West Ham slipped to their fourth consecutive Premier League defeat with a 1-0 loss to Premier League new boys Wolves at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides headed into the game looking for their first win of the season. However, the first half had very few chances to speak of in what began as a cagey affair. The second half saw a drastic improvement in quality with both sides creating chances and testing the opposition goalkeepers.
Just as it looked as though both sides would take a point each, Carlos Sanchez was dispossessed in his own half in injury time and substitute Adama Traore calmly slotted the ball beyond Lukas Fabianski to give the visitors all three points.
Here is a breakdown of Wolves' win over the Hammers.
Key Talking Point
It was another poor performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side who were looking for their first point of the season. Although they stepped up their efforts in the second half they were robbed of at least a point for their efforts thanks to Traore's late strike, and you can't say it was undeserved.
The Hammers' defence stayed strong for the majority of the game and Fabianski kept his side in the match thanks to a number of great saves. However, they were unable to hang on with more cracks in the side beginning to show.
Pellegrini can't buy a win at the moment and the pressure is now really beginning to mount.
Starting XI: Fabianski (7); Fredricks (6), Balbuena (8), Diop (7), Cresswell (5); Sanchez (6), Wilshere (6); Antonio (5), Anderson (6), Snodgrass (5), Arnautovic (6).
Substitutes: Yarmolenko (6), Obiang (6), Hernandez (6).
STAR MAN -
Diop and Balbuena were class today. Antonio and Cresswell were below awful— Hammers Thru & Thru (@camwestham) September 1, 2018
Fabianski, Diop and Balbuena all excellent — alex (@AlexFynn) September 1, 2018
WORST PLAYER - It really was an afternoon to forget for Robert Snodgrass. He failed to assert himself on the game and never looked a threat to the opposition goal in what was a difficult first 45 minutes for the midfielder.
His poor afternoon was ended early when he was sacrificed and subbed off at the half time interval, although in fairness it could've been a number of his teammates who also could've been taken off at the break.
Key Talking Point
After a promising display during their 1-1 draw with Manchester City last weekend, Wolves showed this week that they truly belong in the Premier League. They controlled the possession for the majority of the game and created a number of chances which on another day most likely would've found the back of the net.
They cranked the pressure up late on and when it mattered most, substitute Traore neatly tucked the ball beyond Fabianski to give his side three deserved points. Fans will be encouraged by this performance and will be delighted with getting their treasured first win back in the Premier League.
Starting XI: Patricio (7); Bennett (6), Coady (6), Boly (6); Doherty (7), Neves (6), Moutinho (8*) Castro (7); Costa (6), Jimenez (6), Jota (6).
Substitutes: Traore (8), Bonatini (7), Vinagre (N/A)
STAR MAN - Wolves looked comfortable in possession with Joao Moutinho bossing the show in the midfield.
WORST PLAYER - It was a difficult day for both sides in front of goal, however nobody will be more disappointed than Jimenez.
He was starved of chances for the majority of the game, however with 10 minutes to go he had a golden opportunity to give his side a late lead when the ball was fed through to him in the area.
I was almost in tears when I saw the Jimenez miss!— Rich (@Richwolves64) September 1, 2018
men see that Jimenez miss? lmaoo藍— ט•cָhrollo lucilfer fan account• (@_JayNero) September 1, 2018
He was just around six yards out with a clear sight at goal, however he couldn't sort his feet out with the ball getting stuck under him and was then cleared by the Hammers defenders in what will go down as one of the worst missed chances this season.
West Ham have now lost their first four games of the season and are close to a crisis. The international break couldn't have come at a better time as the Hammers will look to regroup and come back firing when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton in search of their first point of the season.
As for Wolves, they'll be delighted after back-to-back impressive performances. With their first win of the season now under their belt, they'll be looking to make it two in two when they host Burnley after the international break.