West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City: Kouyate rescues point for Hammers

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West Ham couldn’t keep its momentum from last week’s win over Man City, but did rally twice to pick up a point against visiting Norwich City on Saturday at Upton Park.

Nathan Redmond and Robbie Brady netted for Norwich City, which rises to 13th, while Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate scored for the Hammers.

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You’d think Norwich was the top-end team given their start, though Mark Noble‘s horrific cross pass and James Tomkins‘ ill-advised slide tackle allowed Brady to give the visitors their opener.

Dimitri Payet continued his brilliant play with a scything low cross that meandered through the Norwich defense, allowing Sakho to tap home for a classy goal.

There was an odd moment just before West Ham threatened to take the lead, as Norwich’s Jonny Howson caught a bird on the field and carried it to the sidelines.

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Then, a break, and another glorious chance for the Hammers. Sakho headed a point-blank ball that was saved, and Cheikhou Kouyate comically missed the rebound.

Norwich found its lead again thanks to Redmond, who broke Noble’s ankles in embarrassing fashion before curling a ball home from the left.

It wasn’t to be, though, as Kouyate took his celebration to the stands after Andy Carroll broke up John Ruddy‘s attempt to parry a free kick. He was Cheikhou-on-the-spot as West Ham drew level.

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