Feghouli stars in gritty Irons win


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The Irons showed true grit to come from behind and grab a final day victory at Turf Moor with Sofiane Feghouli the star of the show.

The Algerian grabbed a superb equaliser (27) after a wonderful set up from Andrew Ayew following a Sam Vokes opener (24).

Ayew, himself notched the winner after 72 minutes when a blistering Fernandes shot was saved by Tom Heaton but having  pushed the ball upwards, it came down off the bar to the £20 million signing to score the simplest of chances.

Given the number of injuries this was a very decent Irons performance to leave the team in a final league position of 11th with 45 points.

They were edged out of a top 10 finish by West Brom who finished the campaign with a superior goal difference.

Burnley are no easy proposition on their own manor but the Hammers were rarely troubled after Vokes had scored and hit back quickly as the game developed an edgy undercurrent.

Feghouli, having his best game in the claret and blue, was a creative force throughout and Sam Byram showed again that he is really growing into the right back role.

Edilson Fernandes showed real energy and was never slow to have a go at goal while Ayew was excellent in the hole, popping up in crucial and threatening positions.

It was a great way to go out and showed that even a very under strength Irons outfit could see off a team which boasts a decent record at home and left their fans to celebrate  survival at the end.

It was good too that 18 year old Under 23s skipper Declan Rice was sent into the action in the 90th minute getting four minutes of Premier League experience.

So a very dodgy season comes to an end and we now wait for the manager and board to show real ambition by bringing in quality players and digging deep to ensure we do not suffer another like this one for a long time.

Enjoy the summer everybody and of course, COME ON YOU IRONS!

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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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  • markro says:

    Fernandes MoM for me. Ayew had his best game, as did Feghouli. Snodgrass runs hard, but most of it is fruitless. He should not be in the starting 11 next season.

    Our first goal was top quality. The second, a bit lucky, but, on balance, we had the better of the game.

    Let’s add some potency up top and bring in another creative midfielder.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    From the highlights it looked like we moved the ball around pretty well and the first goal was high quality, I know Feghouli isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but personally I really like him, he challenges for everything and he seems to really like the club, I hope we don’t sell him on current form I would say he is more valuable to us than Snodgrass but he is the one that is more likely to attract bids from abroad so probably it is he who will be sold, we certainly need to lose one or two right wingers.

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