Javier Hernandez’s controversial goal alongside with his arm contributed to Fulham’s 18th Premier League defeat of the season as West Ham fought back from in the back of to remove at London Stadium.
On initial viewing, it appeared admire Hernandez had headed in from a yard to punish goalkeeper Sergio Rico’s mistake, however a replay from in the back of the goal clearly showed the Mexican striker converting by ability of his arm.
Hernandez’s equaliser change into adopted by Issa Diop’s towering header five minutes sooner than 1/2-time and Michail Antonio nodded in a third late on.
The company had began brightly and got off to the head-notch commence after correct three minutes thru Ryan Babel’s close-differ put – the Dutchman making amends for a obtrusive miss eventually of the gap 30 seconds.
Taking a stumble on to get back into the sport in the 2nd period, Fulham skipper Tom Cairney had a low shot smothered by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, their most efficient true likelihood of sign.
West Ham switch as a lot as ninth however Claudio Ranieri’s facet preserve in nineteenth insist – eight aspects adrift of safety – missing basic different to claw back the deficit on seventeenth-positioned Cardiff who had been thrashed 5-1 by Watford.
Time working out for Fulham
Fulham need a outstanding turnaround in the event that they’re to steer clear of losing straight back into the Championship.
The club had excessive hopes on their return to the high flight after a four-300 and sixty five days absence and can nicely fill expected a high-10 put after turning into the first promoted facet to spend £100m or more in a single switch window.
However the Cottagers fill struggled badly and title-a hit Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as manager in November, has didn’t shore up a porous defence.
The numbers stumble on depressing for Fulham, they’ve now:
- Conceded a league-excessive Sixty one dreams this season.
- Won correct four of their 27 video games.
- Lost six of their last seven video games.
- Failed to remove a single sport away from home all advertising and marketing campaign.
Out of date Liverpool winger Babel completed off a swift crew switch to start the scoring early on, however that change into their most efficient excessive point, and one more fellow ex-Reds winger signed in the January switch window, Lazar Markovic, change into unable to put an impact on his debut from the bench.
Ranieri stated: “We had been solid however we didn’t fill an different to receive again. Time is working out however we by no approach quit, we ought to light be confident and we must dream and proceed to fight.
“I explain my players if we fight, perhaps we can remove. If we don’t fight, now we fill misplaced sooner than we play. It be basic to preserve together and proceed to strive our most efficient.”
Hernandez’s helping arm
West Ham also invested heavily in the summertime, close to £100m, and switch into the high 10 no topic an inconsistent season.
The Hammers peaceable correct their 2nd remove from their last eight video games, even supposing their 10 victories this season is expounded to their complete selection of triumphs last period of time.
However the aspects got right here courtesy of a wide helping hand from Hernandez, who stooped to position the ball into the procure after goalkeeper Rico change into unable to certain a corner and both Michael Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna had flicked on.
Referee Lee Mason change into stood on the fringe of the box, however his be aware of the incident change into obscured by bodies and an incensed Ranieri gesticulated to his arm on the touchline.
“It be an intentional handball, Hernandez knew what he change into doing,” stated used West Ham defender Matthew Upson on BBC Radio 5 dwell.
“But Sergio Rico ought to light fill done higher for the goal. The punch change into so wretched. You correct can not put those errors at this degree.”
Fulham by no approach appeared admire getting back into the sport from that time and Diop rose to accelerate in from Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
Substitute Marko Arnautovic, who had a thumping shot brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Rico, chipped the ball back for Antonio to receive the third.
Declan Rice has earned rave critiques for his performances this season and having fun with in his first match since declaring his worldwide availability for England, the midfielder change into incredible all over again.
No longer most efficient did the 20-300 and sixty five days-worn preserve the play ticking for his facet however he gave a solid defensive explain with six tackles and three interceptions, regaining the ball thirteen times – higher than any of his crew-mates.
Rice instructed Sky Sports activities: “The manager has been on at me all season to guard the back four.
“I’ve been having fun with so a lot in midfield now that that is the put I desire to hunt down my future. I would pick to play in that preserving role however there’s light a lot to present a boost to on.”
Some other certain for West Ham change into the return to motion of midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who performed the last 14 minutes after being out injured since Could perhaps well which ability that of a knee damage.
Man of the match – Declan Rice (West Ham)
It change into handball – Pellegrini
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “We began the sport asleep, the first 10 minutes change into incredible. After that we performed a if truth be told lawful sport. We scored three dreams and had three or four certain potentialities.
“It change into a full sport – other than the first 10 minutes. You by no approach know the reason, perhaps we had been distracted. The basic element is we modified our attitude.
“From my insist I could well well no longer look the handball, I even fill viewed it since and it is handball. No person saw it very clearly on the time, there change into no longer too many complaints. I form no longer think that the goal decided the sport.
“I by no approach complained after we didn’t fill results because I form no longer admire excuses however it completely is highly complicated at the same time as that you just must well fill eight or 9 accidents however now which you may look that now we fill players coming back.”
Babel’s prolonged preserve up for PL goal – the stats
- Fulham’s 9 London derby defeats in a row is the longest such shedding hurry in Soccer League history by any London facet.
- West Ham fill executed the league double over Fulham for the first time for the reason that 2008-09 advertising and marketing campaign, after they had been managed by Gianfranco Zola.
- West Ham’s victory approach the Hammers fill picked up 14 aspects from London derbies in the high flight this season (W4 D2 L2). Handiest Spurs (15) and Arsenal (Sixteen) fill managed more.
- Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is now winless in his last 22 Premier League video games away from home – the longest hurry for a manager in the competition since Roy Hodgson back in October 2010 (also 22).
- Manuel Pellegrini has now won each of his four Premier League encounters against Fulham, most efficient versus West Brom (6/6) does the Chilean fill a bigger a hundred% a hit ratio in the competition.
- Ryan Babel’s strike for Fulham change into his first Premier League goal since December 2010 (Liverpool v Aston Villa), 3000 days ago.
- West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has change into the first Mexican participant to receive 50 Premier League dreams. All 50 fill been scored from eventually of the box.
- Michail Antonio made his a hundredth Premier League appearance for West Ham of their match against Fulham. Handiest Tottenham Hotspur (24) fill viewed more Englishman play a minimal of a hundred video games in the competition than the Hammers (21).
- Fulham change into correct the fourth facet in the Premier League expertise to concede a minimal of 60 dreams after 27 fits of a single advertising and marketing campaign. Handiest Barnsley (Sixty three in 1997-ninety eight) conceded bigger than Fulham’s Sixty one so some distance this season.
West Ham commute to champions Manchester City on Wednesday (20:00 GMT), whereas Fulham face Southampton at St Mary’s on the the same day (19:forty five).