West Ham inching their way to safety

Ross Houston
April 11, 2017

Cheikhou Kouyate scored his first Premier League goals in 30 games, last netting against West Brom on 30 May 2016.

"It was a bad time to concede just before half-time, everything changes and we made two offensive changes at half-time, but it was not enough to get us back in the game", he said.

Prior to the game, Slaven Bilic's side had gone seven games without a win and had won only once in nine to be dragged into the relegation battle.

Owners David Sullivan and David Gold gave Bilic a vote of confidence after the recent defeat at Hull, but that has not stopped fresh speculation that the manager faces the axe if they lose at the weekend.

Fraser Forster's late heroics sealed a 1-0 win for Southampton after Jordy Clasie bagged his first Premier League goal at West Brom.

It never looked like coming though, again - barely a shot on target in the 90 minutes and even ending the game with the likes of Narsingh, Ayew, Sigurdsson and Montero assisting Llorente, we never looked like getting even close to scoring - and that's the biggest worry. "Watford are one point ahead of us". It was so important.

Though the board had publicly backed him, a sixth straight defeat might have been one too many for the West Ham boss to keep his job.

Boro's failure to take their chances extended their run of games without victory to 14 and kept them second from bottom in the table, six points from safety. "Now we can go to Sunderland next week and fight for some points and go for the win". It's a big result for them and they won't care about how they performed.

As has often been the case this season, when West Ham failed to turn their early possession into goals the nerves set in and they retreated to the edge of their own area.

Andre Ayew was battling against his brother Jordan, playing up front for Swansea, and it was the West Ham forward who threatened first when he sprinted onto Mark Noble's pass, only for Fabianski to push away his curling effort.

"We have to stay positive".

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