West Ham 1-0 Hull City: Wasteful Tigers punished by Hammers

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  • Hull hit woodwork three times
  • Noble’s PK wins it
  • Hammers now on 19 points

West Ham United beat Hull City 1-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday as Mark Noble‘s second half penalty kick punished a Tigers side who spurned several glorious chances.

Noble’s PK winner arrived late in the second half to seal a second 1-0 home win against relegation rivals in four days.

With the win the Hammers move on to 19 points, while Hull slip to bottom spot for 12 points.

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Early on Hull had an injury scare with goalkeeper David Marshall getting treatment but he stayed on. West Ham did all the pressing early with Dimitri Payet cutting in from the right and his shot was blocked by Andrew Robertson.

Hull then cleared the danger after intense pressure with Dieumerci Mbokani and Jake Livermore combining to set up Robert Snodgrass who had an effort blocked after a fast counter-attack.

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Mbokani then dragged an effort just wide as Hull grew into the game and then the striker latched on to a loose back pass, smashed the ball past Darren Randolph in West Ham’s goal but it bounced off the post.

Randolph then made a great save from Harry Maguire‘s header to keep Hull at bay. The chances kept coming for Hull as Maguire missed another chance and Slaven Bilic couldn’t wait to get into the dressing room at half time with his team way off the pace.

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West Ham played better at the start of the second half (it couldn’t get much worse) with Andy Carroll going close. However, Hull hit the woodwork twice in quick succession.

Noble headed against his own post as he tried to clear and then Andrew Robertson hit a great shot on goal which hit the inside of the post and came back out. Agonizingly close for the Tigers.

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Andre Ayew then had a header cleared off the line and at the other end Sam Clucas ran clear but Cheikhou Kouyate made a great challenge at the last moment.

Maguire then headed towards goal and the ball bounced into the ground and looped towards the net but Edimilson Fernandes cleared off the line. Snodgrass then had an effort deflected by Angelo Ogbonna which looped onto the top of the net.

Almost inevitably West Ham made the most of Hull’s misses with referee Lee Mason awarding the Hammers a penalty kick with Michail Antonio after he went down following a challenge from Tom Huddlestone.

Noble stepped up and scored the penalty kick for his second goal in a week to put the Hammers 1-0 up and late on they could’ve extended the lead with Antonio and Payet spurning chances, with Hull pouring forward but failing to create any more clear cut chances.