West Ham defeated Wolves with ease
West Ham defeated Wolves with ease
West Ham United easily defeated a lacklustre Wolverhampton Wanderers despite only having their second win of the year and their first at home since the first week of April. It took two goals, both of which were unlucky deflections off Wolves players, but the three points’ final destination was not fortuitous.
West Ham has finally found its footing with Declan Rice ruling, Jarrod Bowen playing like the Jarrod Bowen of last year, and Thilo Kehrer running wild on the right, albeit they will face more dangerous opponents than Wolves. West Ham manager David Moyes noted that the team’s finishing was “far more clinical than it has been.” “We were better at it, we were more tenacious and fierce.”
The away crowd, who was longing for offensive power and perplexed by the usage of their most inventive player, Ruben Neves, as a makeshift center-half, booed the visitors out at the conclusion. Wolves were the ideal guests—a shapeless squad with only three Premier League goals to their name and a full locker room. Their issues are severe, and head coach Bruno Lage’s job is in jeopardy.
“Pressure? Since the first day I arrived here, I’ve sensed it,” he groaned. “Any new manager appointed will have the same problems,” Today was challenging since we were in complete control for the first 30 minutes. They scored after capturing the ball for the first time.
Beginning October respectively third and fourth from the bottom of the Premier League was hardly how both teams envisaged this season taking shape. Two under-pressure helmsmen reacted in different ways. Moyes opted for a purge, benching Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals, and Vladimir Coufal to give Craig Dawson and Maxwel Cornet their first league start. time this season.
In contrast, Nathan Collins’ suspension required Wolves head coach Lage to make only one adjustment after his team’s humiliating loss to Manchester City the last time out. Nelson Semedo was able to advance thanks to Neves’ center-back position, while eight replacements without a combined league start this season joined newcomer Diego Costa on the bench.
Wolves had their guard up at the start, but when West Ham moved forward, they nearly scored. Kehrer found Bowen with a wonderful through pass, much as he did for Germany in midweek, appearing more at ease as a right-back than a center-half. He slid in and attempted a goal.
Before Jonny’s amazing last-ditch rescue, Jose Sa spilled it, and the returning Gianluca Scamacca seemed poised to tap in. Wolves’ need for goals increased as West Ham took a comfortable lead after Bowen was set up by Scamacca. Bowen intervened again again.
Max Kilman stepped in this time, causing the ball to fall to Scamacca at the edge of the box. The Italy international had it under control with only one touch. With the aid of a deflection off Jonny, he curled his first Premier League goal with a second past Sa.
Wolves already appeared to be in trouble, but Rayan Ait-Nouri unexpectedly crossed across the six-yard box to where no one was hiding rather than taking a shot himself when a deflected ball dropped to him there. Wolves continued their unthreatening ascendance from the first half into the second, but they lacked threat outside of Costa’s scowl from the bench as he sipped from his can of Red Bull. Soon, West Ham had doubled their lead.
Kehrer launched a goal-oriented drive. West Ham had scored twice in a league game for the first time this season when the ball cannoned off Kilman and into the path of Bowen, who skillfully swivelled around Ait-Nouri before directing his first goal of the season past Sa at the near post.