Hammers secure first home win of the season against woeful Canaries
West Ham 2 Norwich City 0
West Ham Goals from Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko secured West Ham’s first home victory of the season as they beat Norwich 2-0
Haller opened the scoring for the Hammers. Arthur Masuaku made a great individual run down the left wing and crossed the ball in for Haller to fire in his third goal of the season from close range.
Yarmolenko doubled the score on the 55th minute, just moments after he was denied by the bar. The Ukrainian scored from inside the box with a thunderous shot after the Canaries blocked the initial cross.
There was an early penalty call for West Ham when Yarmolenko went down in the box appearing to be brought down by Todd Cantwell but Paul Tierney waved away the appeals.
On the 35th minute Norwich lost their captain to injury, Christoph Zimmermann was tackled early on in the match and had to be replaced by Ibrahim Amadou after he had tried to continue despite the knock.
The first half was a closely contested affair with the home side looking more threatening in attack, Felipe Anderson was causing the Canaries concern and they struggled to deal with his pacey runs.
Cantwell, who had a very good game for the Canaries, came close to getting Norwich back into the game on the 53rd minute, his shot denied by the crossbar.
West Ham could have sealed the three points on the 78th minute when Manuel Lanzini, who’s just signed a new long-term contract with the Hammers, headed chance forced a fantastic diving save out of Tim Krul.
In the latter stages of the game it was West Ham who looked more likely to score their third rather than Norwich getting a foothold in the game. The Hammers had a third penalty appeal turned down and continued to look threatening on the break.
Manuel Pellegrini named an unchanged side from the West Ham squad who beat Watford 3-1 in their last Premier League outing.
West Ham were without Michail Antonio who tore his hamstring in the Hammers 2-0 victory in the Carabao Cup against Newport County. Jack Wilshere who scored in that game was left out of the match day squad.
Going into this game West Ham had picked up more points in their first three games than they have managed in the last five seasons. The last time the two sides met in the league the home and away result were both 2-2.
West Ham’s next game will be away against Aston Villa after the international break on September 16th.
West Ham: L. Fabianski, A. Yarmoleno (OFF 68), F. Anderson (OFF 87) , M. Lanzini, M. Noble (C) (OFF 85) , A. Ogbonna, S. Haller, I. Diop, R. Fredericks, A. Masuaku, D. Rice
Subs: Roberto, F. Balbuena, P. Zabaleta, R. Snodgrass (ON 68), C. Sanchez (ON 85) , P. Fornals (ON 87), A. Ajeti
Norwich: T. Kruk, M. Aarons, B. Godfrey, C. Zimmermann (C) (OFF 35), M. Leitner, J. Lewis, T. Cantwell (OFF 77), E. Buendia, M. Stiepermann (OFF 77), T. Trybull, T. Pukki
Subs: R. Fahrmann, S. Byram, M. Vrancic, J. Drmic (ON 77) , K. McLean (ON 77), I. Amadou (IN 35), A. Tettey