Classic Hammers tale of two halves

Ah, that was a classic Hammers tale of two halves !
In the initial 45 minutes, the outlook seemed grim for the Irons as the Spuds showcased seamless teamwork and swift advances, rendering West Ham‘s attacking line up ineffective for extended periods. The Irons resorted to booting the ball into enemy territory just to catch a momentary breath before facing the inevitable next onslaught writes Michael Talbot.
Moyes provides Hammers blueprint

Classic Hammers tale of two halves

Romero’s impressive header, navigating through defenders to connect with Pedro Porro’s corner, hinted at the potential for numerous Spurs goals in a first half marked by their complete dominance. However, whatever transpired in the Hammers’ dressing room during halftime evidently had an immediate impact.

Emerging for the second half with a renewed purpose, West Ham swiftly levelled the score within seven minutes. A speculative long-range shot from Mohammed Kudus ricocheted off Romero and Ben Davies, landing fortuitously in Bowen‘s path. Seizing the opportunity, Bowen smashed it past Guglielmo Vicario, who could only watch as the ball found the net.

Then came a pivotal moment when, under minimal pressure, Destiny Udogie’s poorly executed back pass to Vicario forced the goalkeeper to rush out and clear the ball with Bowen closing in. Capitalising on the chaos, Ward-Prowse’s initial shot hit the post but rebounded straight back to him, allowing him to calmly slot the ball into the empty net.

Despite David Moyes facing increasing criticism for lacklustre performances, this victory showcased the benefits of his pragmatic approach. It secured a valuable three points, and the smiles at the final whistle were a welcome sight.
Bring on Fulham !

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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