Gianluca Scamacca’s contentious strike helped ensure that West Ham made it successive Premier League wins for the primary time since January with a 3-1 comeback victory over Fulham on the London Stadium.
With Aleksandar Mitrovic lacking with a foot damage, Andreas Pereira took attacking accountability with a shocking opener (5), however the Brazilian went from hero to villain when his foul within the penalty space on Craig Dawson allowed Jarrod Bowen to degree (29).
Marco Silva used to be livid with the verdict to award the spot-kick – and he used to be additional enraged when Scamacca’s composed end after the restart (62) used to be allowed to face in spite of a long VAR lengthen to test for a handball from the striker.
Silva stated in regards to the incident: “I will not speak about the referee, sorry, because they will probably come after me and I’ll be off the bench or pay a fine. I am not here for that, I am here to manage my players.
“It used to be a troublesome second for the referee. It’s difficult for him to peer. He used to be so embarrassed when he noticed it at the display screen. The choice comes from any person within the VAR.
“He has to respect that but I saw on his face he was embarrassed when I spoke to him. Everyone saw it. It is what it is. I can’t control it. We can’t control it as a football club. It’s not an easy journey for us but hopefully the decisions will be more balanced in the next few weeks.”
Michail Antonio (90+1) added a 3rd in stoppage time after a combination-up between Bernd Leno and Tim Ream as West Ham rose to thirteenth within the Premier League desk. Fulham keep in 9th on 11 issues after again-to-again defeats.
“I thought we deserved the win,” Hammers boss David Moyes stated afterwards. “We started slow, maybe an impact of playing on Thursday, but we grew into the game as it went on.”
West Ham: Fabianski (6), Kehrer (6), Dawson (6), Zouma (7), Cresswell (7), Soucek (6), Rice (6), Bowen (7), Lucas Paqueta (8), Fornals (6), Scamacca (7).
Subs: Antonio (6), Emerson Palmieri (n/a).
Fulham: Leno (6), Kebano (7), Adarabioyo (6), Ream (6), Antonee Robinson (7), Reed (7), Joao Palhinha (7), James (6), Andreas Pereira (7), Reid (6), Vinicius (6).
Subs: Wilson (6), Cairney (6), Onomah,(n/a), Duffy (n/a).
Player of the fit: Lucas Paqueta.
How Scamacca’s unravel used to be sooner or later rewarded
Fulham had alternated between victory and defeat in each and every in their earlier six Premier League video games, dropping 4-1 at house to Newcastle ultimate day out. The Cottagers’ 3 wins on this run used to be as many as they’d controlled of their earlier 30 Premier League video games blended – and so they made a colourful get started in east London to guide inside of 5 mins.
When Pereira used to be launched via Neeskens Kebano, there gave the impression little or no on however Kurt Zouma invited the shot and from an acute perspective the previous Manchester United midfielder arrowed his end emphatically throughout Lukasz Fabianski into the highest nook.
- Gianluca Scamacca returned to West Ham’s beginning line-up for the discuss with of Fulham. The Italian striker climbed off the bench to attain West Ham’s winner in opposition to Anderlecht within the Europa Conference League on Thursday. Pablo Fornals in for Maxwel Cornet used to be the only real exchange from the Wolves win.
- Fulham’s six-function best scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic neglected out with an ankle damage so Carlos Vinicius began. Antonee Robinson and Palhinha returned from damage and suspension respectively whilst Neeskens Kebano additionally got here in. Harry Wilson – who hadn’t kicked a ball this season within the Premier League – used to be again at the bench after getting better from his knee damage.
Matters would possibly have were given worse for the Hammers when Dan James used to be additionally afforded a long way an excessive amount of time via Declan Rice as his effort crashed in opposition to the crossbar on 14 mins.
On their go back to home motion following their Europa Conference League labor, despite the wholesale adjustments, West Ham seemed off the tempo however they – and particularly Lucas Paqueta – progressively asserted themselves.
