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Superb Haller strike seals West Ham win

Published on: 22 November 2020

Sebastien Haller had not scored a top-flight goal from outside the penalty area in his previous 189 Eredivisie, Bundesliga and Premier League appearances

Sebastien Haller's superb strike consigned winless Sheffield United to another Premier League defeat as West Ham moved into the top half of the table.

The Blades, who have lost eight of their nine fixtures this term, stay bottom of the table while West Ham climb to eighth.

Chris Wilder's side had started brightly and created several early openings but the Hammers took control as the hosts faded as an attacking force.

Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek both had opportunities to score before Haller's powerful 20-yard drive found the top-right corner.

Declan Rice then headed against the crossbar as the visitors sought to press home their advantage.

Sheffield United did rally, with Oli McBurnie seeing a left-foot effort cannon back off the crossbar, but they are still yet to score in open play at Bramall Lane this season.

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Improving Blades fall short

With a solitary point on the board, Sheffield United began this contest with the joint-lowest points tally at this stage of a Premier League season and without a victory since 11 July.

However, while aspects of this performance will have pleased manager Wilder, they again came down on the wrong side of a tight contest.

Six of the Blades' eight defeats this season have been by a margin of one goal and on another occasion they might have been a couple of goals ahead before West Ham hit their stride.

John Egan's searching pass provided George Baldock with a third-minute chance to open the scoring but the full-back was unable to beat Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski at the near post.

Fabianski then parried McBurnie's rising half volley to safety during a forceful start by the Blades.

But after failing to unlock the door their two main failings - a lack of goals and an inability keep a clean sheet - proved the difference again.

While there were signs that they are beginning to cope without the injured and influential Jack O'Connell in their defence - restricting the Hammers to just three shots on target - they were punished for a momentary lapse of concentration that allowed Haller the freedom to get his shot away under little pressure.

More to follow.

Player of the match

RiceDeclan Rice

with an average of 8.04

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Squad number1Player nameRamsdaleAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameAmpaduAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameEganAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameBaldockAverage rating


Squad number6Player nameBashamAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrickAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameFleckAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameBergeAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameNorwoodAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameMcBurnieAverage rating


Squad number19Player nameRobinsonAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameLoweAverage rating


Squad number7Player nameLundstramAverage rating


West Ham UnitedAvgSquad number41Player nameRiceAverage rating


Squad number21Player nameOgbonnaAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameCresswellAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameCoufalAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameFabianskiAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameHallerAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameBowenAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameSoucekAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameMasuakuAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameBalbuenaAverage rating


Squad number18Player nameFornalsAverage rating


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Squad number16Player nameNobleAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsSheff Utd

    1Ramsdale6BashamSubstituted forLundstramat 76'minutes12Egan22AmpaduSubstituted forRobinsonat 62'minutes2Baldock8Berge16NorwoodSubstituted forBrewsterat 65'minutes4Fleck13Lowe9McBurnie17McGoldrick



West Ham

    1Fabianski4Balbuena21Ogbonna3Cresswell5Coufal41Rice28Soucek26Masuaku20BowenSubstituted forNobleat 90+2'minutes22Haller18FornalsSubstituted forLanziniat 76'minutes



Referee:Martin AtkinsonMatch StatsHome TeamSheff UtdAway TeamWest HamPossessionHome51%Away49%ShotsHome9Away15Shots on TargetHome5Away3CornersHome2Away6FoulsHome7Away6Live TextPost update

Match ends, Sheffield United 0, West Ham United 1.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, West Ham United 1.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver McBurnie.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Vladimir Coufal (West Ham United).

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Max Lowe (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+2'Post update

Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Max Lowe.


Substitution, West Ham United. Mark Noble replaces Jarrod Bowen.

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Declan Rice (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86'Post update

Foul by David McGoldrick (Sheffield United).

85'Post update

Offside, West Ham United. Lukasz Fabianski tries a through ball, but Sébastien Haller is caught offside.

84'Post update

Offside, Sheffield United. John Lundstram tries a through ball, but Rhian Brewster is caught offside.

83'Post update

Fabián Balbuena (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United).

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Attempt blocked. Sébastien Haller (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vladimir Coufal.

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Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sébastien Haller.

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

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Foul by Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United).


Substitution, West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini replaces Pablo Fornals.


Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Chris Basham.

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Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Rhian Brewster.

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