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2023-24 Premier League

Manager: David Moyes

Note:

Players in BOLD made their debuts for West Ham United

AFC BOURNEMOUTH
Vitality Stadium
1 - 1 (Bowen)
12 August 2023
Ref: Peter Banks
Att:
 11,245

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Soucek

Paqueta (Cornet)

Fornals (Kehrer)

Bowen

Benrahma

Antonio (Ings)

West Ham United opened their 2023/24 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at AFC Bournemouth. Jarrod Bowen’s fine 51st minute strike – 67 days after his goal earned the Irons the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy in Prague – had David Moyes’ men hoping of a winning start to the season, but the Cherries’ Dominic Solanke struck back eight minutes from time to earn his side a point.

The Hammers twice struck the woodwork, through Tomáš Souček in the first half and Paquetá late on, but Bournemouth had their chances too with Solanke’s physicality in particular proving a handful throughout. Ultimately neither side could find the decisive goal and both left the Vitality Stadium with a point for their efforts.

David Moyes opted to start Alphonse Areola in goal, naming the Frenchman in a Premier League starting XI for just the fourth time as a Hammer, while Kurt Zouma wore the captain’s armband for the day.

AFC Bournemouth:

Neto, Aarons (Hill), Zabarnyi, Senesi (Mepham), Kerkez, Brooks (Semenyo), Rothwell, Philip, Christie (Moore), Anthony (Kluivert), Solanke

CHELSEA
London Stadium
3 - 1 (Aguerd, Antonio, Paqueta [pen])
20 August 2023
Ref: John Brooks
Att: 62,470

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

WARD-PROWSE (EDSON ALVAREZ)

Soucek

Bowen

Paqueta

Benrahma (Ogbonna)

Antonio (Fornals)

Alphonse Areola was one of a team of heroes as ten man West Ham United earned their first win of the 2023/24 Premier League season with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at London Stadium.

Before kick-off, both the statistics and recent history suggested West Ham had little chance of winning: the Irons had lost eleven of their previous 16 London derbies, while David Moyes had never beaten Mauricio Pochettino in five previous attempts. But those statistics and history counted for nothing as Moyes and his team produced a superb performance to send Pochettino and his Blues back to west London with nothing.

Areola kept out Enzo Fernández’s penalty with the scores level at 1-1 just before half-time, setting the platform for a second-half surge led by Michail Antonio and Lucas Paquetá. James Ward-Prowse also had a debut to remember, providing assists for Nayef Aguerd – who was sent-off with his side leading 2-1 midway through the second half – and Antonio, either side of Carney Chukwuemeka’s well-struck equaliser.

Chelsea:

Sánchez, Gusto (Burstow), Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill, Chilwell (Caicedo), Fernández, Gallagher (Madueke), Chukwuemeka (Mudryk), Sterling, Jackson

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The American Express Community Stadium 
3 - 1 (Antonio, Bowen, Ward-Prowse)
26 August 2023
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 31,508

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Ogbonna

Emerson

Alvarez (Fornals)

Ward-Prowse

Soucek (Benrahma)

Bowen

Paqueta (Ings)

Antonio

The Hammers produced a counter-attacking display of devastating beauty to storm to a first-ever Premier League victory over the Seagulls at the 13th attempt with a 3-1 success, and to the top of the Premier League table. James Ward-Prowse, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were the goalscoring heroes, but this was an all-round team performance to be immensely proud of, with Alphonse Areola, Kurt Zouma, full debutant Edson Álvarez and Lucas Paquetá all producing sensational performances for their side.

West Ham struggled for possession, but defended superbly, sitting in a 4-1-4-1 low block and giving their previously unbeaten hosts a thorough beating on the break. Even when the defence was breached, Areola was unbeatable behind them, while the speed at which the Londoners burst forward was thrilling and hugely effective. After registering two assists on his debut in a home win over Chelsea, Ward-Prowse converted at the second attempt to open the scoring on 19 minutes. The England international started and finished it. The summer signing’s lofted ball led to Michail Antonio forcing Adam Webster into a mistake. The No9 drove into the box, squared and while the goalscorer’s initial effort was blocked by Billy Gilmour, his close-range follow-up flew high into Bart Verbruggen’s net.

David Moyes’ tactics worked to perfection on 58 minutes as Antonio fed substitute Saïd Benrahma, who paused, then picked out Bowen with an inch-perfect cross. Even so, the England winger did superbly to control and finish in one movement with the outside of his left foot. And it was 3-0 five minutes later when Antonio collected Bowen’s pass, spun away from Lewis Dunk and slammed an unstoppable shot low into the left corner. Earlier, Lucas Paquetá had hooked Kurt Zouma’s flick-on wide within 90 seconds and Antonio fired straight at Verbruggen before Ward-Prowse’s strike, after which Brighton took control. Billy Gilmour had already driven a low shot wide before the goal, and the Seagulls found their rhythm after going behind. Alphonse Areola made two fine saves from Evan Ferguson, both low to his right, to hold a shot-on-the-turn before half-time and then powerfully parry a downward header to safety shortly after the break.

Kaoru Mitoma tore West Ham apart in this fixture last season and the Japan winger was lively again, but this time his two volleyed efforts both flew off-target. The Irons had to put their bodies on the line for the cause, too, as Angelo Ogbonna, Antonio and Ward-Prowse all blocked shots, and Tomáš Souček was replaced after colliding with goalkeeper Verbruggen. Areola then took centre-stage, making stunning stops to deny Gross – who netted Brighton’s late consolation with an angled shot from 18 yards – Dunk, substitute Joel Veltman and a rasping effort from Ferguson. There was even time for Danny Ings to head a Dunk header off the line.

At the other end, either side of the Hammers’ second-half two-goal salvo, Emerson flashed a shot against top of the crossbar, Ward-Prowse’s low cross was deflected onto his own woodwork by a Brighton defender and Bowen was denied a fourth late on by Verbruggen. Despite having just 19 per cent possession, West Ham could have scored five or six goals on the south coast, but the three they did score were enough to take the UEFA Europa Conference League winners top of the Premier League for the first time in exactly two years!


Brighton & Hove Albion:

Verbruggen, Milner (Veltman), Webster, Dunk, Estupiñán, Gross, Gilmour (Lallana), March (Adringa), Ferguson, Mitoma, Welbeck (João Pedro)

LUTON TOWN
Kenilworth Road 
2 - 1 (??)
1 September 2023
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 10,802

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse

Bowen

Paqueta (MOHAMMED KUDUS)

Benrahma (Fornals)

Antonio (Ings)

Jarrod Bowen’s incredible form continued as his first-half header set West Ham United on course to victory at Luton Town and back to the top of the Premier League table. After failing to score on the road in the top-flight last season, Bowen has now scored in all three away games this term, becoming the first Hammer to do so since Vic Watson in 1930/31.

The UEFA Europa Conference League hero’s latest winner came eight minutes before half-time, when he stole behind his marker to head Lucas Paquetá’s cross past Thomas Kaminski, silencing the home fans in a capacity crowd at Kenilworth Road. And, despite a determined effort from the EFL Championship Play-Off winners, Kurt Zouma finally silenced the home fans with a powerful header five minutes from full-time. There was still time for Mads Andersen to set up a nervy finish with a goal in added-time, but the Irons held on for a third win in four matches to kick-off the new season.

