West Ham 2 Leeds 1 – Report
Leeds in relegation peril after West Ham defeat
Leeds slipped nearer to relegation from the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat in opposition to West Ham of their penultimate recreation of the season on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce’s aspect blew the lead on the London Stadium as Rodrigo’s opener was erased by targets from Declan Rice, Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini.
Leeds stay third backside and are two factors adrift of fourth backside Everton, with each groups having only one recreation left.
Even when Leeds beat Tottenham at dwelling on the ultimate day of the season, the Yorkshire membership would nonetheless be relegated if Everton win their final recreation in opposition to Bournemouth at Goodison Park.
Leeds, whose aim distinction is three worse than Everton’s, are prone to want the Toffees to lose to have an opportunity of staying up.
Second backside Leicester, three factors from security, have slender hopes of avoiding relegation with video games at Newcastle on Monday and West Ham on the ultimate day.
Leeds, who final performed within the Championship in 2020, have misplaced twice and drawn as soon as in three video games since Allardyce changed the sacked Javi Gracia earlier this month.
“We’ve not proven the standard when wanted. So subsequent week needs to be significantly better to beat Tottenham. That is all we will do,” Allardyce stated.
“The gamers have to roll their sleeves up, apply themselves in the proper approach, beat Tottenham and hope different outcomes go in our favour.”
Allardyce had labelled Leeds’ journey to his former membership West Ham as a “cup closing”.
However the defeat means Leeds want a repeat of final season’s closing day escape after they gained at Brentford to climb out of the underside three.
Simply three days after beating AZ Alkmaar to succeed in the Europa Convention League closing in opposition to Fiorentina, West Ham made six adjustments.
Leeds scented an opportunity to grab the momentum they usually took it the seventeenth minute with a aim straight from Allardyce’s favoured direct recreation-plan.
Weston McKenzie’s lengthy throw reached Rodrigo within the coronary heart of the West Ham space and the Spanish striker volleyed a superb end previous Lukasz Fabianski.
Regardless of having little to play for with their very own security secured, West Ham responded properly and Joel Robles had to make use of his legs to save lots of Tomas Soucek’s shut-vary effort.
– Leeds prayers unanswered –
A piece of Leeds’ travelling assist had come to east London dressed as nuns, but when Allardyce hoped for divine intervention within the relegation battle, his prayers weren’t answered.
In what could possibly be his closing dwelling recreation for the membership amid hypothesis linking him with Arsenal, West Ham captain Rice equalised within the thirty second minute, assembly Bowen’s cross with a cool end on the far submit.
Leeds suffered one other blow when damage-plagued striker Patrick Bamford limped off.
West Ham loved complete dominance after the equaliser, with Robles making good saves to disclaim Emerson, Lucas Paqueta and Soucek.
Allardyce’s males lastly cracked once more within the 72nd minute when Danny Ings’ cross teed up Bowen for a deft strike that survived a VAR verify for offside.