Date printed: Saturday seventh November 2020 10:19
Tomas Soucek popped up in injury-time to provide West Ham a last-gasp 1-Zero victory over Fulham because the guests ignored from the spot in a dramatic end on the London Stadium.
With the London derby conflict apparently heading for stalemate, Soucek stroked house Stated Benrahma’s go two mins into injury-time.
That seemed to be that however with 97 mins at the clock, Benrahma became to villain when bringing down Tom Cairney within the field.
After a VAR take a look at, Fulham have been awarded a penalty and a golden probability to flee with a draw.
However Ademola Lookman‘s strive at a ‘Panenka’ penalty went horribly flawed as he chipped his spot-kick directly into Lukasz Fabianski’s palms.
That gamble-gone-wrong condemned Fulham to a 13th directly defeat in a Premier League London derby. And left Scott Parker’s aspect with handiest 4 issues and only a position above the drop zone.
West Ham, in the meantime, moved as much as 11th position after the overdue, overdue drama.
David Moyes’ hosts had executed neatly to take 5 issues from a tough run of fixtures towards Leicester, Spurs, Manchester Town and Liverpool.
They usually kicked off right here with the similar beginning XI that misplaced narrowly at Anfield.
That intended document signing Sebastian Haller up entrance because of the absence of the injured Michail Antonio.
Harrison Reed changed the injured Mario Lemina for Fulham.
In a vivid opening, the Hammers created a flurry of early probabilities. Throughout the first 5 mins, Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola needed to save from each Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell.
Jarrod Bowen then noticed a volley from out of doors the field tipped over. And from the ensuing nook Haller rose perfect to clip the highest of the crossbar with a high quality header.
After weathering that early hurricane, Fulham discovered a foothold. Cairney’s shot around the space used to be nearly became in sooner than Aleksandar Mitrovic couldn’t direct a header on track from 10 yards.
West Ham had a penalty attraction simply after the 30 minutes mark. However Joachim Andersen’s problem on Haller used to be deemed criminal and VAR didn’t interfere.
Mitrovic used to be later performed via however made a large number of the chance. His blushes have been spared when an offside flag went up as the primary part moderately fizzled out.
Hammers two times hit woodwork sooner than overdue drama
Simply 3 mins after the ruin, West Ham hit the woodwork for a 2nd time.
Harrison Reed gave a free-kick away at the fringe of the world. And Creswell’s very good curling strike clipped the highest of the bar to Fulham’s aid.
Reminders that this used to be a derby got here within the 56th minute when Mitrovic and Ogbanna squared up.
Mitrovic used to be booked for pushing the Hammers defender within the chest. Ogbanna then picked up a yellow of his personal after a rash problem on Cairney and later went off with a groin harm.
However as the sport become scrappy, West Ham pale and Fulham got here to the fore once more.
Lookman fired directly at Fabianski after a free-kick and Bobby Decordova-Reid’s strike from 15 yards used to be additionally saved out via the West Ham stopper.
Moyes attempted to inject some attacking efficiency via bringing on new signing Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini with slightly below 20 mins to play.
Fulham, in the meantime, gave overdue mins to on-loan Chelsea megastar Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The transfer paid off for West Ham when Benrahma took benefit of a few deficient Fulham protecting to arrange Soucek to fit fireplace house from 14 yards after 92 mins.
And that proved the successful objective however handiest because of Lookman’s overdue howler.