Luton Town:

Kaminski, Burke, Andersen, Giles (Kaboré), Bell, Doughty (Ogbene), Nakamba, Barkley (Mpanzu), Chong (Woodrow), Adebayo (Brown), Morris

MANCHESTER CITY
London Stadium
1 - 3 (Ward- Prowse)
16 September 2023
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 62,475

Areola

Coufal (Kehrer)

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Benrahma)

Ward-Prowse

Soucek (Ings)

Paqueta

Bowen

Antonio (Kudus)

West Ham United’s unbeaten start to the 2023/24 season was ended by a 3-1 defeat by Manchester City at London Stadium. The Irons took the lead for the fifth straight top-flight fixture through James Ward-Prowse’s diving header, and led 1-0 at half-time, but were unable to hold off the treble winners in the second half. Jérémy Doku levelled within seconds of the restart before Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland ruined the Irons’ afternoon by scoring in the final 15 minutes.

 

On a day when another flamboyant character, Italian forward Paolo Di Canio, returned to east London, it was a combination of resilience, flair and creativity that David Moyes’ side showed, but it was not quite enough to deny Pep Guardiola’s team all three points.


Manchester City:

Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol (Aké), Rodri, Silva (Bobb), Foden (Nunes), Doku (Gómez), Álvarez, Haaland (Lewis)

FK TSC BACKA TOPOLA (Serbia) : Europa League (Group A)
London Stadium
3 - 1 (Kudus, Soucek, Petrovic [og])
21 September 2023
Ref: Filip Glova
Att: 41,374

Fabianski

Kehrer

KONSTANTINOS MAVROPANOS

Ogbonna

Cresswell (Emerson)

Paqeta (Cornet)

Ward-Prowse

Fornals (Antonio)

Benrahma

Kudus

Ings (Soucek)

West Ham United’s 2023/24 Europa League campaign got off to a winning start courtesy of a 3-1 come-from-behind Group A victory over FK TSC Bačka Topola at London Stadium. Mohammed Kudus was the hero on his full debut in Claret and Blue, forcing Nemanja Petrović to put through his own net before scoring a superb header of his own. Tomáš Souček added late gloss with a trademark header from another pinpoint James Ward-Prowse corner, as the latter took his assist tally to five in five appearances in all competitions!

Those goals all came after Petar Stanić’s opportunistic strike two minutes after half-time had threatened a huge shock for the Serbian SuperLiga leaders. As it was, the UEFA Europa Conference League champions ultimately extended their unbeaten European run to 16 matches.

FK TSC Bačka Topola:

Simić, Cvetković, Antonić, Đorđević (Krstić), Petrović (Rakonjac), Radin, Đakovac (Ćirković), Stojić, Kuveljić (Vulić), Stanić, Jovanović (Mirchevski)

LIVERPOOL
Anfield
1 - 3 (Bowen)
24 September 2023
Ref: Chris Kavangh
Att: 50,136

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek (Fornals)

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Ings)

Bowen

Antonio (Kudus)

Jarrod Bowen scored his fourth goal of the Premier League season but West Ham United were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline at Liverpool. Bowen’s strike, a fine diving header, had his side level at the break by cancelling out Mohamed Salah’s early penalty, but Liverpool came again to net twice more in the second half. Darwin Núñez’s volley gave the Reds the advantage for a second time on the hour, before Diogo Jota’s close range finish put the seal on the Reds’ victory late on. The defeat – West Ham’s first on the road this season – leaves David Moyes’ men seventh in the Premier League table with ten points from their opening six games.

Liverpool:

Alisson, Gomez, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson, Mac Allister (Endō), Jones (Gravenberch), Szoboszlai, Díaz (Gakpo), Salah, Núñez (Diogo Jota)

LINCOLN CITY : FL Cup (Third Round)
LNER Stadium 
1 - 0 (Soucek)
27 September 2023
Ref: Josh Smith
Att: 10,168

Fabianski

Kehrer

Mavropanos

Ogbonna

Johnson

Soucek

Fornals (Alvarez)

Benrahma

Kudus

Cornet (Mubama)

Ings

West Ham United defied a determined Lincoln City and Storm Agnes to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round with a 1-0 win at a noisy, wet and windy LNER Stadium. Tomáš Souček was the Irons’ match-winner, converting Saïd Benrahma’s corner to earn his side a place in the last-16, but nothing came easy against Mark Kennedy’s Imps.

On a night Lincoln honoured their late manager Colin Murphy with a minute’s applause before kick-off, the home supporters would have hoped for a repeat of his third-tier Imps’ League Cup win over top-flight Leicester City in October 1982 – a victory which set up a third-round tie at Sincil Bank with… West Ham! That tie ended 1-1, before John Lyall’s Irons spared their own blushes with a 2-1 victory in a Boleyn Ground replay.

Forty-one years on, and with both clubs at the same respective levels, the two met again at the same stage of the now-Carabao Cup, and again it was a keenly fought affair, with the hosts seeking a second straight win over Premier League opposition after their second round penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United.

The opening 45 minutes were not without alarm, though, as former Millwall manager Mark Kennedy’s Imps repeatedly threatened Łukasz Fabiański’s goal. Indeed, it took a one-handed wonder-save from the 38-year-old Pole to keep out former Academy of Football schoolboy Hakeeb Adelakun’s powerful header four minutes before the break. Seconds later, Adelakun put a shot wide. The centre-forward’s long throws led to an early chance for captain Paudie O’Connor that the Irishman volleyed over, and a ‘goal’ scored by Millwall loanee Alex Mitchell that was ruled out for offside, while Fabiański also held efforts from Reeco Hackett and Lasse Sørensen.

Into the second half and, with Storm Agnes blowing rain at Lincoln’s backs, Dane Sørensen had the first opportunity, driving over, before shots from Hackett and Ethan Hamilton both caught on the strong wind and flew high into the night. Kudus then tested Jensen again with a dipping free-kick, before David Moyes went to his bench, bringing on teenager Divin Mubama and Edson Álvarez for their Carabao Cup debuts with 25 minutes to play.

The Mexican saw a long-range shot blocked wide within minutes of his introduction and, from the result Benrahma corner, Souček converted at the neat post from six yards out.

 

Lincoln City:

Jensen, Sørensen, Mitchell, O’Connor, Roughan, Burroughs, Erhahon, Hamilton, Hackett (Duffy), Smith (Bishop), Adelakun (Makama)

SHEFFIELD UNITED
London Stadium
2 - 0 (Bowen, Soucek)
30 September 2023
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 62,459

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Benrahma)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Mavropanos)

Bowen (Fornals)

Antonio (Kudus)

West Ham United returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over bottom side Sheffield United at London Stadium. Jarrod Bowen and Tomáš Souček got the goals, with both of them coming in the first half, as the Hammers bounced back after consecutive top-flight defeats to score a fourth win in their opening seven matches and move onto 13 points.

Taking charge of his 900th league game, victory extended manager David Moyes’ perfect record against Sheffield United to eight wins out of eight, and marked West Ham’s tenth consecutive victory over opponents kicking-off against them bottom of the Premier League table. Coming off an 8-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United in their previous fixture, Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades understandably appeared to lack confidence, and West Ham took advantage with a convincing display.

Sheffield United:

Foderingham, Bogle (Trusty), Egan (Basham), Ahmedhodžić, Robinson, Thomas, Souza, McAtee (Davies), Hamer (Ben Slimane), Archer (Brewster), McBurnie

SC FREIBURG (Germany) : Europa League (Group A)
Stadion am Wolfswinkel 
2 - 1 (Aguerd, Paqueta)
5 October 2023
Ref: Mohammed Al-Hakim
Att: 34,100

Fabianski

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Kehrer (Emerson)

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse (Ings)

Fornals (Soucek)

Paqueta (Mubama)

Kudus (Benrahma)

Bowen

West Ham United set a new record for consecutive unbeaten European matches for an English team with a 2-1 win away to SC Freiburg. Lucas Paquetá’s superb header on eight minutes and Nayef Aguerd’s excellent goal from James Ward Prowse’s corner – his eighth goal involvement in as many appearances – in the second half mean the Hammers are now 17 games without loss in European games.

