Fulham climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone on Monday after lastly fixing their penalty woes in a shock 2-1 win at Leicester, whereas West Ham rode their luck to maneuver into fifth place with a dramatic 2-1 victory in opposition to Aston Villa. Scott Parker’s facet gained for simply the second time within the league this season because of Ademola Lookman’s 30th minute opener and Ivan Cavaleiro’s penalty eight minutes later. Fulham had missed three of their 4 earlier penalties this time period, however Cavaleiro held his nerve to transform from the spot for the essential second objective.
Harvey Barnes scored for Leicester within the 86th minute, however Fulham held on and transfer one level above the underside three.
“Cav slipped last week and I’m not on Twitter or Instagram but I can only imagine what was being said, the jokes at his expense and Cav would have seen that,” Parker stated of Cavaleiro’s latest penalty miss in opposition to Everton.
“I said to him: ‘Are you ready to take one if we get it?’ He looked at me dead in the eye and said: ‘I’m ready’.
“The braveness to step up there are the issues we’d like. There’s no denying there’s reduction. I’ve spoken to them about not letting defeats cripple us.”
It was an emotional success for the Cottagers, with Lookman celebrating his goal by displaying one of Papa Bouba Diop’s Senegal shirts after Fulham’s former midfielder died aged 42 at the weekend.
“That was a call we as a membership made and the gamers have been pleased to do it. For somebody to lose their life at a younger age is tragic,” Parker said.
Leicester would have gone second with a win, but instead they remain fourth — three points behind leaders Tottenham — after a second successive league defeat.
At the London Stadium, West Ham earned a third successive victory after Villa striker Ollie Watkins missed a late penalty and then saw a stoppage-time equaliser disallowed by VAR.
West Ham got off to the perfect start in the second minute when Angelo Ogbonna made an astute run to the far post and rose above Matt Targett to head a corner past Emiliano Martinez.
Villa drew level in the 25th minute when Jack Grealish ran at the West Ham defence before letting rip with a 20-yard drive that took a slight deflection on its way past Lukasz Fabianski.
West Ham regained the lead in the 46th minute after an inspired substitution from David Moyes.
Moyes sent on Said Benrahma at half-time and with his first touch the winger chipped in a cross to Jarrod Bowen, who glanced a deft header over Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez for his fourth goal of the season.
Villa winger Trezeguet won a penalty in the 74th minute when Declan Rice tugged at his shirt to prevent him having a shot.
Watkins has been in fine form this season, but he let West Ham off the hook as his penalty hit the bar.
There was more misfortune to come for Watkins in the final moments when he swept home from close-range, only to see the goal chalked off for the narrowest of offside decisions.
“We received lucky that indirectly it was offside. I believe we will play a lot better, however I’m taking tonight’s outcome,” Moyes said.
Frustrated Villa boss Dean Smith added: “We’ve missed a penalty and had a objective disallowed for part of the physique that may’t put the ball within the web.
“The only reason Ollie Watkins’ arm is out there is because he’s fouled. He either scores or it’s a penalty.”
Smith was additionally indignant that Grealish was referred to as a cheat by one in every of West Ham’s backroom workers.
“One of their members of staff called Jack Grealish a diver and a cheat. I spoke to David (Moyes) and he said he’d deal with it,” Smith stated.
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