Gianluca Scamacca scored for a third successive game as West Ham came from behind to beat Fulham. Fulham led after six minutes as Andreas Pereira fired in from a tight angle. But Pereira then fouled Craig Dawson from a corner, Jarrod Bowen scoring the penalty. Third Successive Game Scamacca missed a series of good chances but netted when it counted as he lobbed Bernd Leno, before a defensive mix-up presented Michail Antonio with the third.
Fulham took the lead with the first major attack of the game – Kurt Zouma failed to close down Pereira on the left side of the West Ham box, and the Brazilian beat Łukasz Fabianski for power with his shot high into the net from a tight angle.
Gianluca Scamacca Scored For a Third Successive Game
In an entertaining first half full of chances, Daniel James cracked the crossbar from 20 yards with a dipping left foot shot, before Scamacca missed a trio of opportunities to draw West Ham level. The Hammers equalised instead from the penalty spot, with Pereira going from hero to villain as he barged Dawson to the floor from a corner. Third Successive Game Bowen slotted the spot kick to Bernd Leno’s right.
Third Successive Game Scamacca missed another headed chance from six yards, however he finally found the net in superb fashion by chipping Leno, with the goal given after a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) check. He was replaced by Antonio with 10 minutes to go, and the sub finished the game in comical fashion – after his initial shot was saved by Leno, the German keeper and Tim Ream got in each other’s way trying to clear, inadvertently presenting the striker with an open goal to finish.
Scattergun Scamacca finds the target
Having had to bide his time following his £32m move from Sassuolo in the summer, Scamacca now has six goals in 12 games for West Ham. Third Successive Game After netting against Wolves last weekend and the winner against Anderlecht on Thursday, the Italian was the Hammers’ main man once again. He could – perhaps should – have scored several more. On 16 minutes he headed down a driven Paqueta cross from eight yards while unmarked which, while Leno brilliantly scooped it out from near his boot, he should have guided further away from the keeper.
Before the 25th minute Scamacca had missed two more chances, dragging a one on one narrowly wide of the far post before sending another header straight at Leno.
Five minutes after the break he missed another free header, this time from only six yards – yet when the toughest chance came, after being put through by Paqueta with a lovely chipped through ball, he kept his nerve to scoop it over the goalie. Scamacca did not immediately celebrate and was subjected to a VAR check of several minutes, which looked at whether he was offside or had handled the ball. With no clear evidence to disallow for either reason, the goal was given – and the Italian finally celebrated wildly with fans. It encapsulated Scamacca’s Premier League career so far – a slow start peppered with what-ifs, finally coming good Soccer.
For West Ham it continues their dominance over Fulham – they have won their last five Premier League games against the Cottagers, while David Moyes has now won 14 of his 15 games against them. It also means they have won consecutive league matches for the first time since January, further raising hopes a difficult start is behind them. Third Successive Game Scamacca missed a series of good chances but netted when it counted as he lobbed Bernd Leno, before a defensive mix-up presented Michail Antonio with the third.