Kouyate snatches late point for Hammers

Cheikhou Kouyate netted a late equaliser as West Ham snatched a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Norwich City at Upton Park on Saturday.

  • West Ham 2, Norwich City 2
  • Brady gives Canaries the lead
  • Sakho grabs equaliser
  • All square at half-time
  • Redmond and Kouyate trade goals late on

Match Summary

Robbie Brady got Norwich off to a great start as he scored the opener inside the first ten minutes, pouncing on Mark Noble's uncharacteristic mistake at the back.

Diafra Sakho grabbed the equaliser later in the half with a cool finish to see that the sides went into the half-time interval on level terms.

Nathan Redmond restored Norwich City's lead with what looked like the winner on 82 minutes only for Kouyate to scramble home the winner in injury time to earn a share of the spoils for the hosts.

Full Report

Norwich were gifted the perfect start as a moment of madness from Mark Noble allowed Robbie Brady to intercept the Hammers skipper's poor pass across his own goal to cooly tap home past Adrian.

Both sides traded chances for much of the first-half but Norwich had Ruddy to thank for maintaining their lead as he made some impressive saves to deny Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet.

Sakho would eventually level matters just after the half hour mark as he was perfectly placed to meet star man Payet's cutback to the penalty spot and slot it past John Ruddy.

After half time, Norwich looked the most likely to grab the lead and enjoyed the majority of possession, but some solid defending from the West Ham defence meant they were frustrated in their attacking efforts.

Despite holding off a number off Norwich attacks, the Hammers struggled to impose themselves on the game as the match went on as star man Payet was marshaled by the hardworking Norwich midfield.

With time winding down, Redmond grabbed the lead for the visitors, the winger cutting inside his marker and firing a fierce low strike into the bottom corner that gave Adrian no chance.

It was the Hammers who would have the last say, however, as Kouyate was quickest to latch onto the loose ball in the box following John Ruddy's failed punch, poking home from close range to grab what looked like an unlikely point.