08 November 2020 00:32
Declan Rice: I want to drive my team forward like Scott Parker, Patrick Vieira or Yaya Toure Last updated on.From the section Premier League Lukasz Fabianski was left waiting just to make the save from Ademola Lookman's poor penalty Fulham's Ademola Lookman missed a Panenka-style penalty with the last kick of the game as West Ham clinched a dramatic victory with an injury-time winner of their own. The game had looked on course to end goalless before Tomas Soucek drove home from substitute Said Benrahma's pass inside the box in the first minute of injury time. But Fulham were awarded a 95th-minute penalty when Benrahma caught Tom Cairney and, after a check by the video assistant referee, the spot-kick was awarded. Aleksandar Mitrovic had missed his previous penalty so Lookman stepped up but his chipped effort lacked any sort of power, leaving Lukasz Fabianski waiting to make an ultimately comfortable catch. Lookman, who has been one of Fulham's better players so far this season, understandably looked devastated when the referee blew for full-time as the chance of what would have been a well-earned point slipped away.
Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola had made a number of excellent saves to deny West Ham and put the visitors within minutes of a second successive clean sheet after claiming their first win of the season against West Brom last time out. Areola, who is on loan from Paris St-Germain, kept out Arthur Masuaku, Aaron Creswell and Jarrod Bowen inside the first 10 minutes and also pushed Aaron Cresswell's free-kick onto the bar early in the second half. Fulham finished strongly and had good chances to take all three points themselves as Lookman and Bobby Decordova-Reid both drew saves out of Fabianski. But just as they looked to leave West Ham with a point, Soucek's late winner and Lookman's poor penalty ensured it was the hosts who claimed their third win of the season. Should the West Ham goal have stood?
"He's (Haller) interfering with play, my defender can't leave it." Defeat unfortunate for much-improved Fulham Fulham had made a terrible start to the season that suggested they would be heading back to the Championship with a whimper, losing their first four games. They were good value for their win against West Brom and they withstood some early pressure in this game that previously might have seen them wilt. After that, their defence was rarely troubled as a West Ham side missing the attacking spark of Michail Antonio struggled to make an impression in the final third. Failing to take a point in such a cruel fashion will be difficult to take for Fulham fans but their overall display in the 90 minutes before then should provide encouragement for the future. Hammers run continues - the stats West Ham are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games against Fulham (won seven, drawn four), with the Hammers currently on a four-game winning streak, their longest since a five-game run between September 1953 and September 1957. Fulham are winless in their last 17 Premier League London derbies (16 losses), with their current run of 13 consecutive defeats in such matches a top-flight record. Fulham have won just one of their last 25 Premier League games on the road in the Premier League, a 1-0 victory against Bournemouth in April 2019. West Ham manager David Moyes is unbeaten in his 14 Premier League home games against Fulham (W13 D1). Since scoring with two consecutive efforts in January 2019 against Brighton, Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored with just three of his last 77 shots in the Premier League. He hasn't scored with any of his last 46 non-penalty shots with his right or left foot since a goal against Huddersfield Town in December 2018. West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has saved seven penalties since the start of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign; three more than any other goalkeeper. West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek's goal was West Ham's first 90th-minute winner since Javier Hernandez scored in a 4-3 thriller against Huddersfield Town in March 2019. After the international break West Ham travel to Sheffield United on Sunday, 22 November (14:00 GMT) while Fulham host Everton on Saturday, 21 November (15:00 GMT). Player of the match Soucek Tomas Soucek with an average of 7.34 West Ham West Ham United West Ham United Fulham Fulham Fulham West Ham United Avg Squad number 28 Player name Soucek Average rating 7.34 Squad number 1 Player name Fabianski Average rating 7.07 Squad number 3 Player name Cresswell Average rating 6.87 Squad number 9 Player name Benrahma Average rating 6.67 Squad number 20 Player name Bowen Average rating 6.64 Squad number 26 Player name Masuaku Average rating 6.63 Squad number 21 Player name Ogbonna Average rating 6.57 Squad number 41 Player name Rice Average rating 6.56 Squad number 4 Player name Balbuena Average rating 6.56 Squad number 5 Player name Coufal Average rating 6.55 Squad number 10 Player name Lanzini Average rating 6.28 Squad number 18 Player name Fornals Average rating 6.19 Squad number 23 Player name Diop Average rating 6.18 Squad number 22 Player name Haller Average rating 5.66 Fulham Avg Squad number 1 Player name Areola Average rating 6.01 Squad number 10 Player name Cairney Average rating 4.98 Squad number 33 Player name Robinson Average rating 4.97 Squad number 21 Player name Reed Average rating 4.96 Squad number 9 Player name Mitrovic Average rating 4.85 Squad number 29 Player name Zambo Anguissa Average rating 4.84 Squad number 5 Player name Andersen Average rating 4.77 Squad number 14 Player name De Cordova-Reid Average rating 4.71 Squad number 34 Player name Aina Average rating 4.70 Squad number 15 Player name Loftus-Cheek Average rating 4.69 Squad number 16 Player name Adarabioyo Average rating 4.68 Squad number 17 Player name Cavaleiro Average rating 4.21 Squad number 19 Player name Lookman Average rating 3.02 Match Stats Live Text Line-ups West Ham 1 Fabianski 21 Ogbonna Booked at 56mins Substituted for Diop at 63' minutes Booked at 90mins 41 Rice 28 Soucek 20 Bowen Substituted for Lanzini at 72' minutes 18 Fornals Substituted for Benrahma at 72' minutes Substitutes 7 Yarmolenko 9 Benrahma 35 Randolph Fulham 1 Areola 29 Zambo Anguissa Substituted for Cavaleiro at 90+3' minutes 14 De Cordova-Reid Substituted for Loftus-Cheek at 83' minutes Booked at 88mins 19 Lookman 9 Mitrovic Booked at 55mins Substitutes 3 Hector 15 Loftus-Cheek 23 Bryan Referee: Robert Jones Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, West Ham United 1, Fulham 0. Full Time Second Half ends, West Ham United 1, Fulham 0. Post update Penalty saved! Ademola Lookman (Fulham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner. Booking Issa Diop (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card. Post update VAR Decision: Penalty Fulham. Post update Penalty conceded by Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) after a foul in the penalty area. Post update Penalty Fulham. Tom Cairney draws a foul in the penalty area. Post update Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Declan Rice. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Post update Attempt blocked. Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross. Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces André-Frank Zambo Anguissa. Post update Foul by Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United). Post update Antonee Robinson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing. Goal! West Ham United 1, Fulham 0. Tomas Soucek (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saïd Benrahma. Post update Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Alphonse Areola. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Post update Attempt saved. Saïd Benrahma (West Ham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Booking Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) is shown the yellow card. Post update Tomas Soucek (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.