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Hammers turn on the style to beat Charlton

West Ham 3 Charlton 0


By Hugh Southon


Ok I can hear the comments now: “It was only Charlton” but then  it was only Oxford wasn’t it?

Instead of another disastrous Cup excursion we instead saw a Hammers team full of composure and threat take the League One team apart via two goals from Seb Haller and Felipe Anderson.

And along the way we saw some fine performances notably from Josh Cullen in midfield, Ben Johnson at the back, Andriy Yarmolenko who barely put a foot wrong all night, and in particular Manu Lanzini who was right back to his best.

Manu and Felipe combined for the Brazilian’s first goal since last January

It was his fabulous trickery inside the box which set up the third Hammers goal and Anderson’s first since last January when he scored his one and only goal of the season against Bournemouth.

The twin danger of Anderson on the left and the little Argentinian playing behind Haller was all too much for Charlton as the pair turned on some wizardry,

Yarmolenko was excellent all evening and will even be putting pressure on Jarrod Bowen if he can show the same sort of form at Premier level.

He was full of trickery and menace whenever he moved forward, remarks which could also be applied to Arthur Masuaku who defended okay when needed but caused real problems going forward.

On the other side Johnson recovered from  the disaster of Bournemouth when he was hauled off after some shocking fouls which resulted in a yellow. Youngsters need time.

Cullen too was outstanding keeping things moving throughout and looking a natural first teamer for the first time in a long while. Certainly he has the ability to follow an ageing Mark Noble,

Haller was a handful in the first half with two decent goals from good build ups and Balbuena too was good at the back partnering Diop who was in  need of game time after missing most of pre-season.

Word too for young defender Harrison Ashby who was only on for 10 minutes at the end  and looked very good in all he did.

Ok, nobody is getting carried away here but you can only judge on what you see and this was a decent performance as players looked to put pressure on the manager for outings against Arsenal.

After what we had witnessed against Newcastle that was particularly good to see as Moyes was left with a few tricky selection decisions.


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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

2 comments on “Hammers turn on the style to beat Charlton

  1. Great performance irrespective of the opposition. Good for the confidence of the team and shows that we do have players capable to playing well and playing fancy footie. We knew this already yet with some fans it’s all they can do to cry about how poor we are. Whilst we were shockingly bad last weekend, we have 37 games to get a top half finish. I hope that we stick with a two up front system, use the talent we have in the best possible positions and Nobes can be benched. He is needed around the club without doubt but not as a starter for every game. COYI.

  2. There’s never been much doubt about the skills/talent with Messers, Haller, Yarmalenko, Lanzini and Anderson, it’s always been about application and formation…??

    It’s down to the coaching staff to get the tactics, formation, motivation etc. in place for the right opponent and execute a ‘game plan’ … These things did not happen on Saturday?

    And Stuart Attwell is a poor referee?

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