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Match Facts0 Goals 110 Shots 162 SOT 1041% Possession 59%27 Tackles 112 Fouls 10 Offsides 00 Corners 31 00 0Clean Sheet: J. Jääskeläinen M. Jarvis(33')K. Strootman (89')MOTMM. Diamé (8.4)
West Ham United traveled to Holland for their first competitive match under new manager WingedHelmet, where Dutch side PSV Eindhoven were looking to spoil the excitement that had been building since the Hammers league championship a season ago.
There was little excitement through the first half hour, but after 33 minutes West Ham found themselves in front of the PSV net. A long shot from Kevin Nolan was parried aside by the PSV goalkeeper, who then saved midfielder Mohamed Diamé's attempt from point-blank range. With the ball loose, Matt Jarvis pounced first shooting the ball into the GKs chest for yet another save, then chipping the ball over him only to be denied by the crossbar. Never giving up, Jarvis reached the ball just as it fell a foot outside the goal line, took one touch, and buried it into the open net for a 1-0 lead.
Chances were shared for the next 45 minutes until a bit of controversy threatened to overshadow the match. Midfielder Kevin Nolan received the ball in the box with 77 minutes gone, turned, and fired the ball into the net as he was fouled from behind for the 2-0 lead. But instead of awarding the goal, the referee awarded a PK, much to the dismay of the West Ham bench. Their dismay turned into full-blown rage when Mark Noble's attempt was stopped, leaving the Hammers up only one with 13 minutes to play. With PSV in all-out attack mode, the Hammers bunkered in and held on for a 1-0 win.
Match Facts0 Goals 19 Shots 157 SOT 952% Possession 48%23 Tackles 151 Fouls 00 Offsides 16 Corners 50 00 0Clean Sheet: J. Jääskeläinen J. Tomkins (90')MOTMJ. Jääskeläinen (8.0)
The loss of Andy Carroll looms large over West Ham United. In their first game without the Liverpool man, the Hammers had no problem creating chances. Finishing them was another story though, as Ricardo Vaz Te and Modibo Maïga alternated between flubbing breakaways and shooting wide.
With time almost gone, Mark Noble won the ball at midfield and started a counter attack that culminated in a corner kick. Racing to take it himself, he served a beautiful ball into CB James Tomkins whose point-blank header w
Match Facts4 Goals 19 Shots 127 SOT 852% Possession 48%15 Tackles 170 Fouls 31 Offsides 23 Corners 30 00 0 K. Nolan(23') M. Jarvis M. Maiga (45') M. Noble M. Noble (48') R. Vaz Te(74') M. Jarvis M. Albrighton (81')MOTMM. Noble (8.0)Have the Hammers worked out their striker issues? Four goals against Aston Villa seems to indicate, at the very least, a move in that direction. Ex-captain Kevin Nolan opened the scoring on a header from a set piece, a free kick on a line from Matthew Jarvis. The game began to turn for good in first half stoppage time; Modibo Maïga found himself through on goal from just inside midfield, but was dragged down from behind. A clear breakaway nullified, Maïga rolled over expecting to see the referee brandishing a red card, but was dismayed to see not even a yellow issued to the Aston Villa defender. The following free kick went out for a corner kick, and in a bit of justice, Maïga got his head on the end of a Mark Noble cross for the backbreaking 2-0 lead just before halftime. Three minutes into the second half, West Ham added a third, as Ricardo Vaz Tê had his breakaway attempt blocked directly into Noble's path, who calmly slotted the ball into the net for the insurmountable 3-0 lead.The final half hour saw the both West Ham and Aston Villa add goals, and the season debut for both Robert Hall and Jack Collison. West Ham improves to 2-0-0 in league play, and 3-0-0 in all competitions.
Match Facts3 Goals 010 Shots 87 SOT 449% Possession 51%17 Tackles 281 Fouls 12 Offsides 10 Corners 30 00 0Clean Sheet: J. Juuskailenin M. Maïga (41') M. Jarvis M. Maïga (82') M. Maïga (45')MOTMM. Noble (8.4)
Andy who? For the second competitive game in a row West Ham scored three or more goals, this time in a 3-0 victory over Premier League rivals Sunderland. Modibo Maïga, in the starting lineup because of Carroll's abrupt departure, scored all three Hammers goals, the first after finding a pocket between two Sunderland defenders for a one-time shot. His second goal game after a flurry of activity around Sunderland GK Simon Mignolet; Maïga had two point blank shots blocked back into his path before shooting a final time at Mignolet, who got his body on it but couldn't stop the ball from slowly rolling into the net. Two minutes later, Maïga was rewarded for his workrate, sprinting up the left side even as Ricardo Vaz Tê found himself in on goal. With Mignolet charging, the Sunderland defender's defensive touch put the ball directly into the path of Maïga, who calmly slotted the ball in the goal for the final margin of victory.
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