Abraham scores twice on Chelsea return to down Hammers

Tammy Abraham scored twice on his return to the Chelsea starting line up as Chelsea bagged all three points in a London derby that stops Frank Lampards “Blues Blip” becoming a full-blown crisis.

Abraham’s brace was the icing on the cake in a match which saw Chelsea withstand some continuous West Ham pressure after Thiago Silva had put them ahead in the 10 minutes.

Thiago was the star at both ends of the pitch with a strong performance seeing off the ariel threat of West Hams big men as the Hammers gained confidence after conceding the early goal.

West Ham had a few promising moments but lacked a little quality and failed to create any real clear-cut chances throughout the game.

Frank Lampard started the game without Reece James, out with an injury and he was soon joined by Ben Chillwell early on who went off with an ankle problem but it was another defender in Silva who got the early plaudits after pulling away from the attentions of Aaron Cresswell and heading home from near the penalty spot to the left of Lucas Fabianski.

West Ham tried to find a reply but David Moyes decision to reinstall Mark Nobel to the starting line up creating a defensive looking midfield 3 of Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and the club captain left Sebastian Haller isolated alone upfront.

The visitors did have their moments with Jared Bowen denied a goal on the half-hour mark and a Silva block on a Soucek shot seemingly preventing a goal a few minutes later and Chelsea held their lead into the break.

West Ham remained on the front foot in the second half, but Edouard Mendy had yet to be tested by the hour mark with the returning Cesar Azpilicueta producing a superb block to deny Pablo Fornals.

With the game fizzling out it wasn’t until the 78th minute that Chelsea wrapped things up: Timo Werner cut inside and tried his luck with a poor shot but Tammy Abraham found himself in the right place at the right time to tap home for 2-0.

Two minutes later it was 3-0 when Pulisic led the Chelsea attack and while he was denied from Mount’s cross by Fabianski, who claimed he was fouled in the build-up. Abraham was there again to tap home and take his tally for the night to two.

After a five-game drought, the 23-year-old was back on the scoresheet and rewarded the decision by Lampard to bring him back in the team for his first league start of the month.

Chelsea are now up to 5th in the Premier League ahead of their boxing day clash at Arsenal whilst West Ham have now lost two on the bounce and host Brighton next time out.

Manchester United battle back to win 3-1 away at West Ham

United struggled to get going at the London Stadium but the half time introduction of Bruno Fernandes inspired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a fourth straight league win.

It was the confident hosts who made the better start in East London with Pablo Fornals forcing a brave early stop from Dean Henderson.

The Spaniard continued to pose a threat, as his poked effort came back off the post, before Tomas Soucek deservedly put the Hammers in front.

Declan Rice flicked on Bowen’s corner and the Czech midfielder held off Alex Telles to scramble home from close range.

David Moyes’ side were then presented with a perfect to go in 2-0 up at half time, but Sebastien Haller lost hit nerve at the crucial moment.

Both sides looked busy after the restart, as Bowen was inches away from converting Vladimir Coufal’s cross, and Scott McTominay powered wide.

But with the visitors slowly edging themselves into the game, Paul Pogba produced a fantastic equaliser on 65 minutes.

Henderson’s sweeping clearance released Fernandes and his pull back was expertly swept home by Pogba.

That goal successfully tipped the balance in United’s favour as Mason Greenwood netted a quick-fire second shortly after.

Telles’ driven cross evaded a string of Hammers defenders and the teenager showed a Solskjaer-esque touch to slot past Lukasz Fabianski.

That strike opened the floodgates for a rampant United, as Marcus Rashford scuffed an effort against the post.

But the England international was not to be denied his big moment as he wrapped up the fight back with a superb finish from Juan Mata’s cross field pass.

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

Liverpool seal late 2-1 Premier League Anfield win over West Ham

Jurgen Klopp’s side struggled for large parts against the Hammers but on form Diogo Jota’s late goal secured a crucial three points.

David Moyes’ side started slowly at Anfield but the visitors were gifted an opening goal inside the first ten minutes.

Joe Gomez made a complete mess of Arthur Masuaku’s cross into the box and Pablo Fornals reacted quickly to lash an effort past Alisson.

Liverpool did look to launch a response before the break with Trent Alexander-Arnold almost catching out Lukasz Fabianksi and Andy Robertson firing over.

But just as West Ham were gifted an opening goal, Liverpool were given a massive helping hand for their equaliser just before the break.

Masuaku tangled with Mo Salah inside the box and despite any contact appearing minimal, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot, and the Egyptian tucked home.

