The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jarrod Bowen chested in Vladimir Coufal’s cross.

However, West Brom levelled soon after the restart through Matheus Pereira’s thunderous drive from distance.

Dara O’Shea blocked Manuel Lanzini’s goalbound shot but Antonio gave West Ham the win with a hooked finish.

From then on, West Ham looked comfortable without threatening to add to their lead as they claimed a third Premier League win in a row.

Defeat for West Brom, meanwhile, leaves them 19th, five points from safety.

Antonio underlines importance to West Ham

Antonio has endured an injury-hit campaign and his start against Burnley at the weekend was his first since November.

But the striker made up for lost time by getting the decisive goal in that game and, despite concerns over how he would cope with starting a second game in three days, he was once again the match-winner against the Baggies.

Antonio is a deadly finisher inside the box, with all 41 of his Premier League goals having been scored inside the penalty area and he is integral to how David Moyes wants his West Ham side to play.

They have become a defensively more solid side under the Scot – with West Brom’s goal the first the Hammers have conceded in their past five games in all competitions – but they are also winning games by narrow margins, underlining the need for a player of Antonio’s quality.

Moyes is looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window but keeping Antonio injury free for the remainder of the season will arguably be more important to West Ham’s ambitions.

Another defeat, but some hope for Baggies

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has forged a reputation for leading seemingly doomed teams away from relegation trouble but when he took over at the Baggies on 16 December, it looked like this would be a task too far.

They had won just one of their first 13 matches before Allardyce’s arrival and lost three of his first four games in charge, conceding 13 goals and scoring just one in the process.

But a hugely impressive 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday has given Baggies fans hope that fortunes are starting to turn and although this game ended in defeat, there were signs of encouragement.

In a match of few chances for either side West Brom often looked a threat on the counter and could have snatched a point with more composure from Darnell Furlong, who flashed a volley wide in injury time.

A first since Fenton – the stats

  • West Ham have won each of their opening four matches of a calendar year for just the second time in their history, last managing to do so in 1958 under Ted Fenton, a run in which they also beat Stockport County in an FA Cup encounter.
  • West Brom have now lost 12 of their 19 league games this season; indeed, seven of the past nine sides to have lost at least 12 matches at the halfway stage of a 38-game Premier League season have gone on to be relegated (except Swansea in 2016-17 and Burnley in 2018-19).
  • This match between West Ham boss David Moyes (564) and West Brom manager Sam Allardyce (518) was the 1,082nd Premier League game combined between the two men, the most number of matches between two bosses facing off since April 2018, when Manchester United beat Arsenal (Jose Mourinho (285) versus Arsene Wenger (825).
  • After 11 matches without a goal in all competitions, Matheus Pereira has since netted in each of his past three appearances for West Brom (four goals), as many as he scored across his previous 37 games.
  • Before taking the West Ham job in 2011, Allardyce had only lost two of his 14 matches against the Hammers. However, since leaving the club in 2015, the now-West Brom boss has suffered defeats in each of his four such clashes – all in the Premier League.
  • Each of Michail Antonio’s 41 Premier League goals have come from inside the area, with his winner for West Ham his 14th strike at London Stadium in the top flight, now the outright most by any player.
  • West Brom extend their winless top-flight run on a Tuesday to 33 matches since beating Watford 2-0 in May 1985 (D14 L19). Indeed, their Premier League run of 30 games without a win on this day is the most by any side on any given day in the competition’s history.

What’s next?

West Ham are in FA Cup action as they host Doncaster in the fourth round on Saturday, 23 January (15:00 GMT). West Brom’s next fixture sees them host Manchester City in the Premier League on Tuesday, 26 January (20:15).

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

West Ham United

  1. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  3. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  4. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  9. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  10. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  11. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  12. Squad number18Player nameFornals

  13. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  14. Squad number16Player nameNoble

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  2. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

  3. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  4. Squad number13Player nameGrosicki

  5. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

  7. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  8. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  9. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu

  10. Squad number3Player nameGibbs

  11. Squad number18Player nameGallagher

  12. Squad number19Player nameSawyers

  13. Squad number8Player nameLivermore

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20Bowen
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forFornalsat 62′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 62′minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forNobleat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 14Alves
  • 16Noble
  • 18Fornals
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph

West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27O’Shea
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Gibbs
  • 18GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 80′minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 13GrosickiSubstituted forFurlongat 70′minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 17Krovinovic
  • 20Ivanovic
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Peltier
  • 24Kipr√©
  • 25Button
  • 28Field

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