Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 

Saturday, 1st September 2018
by Staff Writer

West Ham slumped to a fourth successive Premier League defeat as newly-promoted Wolves snatched all three points in Stratford with an injury time winner.

Manuel Pellegrini's side go into the international break bottom of the Premier League and pointless after losing all four of their Premier League outings so far.

And that leaves the Chilean manager very much under pressure having spent in the region of ??100million during pre-season in an attempt to improve his squad.

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For only the second time in the club's history, West Ham have started a season in the top flight with four defeats (the last being in 2010, when Avram Grant led West Ham to the Championship).

And there was little for home fans to be optimistic about today as the Hammers failed to test Wolves' equally-new team in front of a frustrated Stratford crowd.

The only goal of the game arrived in third of four minutes of additional time, with CarlossSanchez - who had looked comfortable up until that point - losing possession cheaply in midfield.

The ball found its way to substitute Adama Traore, who beat the previously unflappable Fabianski inside his near post to register the game's only goal.

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To their credit, the West Ham fans had backed their team until that point - which will no doubt have pleased Pellegrini, who mentioned how the stadium had started emptying after 80 minutes against Bournemouth.

However the disappointment at the final whistle was palpable, with the goal being the signal for a mass exodus to begin this week.

There is little respite for West Ham after the international break, with dates against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United to follow.

Quite how Pellegrini manages to pick his squad up after today's particularly-concerning defeat remains to be seen.

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West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Wilshere (Obiang 64), Sanchez, Snodgrass (Yarmolenko 46), Anderson, Antonio (Hernandez 75), Arnautovic.

Subs not used: Adrian, Rice, Zabaleta, Noble.

Booked: Fredericks, Cresswell.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Rui Patricio; Doherty, Coady, Bennett, Boly, Jonny; Neves, Mourtinho; Costa (Bonatini 72), Jota (Traore 62), Jimenez (Vinagre 87).

Subs not used: Ruddy, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Hause.

Goals: Adama Traore 90+3.

Booked: Bennett.

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Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski

Ryan Fredericks

Aaron Cresswell

Issa Diop

Fabian Balbuena

Carlos Sanchez

Robert Snodgrass

Felipe Anderson

Michail Antonio

Jack Wilshere

Marko Arnautovic


Andriy Yarmolenko
(Replaced Snodgrass)

Pedro Obiang
(Replaced Wilshere)

Javier Hernandez
(Replaced Antonio)

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Did not play.

Pablo Zabaleta
Did not play.

Declan Rice
Did not play.

Mark Noble
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Aaron Cresswell, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez, Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Jack Wilshere, Marko Arnautovic.

Goals: None.

Booked: None.

Sent off: None.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: .

Subs not used: .

Goals: .

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

Attendance: 56,947.

Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski.