Sucker punch – Hammers 2, Baggies 2


I am so hacked off at the moment.

This clearly should have been a game that the Hammers won, but not for an injury time goal which gave us a point, but robbed us of three.

I had half an eye on the telly as usual, but it was noted that the in form Andy Carroll was absent from the line up. It was well know that he would be tougch and go as he picked up a knock at the Southampton game. And it showed in the first half as we reallty missed the target man. However, it was rather gloomy within the first 10. Feghouli get fouled, but the ref plays on and leads to the first Baggies goal by Chadli, which was basically a series of nutmegs. Not a good start. And from that moment onwards, it was the Hammers looking for the equaliser. Lots of huff and puff, but no finished article.

I mentioned that AC was not playing. But in his place was Lanzini and Antonio…… these are both attacking midfielders and can get goals, BUT this is not their speciality – and we are crying out for a proven goalscorer, namely one that doesn’t get injured. No Ayew, Sahko and Fletcher on the bench – a little frustrating.

But it was more different in the second half. Stats show we had 69% possession and the pressing of the midfield finally cracked the Baggies defence with a great finish by the ever impressive workhorse Feghouli and then a brilliant second by Lanzini some 25 yards out which left Fraser Forster rooted to his goaline. 2-1 and just five minutes to go.

But then the injustice – five minutes of injury time and up pops substitute Jonny Evans to head home the equaliser with seconds left on the clock from  a corner.

I was absolutely gutted – we just had to see out the game and that was three points.  Bilic got his marching orders as well for having a pop at the officials as well as throwing a pitch side mic to the floor, but TBH, that shows how angry he was as well as the passion for trying to win the game.

This may well have been a draw but it feels like a loss more for the fact that once again a lack of concentration to see out a game from 1-0 down to 2-1 up. Things like this cost us points which are ever so precious at the moment.

There is now a two week break before the next game, but I sweat to see if Carroll can get fit as the lack of firepower up front is telling. The midfield can only do so much……

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: “The way we played makes me proud and happy. We should have scored more but we scored enough to win the game.

“To concede like this, it is very frustrating. The decisions were big time against us, every one of them. It is hard for referees but when you are on the wrong side of all decisions it makes you very, very angry. The referee was very bad today.

“To be fair I am already big time punished with what happened in the game. I don’t think that I crossed the line, it was nothing personal. It was the fourth or fifth decision which went against us and it’s hard to get over that without reacting.”

West Ham XI: Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell (Calleri 78); Feghouli (Collins 90), Noble, Obiang, Snodgrass (Fernandes 88); Antonio, Lanzini

Subs not used: Adrian, Byram, Nordtveit, Fletcher

Bookings: Obiang, Reid

West Brom XI: Foster; Nyom, Dawson, McAuley, Brunt; Livermore, Fletcher; Chadli (Evans 52), Morrison (Yacob 78), Phillips (Robson-Kanu 67); Rondon
Subs not used: Myhill; Olsson, M Wilson, McClean

Bookings: Rondon, Brunt

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 56,983


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