West Ham maintain 100% Conference League record with win over Anderlecht
The Hammers collect 3 points after Scamacca’s strike gives them a 1-0 win in a scrappy game at Lotto Park.
David Moyes made a number of changes from the Wolves game on Saturday, with Jarrod Bowen and Craig Dawson the only players who kept their place in the starting 11.
There was a lack of real goal scoring chances in the first half, and it wasn’t until just before half time that West Ham had a real chance, as Jarrod Bowen went one on one with the goalkeeper before cutting back to Said Benrahma who fired over despite having an open goal.
The second half was more of the same from both teams, as the goalkeepers were not troubled enough.
However with 20 minutes remaining, David Moyes made a triple substitution which would turn out to be game changing.
Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini were replaced by Gianluca Scamacca, Lucas Paqueta and Declan Rice.
It didn’t take long for them to make an impact, as 9 minutes later Paqueta would find Scamacca in the box who fired his shot into the bottom left corner.
Anderlecht almost drew level almost instantly, but a fantastic save from Alphonse Areola stopped Wolves loanee Fabio Silva from heading in from close range.
The Hammers would comfortably see out the rest of the game, and move 5 points clear of second place in Group B.
After the game, David Moyes said, “I thought we did really well. You can see the strength of the squad”.
He also added, “We created a lot of openings and chances. Anderlecht hadn’t conceded a goal in the group, so it was always going to be tight”.
Next up for West Ham is a London derby against Fulham on Sunday, before they face off with Anderlecht again next Thursday.