West Brom’s new era starts with emphatic home win

West Brom started their new era under Chinese ownership with an emphatic 4-1 victory over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

  • West Brom 4 West Ham 2
  • Masuaku handles in area
  • Chadli slots home penalty
  • Rondon doubles the lead
  • McClean grabs a third
  • Chadli completes brace
  • Antonio headers consolation
  • Lanzini penalty makes it 4-2

Match summary

A terrible defensive performance for the second week running was the undoing for West Ham, and manager Slaven Bilic will now be feeling the pressure.

Arthur Masuaku was given a torrid time by Matt Phillips, who forced the Hammers left-back into conceding a penalty as he handled a cross inside the area.

Nacer Chadli stepped up to open the scoring, before Salomon Rondon and James McClean added a second a third before the break.

Chadli completed his brace in the second half to make a 4-0 but the away side fought back, with Michail Antonio grabbing his fifth league goal on the campaign and Manuel Lanzini slotting home a penalty after Dimitri Payet was fouled inside the area.

Full report

West Ham started the game with most of the possession but it was Albion whole looked more likely to score after getting plenty of joy on the right flank through Phillips.

The winger gave Masuaku no time to rest and eventually the Frenchman cracked with a terrible mistake of handling the ball inside the area while trying to block his opposite number’s cross.

Baggies record signing Nacer Chadli made no mistake with the spot-kick, stepping up to roll the ball into the left corner, sending Adrian the wrong way and bagging his first Premier League goal since February.

The hosts barely had any of the ball for most of the half but found themselves two goals ahead, with Chadli turning provider this time. The Belgian did well to find towering striker Salomon Rondon, who swivelled and fired in a rocket of a shot past the dejected Adrian.

The Hammers, for all their possession, still failed to register a shot on target, and six minutes later the home side got their third – the same team who has not scored more than one goal in a game for over six months.

After Bilic’s men failed to deal with a routine corner, Chadli fired a shot which James McClean diverted in past Adrian – giving them a three goal lead at the break.

The Belgium international grabbed his second early after the break, coming from a devestating counter-attack led by Rondon – sprinting forward clear of the defence, who were caught out of position from a corner.

With just the keeper to beat Rondon unselfishly squared to Chadli to poke home the Baggies’ fourth of the afternoon.

Antonio pulled one back for the Hammers with half an hour left with his fifth Premier League goal and fifth headed goal of the season, to give the away side a glimmer of hope.

Young left-back Brendan Galloway, on loan from Everton, gave Bilic and his men a way back into the game as he fouled star playmaker Payet inside the area and the resulting spot-kick was cooly slotted home by Lanzini.

Nonetheless, Pulis went back to basics after the second goal and shut up shop, securing a 4-2 win at home and the first time the side has ever scored four goals under his management.

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