West Ham broke records last night with a hard-fought win over Freiburg to cement our place at top of Group A in the Europa League.
It had been touted as the toughest group game by many prior to kick off, with the feeling that if West Ham were able to be victorious, then suddenly the route to the last-16 stage would look somewhat clearer.
Well victory was realised, as David Moyes’ side – which had a fair few changes from his usual starting 11, produced a positive display to take all 3 points back to east London and give another confidence boost ahead of our clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
It didn’t take long for Moyes’ side to get in front, after a fast start despite no away fans in the stadium, with Bowen firing a cross to Lucas Paqueta who produced a stunning header to give our Irons the lead.
As half time approached Freiburg grew into the game, so it was a relief to get to the break to re-group and get ready for a vital 45 minutes of football.
Unfortunately, much like against Manchester City a few weeks back, we conceded early with Sallai smashing in an effort despite excellent work from Fabianski in goal, but the strike he wasn’t able to keep out.
West Ham though fought back in what was a tough second half encounter, and then on 66 minutes we were ahead again, thanks to another Jame Ward-Prowse assist.
The Hammers number 7 fired in a corner which was met by Nayef Agured, who headed home to send David Moyes’ side onto a hisory making win.
West Ham are now the first club in English football history to reach 17 European matches unbeaten, an incredible feat for everyone asssocaited with that club and a record that should be taken with immense pride.
Speaking after the victory, our Podcast hosts Dave Walker and ExWHUEmployee were both understandably delighted with the result as we once again continue our march on the European stage.
“That’s was a very impressive win,” said Ex after the game. “I thought the first half we were absolutely superb and could have been well clear.
“It’s a shame we sat back at the start of the second half, and consequentially conceded. We showed good resilience though to get back in the lead to hold out for a vital win – and a record breaking win at that!”
“I thought we were excellent in the first half,” added Walker. “Switched off a bit in the second half but actually to have rotated the side, play with an unfamiliar formation, away from home with no fans I thought we did really well to get the win, a good night for West Ham!”