Yar­molenko in­spires as West Ham thrash Hull

West Ham United

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Dean

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).

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