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West Ham United Secures Convincing 2-0 Victory Over Sheffield United

 West Ham United Secures Convincing 2-0 Victory Over Sheffield United

Jarrod Bowe of West Ham United
 Jarrod Bowe of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Sheffield United at London Stadium on September 30, 2023 in London, England.(Image-Getty)

West Ham United put on a dominant display to secure a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday. Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek were the stars of the show, with their first-half goals sealing the win for the Hammers.

The hosts had little trouble in keeping Sheffield United at bay, and it was evident that the visitors were still reeling from their demoralizing 8-0 defeat to Newcastle United the previous weekend. After seven matches, David Moyes's side finds itself in seventh place in the league with 13 points, while Sheffield United remains at the bottom with just one point, intensifying the pressure on manager Paul Heckingbottom.

This victory, achieved in Moyes's 900th league game as a manager, marked a return to form for West Ham, following back-to-back league defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool.

Moyes commented on the match, saying, "It was a day when some people were expecting an easy game, but as a manager, I’ve never found an easy game, that’s for sure. I think if anybody looks at the result they’ll say it was a great result for West Ham, whether it was 2-0 or more."

Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring for West Ham in the 24th minute with a composed one-touch finish from 12 yards into the bottom corner. Thirteen minutes later, Michail Antonio set up Tomas Soucek inside the box, and the Czech midfielder scored with his left foot just before falling over.

West Ham started the match with an aggressive approach, and Soucek had an early chance that he side-footed over the bar. Blades' goalkeeper Wes Foderingham made a crucial reaction save to deny Bowen's header, with the subsequent rebound cleared off the line.

Around the hour mark, West Ham's goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, made an impressive save to thwart Anel Ahmedhodzic's header. Despite their efforts, Sheffield United struggled to create meaningful chances against West Ham's well-organized defense, and aside from Anis Ben Slimane's late volley, they never came close to scoring.

Moyes expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, stating, "I was pleased with the way we started the game and we could have been four or five up at halftime."

This victory also marked West Ham's first clean sheet of the league season. Moyes acknowledged the importance of the clean sheet, saying, "I get told by the press that we haven’t had a clean sheet yet, so it was positive that we got one today and got the three points. If we’d won 1-0 I’d have been thrilled, so let’s not get carried away like everyone else is trying to do and saying we should be winning these games a lot more easily."

Looking ahead, West Ham will face SC Freiburg in a Europa League group-stage match on Thursday before hosting Newcastle in the Premier League on October 8. Sheffield United will travel to Fulham on October 7.

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