West Ham aim to maintain momentum


Hammers to maintain momentum

Following impressive midweek victories, Fulham and West Ham United aim to maintain momentum in tomorrow’s encounter at Craven Cottage. Fulham showcased their attacking prowess with a 5-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest, while West Ham overcame a one-goal deficit to secure a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur a day later.

West Ham aim to maintain momentum

David Moyes, before facing Ange Postecoglou, had struggled in¬†39¬†attempts to beat a traditional ‘Big Six’ team away from home. However, he broke that streak on Thursday with another Tottenham collapse. In the match, Tottenham took an early lead, but West Ham, led by Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse, staged a comeback.

Despite an initial dominance by Tottenham, West Ham turned the tide after Moyes’ halftime intervention. With five wins in their last six matches and currently sitting in ninth position, our mighty Irons are only four points away from fifth-placed Tottenham in the intense race for a spot in continental competitions.

Although West Ham have yet to secure their first Premier League clean sheet away from home this season, they have scored in each of their last nine road games. Additionally, they have won five of their last six meetings with Fulham, whose most recent victory in this fixture dates back to New Year’s Day 2014.

On the injury front, first-choice goalkeeper Alphonse Areola missed the win over Tottenham due to a minor ligament injury in his wrist. Lukasz Fabianski, who made his first league start of the season on Thursday, is expected to continue as the goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio may require a little more time to recover from a knee problem. The team is still contemplating a possible striker signing in January, but makeshift centre-forward Bowen has joined an exclusive club by scoring in seven consecutive Premier League away games, a feat previously achieved only by Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie

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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!"

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