WEST HAM KEEP EUROPEAN HOPES ALIVE
West Ham took on Leeds for the 27th round of the Premier League at their London Stadium, it was a match that had a lively start to say the least and Leeds had two goals disallowed within the first eight minutes with one of them taken away for offside by 22 year-old Tyler Roberts.
Although Leeds United had a great attacking start, Luke Ayling made a poor tackle on Jesse Lingard in the 18 yard box that referee Mike Dean judged to be a penalty. Jesse Lingard stepped up to the spot and tried his luck, Lingard took a hapless penalty that Leeds goalkeeper, Illan Meslier denied but Meslier couldn’t stop Lingard from the rebound.
Leeds showed a great effort to get players up the pitch but with that left themselves quite open and conceded a corner that Craig Dawson managed to get his head on and scored to make it West Ham 2 - 0 Leeds a score-line that West Ham managed to carry on into the second half.
Once the referee blew his whistle for the second half, Leeds again made a brightly start as they did the first half. West Ham were well disciplined and got a bit of luck as Raphinha has a great shot at goal, saved. After that it was very much end-to-end with both sides having opportunities on goal.
Leeds kept the attack going and Bamford missed a sitter in 76th minute that could have changed the game for Leeds and given them momentum. After that Leeds continued to attack and West Ham looked to catch Leeds on the break.
Jesse Lingard saw a yellow card for kicking the ball away in the 78th minute to waste away some time, which in the end didn’t make a difference as Leeds appeared to be missing their shooting boots and awareness as Bielsa was heard shouting “anticipate” to his team in the last ten minutes.
Craig Dawson had a great game and nocked the ball off the line 87th minute to ensure West Ham kept a clean sheet. Shortly after David Moyes then replaced Jesse Lingard for Benjamin Johnson to try and keep Raphinha out of the game for the few remaining minutes.
West Ham kept a clean sheet and Leeds fail to score seeing the match end West Ham 2 - 0 Leeds. Leeds stay in 11th in the table whilst West Ham move up the ladder to 5th place above Everton who lost to Chelsea 2-0 earlier this evening.