West Ham cruise past Doncaster Rovers in dominant FA Cup win

David Moyes’ side were dominant from start to finish against Rovers as they cruise on to face either Liverpool or Manchester United in the next round.

The Hammers got the party started inside the first two minutes in East London as Pablo Fornals arrived on cue in the box to fire home Ryan Fredericks’ cross.

And there was no stopping the hosts before the break as Manuel Lanzini wasted an excellent chance before Andriy Yarmolenko clipped home a second.

Any chance of a possible Doncaster comeback vanished within minutes of the restart as Tomas Soucek was denied by Ellery Balcombe and Andy Butler diverted home Mark Noble’s corner.

Doncaster did hit the woodwork through Matty Smith in the closing stages before a debut goal from Oladapo Afolayan clinched a dominant win for West Ham.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 4 Doncaster Rovers 0

Southampton and West Ham battle 0-0 Premier League draw

Both sides created chances to win it, but with no real cutting edge at either end, a draw will go down as fair.

With the game bogged down in midfield in the first 45 minutes, Ryan Fredericks’ header went down as the game’s first meaningful chance.

With Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl missing from the touchline, the hosts were unable to really get themselves going after the break, it was West Ham that created the better chances to win it.

In form Tomas Soucek proved again what a handful he can be as the Czech star brought a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

But just as the game looked to drifting off towards a complete, Said Benrahma was presented with a golden opportunity inside the box, but McCarthy spread himself to preserve his clean sheet.

Full Time at the St.Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 0 West Ham 0

West Ham fight back to secure 2-2 draw with Brighton

Neither side covered themselves in defensive glory in the capital as errors at both ends led to an exciting climax.

It was the visitors that dominated the first 45 minutes, with Danny Welbeck lashing an effort past the post, before Neil Maupay edged them in front before the break.

Dan Burn’s low cross caused problems in the Hammers box and Maupay stay alert to fire past Lukasz Fabianksi.

David Moyes threw on Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini after the break and the pair combined superbly to set up Ben Johnson’s first ever senior goal for the club.

Yarmolenko’s clever ball released Lanzini inside the area and his cutback was cushioned home by Johnson.

But despite growing into the ascendency in the final 20, West Ham shot themselves in the foot, as Lewis Dunk hauled Brighton back in front.

Solly March’s whipped cross caught the Hammers defence fast asleep from a corner and Dunk wriggled free to blast home.

But in the spirit of the season Potter’s team returned the favour to Moyes with another defensive clanger as Tomas Soucek powered home for a point.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 2 Brighton 2

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.

In form West Ham fight back to win 2-1 at Leeds United

David Moyes’ side now have four wins in their last five games as a late goal from Angelo Ogbonna secured a vital three points in Yorkshire.

The home side were the quickest out of the traps in the opening stages as midfielder Matheusz Klich put from in front after four minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski tangled with Patrick Bamford to concede a rash spot kick and despite saving Klich first penalty.

Referee Michael Oliver penalised the Polish international for straying off his line and Klich confidently tucked home his second attempt.

That early goal opened the game up in the first half hour, with both keepers called into rapid action, before Tomas Soucek deservedly nodded West Ham level.

Jarrod Bowen swung a deep corner into far post and Soucek was too hot to handle in the box as he stooped to head past Illan Meslier.

That goal boosted the visitors confidence after the restart as Meslier bravely saved from Sebastien Haller.

Both sides did create chances to win it the final stages, but West Ham’s set piece power proved the difference again as Ogbonna headed home the winner.

Aaron Cresswell whipped free kick found the Italian in space inside Leeds’ box and he emphatically powered past Meslier.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 1 West Ham 2

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

West Ham ride luck in 2-1 win vs Aston Villa

The Hammers have made their best start to a season since they moved to the London Stadium four years ago but won’t have many fond memories from this lacklustre display other than the three points they take from the match.

A missed penalty from Ollie Watkins and a disallowed goal courtesy of VAR could easily have swung the result the other way but as it stands two goals, early in each half, was enough to seal the win for David Moyes.