Hosts Freiburg had levelled the match at 1-1 on 49 minutes through Roland Sallai’s determined finish at the third time of asking, after exquisite saves by Łukasz Fabiański. In truth, the visitors could have scored even more, with Mohammed Kudus striking the woodwork and Paquetá seeing another effort ruled out for offside. Nonetheless, it was in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt a little under 18 months ago that the Hammers last tasted European defeat, and it was particularly poignant for the Club to set a new unbeaten record for an English side in the same country after such a resolute and, at times, exhilarating showing.

The roar of 34,100 SC Freiburg fans met the Hammers as they walked out against their German opposition and, with the Claret and Blue Army enforcedly absent, David Moyes’ side went into a tough Group A tie without their twelfth man.


SC Freiburg:

Atubolu, Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Sallai, Eggestein (Röhl), Höfler (Philipp), Kübler (Weißhaupt), Adamu (Doan), Grifo (Breunig), Höler

NEWCASTLE UNITED
London Stadium
2 - 2 (Kudus, Soucek)
8 October 2023
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 62,473

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek (Kudus)

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta

Bowen

Antonio (Benrahma)

Mohammed Kudus’s first goal for West Ham United secured a dramatic 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Ghanaian ‘Starboy’ rose from the substitutes’ bench to control Vladimír Coufal’s pass and send an unstoppable, bouncing drive past Nick Pope to grab a point for the Club he joined from Ajax in August.

It had appeared West Ham’s inability to hold onto a Premier League lead would cost them again as Newcastle came from a goal down to lead, but, with his popstar friend Stonebwoy watching on, Kudus ensured his new team would grab a share of the spoils and keep themselves above the Magpies in the table.

Tomáš Souček had put the Hammers into the lead inside eight minutes, but two Alexander Isak goals in quick succession either side of the hour mark appeared to turn a potentially impressive victory into a disappointing defeat, before Kudus’s intervention grabbed a satisfying draw.

Newcastle United:

Pope, Trippier, Schär, Lascelles, Burn, Tonali, Longstaff, Guimarāes, Almirón (Murphy), Anderson (Targett), Isak (Wilson)

ASTON VILLA
Villa Park 
1 - 4 (Bowen)
22 October 2023
Ref: David Coote
Att: 41,734

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek (Kudus)

Ward-Prowse

Bowen

Paqueta (Ings)

Antonio (Fornals)

West Ham United fell to a 4-1 defeat by Aston Villa. Douglas Luiz’s double set the Villans on their way, striking low past Alphonse Areola to open the scoring on the half-hour, before doubling both his and his team’s tally from the spot early in the second period.

Jarrod Bowen’s deflected strike – scoring in a fifth consecutive Premier League away game – gave the Hammers hope, only for Villa to run away with the contest with two goals in the final 16 minutes.

First Ollie Watkins finished superbly from a tight angle before Leon Bailey completed an ultimately comprehensive victory for Unai Emery’s team in the final minute.

Aston Villa:

Martínez, Cash, Konsa, Pau, Digne, Douglas Luiz, Kamara, McGinn, Zaniolo (Bailey), Diaby (Tielemans), Watkins

OLYMPIACOS (Greece) : Europa League (Group A)
Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki 
1 - 2 (Paqueta)
26 October 2023
Ref: Andris Treimanis
Att: 30,623

Areola

Kehrer

Mavropanos

Ogbonna

Emerson

Ward-Prowse (Alvarez)

Soucek

Kudus (Cornet)

Fornals (Paqueta)

Benrahma (Bowen)

Ings (Antonio)

As West Ham United prepared to kick-off in their UEFA Europa League Group A matchday three tie at Olympiacos, a huge banner was unfurled by the Greek club’s supporters with the words ‘Tonight you dine in hell’ emblazoned across it. And while the message may have been a touch melodramatic, it proved prophetic as the Hammers fell to their first European defeat in 18 matches amid relentless noise from those same supporters at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

Olympiacos captain Kostas Fortounis and an own-goal from Angelo Ogbonna did the damage in the 15 minutes before half-time and, despite sending on five substitutes after the break and seeing one of them, Lucas Paquetá, score a fine volley late on, David Moyes’ side were ultimately unable to silence the passionate home crowd.

Visiting their 12th different country since returning to European competition just over two years ago, the Hammers were welcomed to Greece by arguably the loudest and most intimidating atmosphere they have faced in any of their 15 away ties.

 

The Olympiacos supporters were singing from well over an hour before kick-off, whistled every West Ham player and staff member who emerged from the tunnel, then roared their own team onto the pitch to the strains of AC/DC’s ubiquitous stadium anthems ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘Highway to Hell’.

Olympiacos:

Paschalakis, Rodinei (Quini), Porozo, Retsos, Ortega, Alexandropoulous (Masouras), Camara, Hezze, Podence (Solbakken), El Kaabi (Scarpa), Fortounis (Jovetić )

EVERTON
London Stadium
0 - 1
29 October 2023
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 62,469

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Cresswell (Ings)

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse (Soucek)

Bowen

Kudus

Paqueta

Antonio (Benrahma)

Coming on the back of a Premier League defeat at Aston Villa and UEFA Europa League reverse at Olympiacos, the Irons have now lost three games in a row for the first time this season. Before kick-off, Sir Geoff Hurst joined the two managers in laying wreaths in memory of his fellow 1966 FIFA World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton and long-time Everton Chairman and lifelong supporter Bill Kenwright CBE, both of whom have passed away in recent days. Mercifully, the heavy rain which had been falling on London Stadium stopped in time for the ceremony.

West Ham started the better, with Mohamed Kudus showing well on his full Premier League debut. He teed up Michail Antonio early on, but the No9 was crowded out. Moments later, Jordan Pickford was out to block Paquetá’s ball in with Jarrod Bowen lurking. Midway through, the same pair combined again after Paquetá had ghosted past Nathan Patterson, but Bowen dragged his shot wide.

 

Calvert-Lewin put the visitors in front, collecting Harrison’s pass, turning away from Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd and firing low into the bottom left-hand corner. It could have got worse before the hour-mark, too, but Areola made a superb save low to his left to deny Abdoulaye Doucouré after the Malian had burst onto Calvert-Lewin’s flick-on.

 

West Ham introduced Saïd Benrahma, but to little effect. Instead, Everton continued to threaten on the break, with Dwight McNeil testing Areola from range. Tomáš Souček was sent on next, then Danny Ings, but still the hosts struggled to create anything clear-cut, aside from a wayward Aguerd cross that Pickford was forced to tip over. Instead, both Paquetá and Edson Álvarez were shown yellow cards that will see them suspended for next weekend’s trip to Brentford. Benrahma did belatedly go close with a rasping volley which Pickford pushed aside but, as the sun came out, defeat was confirmed by referee Stuart Attwell’s full-time whistle.

Everton:

Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Garner, Doucouré, Onana, McNeil, Harrison, Calvert-Lewin (Chermiti)

ARSENAL : FL Cup (Fourth Round)
London Stadium
3 - 1 (Bowen, Kudus, White [og])
1 November 2023
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 62,154

Fabianski

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Emerson

Soucek

Alvarez

Paqueta

Kudus

Benrahma (Ward-Prowse)

Bowen

A magical second-half showing saw West Ham United secure their place in the Carabao Cup last eight with a 3-1 win over fellow Premier League side Arsenal. Having taken the lead in the first half courtesy of Ben White’s own-goal – headed in from Jarrod Bowen’s corner – the Hammers struck again five minutes into the second half through a sensational strike from Mohammed Kudus.

