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West Ham United vs Fulham. Premier League.

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West Ham United 0

    Fulham 2

    • A Pereira (9th minute, 72nd minute)

    West Ham 0-2 Fulham: Andreas Pereira's double sees Cottagers get back to winning ways

    Report and free match highlights as Fulham win 2-0 at West Ham United; goals in each half from Andreas Pereira hand the visitors victory in this London derby; the Cottagers move level on points with Bournemouth; West Ham stay in eighth after missing chance to move up to sixth in the table

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    FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Fulham's win against West Ham in the Premier League.

    Andreas Pereira's well-taken double either side of half-time saw Fulham win 2-0 at a lacklustre West Ham United as Marco Silva's side got back to winning ways in the Premier League.

    The visitors made the short trip across the capital looking to end a three-game win-less run in the league and came across an obliging West Ham team who handed their opponents the opening goal on a plate.

    West Ham centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos' attempted clearance went straight to Pereira in the box, with the Brazilian gratefully accepting the gift as he rounded Lukasz Fabianski and fired home into an empty net to give the Cottagers a ninth-minute lead.

    It was Pereira, 28, who doubled Fulham's advantage with 18 minutes to go after a devastating counter-attack led by the attacking midfielder, who exchanged passes with Alex Iwobi, before side footing home past a helpless Fabianski.

    Andreas Pereira celebrates with team-mates Rodrigo Muniz and Alex Iwobi after giving Fulham a 2-0 lead at West Ham
    Image: Andreas Pereira (right) celebrates with team-mates Rodrigo Muniz and Alex Iwobi after giving Fulham a 2-0 lead at West Ham

    The hosts had their own chances, the best of which fell to Michail Antonio, only for the forward to blaze over just four minutes in on what was a frustrating afternoon for David Moyes' men.

    As a result, 12th-placed Fulham move level on points with Bournemouth, while West Ham stay in eighth place after missing out on the chance to move above both Man Utd and Newcastle United and into sixth in the table.

    Player ratings:

    West Ham: : Fabianski (6), Coufal (6), Mavropanos (5), Aguerd (6), Emerson Palmieri (7), Ward-Prowse (6), Alvarez (6), Kudus (7), Ings (6), Lucas Paqueta (6), Antonio (6)

    Subs: Johnson (6), Zouma (6), Cornet (6), Soucek (6), Earthy (6)

    Fulham: Leno (6), Castagne (7), Adarabioyo (6), Bassey (6), Robinson (7), Joao Palhinha (6), Lukic (6), Iwobi (8), Andreas Pereira (9), Willian (7), Rodrigo Muniz (7)

    Subs: Reed (6), Wilson (6), Broja (6), Traore (6), De Cordova-Reid (6)

    Player of the Match: Andreas Pereira

    How Fulham got back to winning ways

    The home side came into the game after an energy-sapping Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash at Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday night when two late goals broke the visitors' hearts and that disappointment may have played a role in this off-colour West Ham display.

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    West Ham really should have been ahead early on, but when the ball broke to Antonio eight yards out after Bernd Leno had done well to deny Vladimir Coufal, the striker somehow placed his shot over the unguarded goal.

    Andreas Pereira celebrates after opening the scoring for Fulham at West Ham
    Image: Andreas Pereira celebrates after opening the scoring for Fulham at West Ham

    That was about as good as it got for the Hammers, though, as Fulham took control of proceedings, albeit thanks to a horror mistake from Mavropanos, who tried to control Alex Iwobi's long ball, only to gift possession straight to Pereira, who made no mistake.

    And it was that exact same combination that created Fulham's second goal on the counter as Lucas Paqueta lost possession inside Fulham's half and within the blink of an eye Pereira was racing up field, before releasing Iwobi in the box and from his return pass, the player of the match tapped home to seal the victory.

    Team news

    West Ham boss David Moyes made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.

    The Scot brought in the likes of veteran striker Danny Ings to lead the line, while both Edson Alvarez and Nayef Aguerd were also recalled to the Hammers starting lineup.

    Meanwhile, Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma dropped to the bench.

    Meanwhile, Fulham manager Marco Silva made just the one alteration to the team that lost 1-0 late on at home to Newcastle United last Saturday, with the Portuguese opting for Sasa Lukic in midfield in place of Tom Cairney, who had to settle for a place on the subs' bench.

