Norwich 0-4 West Ham: Visitors bounce back from Europa heartbreak

Norwich 0-4 West Ham: David Moyes’ side bounce back from Europa League heartbreak in style as Said Benrahma bags two while Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini both net in resounding win at relegated Canaries

  • Said Benrahma opened the scoring inside 12 minutes and West Ham kicked on
  • Michail Antonio added second on half-hour mark before Benrahma struck again
  • Manuel Lanzini netted the Hammers’ fourth from the penalty spot in second half

From Frankfurt to the frankly awful. West Ham exited Europe and unleashed their anger on an underwhelming Norwich side that just want time called on this sorry season of theirs.

They were like 11 condemned men lined up in front of a firing squad, minus the blindfolds and cigarettes, and West Ham showed no mercy. David Moyes’s side hit them three times before the break – Jarrod Bowen setting up each strike – then added a fourth in the second half.

It made for an easy return to the Premier League in the end – just what the Hammers needed after that Europa League semi-final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

Manuel Lanzini completed the 4-0 rout, scoring from the penalty spot in the second half

Said Benrahma netted a brace as David Moyes’ side bounced back from Europa League defeat

Declan Rice (left) and Lanzini were all smiles during a resounding victory against Norwich

As gutting as that game was, West Ham’s supporters are looking forward, not backward. They sang about going on a Europa Conference League tour next season, but then that’s not what Moyes wants. He wants to snatch that Europa League spot from Manchester United.

It can happen. West Ham trail United by three points and have a game in hand on their rivals – the only snag being that it’s against Manchester City. Still, it’s a target.

Aaron Cresswell’s early red card in Frankfurt was correct and costly. He knows that, and so does his manager. Yet as Sportsmail reported on Saturday, Moyes started him here, throwing the 32-year-old straight back into the mix.

Cresswell had to front up sooner or later, and now was as good a time as any.

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With relegation to the Championship already confirmed, the Carrow Road atmosphere was nonexistent. The only noise came from West Ham’s support. They filled the silence with their songs, including a cheeky ‘let’s be ‘avin’ you’ chant on repeat.

It felt only a matter of time before West Ham made it 1-0 and they struck in the 12th minute.

Lanzini sent Tim Krul the wrong way as relegated Norwich were comfortably beaten on Sunday

Said Benrahma celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after scoring their third goal

Hammers striker Michail Antonio nets his side’s second goal on the half-hour mark on Sunday

Bowen spread the ball wide to Said Benrahma, whose shot deflected off Max Aarons. It beat Tim Krul and Benrahma ran to the bench to hug birthday boy Mark Noble.

This match fell on Noble’s 35th birthday. With the club captain retiring at the end of this season, West Ham’s next fixture with Manchester City will be his final farewell at home.

The club are working on a grand goodbye at the London Stadium, although you hope they don’t go full-John Terry – the Chelsea captain who was infamously substituted after 26 minutes, marking his shirt number, to a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio celebrates putting West Ham two goals to the good against Norwich at Carrow Road

Antonio capitalised on a mix-up between Norwich defender Grant Hanley and goalkeeper Krul

It took West Ham just 12 minutes to break the deadlock against Canaries through Benrahma

You imagine Moyes wouldn’t allow such a sideshow. Not when there’s a Europa League spot at stake. That’s what they’re now chasing and it was 2-0 to West Ham before the 30-minute mark when Bowen slipped through Michail Antonio. It looked like Krul had the ball but he flapped at it, gifting an open goal to Antonio.

Cue the first chants of the day from Norwich’s support: ‘What the f****** hell was that?’ Followed by: ‘That’s why we’re going down.’ And: ‘We’re f****** s***.’

Bowen should have scored when the ball fell kindly for him inside the six-yard box but it wasn’t his day in that regard. He was West Ham’s provider on this occasion, with it becoming 3-0 when he cut the ball back for Benrahma to blast the ball beyond Krul.

Norwich thought they’d got a goal back at the start of the second half when West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski fumbled a cross. Sam Byram scored but VAR spotted him using his arm in the process. The goal rightly ruled out, it remained 3-0.

The winger turns away to celebrate the opening goal in the Premier League encounter

Only until West Ham were awarded a penalty after the hour mark, that is.

Craig Dawson had tried to meet a corner when Jacob Sorensen used his arm to stop his header from reaching the goal. Referee Robert Jones awarded the spot-kick via his pitch-side monitor and Manuel Lanzini made it 4-0, sending Krul the wrong way.

Noble was introduced for the final 25 minutes, sparking a rendition of ‘happy birthday’ from the away support. West Ham could have scored more than the four they did, but this did the trick.

They’re still in those European places in the Premier League, but Manchester United are in their sights.




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