Yarmolenko inspires as West Ham thrash Hull
West Ham United
Snodgrass 18, Haller 45, 90+1, Yarmolenko 56 pen, 90+2
Wilks 70 at the London Stadium
Undeterred by the drama before kick-off, when their manager and two team-mates were withdrawn from the game after testing positive for coronavirus, West Ham United’s players demonstrated their superiority over Hull City with a comfortable victory in the Carabao Cup.
Strikes from Robert Snodgrass, Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko gave West Ham a three-goal lead before an hour, with Yarmolenko in particular impressing.
The Carabao Cup has come to represent a source of much-needed relief for West Ham this season. David Moyes’s side have lost their two matches in the Premier League, but have, so far, enjoyed their cup run, beating Charlton Athletic and now Hull in emphatic fashion.
With concerns over their lack of summer activity and the sale of Grady Diangana, the sense is that dark clouds are once again gathering over the London Stadium. Their cup games have, therefore, allowed West Ham’s second string to play with more freedom than we have so far seen in their league campaign. The likes of Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson all appeared to enjoy themselves, playing an adventurous style of football under the eye of assistant manager Alan Irvine, who was standing in for Moyes following his Covid-19 test.
Yarmolenko was instrumental in everything West Ham produced in attack, creating the opener for
Snodgrass and then the second for Haller. He scored two of his own in the second half, with Hull unable to disrupt the Ukrainian’s flow.
Most encouragingly of all, perhaps, was a commanding performance in central midfield from Jack Wilshere, who was due to start on the bench before the positive coronavirus tests became known.
Having created the first two goals, Yarmolenko scored the third with a penalty after Haller had been dragged to the ground by Hull’s Sean McLoughlin. Haller added a late fourth, after a Mallik Wilks consolation goal for the visitors, and then Yarmolenko fired in the fifth.
(4-2-3-1) Randolph 6; Ashby 7 (Longelo 69), Balbuena 6, Alese 7, Johnson 7; Wilshere 7, Snodgrass 7; Yarmolenko 9, Lanzini 7, Anderson 7; Haller 8. Trott (g), Martin (g), Coventry, Bowen, Silva.
(4-2-3-1) Long 5; Coyle 5, A Jones 5, McLoughlin 5, Fleming 5; Smallwood 5 (Honeyman 17), Batty 5; Mayer 5 (Lewis-Potter 61), C Jones 5, Scott 6 (Wilks 61); Magennis 6. Ingram (g), Burke, Emmanuel, Samuelsen. McLoughlin, Fleming, Honeyman.
Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).