Antonio scores winner as West Ham beat West Brom


Michail Antonio
Antonio’s goal was his fifth of the season

Michail Antonio scored for the second successive game as West Ham edged struggling West Brom to move up to seventh in the Premier League.

The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jarrod Bowen chested in Vladimir Coufal’s cross.

However, West Brom levelled soon after the restart through Matheus Pereira’s thunderous drive from distance.

Dara O’Shea blocked Manuel Lanzini’s goalbound shot but Antonio gave West Ham the win with a hooked finish.

From then on, West Ham looked comfortable without threatening to add to their lead as they claimed a third Premier League win in a row.

Defeat for West Brom, meanwhile, leaves them 19th, five points from safety.

Antonio underlines importance to West Ham

Antonio has endured an injury-hit campaign and his start against Burnley at the weekend was his first since November.

But the striker made up for lost time by getting the decisive goal in that game and, despite concerns over how he would cope with starting a second game in three days, he was once again the match-winner against the Baggies.

Antonio is a deadly finisher inside the box, with all 41 of his Premier League goals having been scored inside the penalty area and he is integral to how David Moyes wants his West Ham side to play.

They have become a defensively more solid side under the Scot – with West Brom’s goal the first the Hammers have conceded in their past five games in all competitions – but they are also winning games by narrow margins, underlining the need for a player of Antonio’s quality.

Moyes is looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window but keeping Antonio injury free for the remainder of the season will arguably be more important to West Ham’s ambitions.

Another defeat, but some hope for Baggies

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has forged a reputation for leading seemingly doomed teams away from relegation trouble but when he took over at the Baggies on 16 December, it looked like this would be a task too far.

They had won just one of their first 13 matches before Allardyce’s arrival and lost three of his first four games in charge, conceding 13 goals and scoring just one in the process.

But a hugely impressive 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday has given Baggies fans hope that fortunes are starting to turn and although this game ended in defeat, there were signs of encouragement.

In a match of few chances for either side West Brom often looked a threat on the counter and could have snatched a point with more composure from Darnell Furlong, who flashed a volley wide in injury time.

What next?

West Ham are in FA Cup action as they host Doncaster in the fourth round on Saturday, 23 January (15:00 GMT). West Brom’s next fixture sees them host Manchester City in the Premier League on Tuesday, 26 January (20:15).

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  3. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  4. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  5. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  9. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

  10. Squad number9Player nameBenrahma

  11. Squad number30Player nameAntonio

  1. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  2. Squad number16Player nameNoble

  3. Squad number18Player nameFornals

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  2. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

  3. Squad number6Player nameAjayi

  4. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  5. Squad number3Player nameGibbs

  6. Squad number18Player nameGallagher

  7. Squad number8Player nameLivermore

  8. Squad number19Player nameSawyers

  9. Squad number13Player nameGrosicki

  10. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  11. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  1. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  2. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 5Coufal
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 20Bowen
  • 10LanziniSubstituted forFornalsat 62′minutes
  • 9BenrahmaSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 62′minutes
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forNobleat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Balbuena
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 14Alves
  • 16Noble
  • 18Fornals
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 31Johnson
  • 35Randolph

West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 27O’Shea
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 3Gibbs
  • 18GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 80′minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 13GrosickiSubstituted forFurlongat 70′minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 2Furlong
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 17Krovinovic
  • 20Ivanovic
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Peltier
  • 24Kipré
  • 25Button
  • 28Field

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