Hammers share spoils with Middlesbrough at home

Hammers share spoils with Middlesbrough at home

Joe Nicholson
Live LoaderVAVEL Live SmallLive Match

That concludes our live coverage of to game which saw West Ham and Middlesbrough play out a 1-1 draw. I hope that you enjoyed it. Bye for now.

After the break Boro capitalised on some slack marking from a corner to take the lead, however some inspiration from Dimitri Payet changed the game.  A brillant solo goal from the Frenchman leveled the score and West Ham threatened to win it after that. Even so Boro dug deep to take a point and Aitor Karanka will probably be the happier manager.

A point probably a fair result in the end. Both sides lacked ambition in the first half and failed to create many clear cut chances. Boro did well to take the sting out of the game when they needed too and Forshaw  particularly caught the eye in the middle of the park, keeping the ball affectivly.


90'- Middlesbrough win a late free kick on the edge of the area which Ramirez swings into the area but Adrian punches the ball away.

90'- Arbeloa is booked for a foul on Ramirez 

88'- Barragan is shown a yellow card. He has been given the run around by Payet in this second half.

85'- The game has opened up in the last few minutes Antonio get another chance inside the area but scoops over. West Ham have been wasteful in the final third and Payet has been the only player who has showed any sort of quality in the final third.

78'- Payet was threatning to take the game by the scruff of the neck but Boro have since doubled up on him in the last few minutes.

77'- West Ham are getting into some good areas but Zaza and Antonio have both blazed over the bar.

72'- SUBSTITUTION - Final change for West Ham Lanzini replaces Noble

67'- SUBSTITUTION - Negredo replaces Rhodes for Middlesbrough

64'- Boro have done well to take the sting out of things in the last few minutes. Forshaw is doing a good job of keeping possession in midfield.

59'- Payet is running the show at the moment. he is brought down on the edge of the area by De Roon and his subsequet free kick hits the wall.

56'- Payet cuts in from the left and leaves the whole Boro defence in a heap. The Frenchman beats 4 players before tucking the ball past Valdes.

56'- GOAL West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1 - PAYET

50'- Boro take the lead when Fischer's in-swinging corner is headed home by Stuani, who is unmarked. Noble looks to have cleared it off the line but replays show that the ball crossed the line.


48'- Zaza's introduction means that he is now playing down the centre. Antonio has moved to the right while Noble is still playing just behind the stiker.


46'- SUBSTITUTION - Zaza replaces Tore for West Ham -

West Ham captain Mark Noble has played in a more advanced role behind the stiker. He was given more space by Boro towards the end on the half and nearly made the pay with a coulpe of late efforts.

Boro have looked at their best when Friend and Downing have combined down the left. The latter has put some decent crosses into the box, however the visitors have struggled to get men forward. Fischer, playing in the number 10 position looked lively early on but faded as the half went on.

Both sides were low on confidence coming into this game and it has shown for most of the first half. There have been few clear goal scoring opportunities though West Ham will feel that they should be ahead after Noble's effort rebounded off the bar.

HALF TIME - West Ham 0 Middlesbrough 0

44'- OFF THE BAR- West Ham are unfortunate not to be ahead as the ball drops to Noble on the edge of the Boro penalty area. He is allowed time tob shoot but his curling shot rattles the bar.

38'- West Ham break after a poor free kick from Downing, which hits the wall. Eventually the ball falls to Noble on the edge of the area but his skimming shot goes wide.

30'- Boro have begun to stem the tide and Downing has delivered some decent crosses from the left. Even so it has still been a cagey affair so far.

20'- West Ham are start to apply some pressure Ogbonna's cross from the left is headed goalwards by Antonio but Friend makes a block.

18'- CLOSE- A mistake at the back from Boro allows Payet a shot at goal but Chambers makes a sliding block.

12' CLOSE- Rhodes sets up Fischer with a header but he flashes a low shot wide.

