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Pereira leads Fulham to rare victory at West Ham with brace

Posted : 14 April 2024

Andreas Pereira emerged as the hero for Fulham, netting twice to secure a rare victory for his team at West Ham in the Premier League. Fulham capitalized on a nervous start from West Ham, seizing an early lead when Konstantinos Mavropanos failed to clear Alex Iwobi's delivery into the box, allowing Pereira to capitalize with a composed finish past Lukasz Fabianski.


Pereira extended Fulham's advantage by tapping in from close range, showcasing his predatory instincts in front of goal. This victory marked Fulham's first Premier League win at West Ham since 2001 and completed their league double over the Hammers for the first time since the 1965-66 season, lifting them to 12th place in the table.


In contrast, David Moyes' West Ham side failed to enhance their European qualification prospects, missing an opportunity to leapfrog Newcastle and Manchester United into sixth place. The match was marred by a lengthy stoppage due to a head injury sustained by George Earthy, who was making his league debut for West Ham, necessitating his substitution by Maxwel Cornet.


Pereira's performance underscored Fulham's attacking threat, with the Brazilian posing a constant danger to West Ham's defense. Despite Rodrigo Muniz's efforts, including four goals in his previous four games, Fulham couldn't replicate their earlier 5-0 thrashing of West Ham. However, Pereira's clinical finishing and Fulham's resilience provided a glimmer of hope for Marco Silva's side in their pursuit of European qualification.


Meanwhile, West Ham's struggles in front of goal highlighted their dependency on clinical finishing, especially in the absence of injured top scorer Jarrod Bowen. Michail Antonio and Danny Ings failed to forge a cohesive partnership upfront, managing just one shot on target between them. The defeat compounded West Ham's recent European disappointment and raised questions about their ability to secure European football for the fourth consecutive season.


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