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Pellegrini delighted by recent results, Felipe Anderson’s form

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West Ham United’s 2018-19 Premier League season started just about as poorly — in the face of sky-high expectations — as it could have done.

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When Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as manager in the summer, West Ham were widely applauded and the club was expected to firmly solidify itself as a perennial top-half, if not top-seven, side. To lose their first four games was rightly dubbed a disaster.

But now, following Thursday’s comeback victory away to Southampton, the Hammers have won five of their last six games and have risen to ninth in the PL table. Pellegrini praised his entire squad after the game, but Felipe Anderson, scorer of both West Ham goals and $48-million man, was singled out for further plaudits after bagging seven goals in eight games — quotes from the BBC:

“December has been a good month for the team, not just for me, for the team. We played a very good game from the beginning. We didn’t allow Southampton to reach our box. We started one goal down but we drew level as soon as we could and then got the second goal.

“I think one of the most important things is that we play the same way away as at home. We try to continue doing our work. The better thing we did was to stop them being near our box.”

Anderson‘s run of goals is important for him and the team. It’s not easy for a midfield player to score so many goals by this stage of the season. He can change the score of the game in any moment.”

“It’s consistency that is important for us. The important thing after our start to the season was to reduce the gap to all the other teams. I think if we continue play this way, we will improve the number of points we can get. With our winning mentality, it’s important to finish as high up the table as we can.”

Another win for West Ham

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  • West Ham 7-3-3 since 0-4 start
  • Felipe, Snodgrass shine for WHUFC
  • Fulham 1-1-3 under Ranieri

Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio scored first half goals as West Ham United won its fourth-consecutive Premier League match with a 2-0 defeat of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The win boosts the Irons into ninth place, two points back of sixth place Manchester United. They next host Watford before visiting Southampton, then Burnley away and Brighton home.

Fulham remains dead last with nine points, three behind of 17th place Burnley.

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Andre Schurrle hit a hard effort just over the cross bar in the ninth minute, as Fulham did not enter the game with a spirit of the bottom side in the Premier League.

Aboubakar Kamara was then played through by Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Lukasz Fabianski made a fine save to keep West Ham’s sheet clean.

The Hammers, however, struck first. Snodgrass has either been scoring or setting up goals for weeks, and this one was a left-footed beauty.

Mitrovic came close to leveling the score when he dashed onto Joe Bryan‘s chip across the box, but his flying header zipped wide of the far post.

The Hammers took their second chance of the game in style, with Antonio at the back post to lash a flick from Javier Hernandez past Sergio Rico.

Tom Cairney made a nice move into the box to force a corner in the 67th minute, but West Ham cleared the danger.

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Goal burst leads West Ham past Crystal Palace

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  • PVA, Palace takes early lead
  • Chicharito goal, assist
  • Felipe Anderson goal, assist

West Ham United scores three goals for the third-straight time, extending its win streak to three matches with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Felipe Anderson, Javier Hernandez, and Robert Snodgrass scored for West Ham, now 10th with 21 points.

James McArthur and Jeff Schlupp scored for Palace, who has 12 points and sits two points above the drop zone.

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Palace took a lead after just seven minutes, when Patrick Van Aanholt‘s free kick was headed into the path of McArthur. His low shot was enough for 1-0.

West Ham had a lot of the ball, but little danger. Lucas Perez volleyed wide, and Felipe Anderson hit a fine cross that found no receiver as the Irons looked to level the score before halftime (to no avail).

You’d call Snodgrass’ second half equalizer well-deserved, as the in-form Scottish midfielder beat Wayne Hennessey with a swerving left-footed shot.

West Ham kept moving forward, with Pablo Zabaleta hitting a shot wide of goal.

The Irons took their first lead when Hennessey saved Felipe Anderson’s free kick and only primo poached Chicharito followed up the rebound, blasting it into the goal.

And it was 3-1 when Chicharito cued up Anderson for a goal that had been coming his way.

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Manchester United rocked at West Ham United

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  • Joint-worst start in Man Utd history
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  • Wicked deflection makes it 2-0
  • Rashford pulls one back

Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic scored as West Ham United piled misery on Manchester United with a 3-1 win on Saturday at the London Stadium.

Andriy Yarmolenko authored a Victor Lindelof own goal before halftime, and both Mark Noble and Lukasz Fabianski were very good for the victors.

Marcus Rashford scored for Manchester United, who is off to its joint-worst start to a Premier League season. Jose Mourinho joins David Moyes with that bit of Red Devils infamy.

Once 0-4, West Ham is now 12th with seven points. Man United slips eighth with 10.

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West Ham won a corner in the first minute, though Fabian Balbuena couldn’t get purchase on Felipe Anderson‘s well-executed service.

Anderson gave United the lead when Pablo Zabaleta raced past Luke Shaw to meet a Mark Noble through ball, sending a cross into the box. Neither Ashley Young nor Ander Herrera could stay with Anderson, and it was 1-0 behind David De Gea.

United settled into the game by the quarter hour mark, and Romelu Lukaku headed a cross off the post in the 22nd minute.

The Irons, however, doubled their advantage with a deflected Yarmolenko strike in the 43rd minute, his left-footed hit taking a hard turn off Victor Lindelof (who was keeping pace with a Marko Arnautovic run).

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United threatened more in the second half, with its best moment coming when Marouane Fellaini nodded an Ashley Young cross toward the near post. West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski was on the scene to make a fine diving stop.

Jose Mourinho took out Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in the 71st minute, and United scored on the next chance when Rashford turned a Luke Shaw corner kick on goal.

But Arnautovic restored the two-goal cushion on another Noble through ball, holding a Carlos Sanchez jersey aloft as Mourinho walked through a sea of bubbles.

VIDEO: West Ham takes early lead over Manchester United

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Manchester United went down early at West Ham United, the lively hosts finding a terrific sixth minute goal at the London Stadium.

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Felipe Anderson is the goal scorer, nabbing his first Premier League marker.

Mark Noble played Pablo Zabaleta through the left side of the Manchester United defense, as Luke Shaw could not keep up with the Argentine’s run.

Zabaleta crossed for Anderson, who had an edge on Ander Herrera and pushed the ball past David De Gea.

Manchester United fell to Derby County at midweek in the League Cup, while West Ham clobbered Macclesfield Town 8-0.