It used to be the Brazilian’s move which used to be headed goalwards via Scamacca however Leno produced a tremendous reflex save. Scamacca, searching for a 3rd function in as many video games, then dragged a low shot vast from every other Paqueta go – however the hosts levelled following a second of petulance from Pereira.
Referee Chris Kavanagh had warned the midfielder on multiple instance as he tangled with Craig Dawson at a suite piece however Pereira refused to heed the awareness as a blouse pull ended in inevitable cases.
Bowen dispatched his spot-kick with aplomb to deliver up targets in consecutive league video games. After a disjointed finish to the part, it used to be West Ham who once more carried the battle to Fulham as Scamacca headed Aaron Cresswell’s move vast.
Just after the hour-mark got here the sport’s primary speaking level as West Ham – and Scamacca – had been rewarded for his or her patience. Paqueta used to be unsurprisingly the architect as his lofted go discovered the £35m Italian striker past the ultimate defender, however his dinked end to begin with gave the impression offside.
After a long VAR lengthen which reviewed no longer best whether or not Scamacca used to be the improper aspect of Bobby Decordova-Reid and certainly whether or not he treated the ball, the function used to be given.
Silva became to the membership captain Tom Cairney – and the midfielder very just about hauled his aspect degree when his goalbound shot used to be hooked from nearly off the road via Cresswell.
Moyes injected additional power into his aspect as Antonio changed Scamacca – and the unreal added additional gloss to the overall scoreline in stoppage time as he outmuscled Joao Palhinha to fireside at Leno, however he used to be to not be denied because the ball duly popped again out to his toes off the hapless Ream for a easy end.
Moyes: We’re heading in proper course
West Ham boss David Moyes:
“Dan James hitting the bar galvanised us and the crowd. We’re still trying to improve a lot of things, but we’re doing a lot of good things as well.
“I assumed for the penalty that the referee had warned them two or 3 times, however in reality he will have to more than likely have given it the primary time. We had a talk within the managers assembly to mention you could not put two hands around the participant. It used to be a stonewall penalty – it used to be extra of an American Football problem.
“I thought when Gianluca (Scamacca) didn’t celebrate I thought he thought it was offside not handball, but I didn’t see his hand involved in it in any way.
“It presentations he can ranking other targets – he had two nice probabilities along with his head – and he can have taken the toughest of all of them. It used to be a deft end. Sometimes when you’re conceivable offside centre forwards do not steadily pass and end the process off however he did.
“I thought there we bits today that was really good. There were bits I didn’t enjoy but it is going in the right direction at the moment. We are playing much better.”
Silva: I will be able to no longer say what I feel
Fulham boss Marco Silva:
“I will not say to you what I think. Can I ask you what you think? Even for the third goal there was a handball about five seconds before. Congratulations to West Ham, they got the three points.
“Until the penalty we had been obviously the most productive staff at the pitch. West Ham have numerous high quality and are available from two in point of fact excellent seasons however Fulham Football Club had been obviously the most productive staff of the pitch.
“We showed personality, character and we like to control the game on the pitch and the penalty changed the balance of the match. We lost some focus and confidence after the penalty.
“The sport confirmed that we need to continue to learn and making improvements to. I will be able to stay difficult extra from my avid gamers and extra adulthood to control classes of the sport higher.”
FPL Stats: West Ham 3-1 Fulham
|Goals||Pereira, Bowen, Scamacca, Antonio.|
|Assists||Kebano, Dawson, Paqueta.|
|Bonus issues||Antonio (3), Paqueta (3), Scamacca (2)|
Analysis: West Ham discovering their groove
Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds on the London Stadium:
Marco Silva’s promoted Fulham aspect have now misplaced 4 in their previous six video games. It has been a case of growth or bust with little or no in between, in a lot the similar approach Bournemouth in finding themselves in a lofty perch despite their 9-0 hammering in opposition to Liverpool on the again finish of August.
