Luton on verge of the drop after West Ham send off Moyes in style

Daily News
8 Min Read
Luton on verge of the drop after West Ham send off Moyes in style

Luton Town have been all but relegated from the Premier League after losing 3-1 at West Ham United, who managed to send off manager David Moyes in style in the Scot’s final home game in charge of the Hammers.

Luton led at half-time thanks to Albert Sambi Lokonga’s early header, only for the home side to hit back with three goals in the second half to keep alive their slim hopes of qualifying for Europe next season.

Tomas Soucek celebrates after his sweet volley gives West Ham a 2-1 lead against Luton

Image: Tomas Soucek celebrates after his sweet volley put West Ham in front

The recalled James Ward-Prowse’s well-taken strike brought West Ham level nine minutes after the break, before Tomas Soucek’s thumping volley and young substitute George Earthy’s first Hammers goal sealed the comeback.

James Ward-Prowse equalises for West Ham against Luton

Image: James Ward-Prowse equalises for West Ham against Luton

As a result, Luton’s demotion from the Premier League will now be mathematically confirmed if Nottingham Forest get a point at home to Chelsea in Saturday’s late game, while West Ham can still finish as high as seventh in the table if other results go their way between now and the end of the season.

Player ratings

West Ham: Areola (6), Coufal (6), Zouma (6), Ogbonna (6), Emerson (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Soucek (6), Bowen (9), Paqueta (6), Kudus (7), Antonio (7)

Subs: Cresswell (6), Ings (6) , Earthy (7), Casey (6)

Luton: Kaminski (8), Burke (6), Mengi (6), Osho (6), Onyedinma (6), Sambi Lokonga (6), Barkley (6), Doughty (8), Morris (6), Chong (7), Adebayo (7)

Subs: Ogbene (6), Berry (6), Woodrow (6), Mpanzu, Clark (6)

Player of the match: Jarrod Bowen

How West Ham gave Moyes a winning farewell to break Luton hearts

Luton knew they needed a miracle to stay up, with two wins from their final two Premier League games still probably not enough to stop them being relegated straight back to the Championship, but Rob Edwards’ side still gave it a good go at the London Stadium,

Substitute George Earthy celebrates after scoring West Ham's third goal against Luton

Image: Substitute George Earthy celebrates after scoring West Ham’s third goal against Luton

The visitors started the better of the two teams, taking a deserved lead when Sambi Lokonga, in space in the box, stooped to head in Alfie Doughty’s lovely curled cross from the left.

That sixth-minute opener kicked the Hammers into life, with Jarrod Bowen hitting the outside of a post, but the visitors still led at the break, with dreams of an unlikely survival bid still alive.

However, it was all West Ham in the second period as the home side deservedly got on level terms just nine minutes after the break as Ward-Prowse’s low drive found the bottom corner after fine approach play from Bowen.

Team news

David Moyes made just the one alteration as James Ward-Prowse is recalled in midfield in place of the benched Edson Alvarez.

As for the visitors, Luton were unchanged from the team that drew 1-1 at home to Everton last Friday.

The turnaround was then completed as first Soucek volleyed West Ham ahead when Luton failed to clear a corner, before the icing on the cake was provided by Earthy, 19, who scored his first goal for the club with his first touch 67 seconds after coming on, tapping home from close range after Mohammed Kudus’ driving run to the right byline and pull back.

Albert Sambi Lokonga celebrates after scoring Luton's opening goal at West Ham

Image: Albert Sambi Lokonga celebrates after scoring Luton’s opening goal at West Ham

Moyes was then given a rousing reception from the home faithful as West Ham’s players and their families enjoyed an end-of-season lap of honour, while a tearful Edwards and his Luton players were also applauded from the field by their own fans.

Hammers back to winning ways for Moyes’s farewell – Opta stats

  • West Ham picked up just their second Premier League win across their last 10 games (D4 L4), whilst David Moyes has now won 11 of his last 14 final home games of a league campaign (D2 L1).
  • Luton have lost five Premier League games despite leading at half-time this season, the most ever by a team in a single campaign.
  • Excluding the first Premier League campaign in 1992-93, Luton Town (50) are one of four teams to score 50+ goals in their debut season in the competition after Newcastle in 1993-94 (82), Reading in 2006-07 (52) and Blackpool in 2010-11 (55). However, only Swindon in 1993-94 (100), Barnsley in 1997-98 (82) and Burnley in 2009-10 (82) have conceded more in their debut season than the Hatters (81).
  • Only Jarrod Bowen (16) has scored more Premier League goals for West Ham United this season than James Ward-Prowse (7) whilst since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign, Phil Foden (46) is the only English midfielder to score more goals than the West Ham man (34) in the competition.

Twitter This content is provided by Twitter, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable Twitter cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via the Privacy Options. Unfortunately we have been unable to verify if you have consented to Twitter cookies. To view this content you can use the button below to allow Twitter cookies for this session only.

What’s next?

The Premier League’s final day will take place on Sunday May 19 with all games kicking off at 4pm. West Ham face Man City, while Luton take on Fulham.

How to book Fury vs Usyk on Sky Sports Box Office

Fury vs Usyk

It’s one of the biggest sporting events in a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk collide for the undisputed world heavyweight championship on Saturday May 18, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Book the fight now

Share This Article
Leave a comment