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Hammers show resilience to win end-to-end derby

West Ham came from behind to record what ended up as a comfortable win against Fulham on Sunday.

The Hammers struggled initially and were pegged back after just five minutes, as Andreas Pereira slammed a superb effort beyond Lukasz Fabianski from a tight angle.

There was controversy to come, but Gianluca Scamacca first missed a pair of very presentable chances from close-range.

After 28 minutes, Jarrod Bowen equalised from the penalty spot but the decision was arguably a little soft, as Craig Dawson ran into Pereira in the box and went down, but it’s not a call we’ll disagree with!

The game devolved into a midfield battle from there but Scamacca gave the Hammers the lead just after the hour.

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He was sent through by Lucas Paqueta and, although he looked offside, he lobbed the ball over Bernd Leno. VAR showed that he was onside, and a lengthy check for a handball came to nothing, with the goal given, and Fulham boss Marco Silva booked for his protests.

Aaron Cresswell made a vital block from Tom Cairney just a few minutes later, before Mikey Antonio came off the bench to wrap things up in the last minute, pouncing on a mix-up between Leno and a defender after his initial shot was blocked to wrap up all three points.

Not the easiest game in the world, but a solid three points.

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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.

One comment on “Hammers show resilience to win end-to-end derby

  1. The magic moment for me was Antonios defense splitting pass to Bowen,which had he been taller,would have had the chance to score a peach.

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