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Antonio scores as West Ham beat WBA

Published on: 19 January 2021

Antonio's goal was his fifth of the season

Michail Antonio scored for the second successive game as West Ham edged struggling West Brom to move up to seventh in the Premier League.

The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jarrod Bowen chested in Vladimir Coufal's cross.

However, West Brom levelled soon after the restart through Matheus Pereira's thunderous drive from distance.

Dara O'Shea blocked Manuel Lanzini's goalbound shot but Antonio gave West Ham the win with a hooked finish.

From then on, West Ham looked comfortable without threatening to add to their lead as they claimed a third Premier League win in a row.

Defeat for West Brom, meanwhile, leaves them 19th, five points from safety.

Antonio underlines importance to West Ham

Antonio has endured an injury-hit campaign and his start against Burnley at the weekend was his first since November.

But the striker made up for lost time by getting the decisive goal in that game and, despite concerns over how he would cope with starting a second game in three days, he was once again the match-winner against the Baggies.

Antonio is a deadly finisher inside the box, with all 41 of his Premier League goals having been scored inside the penalty area and he is integral to how David Moyes wants his West Ham side to play.

They have become a defensively more solid side under the Scot - with West Brom's goal the first the Hammers have conceded in their past five games in all competitions - but they are also winning games by narrow margins, underlining the need for a player of Antonio's quality.

Moyes is looking to sign a striker in the January transfer window but keeping Antonio injury free for the remainder of the season will arguably be more important to West Ham's ambitions.

Another defeat, but some hope for Baggies

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has forged a reputation for leading seemingly doomed teams away from relegation trouble but when he took over at the Baggies on 16 December, it looked like this would be a task too far.

They had won just one of their first 13 matches before Allardyce's arrival and lost three of his first four games in charge, conceding 13 goals and scoring just one in the process.

But a hugely impressive 3-2 victory at Wolves on Saturday has given Baggies fans hope that fortunes are starting to turn and although this game ended in defeat, there were signs of encouragement.

In a match of few chances for either side West Brom often looked a threat on the counter and could have snatched a point with more composure from Darnell Furlong, who flashed a volley wide in injury time.

What next?

West Ham are in FA Cup action as they host Doncaster in the fourth round on Saturday, 23 January (15:00 GMT). West Brom's next fixture sees them host Manchester City in the Premier League on Tuesday, 26 January (20:15).

Player of the match

AntonioMichail Antonio

with an average of 8.43

    West HamWest Ham UnitedWest Ham UnitedWest BromWest Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion

West Ham UnitedAvgSquad number30Player nameAntonioAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameCoufalAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameOgbonnaAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameCresswellAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating


Squad number41Player nameRiceAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameDawsonAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameBenrahmaAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameYarmolenkoAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameFornalsAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameLanziniAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameNobleAverage rating


West Bromwich AlbionAvgSquad number12Player nameMatheus PereiraAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameO'SheaAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameJohnstoneAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameGrosickiAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameRobinsonAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameAjayiAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameBartleyAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameFurlongAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameRobson-KanuAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameGibbsAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameGallagherAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameSawyersAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameLivermoreAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsWest Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1


    1Fabianski5Coufal15Dawson21Ogbonna3Cresswell28Soucek41Rice20Bowen10LanziniSubstituted forFornalsat 62'minutes9BenrahmaSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 62'minutes30AntonioSubstituted forNobleat 84'minutes



West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

1Johnstone27O'Shea6Ajayi5Bartley3Gibbs18Gallagher8Livermore19Sawyers13Grosicki12Costa Pereira7Robinson

    1Johnstone27O'Shea6Ajayi5Bartley3Gibbs18GallagherBooked at 90mins8LivermoreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 80'minutes19Sawyers13GrosickiSubstituted forFurlongat 70'minutes12Costa Pereira7Robinson



Referee:Graham ScottMatch StatsHome TeamWest HamAway TeamWest BromPossessionHome59%Away41%ShotsHome14Away6Shots on TargetHome6Away2CornersHome3Away1FoulsHome10Away10Live TextPost update

Match ends, West Ham United 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United).

90'+4'Post update

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

90'+3'Post update

Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United).

90'+2'Post update

Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+1'Post update

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Ham United).

90'+1'Post update

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'Post update

Craig Dawson (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

89'Post update

Attempt missed. Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a cross.

86'Post update

Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).


Substitution, West Ham United. Mark Noble replaces Michail Antonio.

82'Post update

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tomas Soucek.


Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Jake Livermore.

80'Post update

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

78'Post update

Attempt saved. Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs with a headed pass.

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