Javier Hernandez’s controversial scheme with his arm contributed to Fulham’s 18th Premier League defeat of the season as West Ham fought assist from on the assist of to remember conclude at London Stadium.
On preliminary viewing, it regarded adore Hernandez had headed in from a yard to punish goalkeeper Sergio Rico’s mistake, nonetheless a replay from on the assist of the scheme clearly confirmed the Mexican striker converting by assignment of his arm.
Hernandez’s equaliser used to be followed by Issa Diop’s towering header five minutes sooner than half-time and Michail Antonio nodded in a third dreary on.
The company had started brightly and got off to basically the most attention-grabbing originate after real three minutes via Ryan Babel’s conclude-range stay – the Dutchman making amends for a glaring circulate over interior the gap 30 seconds.
Seeking to get assist into the game within the second length, Fulham skipper Tom Cairney had a low shot smothered by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, their finest right chance of gift.
West Ham transfer up to ninth nonetheless Claudio Ranieri’s aspect stay in Nineteenth predicament – eight parts adrift of security – missing a considerable opportunity to claw assist the deficit on 17th-positioned Cardiff who had been thrashed 5-1 by Watford.
- Relive West Ham’s remember conclude over Fulham
Time working out for Fulham
Fulham need a grand turnaround if they are to protect away from dropping straight assist into the Championship.
The membership had high hopes on their return to the tip flight after a four-year absence and can neatly appreciate expected a top-10 stay after changing into the predominant promoted aspect to utilize £100m or more in a single transfer window.
However the Cottagers appreciate struggled badly and title-a hit Ranieri, who replaced Slavisa Jokanovic as manager in November, has did not shore up a porous defence.
The numbers question depressing for Fulham, they’ve now:
- Conceded a league-high 61 goals this season.
- Received real four of their 27 video games.
- Misplaced six of their closing seven video games.
- Failed to remember conclude a single sport away from dwelling all campaign.
Ragged Liverpool winger Babel executed off a swift crew transfer to launch the scoring early on, nonetheless that used to be their finest high point, and one other fellow ex-Reds winger signed within the January transfer window, Lazar Markovic, used to be unable to make an impact on his debut from the bench.
Ranieri stated: “We had been right nonetheless we did not appreciate a possibility to attain all all over again. Time is working out nonetheless we by no blueprint quit, we desires to be assured and we ought to dream and continue to fight.
“I repeat my players if we fight, perchance we are in a position to remember conclude. If we don’t fight, we appreciate misplaced sooner than we play. It might perchance be important to stay together and continue to strive our most efficient.”
Hernandez’s helping arm
West Ham also invested heavily within the summertime, conclude to £100m, and transfer into the tip 10 no subject an inconsistent season.
The Hammers tranquil real their second remember conclude from their closing eight video games, though their 10 victories this season is equal to their complete choice of triumphs closing time length.
However the parts came courtesy of a colossal helping hand from Hernandez, who stooped to set aside the ball into the rep after goalkeeper Rico used to be unable to sure a corner and both Michael Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna had flicked on.
Referee Lee Mason used to be stood on the brink of the sphere, nonetheless his behold of the incident used to be obscured by bodies and an incensed Ranieri gesticulated to his arm on the touchline.
“It is an intentional handball, Hernandez knew what he used to be doing,” stated veteran West Ham defender Matthew Upson on BBC Radio 5 stay.
“However Sergio Rico ought to appreciate executed better for the scheme. The punch used to be so unhappy. You real cannot make those errors at this level.”
Fulham by no blueprint regarded adore getting assist into the game from that point and Diop rose to head in from Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
Substitute Marko Arnautovic, who had a thumping shot brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Rico, chipped the ball assist for Antonio to attain the third.
Declan Rice has earned rave opinions for his performances this season and playing in his first match since declaring his global availability for England, the midfielder used to be wonderful over all all over again.
No longer finest did the 20-year-standard withhold the play ticking for his aspect nonetheless he gave a right defensive demonstrate with six tackles and three interceptions, regaining the ball 13 times – better than any of his crew-mates.
Rice educated Sky Sports actions: “The manager has been on at me all season to offer protection to the assist four.
“I have been playing so worthy in midfield now that that is where I ought to trace my future. I’d ought to play in that preserving characteristic nonetheless there is peaceable worthy to pork up on.”
One more particular for West Ham used to be the return to action of midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who played the last 14 minutes after being out injured since May perchance perchance also as a consequence of a knee hurt.
Man of the match – Declan Rice (West Ham)
It used to be handball – Pellegrini
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini: “We started the game asleep, the predominant 10 minutes used to be improbable. After that we played a extraordinarily gentle sport. We scored three goals and had three or four sure probabilities.
“It used to be an complete sport – besides the predominant 10 minutes. You by no blueprint know the rationale, perchance we had been distracted. The considerable element is we modified our perspective.
“From my predicament I might well not trace the handball, I if truth be told appreciate viewed it since and it is some distance handball. Nobody seen it very clearly on the time, there used to be now not too many complaints. I make now not assume that the scheme decided the game.
“I by no blueprint complained after we did not appreciate results because I make now not admire excuses nonetheless it is some distance terribly anxious at the same time as you happen to’ve got eight or nine accidents nonetheless now you might well trace that we appreciate players coming assist.”
Babel’s lengthy stay up for PL scheme – the stats
- Fulham’s nine London derby defeats in a row is the longest such shedding bustle in Soccer League historical past by any London aspect.
- West Ham appreciate executed the league double over Fulham for the predominant time for the rationale that 2008-09 campaign, when they had been managed by Gianfranco Zola.
- West Ham’s victory blueprint the Hammers appreciate picked up 14 parts from London derbies within the tip flight this season (W4 D2 L2). Entirely Spurs (15) and Arsenal (16) appreciate managed more.
- Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is now winless in his closing 22 Premier League video games away from dwelling – the longest bustle for a manager within the competition since Roy Hodgson assist in October 2010 (also 22).
- Manuel Pellegrini has now won every of his four Premier League encounters against Fulham, finest versus West Brom (6/6) does the Chilean appreciate a bigger 100% a hit ratio within the competition.
- Ryan Babel’s strike for Fulham used to be his first Premier League scheme since December 2010 (Liverpool v Aston Villa), 3000 days ago.
- West Ham striker Javier Hernandez has was the predominant Mexican player to attain 50 Premier League goals. All 50 appreciate been scored from interior the sphere.
- Michail Antonio made his A centesimal Premier League look for West Ham of their match against Fulham. Entirely Tottenham Hotspur (24) appreciate viewed more Englishman play as a minimum 100 video games within the competition than the Hammers (21).
- Fulham modified into real the fourth aspect within the Premier League generation to concede as a minimum 60 goals after 27 fits of a single campaign. Entirely Barnsley (63 in 1997-98) conceded greater than Fulham’s 61 thus some distance this season.
West Ham race to champions Manchester City on Wednesday (20:00 GMT), while Fulham face Southampton at St Mary’s on the the same day (19:forty five).