Hammers level at half time 0-0


A desperately dull first half saw the Hammers go in level when United had created the best of the chances – such as they were.

Hammers level at half time 0-0

Once again the Irons showed little intensity or energy and allowed United to grow into the game and become the more threatening of the two sides.

The Hammers started enthusiastically without being able to create any chances but slowly they became listless and Shaw had the first chance when firing weakly at Areola who saved low down.

The Hammers had to wait until the 17th minute for their first opportunity when Bowen failed to get hold of his shot which sailed weakly by an upright.

United’s Garnacho was becoming a menace and once again Areola went low to save from the quick moving forward and that was followed by our keeper holding onto a long range shot from Anthony.

Misplaced passes were again becoming the order of the Hammers day and one from Kudus was played forward again to Garnacho who poor close range finish was well saved by Areola.

The Hammers had one other chance – if one can call it that – close to the interval when a Ward Prowse free kick was headed wide by Tomas Soucek.

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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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