 

Bowen added the third for the Irons on the hour mark, powering in an unstoppable torpedo for his seventh goal of the season in all competitions.  Substitute Martin Ødegaard added a consolation for Arsenal with virtually the last kick of the game at London Stadium but, in front of an attendance of 62,154, a League Cup record for West Ham United, David Moyes’ brilliant home side confirmed a spot in the quarter-finals for a second time in three seasons.

Arsenal:

Ramsdale, White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Tomiyasu), Jorginho (Rice), Fábio Viera, Havertz, Nelson (Saka), Trossard (Martinelli), Nketiah (Odegaard)

BRENTFORD
Gtech Community Stadium 
2 - 3 (Bowen, Kudus)
4 November 2023
Ref: Tom Bramall
Att: 17,103

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Emerson

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Kudus

Bowen

Benrahma (Fornals)

Antonio (Ings)

Two second-half goals for the hosts saw West Ham United fall to a 3-2 Premier League defeat away at Brentford. A thrilling match that twisted and turned saw the Bees take the early lead through Neil Maupay’s header early on, only for the Hammers to level thanks to Mohammed Kudus’ brilliantly volleyed finish from Michail Antonio’s cross.

Jarrod Bowen gave the Irons the advantage before half-time, tucking home after Kudus hit the woodwork to become the first West Ham United player in history to score in six straight away games.

However, Brentford would bite back in the second period, forcing an own-goal by Konstantinos Mavropanos before Nathan Collins’ header sealed the win at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Brentford:

Flekken (Strakosha), Pinnock, Ajer (Roerslev), Collins, Nørgaard, Janelt (Mee), Oneyka, Jensen (Yarmolyuk), Mbueno, Wissa (Ghoddos), Maupay

OLYMPIACOS (Greece) : Europa League (Group A)
London Stadium 
1 - 0 (Paqueta)
9 November 2023
Ref: Matej Jug
Att: 55,811

Fabianski

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Soucek)

Ward-Prowse

Kudus (Mubama)

Paqueta

Benrahma (Cornet)

Bowen

After West Ham United’s 17-game unbeaten run in Europe was ended away to Olympiacos, revenge was tasked – and brilliantly delivered – by a Lucas Paquetá stunner at London Stadium. David Moyes’ men have been European group winners in both 2020/21 and 2022/23, and victory took the Hammers closer to achieving that feat for the third straight season.

For much of the match, the Hammers were frustrated, although the creative No10 had other ideas.  Paquetá’s neat finish 17 minutes from time stretched the Irons' home European unbeaten run to ten matches - and most importantly kept West Ham top of Group A.

Having frustrated David Moyes’ men in Pireaus, the Hammers’ fourth UEFA Europa league outing of 2023/24 proved a similar affair for long periods in east London. A first half devoid of few chances did little to add some heat to a cold November night, despite West Ham's best efforts. Alexandros Paschalakis was the busier of the two goalkeepers, and twice denied Saïd Benrahma before the interval. One effort curled towards the top corner. The other towards the bottom right. Each time, Paschalakis’ palm pushed the ball wide of the post and Hammers had to go again.

There were sparks from Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus in attack too, while Nayef Aguerd twice sent a header at goal, but the Hammers attack was simmering by the half-time whistle. It needed a player to turn the heat up. By the time the ball fell to Paquetá in the 73rd minute, chances had come and gone for James Ward-Prowse and Benrahma in the second half, but the No10 wasn’t going to miss his moment in the spotlight.

Olympiacos:

Paschalakis, Rodinei, Porozo, Retsos, Ortega, Hezze (Pep Biel), Alexandropoulos (Scarpa), Camara, Podence, Jovetić (El Kaabi), Fortounis

NOTTINGHAM FOREST
London Stadium
3 - 2 (Bowen, Paqueta, Soucek)
12 November 2023
Ref: Michael Salisbury
Att: 62,470

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Antonio)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Cresswell)

Kudus (Ogbonna)

Bowen

Tomáš Souček struck late in the day to secure a frantic comeback 3-2 victory for West Ham United over Nottingham Forest. While the chilling grip of early winter encompassed Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off at London Stadium, it took less than three minutes for Paquetá to warm up the Claret and Blue Army with a fantastic finish. 

A five-goal thriller at London Stadium, packed with ebbs and flows, was kicked into life in the early exchanges when Lucas Paquetá struck home a composed finish from the edge of the penalty area on three minutes.

Forest levelled from close range just before half-time through Taiwo Awoniyi, after Morgan Gibbs-White had his shot saved, before the away side took the lead on 63 minutes thanks to Anthony Elanga. 

Jarrod Bowen restored parity just moments after with a well-taken header, his eighth Premier League goal of the season, before Souček completed the turnaround with a trademark headed finish with just two minutes of normal time left to play. 

Nottingham Forest:

Vlachodimos, Aina (Aurier), Niakhaté, Murillo (Boly), Toffolo, Sangaré (Origi), Mangala, Domínguez (Danilo), Gibbs-White, Awoniyi (Wood), Elanga

BURNLEY
Turf Moor 
2 - 1 (Soucek, O'Shea [og])
Date
Ref: Sam Barrott
Att: 

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Benrahma)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Kudus

PaquetaIngs (Mubama)

Late drama at Turf Moor saw West Ham United fight back from a goal down and secure a 2-1 Premier League victory over Burnley.  The hosts looked to be on their way to a first home win of the season when Jay Rodriguez placed home a penalty early in the second half, with the Hammers’ opportunities limited in Lancashire. 

However, Mohammed Kudus’ cross into a dangerous area was turned into the back of the Burnley net courtesy of Clarets defender Dara O’Shea, under pressure by Divin Mubama, levelling the match on 86 minutes. 

And there would be even more excitement for the travelling Claret and Blue as the fixture ticked into added time, when Tomáš Souček smashed home a fantastic volley from Kudus cross to claim all three points.

Burnley:

Trafford, Vitinho, O’Shea, Beyer, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Cullen), Brownhill, Berge, Koleosho (Zaroury), Rodriguez, Amdouni (Ramsey)

FK TSC BACKA TOPOLA (Serbia) : Europa League (Group A)
TSC Arena 
1 - 0 (Soucek)
30 November 2023
Ref: Allard Lindhout
Att: 4,256

Fabianski

Johnson (Kehrer)

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Cresswell (Emerson)

Fornals

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Paqueta

Benrahma (Cornet)

Mubama (Ings)

Tomáš Souček struck in the final minute to give West Ham United a hard-earned 1-0 victory at FK TSC Bačka Topola. The Irons looked set to be held to a frustrating goalless draw by their stubborn hosts until Souček popped up with the vital goal right at the end – netting for a fifth game in succession for club and country in the process.

Souček’s goal was especially important given Freiburg’s 5-0 win at Olympiacos which threatened to see them leapfrog the Irons at the top of UEFA Europa League Group A ahead of their meeting at London Stadium in a fortnight.

Now the Hammers will go into the group finale knowing they have already progressed to the knockout stages of this competition, and a point would see them directly through to the round of 16.

