West Ham miss opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal and keep in touch with Tottenham in race for Champions League as they lose to Brentford April 10, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
West Ham missed the opportunity to move above Arsenal in the Premier League table as they succumbed to a 2-0 loss against Brentford.
Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney were central to the goals as they both scored and assisted each other in the Bees victory.
Victory would have put David Moyes’ side on 54 points and into fifth place above the Gunners on goal difference.
Crucially it also would have kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via a top four place alive, as they would moved to within three points of Antonio Conte’s Tottenham.
But after defeat at the Brentford Community Stadium, the Hammers have now played a game more than Spurs, and are six points behind them.
Whilst they are still in the race, their chances do look slim.
For Thomas Frank and his players though, its another excellent victory and it continues their fine form.
It’s now four wins in their last five league games, and two on the bounce after their sensational victory at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
As for the game though, Moyes could have little to complain as his players did little to threaten goalkeeper David Raya.
Tomas Soucek had a header that went straight at him, and they didn’t do much more to create any clear cut chances.
Their day became even worse when Kurt Zouma was taken off midway through the first half with injury, and Issa Diop came on in his place.
And as if their day wasn’t bad enough, it got even worse just moments after half time.
From a throw-in Toney had time and space to flick the ball forward, and Mbeumo, on his bike, ran through a space between Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson then proceeded to smash the ball past Lukasz Fabianski into the bottom right corner.
In a bid to try and change the score-line Moyes brought on Said Benrahma against his former club.
He received a nice moment when coming on as he was applauded by the supporters.
However he didn’t make much of an impact, and Brentford put the tie to bed just after the hour mark.
After receiving a cross on the left from Rico Henry, The Frenchman returned the favour after knocking the ball back across the six yard box for Toney to head home.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Sunday Session, former Arsenal winger Perry Groves was critical of the defending, but did praise Henry and Mbeumo’s role in the goal.
“Really poor defending, Rico Henry gets to the byline, and he’s really underrated, Mbeumo gets the cross in, and what a ball by the way,” he said.
There were further opportunities for the hosts to add more gloss to the score-line, and after finding the net once, Mbeumo could have done it again.
A few yards out, he sent his volley over the bar, but it didn’t prove to be a costly miss.
Whilst it was a disappointing day for West Ham, they still have a lot to play for and will hope to bounce back against Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday.
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