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West Ham 0-2 Brentford: Ivan Toney and Josh DaSilva send Hammers to fifth straight Premier League loss

Ivan Toney scores the opening goal
Ivan Toney has scored as many goals in this Premier League season as he did in the 2021-22 campaign

West Ham suffered their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat after being well beaten at home by Brentford.

Ivan Toney put the visitors ahead with his 12th league goal of the season, before Josh DaSilva doubled the lead.

The Hammers were booed by a frustrated London Stadium crowd, with this defeat keeping them only one point above the relegation zone.

The game also ended on a sour note for Brentford, as Toney was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury.

Victory sees the Bees rise to ninth in the Premier League.

Hammers hit five-year low

Not since a run between March and April 2017, under the management of Slaven Bilic, have West Ham lost five consecutive games in the league.

Five-and-a-half years later, West Ham have enjoyed many highs under the management of David Moyes – however this defeat puts the Scotsman’s role under serious question.

It is not just the fact of another defeat, but the manner in which the goals were conceded.

Both first-half goals came from West Ham failing to properly defend throw-ins, and both came after periods in the game when they had enjoyed good attacking spells.

The opener arrived in the 18th minute, where a straightforward long throw by Mathias Jensen was flicked on by Mathias Jorgensen. Christian Norgaard hit his swivelling volley well, and after it was saved by Lukasz Fabianski, Toney reacted first to follow up and stab home.

The second, shortly before half-time, was even worse from a West Ham perspective. Toney played a simple lobbed ball over the top of the sleeping home defence from a throw-in near the halfway line.

Da Silva outmuscled and outpaced Aaron Cresswell to streak through and slot past Fabianski for his first goal since August.

These teams will meet again in the FA Cup third round on 7 January. Whether Moyes remains in post for that fixture remains to be seen.

Ivan Toney injured
Toney appeared in serious pain as he was stretchered off

Toney hits landmark – but leaves on a stretcher

In complete contrast to West Ham, Brentford have set a new club Premier League record of five consecutive games unbeaten. The Bees have not had a longer top-flight unbeaten run since they went six games without defeat between February and March 1939.

Things could have been different had West Ham taken their chances – notably when Declan Rice struck the post early on and when Emerson Palmieri stung the gloves of David Raya with a near-post drive.

However Brentford saw out the second half in relative comfort and this result, combined with the 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Boxing Day, will leave Thomas Frank satisfied with how his side have returned to action following the World Cup.

One question which remains however is what Brentford will do should Toney be ruled out by a long-term injury.

This is the stark reality they could face after the forward, tipped by many for a place in England’s 2022 World Cup squad, jarred his knee in the turf after an innocuous challenge for a late corner.

Toney was left banging the turf, his face screwed up in clear pain, before being carried from the field on a stretcher.

Even if the injury is not as bad as it first appears, Toney also faces being banned if FA charges of breaching betting rules are proven. He has until January 4 to respond regarding the 262 alleged breaches.

On the field, Toney remains one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers. He scored his 12th league goal of the season here, the same as his 2021-22 total , and hHe ends the calendar year of 2022 with 20 Premier League goalsexternal-link – only Harry Kane, with 26, has scored more.

Toney celebrated his strike by baiting the London Stadium crowd, crossing his arms in a symbol closely associated with the Hammers.

It demonstrates the dominance Brentford hold over West Ham in this fixture – they have won all three Premier League meetings.

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West Ham United

  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  3. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  4. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  6. Squad number41Player nameRice

  7. Squad number11Player nameLucas Paquetá

  8. Squad number33Player nameEmerson

  9. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  10. Squad number22Player nameBenrahma

  11. Squad number7Player nameScamacca

  1. Squad number9Player nameAntonio

  2. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

Brentford

  1. Squad number1Player nameRaya

  2. Squad number13Player nameM Jorgensen

  3. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  4. Squad number16Player nameMee

  5. Squad number30Player nameRoerslev

  6. Squad number10Player nameDasilva

  7. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  8. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  9. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  10. Squad number17Player nameToney

  11. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  1. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  2. Squad number14Player nameGhoddos

  3. Squad number18Player nameJansson

  4. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 15Dawson
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5CoufalBooked at 70mins
  • 41Rice
  • 11Lucas PaquetáSubstituted forSoucekat 82′minutes
  • 33EmersonSubstituted forAntonioat 64′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 22Benrahma
  • 7Scamacca

Substitutes

  • 2Johnson
  • 8Fornals
  • 9Antonio
  • 10Lanzini
  • 12Downes
  • 13Aréola
  • 24Kehrer
  • 27Aguerd
  • 28Soucek

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Raya
  • 13M Jorgensen
  • 5Pinnock
  • 16Mee
  • 30Roerslev
  • 10DasilvaSubstituted forGhoddosat 67′minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 8JensenSubstituted forJaneltat 59′minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 17ToneySubstituted forJanssonat 90+5′minutes
  • 19MbeumoSubstituted forWissaat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canós
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 18Jansson
  • 23Lewis-Potter
  • 24Damsgaard
  • 27Janelt
  • 34Cox
  • 35Trevitt

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