- Chadli converts early PK
- Rondon, McClean make it 3-0 by half
- Chadli strikes again in second half
- Antonio, Lanzini strike back
Nacer Chadli‘s brace headline an offensive onslaught for West Bromwich Albion, which heaped questions on Slaven Bilic and West Ham United after a 4-2 loss at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Salomon Rondon and James McClaren scored as the Baggies built a 3-0 halftime lead, and the Irons allowed four goals for a second-straight Premier League outing.
Michail Antonio ended the clean sheet with a 61st minute goal, and Manuel Lanzini converted a PK to make the final 20 minutes more promising than a four-goal deficit.
It’s West Ham’s third-straight loss, keeping them in danger of finishing the weekend in the Bottom Three. The Baggies are up to eighth with 7 points.
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West Ham gifted the hosts a penalty in the 7th minute, when Arthur Masuaku inexplicably arm-trapped Matty Phillips’ too-long free kick and Chadli buried the PK to make it 1-0.
Aside from a dead ball here or a missed clearance there — Masuaku had a howler of a first half — West Ham was always searching for an equalizer with little worry going the other way.
Ben Foster stopped red-hot Antonio at the doorstep in the 35th minute, and Rondon supplied an answer at the other end when he belted a shot between James Collins‘ legs and past Adrian. 2-0.
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The hits kept coming, with James McClean redirected a goal home before halftime, and Chadli adding his second goal after the break.
But Antonio scored off a Dimitri Payet assist, imagine that, and the Irons soon drew a penalty that Lanzini converted to make it 4-2. Surely a Tony Pulis side wouldn’t allow two more goals, right?
The Hammers kept pushing, and Foster needed to make a terrific reaction save on James Collins to keep it 4-2 with under 10 to go at the Hawthorns.