FK TSC Bačka Topola:

Ilić, Antonić, Čalušić, Stojić, Petrović, Cvetković, Radin (Vulić), Kuveljić (Vlalukin), Ćirković (Sós), Milovanović (Pantović), Đakovac

CRYSTAL PALACE
London Stadium
1 - 1 (Kudus)
2 December 2023
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 62,459

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Fornals)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Kudus

Paqueta

Bowen

West Ham United moved five games unbeaten with a hard-fought draw against Crystal Palace. A bit of magic from Mohammed Kudus brought the game’s opening goal when he turned home Vladimír Coufal’s cross on 13 minutes.

Tomáš Souček then saw a second West Ham goal ruled out for offside, before the visitors pulled level on 52 minutes through Odsonne Édouard. Jarrod Bowen almost capped his return with a winner late on but derby spoils were ultimately shared at London Stadium.

Crystal Palace:

Johnstone, Ward, Guéhi, Andersen, Richards, Olise, Lerma, Hughes (Riedewald), Mitchell, Ayew, Édouard (Mateta)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 
2 - 1 (Bowen, Ward-Prowse)
7 December 2023
Ref: Michael Salisbury
Att: 60,733

Fabianski

Coufal

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Kudus (Fornals)

PaquetaBowen

Jarrod Bowen’s 50th goal for West Ham United and James Ward-Prowse’s low finish saw West Ham United come from a goal down to defeat Tottenham Hotspur in north London. Bowen’s seventh in as many Premier League away matches this season levelled things up early in the second half after Cristian Romero’s looping header had given Spurs the lead, before Ward-Prowse converted the winner after his initial shot had come back off the post.

Victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium extended David Moyes’ side’s recent run to one defeat in eight in all competitions and onto 24 points from 15 games played, just three behind Spurs in fifth.

By half-time, Ange Postecoglou’s side had enjoyed 77% possession and had 12 goal attempts – not including Kurt Zouma hitting his own woodwork in added-time – to the Hammers’ four, the last of which saw the unmarked Lucas Paquetá head Kudus’s cross past the far upright.

West Ham started the second half better than they had the first and, seven minutes in, the visitors were level. Bowen held off Romero and found Kudus, whose shot ricocheted off both the Argentinian and Ben Davies and into the path of the England international, who lashed high past Vicario with his right foot. Out of nothing, West Ham were level, and, with renewed purpose, they went close again four minutes later when Paquetá’s first-time shot was saved, then again when Ward-Prowse’s cross was deflected into the side netting.

It was a proper derby now, with both sides playing at a higher intensity and threatening to create chances every time they attacked. Spurs substitute Richarlison went close with his first touch, but his header flew narrowly past the post, then Fabiański was well positioned to push Porro’s shot aside.

Then, with 16 minutes to play, the Hammers stole all three points in dramatic style.


Tottenham Hotspur:

Vicario, Porro, Romero, Davies, Udogie, Højbjerg (Richarlison), Bissouma (Sarr), Lo Celso (Skipp), Johnson (Gil), Kulusevski, Son (Véliz)

FULHAM
Craven Cottage 
0 - 5
10 December 2023
Ref: Paul Tierney
Att: 23,988

Fabianski

Coufal

Zouma (Ogbonna)

Aguerd

Cresswell (Emerson)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Benrahma)

Kudus (Mubama)

Fornals (Mavropanos)

Bowen

West Ham United’s six-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at Fulham on Sunday, as the Cottagers cantered to a 5-0 victory in west London. The Irons were unable to build on their stunning win at Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, as goals from Raúl Jiménez, Willian and Tosin Adarabioyo had the game all but won by the break.

Substitutes Harry Wilson and Carlos Vinícius added a fourth and fifth for the rampant hosts after the break to leave West Ham well beaten and ruing a missed opportunity to move into the Premier League’s top six.

Fulham:

Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Adarabioyo, Robinson (Ballo-Touré), Palhinha (Reed), Cairney, Willian (Wilson), Iwobi (De Cordova-Reid), Pereira, Jiménez (Carlos Vinícius)

SC FREIBURG (Germany) : Europa League (Group A)
London London
2 - 0 (Alvarez, Kudus)
14 December 2023
Ref: Joao Pinheiro
Att: 48,876

Fabianski

Coufal (Kehrer)

Mavropanos

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Fornals)

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Kudus (Cornet)

Paqueta (Mubama)

Bowen (Ings)

West Ham United accomplished their latest European mission by defeating SC Freiburg 2-0 at London Stadium to finish top of UEFA Europa League Group A and qualify directly for the round of 16.

Mohammed Kudus struck the opening goal of the game 14 minutes in, before Edson Álvarez doubled the Hammers’ lead three minutes before half-time. West Ham’s tenth home European win in succession not only secured knockout football after Christmas, but also meant the UEFA Europa Conference League champions became just the sixth English club to win their group in three consecutive seasons.

The Irons showed no hangover from Sunday’s humbling Premier League defeat at Fulham by pressing their opponents, playing with good intensity with and without the ball, creating decent opportunities and scoring two wonderfully crafted goals.

SC Freiburg:

Atubolu, Sidillia, Ginter, Gulde, Makengo (Kübler), Doan, Eggestein (Höler), Höfler, Grifo (Weißhaupt), Gregoritsch (Adamu), Sallai (Röhl)

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
London Stadium
3 - 0 (Kudus 2, Bowen)
17 December 2023
Ref: Chris Kavangh
Att: 62,455

Fabianski

Coufal (Kehrer)

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez (Fornals)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Mubama)

Kudus (Ings)

Bowen

Mohammed Kudus, Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paquetá brought Christmas cheer to east London a week early as they combined to fire West Ham United to a 3-0 Premier League victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Kudus continued his superb form with a pair of first-half strikes, before Bowen added a third after the break, with Paquetá registering a hat-trick of assists as the Hammers moved into seventh place and onto 27 points from 17 games played. The Ghana star’s first, on 22 minutes, was a pitch-length counter that saw Emerson, Edson Álvarez and Lucas Paquetá combine to send Kudus clear down the right. He cut inside and fired a left-foot drive past Nelson Semedo and goalkeeper Dan Bentley from 20 yards.

Ten minutes later, he was found in a similar position by a superb diagonal pass from the Brazilian, raced away from former Hammer Craig Dawson and slotted unerringly home with this right. And, after Wolves threatened a rally and saw a Pablo Sarabia goal ruled out for offside by VAR Jarred Gillett, Bowen made the points safe when he raced onto another Paquetá pass and placed his shot low past Bentley. Bowen and Kudus now have ten and nine goals in all competitions respectively, while Paquetá is up to eight assists.

Wolverhampton Wanderers:

Bentley, Kilman, Dawson, Toti (Aït-Nouri), Semedo (Doherty), Lemina (Doyle), Gomes, Bellegard, Sarabia, Cunha, Hwang

LIVERPOOL : FL Cup (Fifth Round)
Anfield 
1 - 5 (Bowen)
20 December 2023
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 57,332

Areola

Coufal (Kehrer)

Mavropanos

Ogbonna

Johnson

Alvarez (Ings)

Soucek

Fornals

Kudus (Ward-Prowse)

Benrahma (Paqueta)

Bowen

West Ham United’s 2023/24 Carabao Cup journey came to an end at the quarter-final stage with a 5-1 loss away at Liverpool. The Reds took a one-goal advantage before half-time, when Dominik Szoboszlai fired in a powerful effort from distance, and added another shortly after the break through Curtis Jones. 

Cody Gakpo scored Liverpool’s third before Jarrod Bowen marked his 27th birthday with a well-taken finish, sparking a glimmer of hope of a magical fightback. 

But Jones’ personal second – and the hosts’ fourth – and Mohammed Salah’s low finish wrapped up a resounding win for the Reds and put them into the Carabao Cup last four, where they will face Fulham.

