West Ham United better than Norwich City. Fabiański’s jubilee

West Ham United and Norwich City so far they have two completely different seasons behind them – the London “Hammers” are still at the forefront of the English Premier League and now have a real chance to register for the Champions League football competition in the next campaign.

“Canaries”, in turn, are in a dramatic situation – they are at the bottom of the table and have behind them – after the match with WHU – the infamous series of six consecutive defeats in Premier League.

They were in the first line-ups of both teams Polish people Łukasz Fabiański and Przemysław Płacheta. Especially for “Fabian” it was an important match – it was his 300th match on the highest English level of competition.

West Ham had the first very good chance – in the 2nd minute Jarrod Bowen received a good pass within the penalty area and fired a shot that was stopped by Tim Krul without problems.

The next minutes were a gradually growing advantage of the hosts, but they lacked a clear situation – in the end, in the 6th minute, Manuel Lanzini sent the “bomb” towards the opponents’ goal, but his shot flew high into the stands. It was only after a while that for the first time there was a momentum under Fabiański’s goal – Milot Rashica took a corner, after a while the ball returned to him, but his next attempt to cross went completely to no one – the Polish goalkeeper started with a goal.

Benjamin Gibson showed a great reflex in the 11th minute – he literally caught the ball from under the feet of one of the rivals at the last moment. The opportunity for West Ham was quite promising as it was enough to add a leg to probably beat Krul, but the defender was vigilant enough. As if in response, Norwich launched an attack, which ended, however, with a very gentle shot from Rashica, with which “Fabian” did not have the slightest trouble.

It was only in the 20th minute that the “Hammers” started to attack more seriously – Antonio was, however, guarded by Max Aarons until the end, and in the end the action backfired. The game looked as if neither side wanted to fully open up with their game, being afraid of losing a goal.

After a while, the intervention of Lees Melou saw the WHU receive a corner. The situation ended with Dawson’s hit, but the ball fell into the trestle and ended up next to the “Canaries” goal. The guests had a hard time getting any closer to United’s goal – in the 29th minute Fabiański had contact with the ball for the first time in a long time, without any problems catching the top pass towards Teemu Pukki.

In the 33rd minute, West Ham played a combined free kick – Cresswell hit the ball just in front of the side line marking the Norwich penalty area and passed the ball to Lanzini, who also fired a shot from outside the “sixteen” – just like in his earlier attempt, the footballer sent the ball to the stands .

In the 35th minute, Jarrod Bowen directed the ball towards the net – the referee, however, did not recognize the goal, considering that two other WHU players, Diop and Vlaszić – being offside – had a clear influence on the course of the game. Had it not been for the referee’s intervention, “Młoty” could have added a pretty nice goal to their account.

In the 42nd minute, however, Bowen scored correctly! Coufal gave the ball straight to his head – thus the hosts took the lead just before the break, after many attempts.

By the break, the result did not change any more – the London club went to the dressing room with a slight advantage.

After the start of the second part of the game, United players had a better start – Coufal in the opponent’s penalty area was looking for Vlaszic with his pass, but his attempt was completely missed and Krul’s goal remained unchallenged. In the 50th minute, Max Aarons fought the same Vlaszic for the ball very strongly – the Croat was killed in the penalty area, but the referee did not see any misconduct by the “Kanarki” defender in this situation.

After just a few moments Michail Antonio took the ball under the Norwich goal, turned – despite Hanley on his back and fired a shot – but the ball hit over the crossbar of Krul’s goal.

In response, the guests started offensive – Pukki was playing to Idah from the wing, but Idah was not able to reach the high-flying ball. This is how Norwich City showed an interesting initiative for the first time in a long time.

Jarrod Bowen in the 56th minute had a great chance to once again enter the list of shooters – he received a very good pass, but he let the ball go too far and Hanley finally won the cross-ball duel with him. The same player tried the shot again after a while – this time his attempt was really dangerous and the ball hit the bar of the visitors’ goal.

Bowen continued to try, being West Ham’s most active player on the offensive. In the 61st minute he tried to beat his opponents ‘goalkeeper again – his shot, however, rebounded from Williams’ foot and this time it hit the post after a ricochet. Nevertheless, the attitude of the player of “Hammers” made a great impression, because he was really ubiquitous.

After three minutes another WHU charge followed – Lanzini again found himself with the ball more or less on the “sixteen” line, but this time, quite consciously, he did not decide to hit from a distance – instead he was looking for Antonio’s flat pass, but the ball was ultimately not for him hit.

In the 66th minute, Przemysław Płacheta left the fieldthat hasn’t had many opportunities to shine on the pitch. Kieran Dowell was his replacement. In the next moment Fabiański showed off his fantastic defensewho made a very good shot by Idah hit the post, saving the London team from conceding a goal.

It was only after the 70th minute that Norwich definitely launched into the attack. An interesting attempt was made by Brandon Williams – the side defender made the rally through the half of the pitch straight into the West Ham penalty area, but Craig Dawson, who stopped the young player, showed off his professorial intervention.

In the 78th minute, Masuaku entered the pitch, replacing Vlaszic. He did not have to wait long for his first opportunity – on the left flank, the visiting players left him a lot of space and he could try to shoot at the opponent’s goal, but his shot hit much above the goal.

After a while, the same Masuaku played the ball to Bowen, and the one from the closest distance scored another goal! The goal was only considered after a VAR analysis – originally the referee indicated offside.

In the blink of an eye it could even have been 3-0 – after a huge confusion, however, Antonio hit directly at Krul, instead of the net. A few minutes later he was replaced by Yarmolenko, who in the 90th minute tried to increase the advantage of “Hammers”, but his shot was dislocated by the goalkeeper Norwich.

After all, the result has not changed anymore – West Ham United won 2-0 against Norwich City after two goals from Bowen. Łukasz Fabiański kept a clean sheet in his 300th match in the Premier League – and this is the best news for us related to this clash.

West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City (Bowen 42 ‘, 85’)

West Ham United: Fabiański – Cresswell, Diop, Dawson, Coufal – Fornals, Rice – Vlaszić (78 ‘Masuaku), Lanzini, Bowen – Antonio (88’ Jarmołenko)

Norwich City: Krul – Williams, Gibson, Hanley, Aarons – Rashica (72 ‘Tzolis), McLean, Lees Melou – Idah (75’ Rowe), Pukki, Płacheta (66 ‘Dowell)

Paweł Czechowski

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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