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West Ham United 2-2 Norwich City

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Cheikhou Kouyate
Cheikhou Kouyate pounced in injury time to rescue a point for West Ham

Cheikhou Kouyate struck a late equaliser for West Ham to earn a point against Norwich at Upton Park.

Substitute Nathan Redmond looked to have won it for the visitors with a low strike, before Kouyate pounced.

Robbie Brady had given Norwich the lead early on, seizing on Mark Noble's mistake before calmly slotting in.

Diafra Sakho levelled for the hosts by sliding in Dimitri Payet's cutback, as John Ruddy pulled off saves from both Sakho and Payet.

Relive the entertaining Premier League draw between West Ham and Norwich

Home woes

It was an entertaining encounter in east London, with both sides having opportunities to win the game.

The Hammers have had an impressive start to the season, winning three games on the road, but they seem to have problems in front of their own fans, collecting just four points from a possible 12.

If they have ambitions of finishing in the top six, they will need to improve their form at Upton Park, in their last season at the ground before moving to the Olympic Stadium.

And having gone behind, they were always playing catch-up in the match.

Payet patrolled

Dimitri Payet
Despite playing behind the striker, Dimitri Payet failed to threaten around the Norwich penalty area and touched the ball just twice inside the box

Norwich's goal came against the early run of play, gifted to them by Noble's misjudged pass across his defence, but they gained confidence from the strike.

Hammers dangerman Payet struggled to exert his influence on the game, losing the ball 19 times in the match - the most of any home player - as he tried to do too much on his own. He did, however, provide an assist for West Ham's first equaliser, cutting the ball back for Sakho to signal a home resurgence.

Visiting skipper Russell Martin, who earned the Canaries a point against Liverpool last week, led from the back, winning the ball back seven times as well as making seven clearances, but ultimately left disappointed.

Having looked like snatching all three points through with seven minutes remaining, Redmond rounding off a period of sustained pressure with his goal, Norwich conceded late in injury time; Ruddy tried to punch the ball away but it ricocheted off Andy Carroll allowing a grateful Kouyate to stab home.

Man of the match - Robbie Brady

Robbie Brady
Republic of Ireland international Brady took his goal well and almost scored another with a free-kick. His control in possession put Norwich on the front foot on numerous occasions in the game

What they said

Neil 'proud' of Canaries performance

Norwich midfielder Nathan Redmond: "I thought we had played well and gave ourselves a great opportunity to win the game. I thought we secured it with my goal but we are disappointed to concede late on."

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "When you concede with a minute to go, it is always disappointing but we will take encouragement from how well we played."

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "I am happy that we showed the character at the end and we deserved it. A draw is a fair result and they are probably gutted because of the timing of the last goal."

Draw a fair result - Bilic

The stats you need to know

  • West Ham players have made four errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season; more than any other club.
  • Diafra Sakho has now scored in five of his six Premier League appearances in September.
  • Wes Hoolahan has assisted five and scored one of Norwich's 11 Premier League goals this season.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 12Jenkinson
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Reid
  • 3Cresswell
  • 16NobleSubstituted forZárateat 85'minutes
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 28LanziniSubstituted forCarrollat 72'minutes
  • 27Payet
  • 20MosesSubstituted forObiangat 57'minutes
  • 15Sakho

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 9Carroll
  • 10Zárate
  • 14Obiang
  • 19Collins
  • 26Jelavic
  • 30Antonio

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 6Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 18DorransSubstituted forRedmondat 69'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forO'Neilat 85'minutes
  • 12Brady
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forMbokaniat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wisdom
  • 7Grabban
  • 9Mbokani
  • 13Rudd
  • 22Redmond
  • 24Bennett
  • 28O'Neil
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
34,857

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home19
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

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    Match ends, West Ham United 2, Norwich City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Norwich City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauro Zárate with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 2, Norwich City 2. Cheikhou Kouyaté (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Carroll following a set piece situation.

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    Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City).

  9. Post update

    Winston Reid (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Winston Reid (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

    Mauro Zárate (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Wes Hoolahan.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Mauro Zárate replaces Mark Noble.

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    Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Andy Carroll (West Ham United).