Liverpool:

Kelleher, Gomez, Van Dijk (Konate), Quansah, Tsimikas (Bradley), Endo (Alexander-Arnold), Jones, Szoboszlai (Salah), Elliot, Gakpo (Diaz), Núñez

MANCHESTER UNITED
London Stadium
2 - 0 (Bowen, Kudus)
23 December 2023
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 62,472

Areola

Coufal

Zouma

Mavropanos

Emerson

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Kudus (Johnson)

Paqueta

Bowen (Fornals)

Jarrod Bowen, Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paquetá were West Ham United’s matchwinners yet again as they combined to defeat Manchester United 2-0 at London Stadium.

A week after their goals and assists saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers, the trio combined again to devastating effect in the final 20 minutes to give the Claret and Blue Army an early Christmas present and send their team soaring into the Premier League’s top six.

Brazilian Paquetá made it five assists in two top-flight matches, first exchanging passes with Bowen, who scored with his right knee after his initial effort was blocked by André Onana on 72 minutes, then taking advantage of Kobbie Mainoo's mistake to play in Kudus, who swept past Onana with his right foot six minutes later.

Manchester United:

Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Kambwala (Reguilón), Shaw, McTominay, Mainoo, Antony (Pellistri), Fernandes, Garnacho (Eriksen), Højlund (Rashford)

ARSENAL
Emirates Stadium
2 - 0 (Bowen, Mavropanos)
28 December 2023
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 60,261

Areola

Coufal

Ogbonna

Mavropanos

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek

Paqueta (Benrahma)

Kudus

Ward-Prowse

Bowen

Tomáš Souček and Dinos Mavropanos scored the goals as West Ham United produced a stunning team effort to close 2023 with a memorable 2-0 win at Arsenal.

The Hammers pair struck either side of the break to give their team full value for a wonderfully resilient display – one which refused to let Mikel Arteta’s title-chasers through them.

Souček finished a move which involved Lucas Paquetá, Emerson and Jarrod Bowen to give the Hammers a 13th minute lead, then one-time Arsenal defender Mavropanos rose highest to double the advantage ten minutes after the interval.

Saïd Benrahma could have made it three in stoppage time from the spot, but even David Raya’s save could not spoil a thrilling night in north London.

Arsenal:

Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Nelson), Rice, Ødegaard, Trossard (Smith Rowe), Martinelli (Nketiah), Saka, Jesus

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
London Stadium
0 - 0
2 January 2024
Ref: Sam Barrott
Att: 62,462

Areola

Johnson

Mavropanos

Ogbonna

Emerson

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Fornals

Benrahma (Mubama)

Bowen

In truth, a share of the spoils was an acceptable return for an Irons squad shorn of Vladimír Coufal, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer, Lucas Paquetá and Michail Antonio due to either illness or injury, and Africa Cup of Nations bound Nayef Aguerd and Mohammed Kudus, and a point kept David Moyes’ side in sixth place.

The opening quarter saw next to nothing by way of excitement, with Brighton building patiently from the back and the Hammers apparently willing to let them have the ball in their own half.

The only early moment of drama came inside two minutes, when Edson Álvarez went down as he passed Billy Gilmour inside the Brighton box, but neither referee Sam Barrott nor VAR Robert Jones deemed the contact sufficient for a penalty to be awarded.

Then, after a quarter devoid of thrills, the game sprang to life and it was something of a surprise that it remained goalless until Barrott blew his half-time whistle. Brighton had the clearer opportunities, but Areola continued his impressive recent form with four important saves.

First, he adjusted well to hold Buonanotte’s deflected left-foot, then he showed impressive reflexes to claw Welbeck’s header away and react quickly to block Jack Hinshelwood’s follow-up shot. The fourth save was the best of the lot as the Frenchman positioned himself perfectly to keep out captain Gross’s glanced header.

While the Seagulls went closest to breaking the deadlock, the Hammers also improved after moving their press higher up the pitch, with the result being a number of chances to score themselves.


Brighton & Hove Albion:

Steele, Milner, Webster (Moder), van Hecke, Estupiñán, Groß, Hinshelwood, Buonanotte (Lallana), Gilmour, Joâo Pedro, Welbeck (Ferguson)

BRISTOL CITY : FA Cup (Third Round)
London Stadium
1 - 1 (Bowen)
7 January 2024
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 62,477

Fabianski

Coufal (Johnson)

Zouma

Mavropanos (Ogbonna)

Emerson

Alvarez (Ings)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Fornals (Cornet)

Bowen

Paqueta (Mubama)

West Ham United will need to win a replay if they are to reach the Emirates FA Cup fourth round after Bristol City held the Irons to a 1-1 third round draw at London Stadium.

The Hammers looked on course to reach the last-32 for the seventh consecutive season when Jarrod Bowen scored inside four minutes, but Tommy Conway’s second-half equaliser means the two sides will face-off again at Ashton Gate.

It had all looked to be going to plan for David Moyes’ men when Bowen scored his 14th goal of the season, timing his run perfectly to collect Lucas Paquetá’s through ball with his left foot, round goalkeeper Max O’Leary with a touch of his right and fire unerringly past covering defender Cameron Pring and into the net with his left.

But former Academy of Football coach Liam Manning’s EFL Championship Play-Off hopefuls had other ideas and levelled just after the hour-mark when Scotland U21 international Conway got in behind the home defence and fired low and hard past Łukasz Fabiański.

Bristol City:

O'Leary, Tanner, Vyner, Dickie, Pring, Williams, Gardner-Hickman (James), Knight, Mehmeti (Weimann), Bell (Cornick), Conway

BRISTOL CITY : FA Cup (Third Round Replay)
Ashton Gate 
0 - 1
16 January 2024
Ref: Darren England
Att: 25,616
Bristol City decided against producing matchday programmes either printed or online for this season.
A group of Robins fans, with the blessing of the Club, produced "CIDEREDS" as an alternative programme for their supporters.

Fabianski

Coufal (Johnson)

Mavropanos

Zouma

Cresswell (CALLUM MARSHALL)

Emerson

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Benrahma

Cornet

Ings (Mubama)

Ten-man West Ham United were dealt a third-round exit from the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Bristol City, with Tommy Conway’s early strike subjecting the visitors to a 1-0 defeat in the Ashton Gate replay.

The teams were reacquainted in the West Country little over a week after their 1-1 draw at London Stadium, and Conway – who scored the equaliser in the first match – duly finished the EFL Championship outfit’s first real clear-cut chance to earn the crucial advantage.

Saïd Benrahma was given his marching orders shortly after the interval, and though Tomáš Souček and Emerson led the charge for a way back into the clash, City held on to secure progression to the fourth round.

A senior debut off the bench for Northern Ireland international forward Callum Marshall was one of few positives for David Moyes’ men on the night.

 

Bristol City:

O’Leary, Tanner, Vyner, Dickie, McCrorie (Bell), Williams, James, Pring, Gardner-Hickman (Knight), Mehmeti (Cornick), Conway (Wells)

SHEFFIELD UNITED
Bramall Lane 
2 - 2 (Cornet, Ward-Prowse [pen])
21 January 2024
Ref: Michael Salisbury
Att: 29,164

Areola (Fabianski)

Coufal

Zouma

Mavropanos

Emerson

Cornet (Johnson)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Fornals

Ings (Mubama)

Bowen

Maxwel Cornet’s first goal for the club and a second-half James Ward-Prowse penalty weren’t enough to help West Ham United earn a full share of the spoils away at Sheffield United, with a dramatic Bramall Lane encounter finishing 2-2.