West Ham started well with a goal inside the first two minutes of the game when Ogbonna headed home from a Jared Bowen corner after Tomas Soucek’s early shot was deflected wide.

Villa slowly grew into the game with Ezri Konsa heading over and Conor Hourihane tested Lucas Fabianski with a tasty free-kick before Jack Grealish levelled things up on 25mins with a deflected shot from 20 yards.

With West Ham offering little in the half outside of the goal, David Moyes rang the changes at half time hooking the returning Michael Antonio and Arthur Masuaku in favour of Sebastian Haller and Said Benrahma – the latter of which set up what turned out to be the winning goal within 30 seconds of the restart – swinging in a pinpoint cross with his right foot that was met by the head of Jared Bowen to net.

Aston Villa responded with Ollie Watkins laying a guilt edge opportunity on a plate for Trezeguet who somehow found Lucas Fabianski’s outstretched arm when it would have been easier to score.
Watkins then had the opportunity to score himself after Declan Rice was adjudged to have fouled Trezeguet in the box for the slightest pull on the Egyptians shirt but instead, Watkins missed the resuting penalty kick, striking the crossbar high to the keepers right.

The summer signing from Brentford thought he had rescued a point for the Midlands outfit in stoppage time as he tapped home Matt Targett’s cross but the VAR officials thought otherwise judging the striker to be marginally offside and handing West Ham a third straight win that takes them above Manchester City, Manchester United, Wolves and Southampton in the table.

Sheffield United’s Premier League misery continues as West Ham win 1-0 at Bramall Lane

The Blades remained rooted to the foot of the table, after no wins in nine, whilst the Hammers picked up their first away win since October.

The hosts carved out the better chances in the opening exchanges, with George Baldock and Oli McBurnie forcing early stops from Lukasz Fabianski.

David Moyes’ side did grow into the game before the break, as United began to turn the screw, but Tomas Soucek nodded over their best chance.

The Blades continued to have the upper hand after the break, as David McGoldrick tested Fabianksi, but their familiar lack of cutting edge was exposed on the hour.

Oli Norwood lost possession in midfield as Declan Rice slipped in Sebastien Haller outside the box, and the Malian fired an unstoppable effort past Aaron Ramsdale.

That goal knocked some of the life out of Chris Wilder’s team, as West Ham pushed for a second.

And Rice was inches away from securing the game as his header hit the bar on another frustrating afternoon for the Blades.

Full Time at Bramall Lane it’s Sheffield United 0 West Ham 1

West Ham secure late 1-0 Premier League win over Fulham

David Moyes’ side bossed the match against the Cottagers, but they were forced to wait until the 91st minute for Tomas Soucek to finally break through

West Ham were on the front foot early on in this one as Fulham keeper Alphonse Areola produced a two brilliant stops from Arthur Masuaku and Jarrod Bowen.

With Fulham clinging on in the opening stages they had the woodwork to thank on 10 minutes as Sebastien Haller’s header beat Areola but thumped back off the bar.

After withstanding that early wave of pressure, Fulham did grow into the game before the break as Aleksandr Mitrovic headed wide.

But it was to be the hosts that retook control after the break as Areola launched an early contender for save of the season.

Aaron Creswell’s drive free kick flew over the wall but the Frenchman produced an outrageous stop to tip into onto the bar.

Scott Parker’s side once again began to tiptoe into the game in the final 20 as Ademola Lookman and Bobby Reid tested Lukasz Fabianksi.

However, just as the game looked to be creeping towards a disappointing goalless draw, Soucek popped up in the right place at the right time in the Fulham box.

Haller’s cross was only half cleared by Fulham and Said Benrahma poked a pass into the Czech international and he confidently stroked home into the bottom corner.

But continuing the theme of last gasp drama, Fulham were handed a 95th minute penalty.

Mitrovic stepped aside to let Lookman take responsibility from the spot, but his limp Panenka was casually saved by Fabianksi, with Parker left fuming on the touchline.

Full Time at the London Stadium it’s West Ham 1 Fulham 0