10' - First booking of the game as Obiang is showed a yellow card for a tackle on Friend.

4' - SUBSTITUTION West Ham have been forced into an early change, after Sam Byram has been stretchered off with a hamstring injury. Alvaro Arbeloa will replace him at right back.

Boro make three changes from the team which lost at home to Tottenham last Saturday. Rhodes, Fischer and Forshaw replace Negredo, Ramirez and Negredo. Adama Traoré is on the bench after impressing as a substitute last weekend.

West Ham make four changes from the side which lost 3-0 to Southampton last weekend as Byram, Collins, Obiang Tore come in. Looks like Antonio will lead the line in a 4-2-3-1 formation in place of Simone Zaza, who is on the bench.

Middlesbrough: Valdes; Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; de Roon, Forshaw; Stuani, Downing, Fischer; Rhodes

West Ham: Adrian, Byram, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Obiang, Noble (c), Kouyate, Tore, Payet, Antonio

The team news is out and here is how they line up.

The last time these two sides met was in the Championship back in 2012, which finished a 1-1 draw. Boro have won just two of their last 10 matches against the Hammers, losing five and drawing three.

This is the first time that West Ham have lost five of their first six matches in a league season, while Boro have lost their last five games in London.

Norwegian Håvard Nordtveit is the latest casualty for the Hammers and will miss the game after picking up an injury against Southampton last weekend. Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku remain side-lined which leaves a problem at full back. Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho are also all out though injury.

Boro are still without long term absentee Grant Leadbitter after the midfielder underwent a hernia operation but full-back Fabio is back in training. There are no fresh injury concerns, however winger Adama Traore could make his debut after an impressive cameo against Spurs last weekend.

His opposite number Aitor Karanka reflected on Boro’s poor start against Spurs last time out and how his side will need to improve following their promotion back to the top flight: "We need to improve our performances. We are learning but we have to learn quickly. When we play in our intensity and our style, and with the right attitude, we will win games." He added, "The players need to know that we can compete, but we must compete from the first minute."

Despite their poor form, Slaven Bili? remained optimistic ahead of this weekend’s game and revealed that the team have done some team bonding exercises to try and rebuild their confidence. "The team bonding was completely my idea. I told Mark Noble to take the guys out and go for a meal,” he said. "I am totally concentrated on the game on Saturday. It is good for us all to stick together and good for team building."

Boro’s form has also plummeted after a promising start, in which they took five points from their first three game. A 2-1 triumph away at Sunderland remains Boro’s only victory and results have deteriorated since then. The Teessiders come into this game off the back of three successive defeats, in which they have leaked seven goals and looked vulnerable at the back.

Last weekend Boro’s sluggish start at home to Tottenham, which saw them fall 2-0 behind after 23 minutes’ cost them dearly, and despite improving in the second half they were unable to salvage anything from the contest. Boro were also caught cold in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace earlier this month when Christian Benteke opened the scoring after just 15 minutes. In their last game away from the Riverside, Aitor Karanka’s side were beaten 3-1 by Everton.

West Ham’s notorious move to the London Stadium hasn’t exactly gone to plan, and in their three games on home turf the Hammers have lost two and conceded seven goals. Their latest setback came last weekend when the suffered a resounding 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton, which saw Slaven Bili?’s side slip into the bottom three after six games.

There were boos at the final whistle and while the atmosphere wasn’t as toxic as it was during the 4-2 defeat to Watford on September 17, there was still a huge sense of unrest following West Ham’s move from Upton Park. West Ham’s only points of the campaign came courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on August 21, however they have lost their other five league games.

Both sides have struggled in the last few weeks and will be desperate to record a positive result before next week’s international break.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute-by minute commentary of Middlesbrough’s trip to West Ham United. I'm Joe Nicholson and will be taking you through all the action on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off at the London Stadium is at 3:00PM BST, until then you can follow my build up to the game, including the team news when it arrives.