2020-21 English Premier League
  • Jarrod Bowen (45'+1')
  • Michail Antonio (66')
  • Matheus Pereira (51')

Antonio gives West Ham 2-1 win over West Brom

A superb goal by Michail Antonio helped West Ham United to a 2-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday after visiting midfielder Matheus Pereira had cancelled out Jarrod Bowen's opener in a lively contest.

The result lifted West Ham two places up to seventh on 32 points from 19 games, while the Baggies stayed 19th on 11 points with an uphill task of avoiding relegation after their three-match unbeaten away run ended.

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Antonio was delighted with West Ham grinding out the win which kept them firmly in the upper half of the table and stressed the Hammers still had room for improvement.

"We started the season well, 32 points in the league and last season we only finished on 39," Antonio said.

"It's unbelievable to be part of this squad at the moment, the chemistry is so good in the squad this season and we're not playing at our best.

"We're still learning to play with each other but we manage to get wins. Things are looking good but the fact is we've not reached our best yet and we can be better."

Antonio grabbed a 66th-minute winner as he volleyed past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on the turn from close range after Andriy Yarmolenko headed an Aaron Cresswell cross from the left into the striker's path.

West Ham took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Vladimir Coufal turned a deep Said Benrahma cross into the six-yard box and the ball cannoned off Bowen's chest past Johnstone.

West Brom levelled out of the blue in the 51st minute as Pereira was given time and space to tee himself up on the edge of the penalty area and unleash a stinging low shot into the far corner.

The home side then moved up a gear and went close three times in the space of a minute on the hour mark before Antonio netted to keep the Hammers firmly in the upper half of the table.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 36 +47 83
2 Manchester United 36 +28 70
3 Leicester City 36 +21 66
4 Chelsea 36 +22 64
5 Liverpool 36 +21 63
6 Tottenham Hotspur 36 +22 59
7 West Ham United 36 +10 59
8 Everton 36 +3 56
9 Arsenal 36 +12 55
10 Leeds United 36 +4 53
11 Aston Villa 36 +7 49
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 -14 45
13 Crystal Palace 36 -21 44
14 Southampton 36 -16 43
15 Burnley 36 -18 39
16 Newcastle United 36 -19 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 36 -5 38
18 Fulham 36 -24 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 36 -37 26
20 Sheffield United 36 -43 20