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Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack

David Sullivan’s belief in morality will be severely tested after this humiliation. When West Ham United’s co-owner appeared on television before kick-off, he pinpointed a desire to do “what’s right” as the reason for backing Slaven Bilic when speculation over the manager’s future mounted last month. By full-time, however, those noble sentiments had a hollow feel. Chairmen tend not to worry about shows of loyalty when they see their side display the tactical cohesion of a pub team…

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West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates as West Ham take on Brighton, 8pm (BST) 10 things to look out for in the Premier League this weekend Email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 9.26pm BST 68 min : A strong run by Antonio takes him from the right-hand touchline into the box. But Bong eventually catches up with him and pokes the ball out for a corner. Duffy clears the out-swinger. 9.24pm BST 67 min : …

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Chris Wood equalises late for Burnley to thwart 10-man West Ham

There are games that are defined by false nines. This was an afternoon that, for better and worse, revolved around old-fashioned target men. Long before Chris Wood headed Burnley’s equaliser, Andy Carroll had made a dramatic departure, sent off for two challenges that evoked earlier eras and invited suggestions of idiocy. His Burnley counterpart eventually ensured it cost West Ham and the points were shared in a game some …

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Premier League clubs missed their chance to keep Christmas Eve special | Barry Glendenning

West Ham v Newcastle, a 560-mile round trip, has been mooted for a Super Sleigh Bell Sunday on the night before Christmas, along with Arsenal v Liverpool The almost total lack of regard in which broadcasters hold football fans is no secret, so it should have come as no surprise to learn that Sky Sports is proposing to reschedule Arsenal’s home match against Liverpool for Christmas Eve in what the Football Supporters’ Federation has described as “a …

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Joe Hart: ‘Playing for England was what other people did, I just supported’

England’s goalkeeper will surpass Gordon Banks’ 73 caps when he lines up against Slovenia on Thursday and still dreams of achieving that ‘special moment’ Joe Hart has first-hand experience of that sickening sense of helplessness, the one that grips any opponent whenever the ball veers towards Harry Kane alone inside the penalty area. He endured it a little over a week ago at the London Stadium. He would have been aware out of the corner of his eye of the forward …

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Slaven Bilic mutes the mutiny at the last but West Ham’s battlers need a plan

The manager praised his side’s refusal to give up against Swansea but fraying tempers in the stands suggest fans’ favourite is using up the last of his goodwill Midway through the first half, Slaven Bilic switched his wingers. Michail Antonio went left, André Ayew went right. It was a sure sign that Bilic’s tactics were malfunctioning. In theory it made sense for West Ham United to start in a 4-4-2 system, which plays to the strengths of both Andy Carroll and Javier Hernández, …

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Diafra Sakho hits West Ham’s winner in basement battle against Swansea

As the minutes ticked away at the London Stadium and the mood in the stands became increasingly ugly, this started to feel like the afternoon when West Ham’s supporters finally turned on Slaven Bilic. They had not hesitated to make their displeasure clear at several points in a dreadful game, jeering whenever yet another tentative move ran out of steam, and there was outright dissent when the fourth official’s board showed Javier Hernández’s number instead of Andy…

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Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace, West Ham 1-0 Swansea and more – as it happened

Crystal Palace lost a seventh successive game while late goals swung matches at West Ham and West Brom 5.11pm BST Right then, I’m off in search of a basket of biscuits. It’s been a blast. Bye! 5.10pm BST Peter Crouch does some grinning: They threw everything at us. I thought they played well today, Southampton. Thankfully we held out, dug in and got the three points. When you get an…

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Football rumours: West Ham to replace Slaven Bilic with Carlo Ancelotti?

Today’s rumours are on the hoof Spanish assist-machine David Silva is believed to be flattered by interest from Milan , who spent €175m on an overhaul during the summer, but are currently languishing in seventh place in Serie A, already six points off the pace set by Napoli and Juventus. Silva has two years left on his contract at Manchester City but is dilly-dallying on inking an extension and…

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid planning swap deal for Dele Alli?

Today’s tittle-tattle is a man in motion The Mill is just one of an assortment of hacks weeping salt tears at the news that Diego Costa’s £57m move to Atlético Madrid is finally done, bringing the curtain down on one of the great interminable transfer sagas of our age. Chelsea will look to swiftly move on from Costa’s inevitable departure by tying Eden Hazard to an eye-watering £300,000-per-week deal. Should their…

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A weekend of football passion, rivalry and animosity – photo essay

The Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins takes in three emotionally charged football matches over three days and captures all the colour and passion as AFC Wimbledon take on MK Dons, Tottenham Hotspur visit West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday face Sheffield United in the Steel City derby Continue reading…

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Slaven Bilic feeling the heat after Spurs shine glaring light on West Ham flaws | David Hytner

Coach retains fans’ goodwill but the way his side flirted with humiliation against Tottenham was ominous for a man aware of the harsh realities of his profession Slaven Bilic knows how it goes in his line of work. Once a manager is in danger, once the narrative becomes entrenched, it can begin to feel like the long kiss goodbye. “Once that’s opened, then it basically doesn’t stop,” the West Ham manager said after his team’s 3-2 home…

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Tottenham hang on to win with 10 as West Ham battle for Slaven Bilic

On a slow-burn afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur were always just about beyond West Ham United’s reach. Two late goals after Serge Aurier had been sent off with 20 minutes to go dragged a previously dormant side back into this game and drew the first real crackle of noise from the home crowd. A 3-2 defeat will put a hopeful gloss on this performance, and provide Slaven Bilic with evidence of the spirit and drive lurking within his team. The problem for…

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West Ham 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened

Harry Kane scored twice and hit the post twice as ten-man Spurs withstood a late onslaught from West Ham to win an eventful London derby 2.27pm BST That was a game of three thirds . West Ham were superior for the first half hour, Spurs were magnificent either side of half-time to go 3-0 up – but they had to survive a late onslaught after the sending off of Serge Aurier. Thanks for …

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It hurts but Tottenham’s blueprint could work for stagnating West Ham

Slaven Bilic’s side will bare their teeth against Spurs on Saturday while grudgingly admitting their rivals’ evolutionary process has its merits For West Ham United supporters, the notion their club could do worse than take inspiration from Tottenham Hotspur in their drive to evolve may seem like blasphemy. East End passions are rarely more inflamed than when Tottenham visit and even the London Stadium running track may not douse the atmosphere …

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Holders Manchester United handed trip to Swansea in Carabao Cup draw

• Tottenham host local rivals West Ham at Wembley in fourth round • Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City Manchester United , the holders, will travel to Swansea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. José Mourinho’s side beat Burton of the Championship 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to secure their place in the draw. Chelsea , 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest , will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland…

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