Phenomenal West Ham, Frustrated Spurs: The 3pm Round-Up

David Moyes' men turned on the style, while Spurs could not turn dominance into three points
16:58, 28 Dec 2021

West Ham United went behind early, but rebounded with a superb display to beat Watford 4-1. Emmanuel Dennis put the home side in front after just five minutes. The Nigerian has been in unbelievable form, and this was his fifth strike in his last six games. David Moyes’ side would ease their way back into the game, and Tomas Soucek’s tidy finish from inside the area put them back on terms.

Just two minutes later, Said Benrahma put the visitors in front. Michail Antonio worked hard on the left to fashion the chance, slotting the ball into the perfect pocket for Benrahma to bury it in Daniel Bachmann’s net. The Hammers were swinging now, and they thought they’d extended the lead further just after half time. Jarrod Bowen looked to have scored, but a VAR check saw his attempt ruled out for a foul on Dennis in the build-up. West Ham wouldn’t have to wait long for a third goal though.

Bachmann’s clumsy challenge on Bowen gave away a penalty, and Mark Noble sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot to add insult to injury. Nikola Vlasic completed a superb West Ham display with an injury time goal, teed up by the hard-working Bowen.

Tottenham Hotspur will be wondering how they dropped two points at Southampton, after having multiple chances to expand on their 1-1 draw. Antonio Conte’s men actually went behind, when James Ward-Prowse hit a sweetly-struck finish to hand the Saints the lead.

Disaster struck for the home side when Mohamed Salisu gave away a penalty, and was given a second yellow card in the process for a foul on Heung-Min Son. Harry Kane made no mistake from twelve yards, and Southampton are now the club he has the most goal involvements against in Premier League away games (six goals and five assists).

After a slow start, Spurs were dominant against ten-man Saints. Conte’s side would have two goals disallowed, one from Harry Kane and a fumbled Emerson Royal cross that Fraser Forster dropped into his own net. They kept the pressure on, but could not find a legal way past Ralph Hasenhuttl’s determined side.

Crystal Palace rebounded from a disappointing Boxing Day loss to Spurs with a resounding 3-0 win at home to Norwich City. Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring from the spot after eight minutes, after a foul on Will Hughes. Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled the lead on the break, as Patrick Vieira’s side seized on a missed Jacob Sorensen chance at the other end. Jeffrey Schlupp then put further distance between Palace and the collapsing Canaries with a powerful strike just before half time. 

Norwich could not find a way back into the game in the second half, and always looked shaky when Palace counter-attacked. Christian Benteke had the ball in the net, but the Eagles were denied a fourth goal by the offside flag.

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