Hammers Make Ideal Start To New Year
By Tom Dowsett
Wednesday 03 Jan 2018 14:07:00
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West Ham United go into Thursday's game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on a high after coming from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in Stratford on Tuesday.

David Moyes made two changes to the side that drew with AFC Bournemouth a week ago, as Winston Reid replaced James Collins. Reid was named captain in the absence of Mark Noble, who had recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury to take his place amongst the substitutes. 

Andy Carroll also came in and played a full 90 minutes in place of André Ayew.

The majority inside the stadium would have expected the home side to come out of the blocks quickly, as the visitors only had two days to recover from their match with Arsenal on Sunday but it was Alan Pardew's side who had the best of the early stages.

Salomón Rondón was straight into the action but the Hammers were relieved when his attempt to lob Adrián went narrowly over.

Manuel Lanzini could have put the Irons ahead midway through the first half but unfortunately, his well-struck effort was well dealt with by Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster who palmed it away from danger.

There was action at both ends, as Carroll saw a curling effort go narrowly wide before James McClean tested Adrián but the Spaniard was equal to the attempt.

However, Adrián was beaten on 30 minutes, when McClean scored with the aid of a deflection, as the ball flew into the net, giving him no chance.

On 37 minutes Lanzini had the chance to bring the hosts back level when he controlled a cross from Cheikhou Kouyaté but Foster made a brilliant save.

This was a vital game for the home team so they knew they would have to come up with something special if they were to turn the game around against a side who have not won since August.

During the break, Moyes made his first change, as he replaced Pedro Obiang with the club skipper.

West Ham almost equalised a minute into the second half but Carroll's effort went over after he was played through by Marko Arnautovic.

Carroll hadn't started a match since 24 November and he certainly made his presence felt here. On 59 minutes, he got his name on the scoresheet when Aaron Cresswell sent a cross into the box and the striker powerfully headed past Foster, bringing delight from the home faithful.

The Hammers were in the mood for more and it wasn't too long before Arnautovic tried his luck. He combined well with Lanzini but was unable to beat Foster with his cleverly crafted effort, as the keeper blocked the Austrian's route to goal with his feet.

Javier Hernández was introduced on 73 minutes, as Moyes decided to bring him on for Arthur Masuaku.

Shortly after, Cresswell picked up an injury forcing the manager to bring on Declan Rice in his place.

A great piece of defending by Angelo Ogbonna prevented Albion from regaining the advantage. Substitute Oliver Burke seemed certain to score but the Italian denied him and the scores remained level.

Both teams were searching for that crowning moment and it was the hosts who found it in the last of the four minutes of stoppage time that were signalled.

Lanzini burst into the box and found Arnautovic; the winger's pass created the danger and Carroll slotted past Foster to make sure that the three points stayed in East London.

West Ham would love to follow this win up with success against their fierce rivals in the derby but have little time to recover.

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