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Hammers fray the nerves again… but win!

West Ham again had to see off a late fightback to win 3-2 on Sunday, beating Leicester to climb back into the top four.

Just as happened last week against Wolves, the Irons were left clinging onto a result by their fingernails, but they did get over the line.

The Hammers were in brilliant form for the first hour and threatened to embarrass Brendan Rodgers’ side, who were comfortably dispatched in the reverse fixture but there were some real nerves at the end.

The Irons were ahead after just 28 minutes, as Vlad Coufal cut the ball back to Jesse Lingard at real pace on the edge of the box. The Man United loanee somehow managed to wrap his boot around it and curl the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel in a genuinely genius finish.

Lingard had another just two minutes before the break, this time set up by Jarrod Bowen. Issa Diop sent a brilliant long ball over the Leicester defence and Bowen broke the offside trap, before cutting the ball back to Lingard as Schmeichel rushed out. The England man finished it comfortably.

In the second half, after just two minutes, Bowen had a goal of his own, as he tucked away a clever pass from Tomas Soucek after the Irons had won the ball back high up the pitch.

There was then concern over Aaron Cresswell, as the defender went down holding his hamstring, and he was replaced by Fabian Balbuena.

Diop thought he’d made it 4-0 in the 53rd minute but his header was chalked off as he was offside.

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Kelechi Iheanacho managed to spark a Leicester fightback in the 69th minute, finishing expertly from the edge of the box after Arthur Masuaku was dispossessed.

Mark Noble was substituted thereafter, as he seemed to hurt his hand – and notab;y his thumb – making an excellent block on the edge of the box.

Without a midfield general, Iheanacho added a second on the 90th minute, with six minutes added on as he finished at the back post following Marc Albrighton’s cross.

Wesley Fofana had a huge chance in the sixth minute of added time but he could only head the ball wide.

There was some real panic for the final few minutes, as Moyes bellowed furious instructions from the touchline, but the Hammers managed to see the game out.

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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.

8 comments on “Hammers fray the nerves again… but win!

  1. I’m loving all this edge of the seat stuff where ultimately who cares as long as we score one more than them. Every game is like a cup final. Absolutely loving this season.

  2. To beat the 3rd best team minus Declan and Antonio is a terrific achievement and pleased especially for Mark Noble who has taken a lot of criticism. He played a real captain’s game so yet again Moyes right in his assessment.

  3. The Moyesiah!! Love it. COYI!!

  4. Well how’s your heart rate after watching that game?
    I think mine has just about returned to normal.
    Magnificent victory against the odds, great fighting spirit being displayed.
    Some of the approach play was breathtaking and clinical finishing to boot.
    To win without so many key and squad players is great testament to our team.
    We are definitely well up for the next few games now, injuries or not, we can prevail and overcome. COYchampionsleaguechasingI. 😊

  5. Yes now all those who claimed we would be useless without a striker and could not visualise true mobility with Bowen false nine and Lingard pulling strings just have a little rethink please and stop bloody whingeing!!! COYI

  6. We do seem to be getting better at seeing these games out, if we score 3 every game we will be in with a decent shout at the end of the season 😉

  7. The last three games I’ve been behind the 🛋!

  8. Well done everyone. Absolutely loving it. Even the bad times are good. Shake it up, baby!
    COYI

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