Ivory Coast international Cornet made it 1-0 close to the half-hour mark, but Blades league debutant Ben Brereton Díaz ensured the scores were level at half-time with a 44th-minute strike.

England international Ings then earned West Ham the chance to go 2-1 in front when he was felled by Hamer in the box, following a clever turn, and Ward-Prowse made no mistake from the penalty spot, blasting the ball into the middle of the net with only 11 minutes left.

The late drama continued in South Yorkshire, when a Brewster yellow card - for a heavy challenge on Emerson - was upgraded to a red by referee Michael Salisbury, and then Coufal was similarly given his marching orders for a second yellow.

Deep into added time, Sheffield United were awarded a penalty of their own following a tangle involving McBurnie, and the Scotland international then beat late introduction Fabiański to ensure the honours ended even.

Sheffield United:

Foderingham, Bogle, Ahmedhodzic, Robinson, Trusty (Norrington-Davies), Souza (Norwood), McAtee, Hamer, Brooks (Brewster), Brereton Díaz (Archer), Osula (McBurnie)

AFC BOURNEMOUTH
London Stadium
1 - 1 (Ward=Prowse [pen])
1 February 2024
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 62,451

Areola

Johnson

Mavropanos

Zouma

Emerson

Alvarez

KALVIN PHILLIPS (Ings)

Ward-Prowse

Soucek

Kudus (Cornet)

Bowen

West Ham United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games with a hard-earned 1-1 draw at home to AFC Bournemouth under the London Stadium lights.

Dominic Solanke broke the deadlock for the visitors in the opening moments of the match, and half-chances for James Ward-Prowse and Tomáš Souček were as close as the home side came to equalising during a disappointing first 45.

An improved performance after the interval delivered a goal in the 61st minute however, with Ward-Prowse dispatching the 15th top-flight penalty of his career, but neither side could find the winner and both were ultimately forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

AFC Bournemouth:

Neto, Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly (Kerkez), Cook, Christie, Semenyo (Sinisterra), Scott (Kluivert), Tavernier (Faivre), Solanke

MANCHESTER UNITED
Old Trafford 
0 - 3
4 February 2024
Ref: Andrew Madley
Att: 73,612

Aerola (Fabianski)

Coufal (Phillips)

Zouma

Aguerd

Emerson

Alvarez

Soucek (Cornet)

Ward-Prowse

Johnson

Kudus

Bowen

West Ham United fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Manchester United at Old Trafford. Despite the Hammers enjoying more shots and opportunities than their hosts in the first half, David Moyes’ side went in a goal down at the interval after Rasmus Højlund’s well-taken finish. 

Tomáš Souček and Ben Johnson went closest for the Irons, registering decent chances just before and after Højlund’s strike, and the away side were a tad unfortunate to be trailing at the break. 

But a clinical edge in front of goal was lacking for West Ham at Old Trafford, who were made to pay by Erik ten Hag’s side. Alejandro Garnacho struck twice, four minutes into the second half and five minutes from the end, while Emerson and Jarrod Bowen both missed gilt-edge opportunities, bringing an end to the Hammers’ six-game unbeaten league run.


Manchester United:

Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Martínez (Varane), Shaw (Lindelöf), Casemiro, Mainoo (McTominay), Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford, Højlund (Antony)

ARSENAL
London Stadium
0 - 6
11 February 2024
Ref: Craig pawson
Att: 62,474

Areola

Coufal

Johnson

Zouma (Mavropanos)

Aguerd

Emerson (Cresswell)

Alvarez (Phillips)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse

Kudus

Bowen

The stormy weather that battered the country in the week may have abated, but West Ham United were blown away by Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, suffering the Club’s heaviest-ever home Premier League defeat. The Irons’ winless start to 2024 extended to five Premier League matches – and seven in all competitions – as the Gunners netted four goals in 15 first-half minutes at London Stadium, then added two more after the break.

Even before they went ahead, the visitors had created at least half-a-dozen chances, most notably when Leandro Trossard’s volley was turned aside by Alphonse Areola, while Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard saw shots diverted wide by Nayef Aguerd and Tomáš Souček.

The floodgates opened on 32 minutes when Declan Rice’s left-wing corner found William Saliba, who outjumped his marker to head in from six yards.

Saka then missed two further opportunities before racing away, being brought down by Areola, then beating the Frenchman from the penalty spot.

West Ham were all at sea and they were overwhelmed again moments later when another Rice delivery from the left, this time a free-kick, was headed in at the near post by Gabriel. And a miserable opening half was completed in added-time when Ødegaard found Trossard and the Belgian rifled a shot into the top right-hand corner.

Kalvin Phillips and Konstantinos Mavropanos were sent on from the bench at the break, but Arsenal kept coming and it was five when Saka was given time and space to collect another Ødegaard pass and smash into the bottom right-hand corner.

Rice completed the rout, and an impressive personal performance on his return to east London, by curling in an unstoppable strike from 30 yards out. Despite the spectacular nature of his goal, the former Irons captain declined to celebrate.

Arsenal:

Raya, White (Cédric), Saliba, Gabriel, Kiwior, Rice (Elneny , Ødegaard, Trossard (Nketiah), Saka, Martinelli (Nwaneri), Havertz

NOTTINGHAM FOREST
City Ground 
0 - 2
17 February 2024
Ref: Tom Bramall
Att: 29,490

Areola

Coufal (Johnson)

Zouma (Ings)

Aguerd

Emerson (Soucek)

Phillips

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse

Kudus

Antonio (Cornet)

Bowen

West Ham United succumbed to their third Premier League defeat in a row at the hands of Nottingham Forest, with Taiwo Awoniyi and Callum Hudson-Odoi goals in first and second-half added time proving the difference between the sides.

Mohammed Kudus and Michail Antonio were among the Hammers’ most lively players in and around the Forest danger area in the opening 45, but Alphonse Areola was required to make a handful of fine stops to keep it 0-0 before the deadlock was eventually broken by Awoniyi.

James Ward-Prowse and Jarrod Bowen had chances to equalise after the restart, but a red card for recent arrival Kalvin Phillips made things harder with 19 minutes to go, and Hudson-Odoi put the result beyond doubt at the death.

Nottingham Forest:

Sels, Williams, Felipe, Murillo, Tavares, Domínguez (Yates), Danilo, Elanga, Gibbs-White (Omobamidele), Hudson-Odoi, Awoniyi (Origi)

BRENTFORD
London Stadium
4 - 2 (Bowen 3, Emerson)
26 February 2024
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 62,450

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Zouma

Emerson

Soucek

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse

Paqueta (Antonio)

Kudus (Johnson)

Bowen

Jarrod Bowen’s first Premier League hat-trick inspired West Ham United to a deserved 4-2 win over Brentford that brought a welcome end to a six-game winless run. The hosts burst out of the blocks at London Stadium and England forward Bowen notched a quick-fire double before the seven-minute mark, only for the Bees to hit back through Neal Maupay.

Chances for both sides saw the game remain in the balance until Bowen took his season goal count to 14 with a neat header in the 63rd minute, before Emerson made it 4-1 with a stunning strike and then Yoane Wissa grabbed a late consolation for Brentford.

