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Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United Live Commentary, 20/11/2021

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R. Jiménez (58)
Molineux Stadium


That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Wolves climb up to sixth, while West Ham remain in third for the time being.
Wolves hold on for a narrow 1-0 win after an excellent performance. West Ham started with the confidence you'd expect from a team that had won four on the bounce, as Bowen headed inches wide. However, Wolves quickly took control. Both Semedo and Jimenez wasted huge chances to open the scoring in the first half, but the hosts weren't to be denied. On 58 minutes Jimenez coolly finished off Podence's cut-back to give them the lead. From there, West Ham pushed hard for an equaliser but struggled to create clear openings and Wolves held on for a big three points.
90' + 6' FULL TIME: Wolves 1-0 West Ham
90' + 5' West Ham continue to throw cross after cross into the box, but they can't find a way through.
90' + 3' Traore races past Vlasic and runs 30 yards towards the edge of the box, before blasting a fierce strike against Dawson.
90' + 2' Johnson feeds Yarmolenko and the attacker dances into the box, only to be tackled at the vital moment by Saiss.
90' + 1' Four minutes of stoppage time are added on.
89' Kilman almost finishes it! Neves' deep free-kick falls invitingly for an unmarked Kilman, and the defender takes a touch before wastefully blasting it over the bar from eight yards!
L. Dendoncker
Hwang Hee-Chan
Wolverhampton Wanderers
87' Wolves replace an attacker with a more defensive player as they look to tighten up. Hwang makes way for Dendoncker.
D. Rice
Yellow Card
West Ham United
86' Rice trips Semedo to stop a counter-attack near the halfway-line and a yellow card is promptly shown.
85' Most of West Ham's pressure is coming from set-pieces. So far, Wolves have defended them well, but they're growing nervier as we approach stoppage time.
83' Traore's a difficult player to handle when you're chasing the game. The attacker glides past a number of challenges on the break, before calmly rolling a pass out to Jimenez.
81' Cresswell clips in a promising free-kick from deep, but it's halted after a foul from Dawson.
78' West Ham are dominating possession and most of the game is taking place in the hosts' half now. It's going to be a difficult final 10 minutes for Wolves to hold on.
Adama Traoré
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
76' Podence has been superb today - his direct dribbling has caused Cresswell plenty of issues, and his performance was capped off with an assist. He's now replaced by Traore.
75' Dawson heads Cresswell's corner upwards allowing Sa to punch it clear. West Ham recover it, and launch in another cross but the move ends when Soucek is penalised for a handball.
73' Lanzini gets to the byline and chips a dangerous cross over Sa, but no one's there at the back post to apply a finishing touch!
A. Yarmolenko
J. Bowen
West Ham United
71' The second change is revealed and Bowen will make way for Yarmolenko.
N. Vlašić
S. Benrahma
West Ham United
71' West Ham make two more changes as they search for an equaliser. The first sees Benrahma depart for Vlasic.
70' Chance! West Ham are getting closer. This time Bowen drives into the box, before cutting onto his left foot and smashing a powerful effort over the bar from 18 yards.
69' Wolves are just beginning to drop deeper now to defend their slender lead. We're all set for a thrilling final 20 minutes.
67' West Ham have had four shots in the second half, but all of them have come from outside the box. If they're to find a way back into this game they'll need to create better chances.
65' Chance! Antonio is just starting to grow into the game. This time the striker bursts past Kilman, before misplacing a throughball towards Bowen. However, Antonio collects the loose ball and lashes a 20-yard strike a few yards over the bar.
63' Wolves hunt for a second goal. This time Podence slips Neves in behind the defence, but the midfielder slices a shot wide of the near post from 12 yards.
61' Well, Wolves have deserved that lead. They've had West Ham pinned back ever since the early stages and they finally make it count with a brilliant finish from Jimenez.
M. Lanzini
Pablo Fornals
West Ham United
59' West Ham respond immediately by replacing Fornals with Lanzini.
Daniel Podence
Wolverhampton Wanderers
58' Podence has been lively since the interval and he punishes the backtracking West Ham defence, with a neat pass to the unmarked Jimenez who finished it from the edge of the box.
R. Jiménez
Wolverhampton Wanderers
58' GOAL! JIMENEZ! 1-0 WOLVES. The hosts finally get the breakthrough they deserve. A sweeping move ends with Podence cutting it back to Jimenez who slots it into the bottom corner with a precise, low strike from 20 yards!
57' The visitors make a rare foray forward as Rice lets fly from 25 yards, but it's comfortable save for Sa.
56' Close! Wolves continue to probe as Podence drives at Cresswell before winning a corner. Moutinho's delivery drops to Podence on the edge of the box and the attacker rifles an angled drive, forcing Fabianski into a fingertip save!
Rúben Neves
Yellow Card
Wolverhampton Wanderers
54' Neves cynically hacks down Bowen to prevent a breakaway and earns himself a yellow card.
53' Neves volleys wildly over from 25 yards.
52' Antonio has been West Ham's talisman so far this season, but Wolves have been able to keep him quiet today. The striker hasn't managed a shot yet, plus he's had just 17 total touches.
50' Zouma comfortably clears Ait Nouri's corner at the near post.
48' Chance! West Ham struggle to clear their lines and eventually Moutinho feeds Podence, whose low, 20-yard strike is saved at full-stretch by Fabianski!
46' Wolves get the second-half underway.
West Ham have struggled to deal with Wolves' lively front three and unless they tighten up, it'll be hard for them to get a result today.