The Reds looked to take up the initiative after the break as Klopp threw on Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Those changes tipped the balance for hosts as Jota bravely converted Sadio Mane’s saved shot.

But Friend was to frustrate Liverpool this time as he ruled it out for offside against Mane.

However, Jota was not to be denied another goal in his impressive start to life at Liverpool as gambled on Shaqiri’s clever chip to fire home.

Full Time at Anfield it’s Liverpool 2 West Ham 1

West Ham secured dramatic late 3-3 Premier League draw at Tottenham

Kane and Son looked to have this game wrapped up with three goals inside the first 15 minutes but an incredible late comeback from the Hammers secured a dramatic draw.

Spurs have been quick starters recent weeks but Son’s 45 second opener flew past Lukasz Fabianksi before Jose Mourinho had even taken his seat.

And there was no letting up from the hosts as West Ham simply froze in the opening stages.

The Son and Kane dream team linked up again on four minutes as Kane rolled away from Fabien Balbuena and powered home.

And with the Hammers still rocking from Kane’s first goal, he added his second on 15 minutes.

Son freed Sergio Reguilon in behind and the Spaniard’s cross into the box was bulleted home by Kane.

With Spurs in danger of running riot after the break, Moyes was forced to change his approach after the break and Pablo Fornals missed a massive opportunity after the restart.

Mourinho threw on Gareth Bale for his second Spurs debut and the Welshman almost made an immediate impact as Kane hammered his pass against the post.

West Ham sensed their chance following that miss as Balbuena powered home Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

That threw the cat amongst the pigeons for Spurs in the final minutes as Davinson Sanchez sliced Vladimir Coufal’s cross past Hugo Lloris.

And just as Spurs looked primed to hang on in the final seconds Manuel Lanzini nailed in an absolute thunderbolt.

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West Ham outclass Leicester City in 3-1 King Power Stadium win

Despite being the underdogs at King Power Stadium, goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen secured all three points and a bad day at the office for Brendan Rodgers.

With neither side able to gain a foothold in the early stages, Antonio’s opener was the first effort on target.

Aaron Creswell’s cross drifted over a line of Foxes defenders, and Antonio peeled off at the back post to head past Kasper Schmeichel.

But if Leicester’s defence were caught short for West Ham’s first goal, they were completely AWOL for the second.

Creswell’s clearance caught them too high up the pitch, and Fornals raced on and on and fired past Schmeichel.

With the Foxes unable to drag themselves into it after the break, the Hammers pushed for a third, as Declan Rice rattled the crossbar.

The visitors did finally secure three goals and three points in the closing stages, as Bowen slotted home Fornals through ball.

FULL TIME AT THE KING POWER STADIUM IT’S LEICESTER CITY 0 WEST HAM 3

West Ham Cruise to 4-0 Premier League Win at Home to Wolves

Moyes missed the visit of Nuno Santo as he currently self-isolating, with former England full back Stuart Pearce taking the reigns in East London.

The Hammers have endured a miserable start to the season, but two goals from Jarrod Bowen set them on course for a first three points of the campaign.

With neither side settling into a rhythm in opening stages, the home side drew first blood, as the impressive Bowen raced onto Pablo Fornals’ pass to fire them in front.

That gave the Hammers a vital confidence boost, as Michail Antonio and Thomas Soucek tested Rui Patricio.

With Wolves unable to muster a response after the break, West Ham stepped up the tempo, with two quick fire goals.

Bowen helped himself a second of night on the hour, after Fornals shot came back off the post, before Czech international Soucek headed home a third just after.

West Ham took their foot off the gas in the closing stages, as Wolves waited for the final whistle, but substitute Sebastien Haller did add some gloss for the Hammers with a deserved fourth in added time.

FULL TIME AT THE LONDON STADIUM IT’S WEST HAM 4 WOLVES 0

Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

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Newcastle cruise past West Ham with 2-0 Premier League win

Newcastle were quick out of the traps at St. James’, with Wilson and Federico Fernandez both inches away from breaking the deadlock early on.

Those misses did give West Ham some encouragement as the half wore on, with Thomas Soucek heading wide and Pablo Fornals clipping a post.

With the points there for the taking after the break, Newcastle began up the tempo and push for a breakthrough.

Wilson was a thorn in the Hammers side all night, and the new £20m man found himself in the right place at the right time to poke home Hendrick’s flick on 58 minutes.

David Moyes responded by bringing on Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastian Haller for the final 20 minutes, but the visitors were unable to make any inroads against the Magpies.

And with the Hammers tiring in the closing stages, Hendrick rounded off his own first Magpies appearance with a thunderbolt past Fabianski.

FULL TIME AT ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE 2 WEST HAM 0