Woodwork nails the game for the Hammers


LONDON • West Ham fans were so relieved by their team's 1-0 Premier League win over Hull City on Saturday that they named a goalpost as man of the match after the woodwork saved the Hammers three times.

A Mark Noble penalty gave Slaven Bilic's side the three points in the clash at the London Stadium. But Hull hit the post on no less than three occasions from Andrew Robertson (twice) and Dieumerci Mbokani.

"With 57 per cent of the vote, congratulations to The Post on securing today's Man of the Match award," tweeted West Ham after the results of their supporters' poll.

The goalpost beat Cheikhou Kouyate (17 per cent), Andy Carroll (14) and Winston Reid (12) in the vote.

Defender Edimilson Fernandes played his part in West Ham's clean sheet, clearing Harry Maguire's header off the line in the second half.

"It wasn't good enough. We put ourselves in many 'oh my God situations'," said Bilic after watching his side record a second straight 1-0 win.

"I would like us to play better but these couple of games (Burnley and Hull) were all about results."

Hull, bottom of the Premier League, need both results and good fortune.

To add insult to injury, the penalty Noble converted in the 76th minute was awarded after an innocuous incident where Tom Huddlestone was deemed to have pushed Michail Antonio.

"It's difficult when your team is doing ever so well, you feel for them because you want them to score the goals and get the credit," said Hull manager Mike Phelan, whose side have picked up only six points since winning their opening two games.

"We just need a stroke of genius or luck to get us goals."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 19, 2016, with the headline 'Woodwork nails the game for the Hammers'. Print Edition | Subscribe