I think you should talk about it, the penalty, there’s not much I can say, you might as well let the referees talk about it... anyway, a great performance... I thought we played really well against a good Leeds team... but until we get the rule sorted out, I don’t think I’m going to be too happy... it doesn’t really matter what I say, maybe there will be more influential managers who can make a difference... you’re not discussing football any more, you’re discussing VAR decisions all the time...
58 min: The lull continues. It had to happen at some point. 56 min: Leeds slow it down in uncharacteristic fashion, stroking the ball around the midfield, perhaps with a view to taking a quick breather. It’s been the usual full-pelt Bielsa brouhaha, after all. 54 min: Haller does better at the corner, sending a header goalwards from eight yards. Meslier tips over, then deals with the second corner. Haller rues a missed header Photograph: James Griffiths/West Ham United/REX/Shutterstock53 min: Bowen busies himself to the right of the Leeds goal. He cuts back from the byline and dinks infield for Haller, whose snapshot twangs off Cooper and out for a corner.
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there are segments of games where our performances have been positive, and segments where they haven’t. ”Aaron Cresswell speaks. “It’s similar to Manchester United in the amount of chances we created... more than four or five clear-cut chances... we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net... credit to the lads, we stuck together and got the three points... set pieces are a massive part of our game and it’s worked again tonight... we’re not getting complacent, it’s just 12 games in. ”West Ham were good value for their win.
And now Costa has wrestled Cresswell to the ground, just to the left of the box. Another free kick in a dangerous position, and Bielsa looks extremely concerned. 77 min: A free kick for West Ham out on the right. Bowen swings it long. The ball loops over Cooper and Ayling, and finds Balbuena, six yards out. Balbuena crashes a brilliant header goalwards...
and with good reason. Cresswell sends an outswinger towards the far post. Ogbonna rises highest and plants a fine header into the top right! Meslier had no chance. That had been coming. Ogbonna scores for West Ham Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/REX/ShutterstockReverse angle of Ogbonna’s goal Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters79 min: West Ham were so close on two separate occasions back there. Right now, if anyone’s going to find a winner, they’re the smart bet.
“It was a fair defeat... the type of game it was, it doesn’t surprise us... we prepared to face a game with the characteristics the game had today, but they were superior... we know about this problem [conceding from set pieces] and we are doing the necessary to try to correct it... it is not sufficient but we have to insist so this problem is less influence on our games... normally we deserve more goals than the ones we score...
A few things for Bielsa to worry about. Moyes by contrast will be extremely pleased with the way this season has started. FULL TIME: Leeds United 1-2 West Ham UnitedWest Ham secure a deserved victory. They could have had a couple more goals. They’re becoming a very decent side under David Moyes, which their rise to fifth place illustrates. Meanwhile Leeds’ poor form at Elland Road continues; they remain in 14th spot. 90 min +4: Erstwhile Leeds winger Snodgrass replaces Fornals. 90 min +3: Fornals thinks about breaking down the right, but applies the brakes, doing the professional thing by hogging the ball awhile. 90 min +2: Noble is booked for clattering Roberts. The free kick leads to a corner, which leads to nothing. 90 min +1: Leeds should indeed save themselves, a few seconds into extra time. Ayling hooks in from the right, finding Rodrigo six yards out.
Cooper slides to intercept, but misses the ball entirely and Fornals finds himself free in the box! He sticks out a leg and guides the ball across Meslier... but inches wide of the left-hand post. Lovely football from West Ham, though Cooper will be relieved to have got away with one. 74 min: Bowen looks to curl one into the top left from a deep position on the right.
He has to score, but slaps his header straight at a thankful Fabianski. 90 min: Leeds have four extra minutes in which to save themselves. 89 min: A Leeds corner comes to nothing. Fabianski hasn’t been seriously troubled for a long time now. 88 min: Nothing comes of the resulting corner. But West Ham come back at Leeds, Ogbonna twisting down the right and crossing towards Balbuena at the near post. Balbuena flashes a header across Meslier and off the left-hand post. Leeds clear. How on earth are the hosts still in the game? 87 min: Fornals crosses from the right. Haller, his back to goal, executes a lovely overhead kick, whipping it towards the bottom left. Meslier makes another fine save to deny the striker. Haller is unsuccessful with this acrobatic overhead kick Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/AFP/Getty Images85 min: London Buses dept.