Brentford:

Flekken, Jørgensen, Ajer, Mee (Collins), Reguilón (Roerslev), Onyeka (Janelt), Jensen (Damsgaard), Nørgaard, Lewis-Potter, Maupay (Wissa), Toney

EVERTON
Goodison Park
3 - 1 (Alvarez, Soucek, Zouma)
2 March 2024
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 39,262

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Zouma

Emerson (Ogbonna)

Soucek

Alvarez

Ward-Prowse (Phillips)

Paqueta (Antonio)

Kudus (Johnson)

Bowen

Alphonse Areola’s heroics and second-half goals from Kurt Zouma, Tomáš Souček and Edson Álvarez combined to secure West Ham United a superb come-from-behind 3-1 Premier League victory at Everton.

The Irons could have been heading to a fourth defeat in five top-flight matches when Beto, who had seen his spot-kick saved by Areola moments before half-time, headed the home side in front eleven minutes after the break.

But former Everton loanee Zouma rose highest to head in James Ward-Prowse’s corner just six minutes later to score his second goal of the season. And Souček silenced Goodison Park with a sensational finish one minute into added-time before Álvarez emptied the famous old stadium – the jubilant 3,000-strong Claret and Blue Army aside – by converting a superb counter-attack. A sixth away win of the season took David Moyes’ side through the 40-point barrier back up to seventh place in the table.

Everton:

Pickford, Godfrey, Branthwaite, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Harrison (André Gomes), Onana, Garner, McNeil (Dobbin), Doucouré (Chermiti), Beto (Calvert-Lewin)

SC FREIBURG (Germany) : Europa League (Round of 16 ~ 1st leg)
Stadion am Wolfswinkel
0 - 1
7 March 2024
Ref: Alejandro Hernandez
Att: 34,700

Fabianski

Coufal

Zouma

Mavropanos

Emerson (Cresswell)

Alvarez

Soucek

Ward-Prowse (Phillips)

Paqueta (Antonio)

Kudus

Bowen

West Ham United will need to come from behind to progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League after falling to a narrow 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their round of 16 clash against SC Freiburg in Germany.

After an early burst from the Breisgau Brazilians, neither team looked too likely to break the deadlock ahead of the break, with Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus arguably the most likely for David Moyes’ men. The game opened up in the second half and Dinos Mavropanos and Lucas Paquetá spurned good opportunities to score, before Freiburg substitute Michael Gregoritsch popped up with the winner with nine minutes to go. The teams will do it again in east London next Thursday with a spot in the last eight at stake.


SC Freiburg:

Atubolu, Sildillia (Kübler), Ginter, Gulde, Günter, Höfler, Dōan (Muslija), Eggestein, Höler (Gregoritsch, Grifo (Weißhaupt), Sallai (Röhl)

BURNLEY
London Stadium
2 - 2 (Ings, Paqueta)
10 March 2024
Ref: Darren England
Att: 62,441

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Aguerd (Ings)

Cresswell

Phillips (Alvarez)

Soucek

Ward-Prowse (Antonio)

Paqueta

Kudus

Bowen

West Ham United came from two goals down to draw 2-2 and snatch a Premier League point from Burnley at London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It was a true game of two halves in the east London rain as David Datro Fofana’s long-range strike and Dinos Mavropanos’s own-goal gave Burnley a two-goal half-time lead.

Manager David Moyes made tactical and personnel changes at the break and West Ham were transformed, scoring at each end of the half through Lucas Paquetá and substitute Danny Ings. At the final whistle, honours were even, but Moyes will rue his team’s first-half performance, which ultimately cost the Irons a third Premier League win in succession and had to settle for a share of the spoils.


Burnley:

Trafford, Assignon, O'Shea, Estève, Taylor, Berge, Cullen, Bruun Larsen (Brownhill), Vitinho (Gudmundsson), Odobert (Delcroix), Fofana

SC FREIBURG (Germany) : Europa League (Round of 16 ~ 2nd leg)
London Stadium
5 - 0 (Kudus 2, Bowen, Cresswell, Paqueta)
14 March 2024
Ref: Marco Guida
Att: 51,014

Fabianski

Coufal

Zouma

Mavropanos

Cresswell

Alvarez (Phillips)

Soucek

Paqueta (Ward-Prowse)

Kudus (Ings)

Bowen (GEORGE EARTHY)

Antonio (Johnson)

West Ham United will contest a continental quarter-final for the third successive season after a European-record 5-0 victory over SC Freiburg in the second leg of the teams’ UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie emphatically overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit.

Trailing narrowly after the first running of the contest in Germany last week, the Hammers made the perfect start when Lucas Paquetá poked home at the back post short of the ten-minute mark, before Jarrod Bowen celebrated his recent England call-up by making it two with his 18th of the season.

Bundesliga outfit Freiburg offered little of note in attack and Aaron Cresswell steepened their task with his first strike for just under two years shortly after half-time, while Mohammed Kudus added gloss to the scoreline with a stunning quick-fire double in the late stages.

The result keeps West Ham’s name in the hat ahead of the Europa League last eight draw at 12noon GMT on Friday, as they continue their hunt to build on last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League triumph.

SC Freiburg:

Atubolu, Sildillia (Röhl), Ginter, Gulde (Kübler), Günter, Höfler (Muslija), Dōan, Eggestein, Höler (Philipp), Grifo (Gregoritsch), Sallai

ASTON VILLA
London Stadium
1 - 1 (Antonio)
17 March 2024
Ref: Jarred Gillett
Att: 62,461

Areola

Coufal

Mavropanos

Zouma

Emerson (Cresswell)

Alvarez

Soucek

Paqueta (Ward-Prowse)

Kudus

Bowen

Antonio (Johnson)

West Ham United were denied a last-gasp winner by a VAR review as the Irons were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by Aston Villa at London Stadium. The Hammers had no fewer than three ‘goals’ ruled out, one for a foul on Emiliano Martínez and two on review for handball against Michail Antonio and Tomáš Souček, leaving manager David Moyes and his players deeply frustrated.

Before that hat-trick of disallowed strikes, Antonio’s first Premier League goal since August had put his side in front on 29 minutes, only for Villa substitute Nicolò Zaniolo to level with 12 minutes to play. And so it is that the Hammers go into the March international break seventh in the table, but with a pack of five clubs within six points of them ahead of the final stage of the 2023/24 season.

Aston Villa:

Martínez, Konsa, Moreno (Digne), Pau, Lenglet (Cash), Luiz, Tielemans, Durán (Diaby), Rogers (Zaniolo), Bailey, Watkins

NEWCASTLE UNITED
St James' Park
3 - 4 (Antonio, Bowen, Kudus)
30 March 2024
Ref: Rob Jones
Att: 

Areola (Fabianski)

Coufal (Ings)

Mavropanos

Zouma

Emerson

Ward-Prowse (Johnson)

Soucek

Paqueta

Kudus

Bowen

Antonio (Phillips)

West Ham had headed to one of world football’s cathedrals, St James’ Park – named after one of Jesus’s 12 disciples – for their Holy Saturday fixture seeking to extend their unbeaten run to five Premier League matches, but those hopes were ended in stunning fashion. The Hammers relinquished a two-goal lead with 13 minutes to play to fall to a disappointing, damaging 3-4 Premier League defeat at Newcastle United.

Michail Antonio, Mohammed Kudus and Jarrod Bowen – with his 15th Premier League goal of the season – looked to have put the Hammers on course for a valuable victory, only for a late collapse to put a big dent in the Londoners’ hopes of securing European qualification.

Alexander Isak, with two penalties either side of West Ham’s treble, and then substitute Harvey Barnes, stunned David Moyes and his side, who were simply unable to handle the Magpies’ late surge.

Newcastle United:

Dúbravka, Livramento (Almirón (Barnes)), Lascelles (Krafth (Hall)), Schär, Burn, Longstaff, Guimarães, Willock (Anderson), Murphy, Gordon, Isak

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