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West Ham 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Premier League    2020-21Match review
London Stadium   0
1Lukasz Fabianski    
5Vladimir Coufal    
15Craig Dawson    
21Angelo Ogbonna    
3Aaron Cresswell    
28Tomas Soucek    
41Declan Rice    
20Jarrod Bowen 1  
10Manuel Lanzini    
9Said Benrahma    
30Michail Antonio 1  
7Andriy YarmolenkoSubed #9   
18Pablo FornalsSubed #10   
16Mark NobleSubed #30   
 PosTable as at 19 Jan 2021PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
1Leicester City19514151271120938
2Manchester United184231213720221137
3Manchester City1762119743110635
5Tottenham Hotspur1843214953119833
7West Ham United195321511423121132
11Aston Villa15313151151214526
12Leeds United183241314405172023
13Crystal Palace193331115325111823
14Wolverhampton Wanderers19334121331591622
15Newcastle United18324101522581519
16Brighton and Hove Albion190541015334121417
19West Bromwich Albion19126524136101911
20Sheffield United191186150184175
match review copied from www.theguardian.com

West Ham sink West Brom but league investigates Snodgrass omission
Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium
Date Published: Tue 19 Jan 2021 20.35 GMT

The Sam Allardyce survival guide stated a draw was the minimum requirement for West Brom here after the joy of beating Wolves. Yet the reality of his side’s dismal defending scotched that ambition. The leakiest back four in the Premier League could not handle West Ham’s crossing game and there was something slightly doomed about the anguished cry from Allardyce when Darnell Furlong spurned a late chance to equalise: a growing realisation, perhaps, that his record of never being relegated from the top flight is under serious threat.

The numbers suggest this might prove one rescue mission beyond even Allardyce’s ability to save a struggling side. West Brom, who lie five points below Burnley in 17th place, have conceded 17 goals in six league games since replacing Slaven Bilic with the 66-year-old. The goals against column now reads 43 overall and there was no sign of their defensive flaws fading against West Ham, who profited because they were sharp and smart in the opposition box.

Both of West Ham’s goals came when they won the first and second ball from crosses. The frustration for Allardyce was immense, especially as West Brom were primed to claim a precious draw after Matheus Pereira cancelled out Jarred Bowen’s chested effort. Parity lasted until Michail Antonio settled the contest with his second winner in as many games.

Allardyce was a disappointed man and was soon being asked about Robert Snodgrass’s strange omission from the squad. The Scottish midfielder’s absence was attributed by his manager to a gentleman’s agreement with West Ham following his move to the Hawthorns earlier this month. The Premier League is investigating whether the deal is in breach of regulation 17, stating: “No club shall enter into a contract which enables another party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in league matches.” Allardyce laughed. “Before I can answer anything that might put me, West Ham or anybody else in a bit of trouble I’ll see what the Premier League say,” he said.

David Moyes was not in a mood to discuss the issue. West Ham’s manager preferred to focus on his side West Ham extending their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions and rising two points below fourth-placed Liverpool, who host Burnley on Thursday. “If we can keep this standard up we’ll be pleased,” Moyes said. “I want to be ambitious and get us as far up the league as we possibly can. I want us to try and compete at the top.”

West Ham are on the up thanks to Moyes, who said that he is still in the market for a new striker. They defended well, dealing with Allardyce’s rudimentary tactics in the first half, batting away West Brom’s tedious tactics of launching the ball into the air whenever they happened to win a free-kick in the general vicinity of the halfway line.

West Brom missed Snodgrass, who impressed against Wolves, and their cautious gameplan unravelled at the end of the opening period. It was asking a lot from a mediocre defence to stay focused throughout and the visitors eventually cracked when Saïd Benrahma twisted and turned on the left before launching a cross to the far post. Vladimir Coufal arrived unnoticed to tee up Bowen, who chested past Sam Johnstone.

Allardyce bemoaned an inability to muster “five seconds of defending properly”, although he was pleased with his side’s response after the break. A more refined approach brought a reward when Craig Dawson backed away from Pereira, inviting the Brazilian to fire past Lukasz Fabianski from 20 yards. The goal survived a VAR review for offside against Conor Gallagher, who was judged not to have run across Fabianski’s line of vision.

Yet West Ham raised their level. Dara O’Shea cleared off the line from Manuel Lanzini, and Declan Rice shot wide. The pressure grew and West Ham broke through again when Aaron Cresswell’s cross was nodded down by Andriy Yarmolenko for Antonio to volley home on the turn.

Although West Brom fought until the end, their misery was complete when Gallagher was booked for diving in stoppage-time. Allardyce knows that time is running out.

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 6.5; Coufal 6.5, Dawson 6.5, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 7; Rice 7, Soucek 6; Bowen 7, Lanzini 6.5 (Fornals 62, 6), Benrahma 6.5 (Yarmolenko 62, 7); Antonio 7 (Noble 84, 6)
Subs not used: Randolph, Balbuena, Alves, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson
Scorers: Bowen 45, Antonio 66
Manager: David Moyes 6.5
WEST BROM (4-4-1-1): Johnstone 6; O’Shea 6.5, Ajayi 5.5, Bartley 6.5, Gibbs 6; Gallagher 6, Livermore 5.5, Sawyers 6, Grosicki 6; Pereira 7; Robinson 7
Subs not used: Button, Furlong, Robson-Kanu, Krovinovic, Ivanovic, Edwards, Peltier, Kipre, Field
Scorer: Pereira 51
Booked: Gallagher
Manager: Sam Allardyce 6
Referee: Graham Scott 6
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