It’s all over in Stratford and West Ham move up into seventh in the league, leapfrogging Southampton and Chelsea. It’s exactly what their performance deserved. West Brom showed fight and occasional flashes of quality, but Sam Allardyce has his work cut out if he’s to get this squad out of relegation trouble.
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The final whistle goes and Big Sam shakes the hand of David Moyes before heading down the tunnel as bubbles float around the London Stadium.
West Brom go for a long throw in the third minute of stoppage time and there are desperate calls for a penalty as Gallagher collapses to the ground. The referee is having absolutely none of it though and books the West Brom man… with replays suggesting he was spot on.
Was that the chance?! I think it might have been the chance! Furlong makes a terrific run across the face of the defence to meet a low cross into the box, but he doesn’t quite wrap his foot around it enough and his effort flies agonisingly wide. Big Sam yells out in frustration, very nearly causing his heavily-chewed gum to fly out onto the turf.
A deep cross into the box is coolly dealt with by Coufal and West Ham clear. It’s been a bit of a shift since Antonio’s departure, with West Ham having no obvious focal point, allowing the Baggies more of a chance to get a foothold in the game.
Can West Brom create a chance to get something out of this game? They badly need to build on that win against Wolves last time out and try to claw their way back towards safety, but it’s not looking good right now
Antonio's excellent shift comes to an end and Mark Noble is introduced to add some experience in midfield.
Bowen and Cresswell work it nicely down the left, but there’s not much to aim for and the Baggies clear.
On comes a focal point for the Baggies as they chase a result, with Robson-Kanu introduced for Livermore.
It’s a rare chance for West Brom, but a decent one. A header back to the edge of the box finds Gallagher, but he slices across it and his shot lacks the power to trouble Fabianski.
West Ham counter through the excellent Antonio as West Brom commit their big men forward for another set-piece, but the attack peters out before Rice fires over with a speculative effort from range.
Soucek is caught in the box, but there wasn’t much in it despite the West Ham man’s protests and VAR decides it wasn’t a penalty.
Another free-kick in their own half is thumped long by West Brom but it floats over all of the defenders who’d gone forward and drifts behind for a goal-kick. Back to Plan A for Sam Allardyce then I guess.
Yarmolenko stings the palms of the keeper as West Ham push for a third.
- GoalMichail AntonioWest Ham United
GOOOAAALLL!!! The goal was coming and it’s Michail Antonio who’s got it. Yarmolenko, fresh off the bench, heads a Cresswell cross back into the middle and Antonio reacts quickly to volley home under pressure from two defenders. A full deserved goal for West Ham and they have their lead back. 2-1.
The ball won’t quite sit for Bowen as West Ham work it into space inside the box again. The hosts are bossing this now and you feel like a goal is coming.
Fornals and Yarmolenko come on to replace Lanzini and Benrahma.
The Hammers are playing some lovely football in patches, but David Moyes did say that some of his players might be struggling for fitness tonight and it looks like we’re about to see some changes to the forward line.
How close is that! West Ham take a free-kick quick and Declan Rice gets on the end of a slide-rule pass before firing a shot across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the far post. The Hammers have really stepped it up since the equaliser.
West Ham go close to regaining their lead twice in quick succession as Lanzini’s shot is brilliantly headed off the line by O’Shea before Rice’s follow-up from the edge of the box shaves the post on its way wide.
Here's a look at that equaliser from Pereira.
A Cresswell corner is aimed towards the head of Rice at the near post looking for the flick-on, but West Brom deal with it well.
West Brom have already offered far more threat since the break than they managed in the entirety of the first half and Grosicki wins a corner with a mazy run into the box that had the Hammers defence panicking.
- GoalMatheus PereiraWest Bromwich Albion
GOOOAAALLL!!! Wow, out of absolutely nowhere West Brom are level. Matheus Pereira picks the ball up in the centre of the park and nobody closes him down as he drifts tow the edge of the box before pulling the trigger. It’s an arrow of a shot that nestles straight into the bottom corner and VAR, after checking for a possible offside and obstruction of the keeper, allows the goal to stand. 1-1 and game on!
Will we see more consistent attacking intent from West Brom now that they’re a goal down? There were a few flashes in the first-half, but most of their strategy seemed to rest on hoofing set-pieces long.
Gallagher is picked out inside the box as West Brom work it forward, but his final touch isn’t good enough to either seriously test Fabianski or to find a team-mate.
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The Baggies get the game back underway in the second half.
- End of 1st Half
What a way to end the half and you have to say that the Hammers deserve it for their intent throughout. Hats off to Bowen too, that was a very unusual finish.
- GoalJarrod BowenWest Ham United
GOOOAAALLL!!! Right on the cusp of half-time it’s a goal for West Ham, and it’s Jarrod Bowen who’s got it. Benrahma gets into space and puts a deep cross into the box for Coufal to hammer back into the mixer, and Bowen reacts amazing quickly to chest it in from about five yards out. VAR checks it for handball, but it’s all good and West Ham go in a goal to the good.
