West Ham score 3 to keep up Euro hunt vs Blades.

The West Ham manager may have been left ruing his decision not to bring in back up for lone forward Michail Antonio in the January window when the frontman failed a late fitness test before kick-off but in the end, his talent wasn’t needed as goals from Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks and West Ham’s first penalty of the season, scored by Declan Rice, proved plenty to bag all three points.

In truth, the score line flattered the home side who at times let Sheffield United have too much of the ball and for whom better finishing could have led to a very different story.

West Ham thought they had their first penalty of the term after just five minutes when Craig Dawson, following up a Rice free-kick was push over in the area by Enda Stephens but VAR ruled that Dawson was in an offside position meaning that the home team would have to wait until five minutes from half time to get their spot-kick.

Lingard was lively all evening as West Ham counter-attacking outlet and it as he who dispossess Oliver Norwood, exchange passes quickly with Jared Bowen and was through on goal before being taken down dramatically by the challenge of Chris Basham.

The former England player clearly wanted to take the resulting penalty but captain Declan Rice pulled rank and swept the first penalty kick of his senior career hard and low to Aaron Ramsdale’s right.

Sheffield United had their chances and David McGoldrick should have pulled them level with a close-range header early in the second half but the ball deflected off the head Ben Johnson and Lukasz Fabianski was able to reach up to make the save.

The Blades were made to pay for that miss as Issa Diop doubled his teams lead soon after. Once again West Ham scoring from a set-piece as the French centre-back rose unmarked to head home Aaron Cresswell’s excellent corner kick.

The game from here was marked by mistakes from both teams who looked tired and leggy as the game reached the final stages which saw United defender John Egan leave the field on a stretcher with 10mins to go.

The game was finally wrapped up in stoppage time when the Blades defenders stood off substitute Ryan Fredericks who was left to pick his spot in the bottom corner of the away teams net for the 40th goal conceded by Chris Wilder’s men this season.

Final score at the London Stadium West Ham United 3 – Sheffield United 0.

Premier League: Aston Villa v West Ham

A claret and blue clash takes place at Villa Park on Wednesday night, as West Ham and Aston Villa lock horns in a battle to keep their European hopes alive.

Despite losing four of their last six games in all competitions, Villa can go above the Hammers with a win and will start the game as favourites, coming off the back of an impressive win at Southampton thanks to Ross Barkley’s header.

West Ham were outclassed by Liverpool in their last outing, but can close the gap on Leicester in fourth should they pick up a win which would also see them open up a gap over Spurs and Chelsea, who meet on Thursday night.

In order to try and do that, the Hammers will have Jesse Lingard in the squad for the first time since he joined from Manchester United on loan, although the midfielder is unlikely to start. Michail Antonio is also fit and looking for his third goal of 2021, having netted against West Brom and Burnley earlier this year.

The only definite absentee David Moyes has in his squad is Arthur Masuaku, who is still a couple of months away as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Darren Randolph could return to the bench after missing the last two games with an injury. Centre-back Craig Dawson has scored in his last two games and will be hoping he can continue to be a threat in both areas.

Just like his opposite number, Dean Smith has an almost entirely fit squad to choose from, with only two players missing through injury. Those are Brazilian striker Wesley, who is still not fit to make the squad after rupturing his ACL against Burnley last season, and Kortney Hause, who is out for 4-6 weeks with a foot injury.

New signing Morgan Sanson could make his debut after remaining on the bench for the win over Southampton. In related news, Sanson’s departure from Marseille kicked off an unfortunate chain of events at the French club, with Andre-Villas Boas resigning on Tuesday after Sanson’s replacement, Olivier Ntcham, was signed against his wishes. Things are less dramatic in the Midlands.

Aston Villa take on West Ham on Wednesday, February 3rd. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.

Mo Salah inspires Liverpool to 3-1 West Ham win

The three points sees Jurgen Klopp’s side close the gap on Manchester United a crucial time as the Hammers slip to fifth.

Neither side created anything in the opening stages with both set of fans forced to wait until added time for chance either end.

Michail Antonio’s weak effort was easily gathered up Alisson before Lukasz Fabianski got down to deny Mo Salah.

Klopp’s side did begin to turn the heat after the restart with Salah finally edging them ahead on the hour.

Substitute Curtis Jones fed the Egyptian on the edge of the box and he bent a wonder strike past Fabianski.

That breakthrough knocked West Ham confidence immediately and Salah ruthlessly punished them.
Xherdan Shaqiri sweeping pass released him in behind Craig Dawson and the calmly lifted past Fabianksi.

And with Liverpool’s swagger firmly back in the final minutes, Gini Wijnaldum popped up in the box to power home Roberto Firmino’s pass.

The Hammers did grab themselves a consolation late on Dawson headed home from a corner, but in reality the night belonged to Liverpool.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Liverpool 3

Tomas Soucek inspires West Ham at Palace to reach top four.

