West Ham came back from behind to win 3-2 away at Silkeborg in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night.
Kasper Kusk’s goal after just five minutes tested the Hammers’ nerve, but they responded quickly when Manuel Lanzini levelled the game from the penalty spot after 13 minutes, and Gianluca Scamacca put them ahead with a stunning strike some 12 minutes later.
Craig Dawson then got in on the act when he headed in after 38 minutes to make it 3-1, sending David Moyes’ side into half-time with a comfortable lead despite the false start.
The hosts struggled to find a way back into the game after the break, with West Ham doing a good job of keeping possession and controlling the tempo for the most part.
Substitutions did give Silkeborg an extra boost of energy and more attacking thrust as the game drew on and opened up somewhat, but they truthfully lacked a cutting edge quality that they needed to truly hurt the Irons and build hope a comeback.
That was until a catalogue of errors from a West Ham corner saw Jarrod Bowen lose possession, allowing Silkeborg to burst through on the counter attack and Søren Tengstedt to make it 3-2 with around 15 minutes to play.
Tengstedt’s goal clearly unsettled West Ham who couldn’t get a hold of the play after his goal. Tonni Adamsen’s shot from close range almost levelled the contest, but Areola got down well to deny the 27-year-old.
The Danish outfit continued to push for an equaliser as the home fans found their voice, but Moyes’ side regrouped after a shaky period and hung on for a huge three points.
Victory means West Ham remain top of Group B having won their opening game against FCSB. Another away trip awaits them next up, as they travel to Belgium to face Anderlecht after the international break, who sit second in the group on four points.
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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