David Moyes challenged his personal avid gamers to ‘display their value’ as West Ham seemed to climb the desk, and after taking some time to get going, their superiority sooner or later instructed.
Following on from victory over Wolves ultimate weekend, it’s now only one defeat from their ultimate 5 fits in all competitions. All the indicators are there that the squad can transform a aggressive unit and Moyes now has a lot of intensity to mount a sustained power on all fronts.
After a gradual begin to the marketing campaign, one thing which used to be no longer unfamiliar all through his a success time at Everton, Moyes is moulding a gaggle once more that may reside as much as the membership’s heightened ambitions.
Player of the fit – Lucas Paqueta
Paqueta made an inauspicious begin to his West Ham profession having no longer finished a complete 90 mins previous to Sunday, and whilst he used to be withdrawn on 84 mins right here, it used to be via a long way his maximum entire show up to now.
The Brazilian signed for a membership report £51.3m from Lyon created two probabilities and had 4 photographs to head along with his lend a hand for Scamacca. There had been different moments of sophistication as he danced clear of two Fulham avid gamers at the close to touchline.
His dazzling toes are certain to make him a fanatics’ favorite in those portions.
Moyes stated: “If you’re any centre forward you want to play with Paqueta. He’s someone who will give you the ball when the opposition least expects it. There were bits of Paqueta that were terrific and some bits that were poor. He played ever so well.
“We had been having a look to hyperlink the play in entrance of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, any person like that. We had been related with numerous avid gamers. Paqueta we did not suppose used to be to be had till afterward, we idea he used to be going to one of the vital larger golf equipment. But he did not so it gave us a possibility to get him. His paintings charge for the staff is a huge a part of his sport. He’s a troublesome running boy.”
Bowen: Confidence is high
Bowen has scored 19 of his 23 Premier League targets on the London Stadium (83 in keeping with cent); that is the best possible ratio scored at a unmarried stadium via any participant with no less than 20 targets within the festival’s historical past.
He stated: “It was tough, they started really well and we didn’t come out of the blocks at all. We dug in and got back into the game and we played some nice stuff. We’ve won all three games since the international break so confidence is high.
“We’ve were given to be higher at beginning video games as a result of from being in the back of it’s an uphill combat. It is right down to us as avid gamers to begin directly out of the blocks.”
Scamacca became the ninth player to score in both of his first two home starts in the Premier League for West Ham, and first since their move to the London Stadium, with Diafra Sakho the previous player to do so at Upton Park in October 2014
Bowen said of Scamacca: “You by no means know if you’ll be offside or in case you’ve handballed however you noticed the celebrations when the function used to be given. It used to be a super end – him and Lucas (Paqueta) have for sure performed their phase. If you take a look at his [Scamacca’s] performances he is for sure settled in now.”
Fulham’s poor derby record – Opta stats
- West Ham have gained again-to-again Premier League video games for the primary time since January ultimate season (3 in a row). They had gained simply two in their earlier 14 league video games sooner than this (D3 L9).
- Fulham stay winless of their ultimate 16 London derbies within the Premier League clear of house (D3 L13), dropping all 3 this season (v Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham).
- West Ham gained a Premier League sport through which they’d fallen in the back of for the primary time in 2022 (P17 W1 D3 L13), having ultimate finished so in opposition to Watford in December 2021.
- At 4:47, Andreas Pereira’s opener for Fulham used to be the earliest Premier League function West Ham have conceded on the London Stadium since March 2019, when now-West Ham defender Kurt Zouma scored in opposition to them for Everton (4:02).
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West Ham go back to the Europa Conference League with a house sport in opposition to Anderlecht on Thursday night time, sooner than travelling to Southampton subsequent Sunday.
Fulham host Bournemouth subsequent Saturday sooner than returning to Craven Cottage on October 20 for the discuss with of Aston Villa.