Antonio thinks he's in behind the West Brom defence, but Bartley reacts brilliantly to get back and bail out his team-mates.
Ooh, that was close. The lively Robinson gets away down the left as West Brom break, and his cross arrows towards Pereira… only for Fabianski, who had read it all the way, to lunge out and get to the ball ahead of the forward. That’s more like it!
Benrahma pings one from distance but Johnstone makes a relatively straightforward save. The West Brom stopper has faced more shots than any other goalkeeper in the league this season, and he’s made more saves too… but the Baggies have still conceded 41 goals, comfortably the division’s worst defensive record.
West Brom put together their nicest move for quite a well, but Fabianski gets to a teasing Gibbs cross first to bring the phase to an underwhelming end.
Lanzini makes a decent connection, but his effort doesn’t dip quickly enough and clips the roof of the net as it flies over.
Now this is a chance for West Ham. They have a free-kick slightly left of centre and just a yard or so outside of the box. Lanzini is standing over it…
Cresswell looks for Antonio with a cross from deep, but he can’t pick out the lone Claret shirt in the box. The possession stats must be massively in the home side’s favour, but chances aren’t exactly arriving thick and fast at either end of the pitch.
Bowen takes a cross from Benrahma down excellently in the box and shunts a shot on the turn narrowly wide… but the flag was up in any case.
Declan Rice (who is running things nicely for West Ham) bends a cross into the box, but Antonio can’t quite react when it falls to his feet and the opportunity goes begging.
West Brom are awarded a free-kick in their own half, but it’s illustrative of the tactics this evening that that's enough of an opportunity for the defenders to head forward into the box. The set-piece is humped long again, but West Ham clear. It’s not clever and it’s not pretty, but if they try it enough then it might just work – the Hammers don’t ever look comfortable with it.
Cresswell gets away from his man down the left and dinks a nice cross in, but the finish doesn’t quite match the quality of the delivery and Johnstone makes a comfortable stop.
Coufal pops up in the opposition box and his shot takes a deflection and flies inches wide of the post. That was decent from the West Ham full-back.
A free-kick is hit long into the box again by West Brom, but it won't quite fall for them and Fabianski gratefully grabs the loose ball.
It's not going to be easy to break down this West Ham defence tonight. David Moyes' side are looking for their fourth consecutive clean sheet, which would be the first time since 2014 they've achieved such a run. The man in charge back then is sat in the visiting dugout this evening...
West Brom have grown into the game into the last few minutes and go close to opening up the hosts again. Pereira’s ball across the edge of the box is dangerous, but it can’t quite pick out a yellow-and-green shirt.
That’s the first decent opening for West Brom, who open up the Hammers for the first time. Grosicki can’t quite pick out a final pass, but he keeps hold of it and cuts back before teeing up Pereira for a shot that flies over the bar.
It’s fair to say that this hasn’t exactly been a thrilling start, but West Ham are playing marginally the better football of the two sides.
West Ham win themselves a corner and the big boys all head forward. It’s horribly defended and Dawson drifts into space completely unmarked at the back post, but his header floats wide. He should have done better there.
West Brom pump a free-kick long into the box, but Antonio gets his head to it and the hosts try to play the ball out. It’s risky, but a foul inside the box as the Baggies press to win the ball back relieves the pressure.
It’s been a cagey start, with both teams packing midfield and no clear attacking opportunities of note so far.
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West Ham, in their usual claret and blue, get the game underway. West Brom are kitted out in their yellow and green away strip… a very Norwich City style look.
Here we go then, the players are out and we’re all set for kick-off at the London Stadium as bubbles float through the air and into the empty stands.
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West Brom, in contrast, are in dire straits, and even the usual early impact of Sam Allardyce’s arrival hasn’t particularly materialised. The Baggies did win last time out (a 3-2 win over Wolves), but that was just the club’s second victory of the season and they remain in the relegation zone and five points from safety having played a game more than the two clubs directly above them (Fulham and Burnley).
West Ham are enjoying a quietly solid season and go into this game on the back of four games unbeaten and two straight wins. Victory for the Hammers tonight would see them leapfrog Chelsea and Southampton into the top seven (albeit having played a game more).
Big Sam Allardyce isn’t the only former West Ham man returning to east London with the Baggies this evening, but the club’s new midfielder Robert Snodgrass won’t make an appearance against his former club due to an agreement between the two clubs as part of his transfer just two weeks ago.
The big team news for the Hammers is that David Moyes hands a return to the starting line-up for Lanzini. Antonio is deemed fit enough to start his third match in nine days.
Good evening and welcome to this evening’s early Premier League kick-off between West Ham and West Brom. I’ll bring you build-up and the team news ahead of kick-off and full live coverage at 18:00 GMT.