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West Ham remain pointless after Wolves grab late win

Adama Traore
Adama Traore, yet to start a league match since his move from Middlesbrough, drove the ball in past Lukasz Fabianski's left hand for the winner

West Ham's miserable start to the season continued as substitute Adama Traore gave Wolves victory with an injury-time winner.

Traore fired home in the 93rd minute just as it looked as though the hosts would earn their first point of the campaign.

The result gives Wolves their first top-flight win since 4 February 2012, and means West Ham have lost all four league games under Manuel Pellegrini.

Michail Antonio and Marko Arnautovic spurned the Hammers' best chances.

The home side had one of their best openings after just four minutes, when Felipe Anderson's shot forced Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio into action.

But neither side asserted themselves in a tame first half, with Matt Doherty's shot on target the only worrying moment for West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Patricio denied Antonio and Arnautovic with excellent blocks after half-time, the latter when the Portuguese stopped a shot with his face, as West Ham improved markedly.

Raul Jimenez tripped over the ball when free inside the area late on with what looked to be the visitors' last chance, until Traore's dramatic intervention in stoppage time.

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West Ham 0-1 Wolves: Hammers have made very bad start - Pellegrini

Worrying signs for West Ham

Defeat means West Ham have lost their first four games of a league campaign for only the second time.

The previous occasion sets a worrying precedent, as that season - 2010-11 - ended in relegation.

That scenario is a long way away from what the Hammers were imagining when they recruited Pellegrini, a Premier League winner with Manchester City at his first attempt in 2013-14, as manager.

They lacked bite in the first half but created more chances almost from the start of the second, when Andriy Yarmolenko replaced Robert Snodgrass.

Striker Javier Hernandez remained on the bench until the 75th minute, although the Hammers looked the likelier to break the deadlock.

But Carlos Sanchez lost the ball in his own half deep into stoppage time, and within seconds Wolves had seized their chance to ensure West Ham remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League.

Wolves have bite and menace

Wolves were also without a win before their visit to London Stadium, but the second of their two points before kick-off had come from a spirited display in a draw with Pellegrini's former club and reigning champions Manchester City.

Possibly inspired by that result, they were the better side before the break with Helder Costa and Joao Moutinho driving on Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

Jimenez's moment to forget, when the Mexican striker was put in on goal by a fine pass from Ruben Neves only to get the ball trapped between his feet, could easily have knocked last season's Championship winners off their stride.

But they took their chance at the crucial moment with Traore's crisp finish, and are showing signs they will pose problems for the rest of the Premier League this season.

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Weest Ham 0-1 Wolves: Nuno Espirito Santo happy for fans after 'massive' win

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Joao Moutinho
Joao Moutinho's 87 touches were the most made by a player on either side at London Stadium

'West Ham deserved to get booed off'

Former Newcastle and England captain Alan Shearer on Match of the Day:

Wolves I thought were magnificent and they have proved they are here to stay. They were very exciting last weekend and they were even better today.

From a West Ham point of view you would think they would have shown a bit of fight and roll their sleeves up after three defeats. 'Embarrassing', 'hopeless' and 'pathetic' - you could use all three to describe them.

How on earth are you going to score goals with no one in the area? From one corner, they had four or five players already on their way back into their own half after the corner was taken.

For the goal, Carlos Sanchez has got nine yards to take a touch but he loses it. Aaron Cresswell has five yards on Adama Traore, but two seconds later, the Wolves player is miles ahead of him. They were terrible and they deserved to get booed off.

What the managers said

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"I don't think it is a bad start, it is a very bad start. We can't lose six points here at home like we have. Playing away against Liverpool and Arsenal and you don't play so well is understandable. Here at home to lose we must be very worried.

"In the first half we didn't play like the home team looking for three points. The second we improved a lot, made that mistake in the last minute that lost us the game.

"In the training ground we are doing well, no lack of attitude. We have to take that work during the week to a game where there is that added pressure. It is just to four games , we won't stop fighting now. We are just starting and will resolve that problem"

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo:

"It feels good, even if we didn't win the boys worked hard. Both teams could have won but in that moment were more in control. We were in control in the first half. Happy for the fans, it is massive to come a long way and get three points.

On their goal: "Sometimes in the moment both could have won, West Ham had a chance late, to get the goal means we recovered the ball so high up the pitch, our midfielder recovered it and that says so much about the team. The boys did well.

"The confidence comes from performances not results. From the first day of the season we are improving even without results. When you establish your standards and we reach them that means growth, today we did it. Now international break and we go again."

The facts you may have missed

  • Manuel Pellegrini is the first West Ham manager to lose his first four Premier League games in charge since Avram Grant.
  • West Ham have lost three consecutive Premier League home games versus newly promoted sides for the first time.
  • Wolves' Adama Traore scored the club's first ever 90th-minute match-winning goal in the Premier League.
  • Traore scored his first league goal in 13 appearances, having not netted since March vs Brentford (for Middlesbrough).
  • Wolves ended their longest ever winless run in the top flight, having previously gone 17 games without a win in the Premier League.

What's next?

Both sides are back in action on Sunday, 16 September, with Wolves at home to Burnley at 13:30 BST while West Ham are away to Everton at 16:00.

Line-ups

West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 24FredericksBooked at 24mins
  • 4Balbuena
  • 23Diop
  • 3CresswellBooked at 60mins
  • 15C Sánchez
  • 19WilshereSubstituted forObiangat 64'minutes
  • 11SnodgrassSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 45'minutes
  • 8Felipe Anderson
  • 30AntonioSubstituted forHernándezat 75'minutes
  • 7Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 5Zabaleta
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Obiang
  • 16Noble
  • 17Hernández
  • 20Yarmolenko
  • 41Rice

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 79mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 8Neves
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 10Hélder CostaSubstituted forBonatiniat 72'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forTraoréat 62'minutes
  • 9JiménezSubstituted forVinagreat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 30Hause
  • 33Bonatini
  • 37Traoré
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
56,947

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho.

Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rui Patrício (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United).

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chicharito.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Felipe Anderson (West Ham United).

Booking

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Felipe Anderson (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Chicharito replaces Michail Antonio.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Issa Diop.

Attempt blocked. Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michail Antonio.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Carlos Sánchez (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United).

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang replaces Jack Wilshere.

Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Diogo Jota.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Issa Diop.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool440091812
2Chelsea4400103712
3Man City4310113810
4Tottenham33008269
5Watford33007259
6Bournemouth42116517
7Everton41307616
8Leicester42026516
9Wolves412145-15
10Southampton41124404
11Fulham411279-24
12Brighton411257-24
13Arsenal310256-13
14Man Utd310247-33
15Crystal Palace410336-33
16Cardiff302102-22
17Huddersfield4022210-82
18Newcastle401336-31
19Burnley301237-41
20West Ham4004210-80
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