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Ten men West Ham did us proud in the second half

It was poor first half at St James Park and West Ham were punished by individual mistakes but the team made up for it in the second half.

Somehow in a matter of seconds, West Ham conceded a crazy own goal and saw Craig Dawson sent off. It was all entirely self-inflicted as Dawson gave the ball away to Allan Saint-Maximin, then lunged in dangerously in an attempt to win it back. However Saint-Maximin set off on a  run towards West Ham’s goal – shot – and just when it looked like Diop and/or Lukasz Fabiański was going to stop the goal, the defender spun on the ball and put it into his own net.

That left West Ham a goal and a man down. Clearly shaken up by the crazy turn of events, West Ham then conceded a second goal before half-time as Fabianski inexplicably dropped the ball and Joelinton scored. A rare mistake by the stop stopper.

The West Ham of old would have given up but the plucky Ten men Hammers came back in the second half to try to make good on their disastrous first half.

Making light of their numerical disadvantage, the Hammers displayed excellent character and perhaps deserved a point.

Jarrod Bowen, Lingard and Vladimir Coufal all had chances at goal before Diop headed in to make up his own goal.

Jesse Lingard registered his eighth goal for the Hammers and for a moment it seemed as though there would be some reward for West Ham’s second-half dominance.

As someone reminded me recently, goals are fun and in the last four West Ham games, there have been a total of 21 goals that have entertained many neutral supporters.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

12 comments on “Ten men West Ham did us proud in the second half

  1. Best team won.

  2. Never a dull moment with this squad.We gave this game to Newcastle and Fab,Issa,Dawson were clumsy,stupid and wreckless.Under Billic and Pelle,the team would have gone on to a heavier defeat,but there was was an entertaining fightback so an effort was encouraging.

  3. Considering we have one of the smallest squads in the PL no left backs 1 fit central midfielders and no strikers it’s a minor miracle where we are. Moyes got it wrong around how to deal with St Maximin he was the only danger on the park. Should have had someone with pace to man mark him, maybe Fredericks perhaps. Nobes looked like fish out of water in the Pl today. Hopefully he is better against Chelsea but having seen us today they will probably play Puliaic through the middle to open us up like Newcastle did. Soucek has to play the anchor role and lose his threat up top Noble can’t cover the ground goes off his feet too easy and is an accident waiting to happen. Despite the negatives am happy we fought back with 10 men and should have got at least a draw but for a Worldy cross and header.

  4. Typical West Ham performance. And now 10 goals allowed in 4 games. And a small squad that does not allow for many injuries/red cards.

    This team is not ready for the Champions League and it would take a lot of money to do that. Even the Europa League would be a challenge without adding 100 million worth of new players. Are they going to spend that kind of cash?

  5. For me the blame lies at the feet of Dawson. 2 brain dead challenges resulting in a red catd. Can’t control a 10 yard pass that ultimately leads to the first goal, I also believe he would had been in the spot to clear the cross they scored their winner from. All in hindsight I know but that’s my opinion.

  6. Self inflicted mistakes lead us to defeat today, but what an entertaining game nonetheless!
    The stoppage to allow the Mags defender to change his boots whilst on the pitch seemed to break our teams concentration levels, as up to that point we looked in control of the game, dominating possession. The two mistakes aside, I was reasonably impressed with our display first half.
    We’ve had some good luck thus far, unfortunately it ran out today conceding so soon after an incredible second half showing.
    Chins up, shoulders back.
    Onwards and upwards.
    COYI

  7. The only reason we came back in the 2nd half was because newcastle sat back due to Bruce’s poor tactics. Once they started to attack again they scored immediately and looked dangerous. The better team won today.

  8. I just love West Ham so much
    That game is just like you would rarely see from any other club – my Old Man told me from my straining tip toes in the Chicken Run at my first game in 1968 (4-3 against QPR- where we had allowed 3-1 to become 3-3) it’s not about winning it’s about entertainment. The last four games have been superb.
    We have been put through the shredder – but I couldn’t look away for a second.
    Having watched Chelsea and City – very professional job by Chelsea the way they nullified City and one slickly taken goal on the counter – and no qualms from me when her indoors turned the telly over before the end to watch a taped Midsummer Murder. Who wants to watch a typically clinical German efficiency exercise – compared to the roller coaster Irons ride – COYI

  9. Sorry to be a broken record but the game passes Nobes by dangerously now. If he stays back they run through him, if he steps up he can’t recover. They targeted that area on the break and did us. We all know about the mistakes – but at the heart was the set up. Unless it’s a last minute sub, it can’t be Nobes. Sorry.

  10. Though we played with 10 men from the start. Dawson had nobody in front of him. Mark Noble allowed the game to pass him by. Diop is still uncertain of what to do and needs a little help. It is what it is. We needed Noble or someone else in that position to take charge, cover the defence and prompt forward movement. We did very well to level the scores. Then Ben Johnson had nobody there to tell him to get his head to the ball. With a bit more experience, he would realise this and not need to be told.
    COYI

  11. Thought we played with 10 men from the start. Dawson had nobody in front of him. Mark Noble allowed the game to pass him by. Diop is still uncertain of what to do and needs a little help. It is what it is. We needed Noble or someone else in that position to take charge, cover the defence and prompt forward movement. We did very well to level the scores. Then Ben Johnson had nobody there to tell him to get his head to the ball. With a bit more experience, he would realise this and not need to be told.
    COYI

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