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Fulham 1-3 West Ham

Premier League    2018-19Match review
London Stadium   59,950
1Lukasz Fabianski    
5Pablo Zabaleta    
23Issa Diop 1  
21Angelo Ogbonna    
3Aaron Cresswell    
41Declan Rice    
30Michail Antonio 1  
16Mark Noble    
11Robert Snodgrass    
8Felipe Anderson    
17Javier Hernandez 1  
24Ryan FredericksSubed #5   
7Marko ArnautovicSubed #17   
10Manuel LanziniSubed #8  
 PosTable as at 22 Feb 2019PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
1Manchester City271301491182325965
3Tottenham Hotspur2690424121102301360
4Manchester United267412516824271951
8Wolverhampton Wanderers266352019534141439
9West Ham United276352120436142036
11AFC Bournemouth2673325173010123033
12Leicester City264261313536182132
13Crystal Palace26346912427182227
14Brighton and Hove Albion265441615229122427
16Newcastle United264181218265101625
17Cardiff City27527162822992425
20Huddersfield Town26121162213882611
match review copied from www.theguardian.com

Javier Hernández on hand as West Ham recover from early blow to beat Fulham
Nick Miller at the London Stadium
Date Published Fri 22 Feb 2019 21.44 GMT

Fulham have only themselves to blame for their season, confused decision-making and erratic management probably sending them straight back to the Championship. But on this one occasion they can feel genuinely aggrieved that their fate was unfairly decided by someone else.

They were ahead and playing well against West Ham, when Javier Hernández punched home a goal and changed the course of a game that ended in defeat for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Ranieri was furious at the time but later was more sanguine about Lee Mason’s failure to spot the offence. “It’s too easy to say yes,” he said, when asked if the handball had affected the outcome. “After the equaliser West Ham increased their confidence, and we were a little scared. It was a big pity the referee was covered [unsighted].”

Replays seemed to show Mason had a good view of the incident but the referee was far from the only one to miss it: only a couple of Fulham players protested and it did take four or five replays to be 100% sure the touch came from hand rather than head. Still, perhaps the forward’s guilty glance like a child with his hand in the sweet tin might have been proof enough. “Only he knows the truth,” said Ranieri, smiling ruefully.

It had all started so well. Ryan Babel gave Fulham the lead in the third minute, sweeping home after a low Ryan Sessegnon cross fell perfectly in the six-yard box, and for about 20 minutes Fulham were purposeful, strong and in control. It felt strange. It felt like it could not last, although legally speaking it should have. The controversial equaliser came from a Robert Snodgrass corner, improperly cleared and turned in at the far post. Just before the break West Ham were ahead, again from a Snodgrass corner but this time it was fair, Issa Diop given all the time and space he needed to batter a close-ranger header past Sergio Rico.

Fulham were slightly the better team after half-time but as Ranieri said that did not translate into many real chances. The home crowd was roused first by the return of Manuel Lanzini, on as a substitute after missing the season to date with a cruciate ligament injury, and then West Ham’s third goalin the final moments, Michail Antonio bouncing a header in from a Marko Arnautovic cross.

It was West Ham’s first win in six weeks, gratefully received even if the performance was not dazzling. “After those 10 strange minutes [at the start] we dominated the game,” Manuel Pellegrini said. “It was a good performance.”

For Ranieri and Fulham, who are eight points from safety, time is running out. “It’ll be a miracle [to survive] but we must fight together,” he said. “I believe in my players. They lack experience but they have a very big heart. We have to believe that something will change.”

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Antonio, Hernandez, Felipe Anderson. Subs not used: Arnautovic, Carroll, Lanzini, Adrian, Obiang, Nasri, Fredericks.
Goals: Hernandez 29, Diop 40, Antonio 90
Yellow cards: Lanzini
Fulham: Sergio Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, Seri, Babel, Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon, Mitrovic. Subs: Ayite, Vietto, Le Marchand, Christie, Zambo, Markovic, Ramirez.
Goals: Babel 3
Yellow cards: Bryan
Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 59,950
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