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West Ham United 2-0 Norwich City – Reaction
MANUEL PELLEGRINI was satisfied with what he saw as his West Ham United side produced a dominant display to overpower Norwich City at the London Stadium. However, the Chilean though the Hammers should have won by a far bigger scoreline.
Goals either side of the break from Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko proved decisive but the Hammers came up an inspired Tim Krul in the Norwich goal, who made several top-class save.
“Maybe the margin could have been bigger but they have a goalkeeper that saved four or five clear chances,” Pellegrini explained.
“But for me, it was a very consistent and solid performance – playing against a team like Norwich that is an attacking team with very creative players who score lots of goals.
“They scored against Liverpool, two against Chelsea, three against Newcastle but they did not create one chance against us in ninety-minutes. In the first ten minutes, they had a lot of possession but they didn’t make any dangerous actions near or inside our box.
“We increased our pace to recover the ball, had good possession and started playing in the way I want to see this team play every game.”
Pellegrini enthused over goalscorers, Haller and Yarmolenko, particularly as the latter has fought back following a serious knee injury.
“I think that Sebastien is not just a striker – you saw his performance today, “ he continued.
“He is always working, supports the ball, made combinations with the midfield players so he is not just in the box.
“But a striker always needs to score goals and for him to score one goal today it was good for him and important, he is just starting in a new league but every game he will keep improving.
“For Andriy, he is a player who has scored a lot of goals in his career. I am happy for him because he deserves this happiness after such a long injury. He never complained, he worked hard and he recovered and now he has these minutes because he is a very important player for us.”
Meanwhile, Norwich chief, Daniel Farke, offered a different view on the contest: “On this level, against top-class sides, small details make all of the difference,” the German bemoaned.
“We spoke about three situations we could have used better to have scored goals and also some details where we could have defended our goal better.”
Farke continued: “We were dominating the first twenty minutes and creating chances around their box, but their player put in a nasty tackle on Christoph Zimmermann and he injured him.
“The referee didn’t give a foul and VAR was not able to overrule him because I imagine they felt it wasn’t one hundred per cent a clear mistake, and two minutes later Christoph was injured and wasn’t able to sprint back to block the cross that led to their first goal.
“The outcome was my player needs a scan at the hospital and their player has scored the crucial goal.”