Reds Run Riot Again
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 05 Nov 2017 13:29:00
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West Ham United's start to November wasn't any easier than October, as they fell to another home defeat when Liverpool took all three points away from Stratford with a 4-1 victory.

Slaven Bilic made two changes to the side that conceded that late equalizer at Crystal Palace last weekend, as Winston Reid replaced the suspended Pablo Zabaleta, while Pedro Obiang came in for the injured José Fonte.

The results of the 3pm matches did not go well for the Irons, so they knew they needed to start well here to avoid slipping down the table.

They could have gone ahead within ten minutes when André Ayew did everything right but unfortunately his effort hit the post. It seemed easier to score, as he only had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to beat.

Another ten minutes had passed before the Reds went in front. West Ham gave away possession from their own corner and the visitors broke, with Sadio Mané setting up Mohamed Salah and the midfielder was able to fire past a helpless Joe Hart.

It got worse for the Hammers as just two minutes later, the visitors increased their advantage when a corner took a big deflection off captain Mark Noble. Hart rescued his teammate by making the initial save but he was powerless when the ball fell to Joël Matip who beat the on-loan stopper once again.

When referee Neil Swarbrick blew for half-time, the hosts knew they had another mountain to climb.

During the break, Bilic took off the ineffectual Edimilson Fernandes and replaced him with Andy Carroll.

The change certainly made a difference, as the hosts started to dictate matters after the players re-emerged from the dressing rooms.

On 55 minutes, they had found a way through when Liverpool defender Joe Gomez misjudged Ayew's cross and the ball found Manuel Lanzini who bought it under control and guided it into the net to give the home fans hope.

As is the way things are going these days, that hope was short lived when just 57 seconds later Hart found himself once again picking the ball out of his net. He got a hand to Alex Oxlade-chamberlin's first effort only for the rebound to fall to the former Arsenal winger's feet and this time he made no mistake.

Just after the hour, the skipper was replaced by Marko Arnautovic, as a second change was made.

West Ham were still creating chances but neither Lanzini or Javier Hernández could take advantage of the openings.

Even the introduction of Diafra Sakho in place of the Mexican couldn't do anything to improve the mood and in fact, Jürgen Klopp's men went on to grab another when the deadly combination of Mané and Salah got going again and the former Chelsea forward was in the right place to finish the job off.

The usual chorus of boos could be heard as the final whistle blew meaning that the Hammers go into the international break having dropped to 17th in the table ahead of the trip to Vicarage Road and the challenge of Watford on 19 November.

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