- Rice scores early header
- Noble converts penalty
- West Ham move 9th, four back of 7th
West Ham United has closed ground on Wolves in the race for 7th with the win.
Newcastle United remains six points clear of 18th place with nine matches to play.
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West Ham struck early through Rice, who lost Federico Fernandez while jockeying for position pre-corner and put a simple header past Martin Dubravka.
Ayoze Perez was offside for a 28th minute equalizer bid. Sean Longstaff then played a beautiful diagonal ball into the West Ham box to no avail.
West Ham earned a penalty, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was taken down in the box by Florian Lejeune. Noble went to the spot and finished well for 2-0.
Fabian Schar nearly turned a second chance off a corner kick into a goal in the fifth minute of first half stoppage, but it was blocked out for a corner and the Irons saw their lead into halftime.
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22 – Mark Noble has scored 22 penalties in the Premier League since his debut in August 2005, only Frank Lampard (36), Steven Gerrard (31), Sergio Aguero (24) & Wayne Rooney (23) have scored more in that period. Trusted. pic.twitter.com/PCFeKCClpL
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 2, 2019
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Perez’s shot across goal could’ve easily been 2-1, but it was too wayward to be a goal and too hard to meet a receiver.
Arthur Masuaku cued up Hernandez with a diagonal beauty, but the Mexican’s first touch wasn’t enough.
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