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Hammers stunned by plucky Leeds

West Ham were stunned by an injury-hit Leeds side on Sunday as Marcelo Bielsa’s side managed to win 3-2 at the London Stadium.

It was an absolutely enthralling game of football that ebbed and flowed with both sides looking to attack what appeared to be weak defences.

The Hammers fell behind twice and twice fought back but it was a hat-trick from Jack Harrison that proved decisive in the game.

Harrison scored his first after nine minutes, as Aaron Cresswell failed to deal with a ball down the right flank and Raphinha put in a cross for Mateusz Klich, whose shot was saved. The ball fell to Adam Forshaw, and he played it back to Harrison, who finished coolly.

Leeds were then rocked by a double injury blow as both Forshaw and Junior Firpo were forced off and replaced by inexperienced teenagers from the academy.

It was inevitable that Jarrod Bowen would get on the scoresheet and he equalised on 33 minutes, heading home a corner after some intense Hammers pressure.

Parity lasted less than five minutes, as Harrison scored a second from a Leeds corner, ghosting in at the back post after giving Cresswell the slip and pushing the ball over the line.

In the second half, the game continued to flow and Pablo Fornals equalised with a slick finish after some exceptional dribbling on the edge of the box.

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But Harrison would not be denied and scored again, as Nikola Vlasic gave the ball away after a hospital pass from Issa Diop, and Raphinha found the winger, who finished superbly.

Klich then thought he had added a fourth when he finished another Raphinha pass but his goal was ruled out after it struck the offside Rodrigo.

Leeds could not keep the ball in the latter stages and the Hammers did build up some real pressure, leading to one last opportunity.

In the very last minute, Bowen had a golden chance to equalise again, but somehow he chested the ball over the bar from three yards out.

It was an absolute sitter; how important could that miss be come the end of the season?!

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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.

3 comments on “Hammers stunned by plucky Leeds

  1. I had a bad feeling about this all week, nothing specific but just the feeling that Leeds time might have come to beat us. Still, I hoped that our side was better than their’s; which it was on paper, & would carry the day. What happened was that a depleted team wanted the win more than we did. Add to that the fact that we were below par & slow to get going & that Dawson & Diop undermined the rest of the team’s confidence with a very disjointed , confusing & nervous display. In the end, we should have got a draw, but we didn’t deserve it. Leeds deserved the win.

  2. The extra game midweek had a lot to do with this result. Fair play to Leeds though, down to the bare bones but didn’t call the game off unlike the gooners.

  3. This game shows why we need to sign players we look tired . Need some options to rotate the squad . Not on it today but we will bounce back . COYI ⚒

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