David Moyes would have feared it was not his night against their London rivals early doors when Wilfred Zaha grabbed an early opener after 3mins but it was largely one-way traffic in his favour after that.

Zaha was again Crystal Palace’s best player and he grabbed his ninth goal of the season playing a quick one-two with Christian Benteke on the edge of the area and finishing with a low, drilled effort from 20 yards out which evaded the hand of a diving Lucas Fabianski.

West Ham were not behind for long however and it was Tomas Soucek who pulled back the first goal. A Pablo Fornals’ cross looked like it was too big for Michail Antonio but the in-form striker managed to hook the ball back into play with his foot for Soucek to head home for his sixth of the campaign.

Number seven would soon follow midway through the half when he controlled Aaron Cresswell’s curling freekick from the left side of the box and tapped home to make him the Hammers top scorer in the Premier League so far this season.

It could have been three moments later when Antonio races clear after a defensive mistake from Palace centre back, and former Hammer, Cheikhou Kouyaté but his side-footed effort hit the inside of the post and bobbled away – it would be a frustrating night for Antonio who missed a hatful of chances to score across the 90mins.

Palace started brightly in the second half when Ebere Eze played a delightful through ball for Zaha who couldn’t find a way past the onrushing Fabianski who made a good save to force a corner.

It wasn’t until just gone the hour that West Ham seemingly put the game to bed with the impressive Craig Dawson hammering in a Jarrod Bowen inswinging corner with his head from a couple of yards to make it 3-1.

David Moyes men probably should have stretched the lead further but they failed to make their dominance pay and Palace substitute Mitchy Batshuayi made it a nervy stoppage time when he scored his first goal for the club since he returned on loan from Chelsea.

The Eagles find themselves in 13th whilst their London rivals, for now, sit above Liverpool in the Champions League spots with David Moyes claiming after the game that there is much more to come from his team.

Crystal Palace 2 – 3 West Ham.

Antonio strikes again as Hammers deal blow to West Brom survival bid

Antonio, who scored the only goal of the game against Burnley at the weekend, struck again as the Hammers climbed to seventh following a 2-1 win.

The controversy started however before a ball was kicked with the omission of Robert Snodgrass from the West Brom squad. The Scot had impressed in the Baggies 3-2 victory over Wolves at the weekend but was left a spectator because of an agreement between his new employers and the Hammers with the Premier League now reportedly “looking into” the matter.

The story on the pitch was better for West Ham who had plenty of the ball in the first half but struggled to breakdown Allardyce’s defensive line.

Craig Dawson perhaps should have opened the scoring against his former side but planted a free header wide at the far post from a corner and just when the first half was meandering towards a goalless conclusion, Vladimir Coufal burst into the area from the right.

The Czech full-back drilled in a cross which Bowen, with little time to react, managed to divert in with his chest from four yards out.

Early in the second half Lukasz Fabianski kept out Conor Gallagher’s angled shot, but moments later the Poland keeper was beaten. West Ham’s defence backed off Pereira as he reached the edge of the box and the Brazilian winger made them pay with a low shot which arrowed into the bottom corner drawing the game level – despite calls from the West Ham defence that Gallagher was interfering with play in an offside position.

West Ham continued to press for the winner and it arrived on the 65th minute when Aaron Cresswell’s cross found the head of substitute Andriy Yarmolenko. His header back into the danger zone was heading behind Antonio but he twisted his body well to hook the ball in from six yards out.

The Baggies rallied late on with a series of freekicks pumped high into the West Ham area but they came to nothing and West Ham win their first four fixtures in a calendar year for the first time since 1958 whilst West Brom remain 5 points from safety in the Premier League.

West Ham United 2 – 1 West Bromich Albion.

West Ham bring in Craig Dawson

The capture of the 30-year-old, who could make the switch permanent next year, ends manager David Moyes’ search for cover at centre-half.

Moyes said: “It’s no secret that we have been trying to add more quality to the squad in defensive positions, not only for the longer-term but also to ensure we are well protected right now, and the opportunity bring in Craig on loan was an addition that will make the group stronger through this period.

“I know he will be a great addition to the dressing room – he is a committed and determined character. I look forward to working with him for the rest of the season.”

Dawson made 184 Premier League appearances for the Hornets, who were relegated last season, and could make his Hammers debut at Tottenham on Sunday.

He said: “I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to being back in the Premier League and working with the manager and group of lads.

“I’m really excited and looking ahead to the game at the weekend. I can’t wait to get started and share my experience.

“We’ve got a lot of experienced lads here anyway and to be joining this group of players is an exciting prospect, so I can’t wait.

“It’s a talented group and I can add competition to that back line, so hopefully I can slot straight in with the lads and help them improve their game as well.

“West Ham is obviously a massive club and London Stadium is a great home stadium and hopefully the fans are back soon cheering us on.”

Moyes is still on the look-out for attacking reinforcements and has been linked with Brentford’s Said Benrahma and Josh King of Bournemouth.