West Brom 4 West Ham 2: Baggies romp past Slaven Bilic’s side at Hawthorns

18 Sep

Hammers left-back Arthur Masuaku may have been a tad unlucky to concede a free-kick for handling the ball while lying on the ground.


But the same did not apply when he immediately repeated the infringement – this time inside the box.

Initially, the Frenchman, 22, appeared to go to head clear only to inexplicably use an arm instead.

Referee Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot with a bemused shrug of the shoulders – and £13m Nacer Chadli, another close-season arrival, coolly sent Adrian the wrong way.

The Hammers rearguard really is the gift that keeps on giving – much to the exasperation of their boss Bilic, a former world-class centre-half himself.

Certainly, Masuaku seemed intent on living up to that unwanted tag.

If his double handball was weird, his up-and-under clearance – that went 20 feet in the air before falling on the penalty spot – was utterly off the scale.

It was a very different story eight minutes before the break when they doubled the lead – thanks to yet more inept defending.

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