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Hammers push Liverpool every inch of the way


Liverpool 3 West Ham 2

By Hugh Southon


West Ham’s fans don’t need me to tell them that they should feel extraordinarily proud of their football team tonight.

The Facts:

O They went one down when Fab should have done much better

O went 2-1 up through a Diop equaliser and a Fornals effort

O saw Fabianski make another awful mistake from Salah when allowing the ball to slide past him

O before we finally fell to a Mane goal nine minutes from time.

But tonight the Hammers turned a corner and produced a display which pushed the Premier League runaway leaders to the limits of their incredible abilities and almost confounded the NetBet Sports odds.

And even after Mane’s effort, the late arrival of Jarrod Bowen almost ensured another equaliser but he could not get quite enough on his dinked effort which rebounded off  the keeper’s head to safety.

Bottom line? Continue in this vein and we will get safe. The team defended superbly and in young right back Jeremy Ngakoa they have unearthed a real find.

But Fabianski will want to forget a game which again contributed to the horrific goalkeeping problems we have suffered this year.

It was horrible to see Salah score from a half hit shot but despite all of that you had to admire the guts, determination and, at time, skilled football of the Irons.

They absolutely battled their guts out from start to finish and even drew some admiration from Gary Neville on Sky – yeah thy were THAT good.

Bit the star of the night was young Jeremy Ngakia  for the Irons with Jamie Carragher claiming he’d never seen a right back have such an effect on this game.

That we come away feeling utterly gutted not to have won and drawn is a triumph given the events of this season and continue like this and relegation shouldn’t be a fear for TOO long.


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About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

23 comments on “Hammers push Liverpool every inch of the way

  1. At last something to be proud of. And like you say Hugh could be a corner turned.

  2. Fab aside, there can be absolutely no complaints with that performance which should give the boys the confidence for the run in.. in a similar way to the Spuds match becoming a catalyst in 06/07

  3. Excellent team effort except for the Fabianski horror show where he was suspect on the 3rd as well.
    Very proud of the teams effort.Fabs has plenty of credit in the bank from the last two seasons but if this was Roberto people would be in apoplexy.
    Would have liked to see Bowen on for Anderson with who we were playing and their type of game.

  4. Sorry hugh totally disagree..we lost again from a winning position….as we always find a way to do …wish I could be a calm supporter….

    • Hari kari, please.
      Lost 3-2 to the best team in the world.
      Understand your frustration but should be more concerned about Soucek than the score.

  5. Thought there first goal was a good finish, their 3rd looked offside but watching from a pub a few pints in maybe am wrong ? That is the level we need for the rest of the games, Ngakia should start, looks a real talent kept Robertson quiet, Bowen made a brilliant run and was unlucky with the chip but demonstrated he won’t be phased. Hope the players feel buoyed by the performance COYI!!!

    • Agree we battled for our lives but we should do that every match and fabianski has kept us in games but tonight he had hes worst game for us shame but sums our season up noble and snodgrass are not quick enough for the premier league Bowen and gorbals for the last 11 games please🤔

  6. Excellent 70 mins, but we have dropped 22 points from winning positions. With Noble and Snodgrass kept on again when clearly they had nothing left to offer. Until Moyes wakes up to this, we will struggle to close out matches. Reason Moyes has not won anything, is he just does not have the bottle to really go for the kill. Bowen had to come on to try and stop Robertson attacking that side, which Snodgrass could no longer do

  7. Now we kick on.Surely this gives the players enough confidence to beat Saints and push up to safety.

  8. Great effort at last, if we played like this all season there would be no worries.
    Two questions… Why no Bowen until 84 mins & how bad is Soucek?

  9. Agreed – proud of the boys tonight. I suspect they all agreed after the City game that they needed to change it up. We cannot play 3 at the back again.

  10. Moral victories don’t win points. Goals do. And without points we are going to be in serious trouble.
    We don’t seem to hang in there against good teams or mediocre teams. If this does not change soon we’ll run out of time.

    If we don’t beat Southampton I wonder when we will win a game.

  11. Proud of the team tonight. By far the most balanced team Moyes has put out since the Bournemouth game. Hopefully he will now wake up and realise our strengths are offensive. Otherwise we will defend ourselves into the championship…

  12. I was proud, but yet again no points due to individual errors. We have to beat Soton at the weekend, and it wont be easy.

  13. Demonstraters should be ashamed of themselves.

  14. If Soucek is seriously injured we are done.

  15. You all think that just because we only lost by one goal against liverpool and for once played half decent that we are going to turn over the lesser teams for sure …my god how long have you been supporting west ham …never seen people happy to lose because it’s a top 4 side..sorry I cant do that …that’s like me doing a removal and the customer saying,,so proud of you ,you worked hard but moved us to the wrong house….

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