It's 0-0 at half-time following an entertaining first 45 minutes. West Ham started with the swagger of a team in third place and could have taken the lead early on when Bowen planted a header inches wide. However, Wolves grew into the game and eventually dominated the rest of the half. Semedo and Jimenez both wasted huge chances to open the scoring, while the hosts also believed they should have had a penalty for a handball against Johnson. West Ham hung in there though, and this game's perfectly poised for a thrilling second period.
45' + 1' HALF TIME: Wolves 0-0 West Ham
45' Zouma has it in the net following a West Ham corner, but it's immediately ruled out. Either Antonio fouled the goalkeeper, or Zouma was penalised for climbing over Saiss.
44' Wolves have created the majority of the chances in this half and really should be ahead. They've produced four shots from inside the box compared to West Ham's one.
43' Semedo's had a busy half going forward and he arrives on the edge of the box again before blasting a shot high and wide.
41' Dawson crashes into Jimenez just outside the box to prevent another chance for the hosts. Moutinho takes the resulting free-kick, but it's easily cleared.
39' Wolves have dominated the last 15 minutes. They've had multiple chances to score against a rattled West Ham and you wonder if they might come to rue these misses.
37' Podence takes on Zouma inside the box, but the defender just about manages to stay with the tricky attacker before shielding it away.
35' Wolves continue to pile on the pressure as Fabianski is forced to tip Moutinho's 25-yard strike over the bar. The resulting corner worries the West Ham defence, but it flashes through the six-yard box and away.
33' HUGE CHANCE! Jimenez breaks the offside trap with a brilliantly timed run to get through one-on-one. The striker carefully approaches Fabianski from a tight angle, before dinking it over the goalkeeper only for his effort to trickle inches wide of the far post! That really should have resulted in a goal.
31' CHANCE! Hwang's cross hits Johnson and the home fans cry out for a penalty. However, the referee waves play on and the cross finds its way to Semedo at the back post, leaving the wingback with a chance to shoot from six yards! However, Semedo takes too long and his eventual shot is charged down by Cresswell!
29' Chance! Ait Nouri gets to the byline and whips in a dangerous cross that narrowly misses Jimenez, before Semedo drills it just wide of the near post with an 18-yard strike!
27' Ait Nouri snatches possession away from Johnson and for it moment, it looks as though space it opening up for the hosts. However, Rice anticipates the danger and rushes across to drive Ait Nouri away from goal.
25' Moutinho searches for the run of Podence with a crisp throughball, but it unfortunately flicks off the attacker's heels before bouncing neatly for Dawson to clear.
23' Wolves have at least managed to restrict West Ham's attacks over the last 10 minutes — this game is finely in the balance right now.
21' Neves hits a feeble effort from 25 yards that rolls into the arms of Fabianski. West Ham have looked extremely well organised in defence so far, limiting Wolves to few openings.
19' Jimenez drives Wolves deep into the West Ham half, but they struggle to find the right crossing angle and get forced back into their own half.
17' Wolves attempt to settle the game down with a long spell of possession inside their own half. They've struggled with West Ham's intense approach so far.
15' Soucek lets fly from 25 yards but it's easily gathered by Sa. Still, West Ham are building the pressure on Wolves.
13' CLOSE! Bowen drives down the right before cutting it back towards the penalty spot, where it narrowly misses the run of Fornals. However, the visitors keep the move alive and Cresswell's resulting cross perfectly picks out Bowen who steers a header inches wide of the post!
11' West Ham have made the more threatening start. They're sitting deep and letting Wolves enjoy possession, before springing with rapid counters.
9' Benrahma jinks past Ait Nouri down the right, before slicing in a cross that goes over and lands on top of the goal.
7' Antonio spins delightfully past Kilman on the halfway line to kickstart a West Ham counter. The striker dribbles all the way into the box, before Wolves finally recover and crowd him out near the byline.
5' Bowen scrambles inside from the right before rifling a 25-yard strike that deflects off Coady and comfortably bounces into the arms of Sa.
3' A long spell of possession for Wolves ends with Semedo narrowly failing to latch onto Neves' curling throughball and it runs out of play.
1' West Ham get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
This is West Ham’s best form in years. They’re unbeaten in 11 away games in all competitions (winning eight), their longest ever solely as a top-flight club, and longest in general since March 2004.
West Ham also make one change. Ogbonna sustained a long-term injury against Liverpool and he’ll be replaced in defence by Dawson.
Wolves make just one change to the side that were defeated by Crystal Palace last time out. Trincao makes way for Podence in attack.
SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Manuel Lanzini, Arthur Masuaku, Vladimir Coufal, Issa Diop, Mark Noble, Alex Kral, Andriy Yarmolenko, Nikola Vlasic.
WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice; Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio.
SUBS: Luke Cundle, Trincao, Willy Boly, Marcal, Fabio Silva, John Ruddy, Leander Dendoncker, Ki-Jana Hoever, Adama Traore.
WOLVES (3-4-3): Jose Sa; Maximilian Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rayan Ait Nouri; Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez, Hwang Hee-Chan.
West Ham have had an even better start though. They’ve won four games on the spin to climb up to the lofty heights of third. And with a stunning win over Liverpool prior to the international break, they’ll be looking to continue this momentum today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Premier League fixture between Wolves and West Ham. Both sides have made promising starts to the season and this one should be an exciting match. Wolves have won four of their last six games and find themselves in eighth – they’ll be aiming for another three points today to close in on the top six.