    A flat West Ham, meanwhile, played out the final quarter of the game in a near silent stadium, except for when boos rang out at the final whistle, although there was some good news when Moyes confirmed George Earthy, 19, who was stretchered off late on after coming on for his debut, was conscious and on his way to hospital.

    The Hammers will now need to raise themselves if they are to have any chance of overturning Leverkusen's two-goal deficit in their return Europa League last-eight encounter on Thursday.

    FPL stats: West Ham vs Fulham

    Goals Pereira (2)
    Assists Iwobi
    Bonus points Pereira (3pts), Leno (2pts), Bassey, Tosin (1pt)

    No home comforts for the Hammers at present - Opta stats

    • West Ham are winless in their last four home games in the Premier League (D3 L1), their longest run within the same campaign since October-December 2019 under Manuel Pellegrini (six games).
    • Fulham recorded a league double over West Ham for just the third time, having previously done so in the 1959-60 and 1965-66 campaigns (all in the top-flight). This was the first time they've won and kept a clean sheet in both matches home and away, however.
    • This was Fulham's fourth London derby win of the current Premier League campaign (v West Ham twice, Arsenal and Spurs); their most in a single season in the competition.
    • West Ham have conceded the opening goal in 10 Premier League matches in 2024; the joint-most of any side, alongside Luton. Indeed, they've not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 league games - their longest run without one since July 2020 (14).

    What the managers said...

    West Ham boss David Moyes:

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    West Ham manager David Moyes says his side were lacking energy in the final stages of the game against Fulham after conceding two 'poor' goals.

    "George [Earthy] has suffered a head injury. He's awake and has been taken to hospital for further assessment."

    On Lucas Paqueta's display: "Now and then you get players like this - I have not had many of them - and you have to give them license. We really like him, he has done a great job for us and today it just did not happen."

    On chances of overturning 2-0 first-leg deficit against Leverkusen on Thursday: "We will have to play really well on Thursday, we did not have our shooting boots on today, we did not connect right with our chances.

    "We will need our shooting boots on Thursday and the goal scorers will need to come up with the goods if we are to win."

    Fulham boss Marco Silva:

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    Marco Silva says his Fulham side were capable of scoring more goals at the London Stadium in their derby win over West Ham.

    "A great win for us. To be honest we deserved the three points. West Ham started better. They had a good chance to score. But after that, we started to control the game in a different way.

    "We know the quality we have, the way we play. We were solid and most of our transitions were good. We were more clinical and with more killer instinct."

    Silva finally bringing the best out of mercurial Pereira

    Analysis by Sky Sports' Richard Morgan at the London Stadium:

    "English audiences first set eyes on Andreas Pereira in a Man Utd shirt a decade ago, although he went on to only make 45 appearances in total during a stop-start career at Old Trafford, including loans to Granada, Valencia, Lazio and Flamengo, before Marco Silva decided to bring him to west London in July 2022.

    "The Portuguese backed his man-management skills and coaching abilities to get the best out of the, at times, frustrating Brazil international and that is exactly what he has done.

    Andreas Pereira celebrates with manager Marco Silva after giving Fulham the lead at West Ham
    Image: Andreas Pereira celebrates with manager Marco Silva after giving Fulham the lead at West Ham

    "Silva spoke in the aftermath of Fulham's 2-0 win at West Ham, in which Pereira starred to score his first-ever Premier League double, of how he has changed the player's position in midfield to help bring the best out of him.

    "'This afternoon the plan was clear for him,' said Silva in his post-match press conference. 'We said to never be [in front] of the two West Ham midfielders. We wanted him in the pockets, between the lines, that's how we planned the game. About him arriving in the box, that's something we're demanding of him.'

    "And boy did the 28-year-old heed his manager's advice at the London Stadium to bring up his 12th goal involvement in 40 matches in all competitions so far this season, with Pereira specifically running over to embrace his manager on the touchline after opening the scoring with the duo's close bond there for all to see.

    What's next?

    West Ham host the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday April 18. Kick-off 8pm. They return to Premier League action on Sunday April 21 at Crystal Palace. Kick-off 3pm.

    Fulham welcome title-chasing Liverpool to Craven Cottage on Sunday April 21, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 4.30pm.

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