West Ham United secured a vital 1-0 win against Fulham in the Premier League, as David Moyes maintained his undefeated record against the Cottagers in head-to-head encounters. The victory provided some much-needed respite for the Hammers and their manager.
Following midweek turmoil, both teams entered the match under pressure. West Ham responded with five changes to their lineup, and their fortune turned 23 minutes into the game when Jarrod Bowen’s cross was inadvertently turned into Fulham’s net by Harrison Reed. The own goal proved to be the match-winner.
Fulham dominated possession but struggled to break down West Ham’s resolute defense. Andreas Pereira and Willian had their efforts blocked by Kurt Zouma, while Antonee Robinson failed to keep his shot on target. Hammers goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański went untested in the first half.
In the second half, West Ham created chances at both ends, with a mix-up between Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell leading to a chance for Danny Ings, who was denied by Bernd Leno. Moyes adjusted his tactics, and West Ham began to show more attacking intent, but Fulham continued to press for an equalizer. Fabiański made a crucial save late in the game, diving at Pereira’s feet to deny the Brazilian and secure the victory.
The win, only West Ham’s second away triumph in the Premier League this season, lifted them three points above the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Fulham’s European aspirations were dealt a blow, with the Cottagers suffering their fourth consecutive league defeat. Kurt Zouma was named Man of the Match for his standout defensive performance.