The striker should have done better from six yards. 51 min: Rice is allowed to stride down the middle of the park at pace. He goes on, and on, and on. Eventually, on the edge of the box, Phillips toes the ball away from Rice, just as the West Ham midfielder is preparing to shoot. Leeds’ midfield all but disappeared there. A worryingly huge gap in the centre of the park. 49 min: Benrahma bursts past Phillips and sends Bowen free down the right. Bowen’s cross is easily handled by Meslier. West Ham also appear minded to go for the win. This could be another entertaining end-to-end half. 47 min: Shackleton’s turn to show early. He skates in from the right and whistles a pass towards Bamford on the penalty spot.
Bamford, his back to goal, spins and whips a shot wide left. Leeds have obviously been given the what-for by Bielsa during the break. 46 min: Costa is immediately in the thick of it, his clever backheel finding Dallas, just to the left of the D. Dallas crosses long, hoping to find Bamford at the far post, but Fabianski claims. Leeds get the second half underway.
Bielsa has made a double change, hooking his left wing of Alioski and Harrison, and sending on Costa and Shackleton. HALF-TIME ENTERTAINMENT brought to you by everyone’s favourite Evertonian, Mr Gary Naylor. “You know you’re getting old when you can see (in your mind’s eye) Frank Lampard dancing round that corner flag at Elland Road and remember the long flat journey home.
only for Meslier to stick out a strong arm and make an absurdly good reaction save! Phillips finishes the job by clearing the rebound with an overhead kick. 75 min: West Ham are this close to taking the lead. Rice strides in from the left and rolls a diagonal pass towards Fornals, who is in a lot of space down the inside right.
From the resulting corner, Klich batters a long-distance shot towards the bottom right. Fabianski claims without fuss. 68 min: Cooper’s weak headed clearance finds the feet of Benrahma, who tries to dispatch a curler into the top right from 25 yards. Not quite. Always high and wide. Benrahma isn’t having the greatest of games, but he’s not afraid to keep showing, working and trying his best to work Meslier. 67 min: Dallas curls a pass towards Raphinha, who is in acres down the right. Ogbonna does well to block his shot. Raphinha tries to trouble Leeds again, this time crossing for Bamford, who can only flash a header high into the stand behind. 65 min: Benrahma goes direct for goal, trying to fox Meslier with a curler towards the top left, and gets it all wrong. A daft decision, given how much trouble the taller West Ham side are giving Leeds at set pieces...
and how good the Hammers are at them in general. 64 min: Rodrigo clumsily barges into Soucek, who was going nowhere down the left. Suddenly it’s a free kick in a dangerous position, just to the left of the Leeds box. 63 min: Benrahma dribbles infield from the left with purpose. He fashions space and time to shoot from the edge of the D, but larrups his effort miles over the bar. 61 min: Ayling threatens to break down the right but he’s bundled over by Haller. This has become very bitty. 59 min: Dallas wedges down the right, hoping to release Shackleton. Cresswell does extremely well to eyebrow the ball away from the Leeds youngster, who would have been through on goal otherwise.
Frank’s son is managing my team’s opponents tomorrow. Enjoy the time as it speeds by. ”HALF TIME: Leeds United 1-1 West Ham UnitedLeeds have enjoyed the lion’s share of possession; West Ham have had more efforts on goal. The scoreline seems about right. 45 min +1: The corner’s worked back to Ayling, who launches a long-distance effort straight down Fabianski’s throat. 45 min: Klich and Rodrigo combine crisply down the right to earn a corner. There will be plenty of time to take it, as two extra minutes will be added to the half. 44 min: This high-octane half is now petering out.