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Spirited Hammers beaten but deserved much better


By Hugh Southon

Liverpool 2 Hammers 1


They deserved more!

This new gritty and determined West Ham made it really tough for the champions, taking the lead through Pablo Fornals – a goal to go with the one he scored at Anfield last season – before  ultimately being beaten by a Salah spot kick and late Diogo goal.

Arthur Masuaku should not become a hate figure for giving away the first half penalty via a clumsy tackle as he actually had a pretty good game beyond that causing Liverpool some real moments of concern.

The thing about this new West Ham is that such is their effort and at times very good football you can’t feel too upset when they get beaten by a team such as this because they gave everything they had and definitely deserved a point in my book.

Typifying that was Fornals who made really good runs and showed real energy whilst the defence is an entirely different kettle of fish – tight and composed – to the one Moyes inherited.

They restricted Liverpool to four or five chances, making sure their strikers had as hard a time breaking them down as they will any team this season.

Coufal was outstanding and Oggy was again at his best but it was in midfield where we looked really strong with Rice,  Soucek and Fornals outstanding .

Sadly Seb Haller – in for the injured Mikey Antonio – was pretty anonymous only catching my eye on ONE occasion when holding off three or four Reds defenders.

Benrahma made a very late appearance but barely got a touch as the game drifted to it’s predictable conclusion after the second goal.

The Hammers will play worse than this and win – they were quite Liverpool’s equal over the 90 minutes and we look forward with optimism.

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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

15 comments on “Spirited Hammers beaten but deserved much better

  1. Like a repeat of the Arsenal game. We deserved so much more for our efforts. Should have had a point.

  2. Lets be honest Hugh.If somebody had offered us 8 points and a mid table position after looking at that opening set of fixtures we would have torn their arm off.Always knew that once Antonio was injured this would be hard work.3 very winnable games coming up and a more realistic time to look at this new look team after that.We are definately heading in the right direction but like most i fear for us with no Antonio.

  3. Moyes and sourness spot on, never a penalty. Salah dives.

  4. Mostly agree with your view Hugh. I thought Haller had a decent game given what he had to work with. So did everyone else.
    Being over-critical, wish Pablo Fornals could finish rather than kick the ball in the general direction and then spend a personal moment to regret his lack of luck. Remember, Pablo, the more you practice – the luckier you will be!!
    Still onwards and upwards – bring on November.

  5. I think we were unlucky to not get a point today . I am baffled why our supporters are on twitter complaining about Moyes not bringing Benrahma on earlier we were 1-1 with 7 mins left and once we went 2-1 down he got ready took his instructions and got on. Please stop slagging the manager we have improved no end from last season so get behind him and stop throwing your dummy out when we get beaten Liverpool are the champions

  6. Well it was never a penalty, Salah threw himself down , not Arthur’s fault really, and if Fornals had squared to Bowen we might have been in front!
    Disappointing that Benrahma was only brought on with minutes to go, too late to have any real impact.
    We can feel aggrieved we didn’t come away with at least a point

  7. No wonder our clubs don’t do so well in Europe now. Refs are letting the big clubs get away with murder, they don’t get away with it in Europe. Why allow Players to keep doing the dying swan in the Penalty Area and near the box ? If they clamped down and made sure things were fair and above board, our European and International teams would improve. West Ham were robbed to give Liverpool their record, who actually cares how many Home matches they have won. ?

  8. It’s clear the hammers have come a long way since the opening day of this season. DM has got us playing like a team. The squad are going out to each game with the thought process of winning. I, as a fan, am going into each game thinking – we can win this. That hasn’t been the case for a few years when we had average managers playing average teams. But that’s in the past. I truly feel we will be like Everton back in the Moyes days…I’m glad the Scot is with us and long may he stay at the helm…as for the negative anti DM morons – jog on back to Millwall you mugs! DM is here to stay and the real true WHU fans will back him all the way!

    • Very good point Jersey Hammer.Instead of sweating on next week against Fulham i am confident we will give them a good hiding in frustration at todays Salah robbery.Would love to see someone really take this little cheat out at the knees and show him what good old fashioned tackling used to be like.Cannot abide him, and never have .In the good old pre pc days someone like Bonzo would have launched him into row z of the stadium.

      • 64 – great point. Trouble is the game has been allowed to change. I always think of players like Mark Hughes when I see stuff and nonsense like Salah performed. Sparky must have had ankles of steel. It took a really unbalancing clout for him to get a free kick or penalty. Michail Antonio is a lot like that. If he was a cheating ‘professional’, ‘intelligent’ fotballer, he’d be on the ground and wailing at the thought of opponent breath causing him harm. The beautiful game would be better off without these pathetic antics.

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