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Strong second half gives Hammers 3-1 win

A strong second-half performance saw West Ham come from behind to beat FCSB 3-1 in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

The Hammers were rocked by a terrible first-half display that saw them concede a number of chances, and the first goal of the game.

Andrei Cordea scored just after the half-hour mark to give the Romanian side a shock lead but David Moyes rang the changes at half-time to bring the Irons back into the game.

Jarrod Bowen, Mikey Antonio, and Lucas Paqueta all came on, with the Jamaica international replacing a pretty hopeless Gianluca Scamacca, who missed two clear-cut chances.

Bowen equalised from the spot on 68 minutes after Maxwel Cornet was fouled by FCSB’s goalkeeper, Ștefan Tarnovanu in the area. Cornet needed to be substituted and Bowen scored the penalty with aplomb, finding the top corner.

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An unlikely scorer got the Hammers’ second, as Emerson Palmieri latched onto an Antonio miscontrol and slammed the ball beyond Tarnovanu.

FCSB actually had a couple of chances before the game ended, but the result was put beyond doubt by Mikey in the 89th minute, as he sprinted through powerfully and finished in trademark style.

A strong win to kick off the Hammers’ Conference League campaign.

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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.