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Javier Hernandez’s Controversial Goal Helps West Ham Win Against Fulham
Fulham’s relegation fears reached its peak after a 3-1 defeat by West Ham on Friday.
Ryan Babel secured the opportunity to break the stalemate just at the tail end of the game. However, was aptly denied by Luckasz Fabianski but he bounced back some minutes later, firing a shot at close range to score his first goal for Fulham since the beginning of this year.
Another moment of controversy came in the nineteenth minute, as Hernandez appeared to avert the ball in order to vehemently equalize with his hand.
The goal which was allowed by the referee led to Claudio Ranieri’s frustration on the bench, but just afterwards that Issa Diop dropped his first premiership goal to turn the match on its lead. This was five minutes before half time.
Not relenting still, Fulham in the second half of the game still demonstrated less attacking threat, with Michail Antonio orchestrating a move which led to the third goal for West Ham, at stoppage time. This results in led to their loss in six in all competitions, whereas Fulham’s position even looks more hazardous, which is about eight points from escape, having conceded sixty goals initially away from home in this season of Premier League.
Fulham seemed to escape from the tight fix with Babel latching against a back pass from Pablo Zabaleta. Though Fabianski stood strong and unshaken to obstruct and refute Babel, he could not do much as the same contender reached the end of a Ryan cross before slamming the ball.
West Ham though, fought to keep advancing further, but were strayed away into the challenge. Sergio Rico at his first attempt failed to utilize the corner kick as Angelo Ogbonna flicked the ball back, towards goal. Goalkeeper Hernandez rested into the ball but the last touch seems to slip off his hand.
Fulham’s porous defense was revealed once more just in the fortieth minute as Diop stretched highest to place a header from Robert Snodgrass’ corner kick. This clearly means that Fulham have now lost more than twenty -one times this season.
Ranieri however, made two substitutions at half time, presenting Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Lazar Markovic but neither of them could make any meaningful impact on the game as West Ham stood through defiantly.
Marko Arnautovic, another substitute showed up immediately to include his name to the score record but was deprived of an equalizer status by the support of the post and Rico.
Nevertheless, in the ninety -first minute, Antonio’s bullet header from the super cross of Arnautovic did sealed the victory, ensuring a three points position for West Ham while it compounded another sad night for Fulham.