Off the mark at home
West Ham 2 Norwich 0
West Ham got their first home win of the season beating Norwich 2-0 thanks to goals for Haller and Yarmolenko. The scoreline flattered Norwich who were second best for most of the game despite having more possession. In fact, if not for keeper Krul and a poor decision by the ref in not giving West Ham a penalty for a clear foul on Haller, the Irons could have hit five or six. Some of the West Ham link up play was fantastic and there appears to be a real understanding developing between Haller, Lanzini and Anderson. The latter was in majestic form with one run beating four opponents, including a nutmeg, resulted in Haller grabbing his head in disbelief. There was also another captains display from Mark Noble who received a standing ovation when substituted in the latter stages of the second half.
It was also good to see the back-line stronger with a great performance from Arthur Masuaku who was solid throughout and provided an assist for Hallers opener after 24 minutes. He linked up well with Anderson collect his through ball and beaten two men for pace before putting it on a plate for Haller to slide home.
Our second goal from Yarmolenko came just minutes after he hit the post with a volley. After jinking past the Norwich full back he flicked it inside to Noble. Nobles through ball to Haller was intercepted but rebounded to Yarmolenko who volleyed home with aplomb. He then ran to celebrate with the West Ham medics who had nursed through the season ending injury last term.
Further efforts from Lanzini, Anderson and substitute Snodgrass were well saved by Krul who, as mentioned before, stopped the scoreline reflecting the true dominance of West Ham.
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We are now on an weeks international break and return to action with the Sky MNF game at Aston Villa on Monday 16th September at 8pm