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Hammers battle to superb result

David Moyes’ battling Hammers took a superb point from Manchester City on Saturday.

The horror run of fixtures against Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, and City will have had plenty of trepidation beforehand but the Irons have managed to take eight points from a possible 12.

On Saturday, they dominated at points in the first half, moving the ball slickly and managing to create opportunities.

It was Michail Antonio’s goal that gave the Irons the lead, as he somehow managed to hold off his marker and steer an overhead kick past Ederson after Vladimir Coufal’s exceptional cross.

Pep Guardiola made changes at half-time and Phil Foden came on, equalising from close range after some clever play from Joao Cancelo.

Antonio was substituted after the goal, having picked up an injury, and Andriy Yarmolenko came on; he was perhaps the only black mark on the copybook, given that he did not do a single thing right while on the pitch.

The Hammers were then forced to retreat to the edge of their own box but some superb defending and excellent goalkeeping ensured that the Irons took a top point.

Lukasz Fabianski, in particular, made big saves from both Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, the latter coming in the 93rd minute.

The next game comes against Liverpool; after this performance, the Reds should be worried.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

11 comments on “Hammers battle to superb result

  1. If it’s Antonio’s hamstring that caused his withdrawal then we’re going to struggle scoring goals without him. Haller and Yarmalenko were shockingly poor when they came on. Overall, to be on eight points at this stage is unbelievable, I thought we’d be on zero points come end of October! Will signing Benrahma and not King come back to haunt us with Antonio’s injury?

  2. Yarmelenko made mistakes, but he put in the effort. More than could be said for Haller who, as usual, looked as if he didn’t care. Please Moyes, bring on Lanzini or anyone else next time.

  3. The one who “didn’t do anything right and a black mark on the copybook” is surely Haller, not Yarmolennko. Hasn’t Haller learned anything watching Antonio game after game on the bench, or is it just the attitude?

    Fornals is also off the boil, for the second game running. A chance for Lanzini or new boy Benrahma to have a go?

  4. Remarkably consistent before the break, much slower and toothless on the offensive end in the second half. Overall: good performance and a worthy point gained against domestic giants. Haller? Looks totally disinterested. It is disturbing, to say the least.

  5. Huge difference in energy levels after Antonio and Bowen were replaced by Yarmolenko and Haller. Still, an excellent defensive performance and a good point even though we rode our luck towards the end.

  6. Take that all day ,,we are looking solid let’s keep it going …but now let’s look back a few weeks ago when alot were saying about injuries, me included…with no other forward apart from haller…who by the way didn’t replace Antonio when he came of ,,so Moyes dosnt like him …this is were we mess up ..it was so so obvious to thousands of fans that it would be a problem and so so obvious that Antonio would pick up hamstring trouble..yet we did nothing about it ….that’s the sort of thing that could turn. A stunning season in yo a good one . .how long have we been saying this…its crazy …and such a shame …WE,knew this would happen ….Antonio can not play every game……even if he was fit …..burn out

  7. A massive pat on the back to David Moyes & his staff,the football has come on leaps & bounds from this time last year.But one question remains,will Antonios goal beat Lanzinis,for goal of the month?

  8. Everyone seems to have it in for Haller but Yarmolenko made him look bad. Not one of his passes found him or his choices opted not to give it to him.
    Yes he is a fish out of water in this style, but to say he is disinterested is way off the mark. He was back clearing in our box near the end, that is not the action of someone who couldn’t care less!
    He is not an Antonio but neither is Aguero and it is the players around you that make you play well and play to your strengths.
    We could have had a pen in the first half and if Fornals had properly lifted the ball over Eduardo, we might have even won it.

    • OK, I see your point regarding Haller, but it’s still safe to say he didn’t provide any energy boost for an already tired team when he came on.

    • I agree 100% East. Also Haller wins headers and nods them on but there is nobody chasing them. Give him a chance with 2 up front.

  9. Balbuena booked for getting to the ball first, no booking for a rugby tackle on rice?

    Hoddle made Foden MOM?

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