West Ham are in the mindst of a relegation battle and the East Londoners looked likely to snatch a memorable victory at Anfield but a Fabianski mistake allowed Liverpool a way back into the game.
West Ham threatened to inflict Liverpool’s first league defeat this year on Monday as they led 2-1 midway through the second-half. The Hammers were unlucky not to come away with a point following one of their most united and convincing displays this season.
The Hammers valiant first 65 minutes of play provided Liverpool with an almighty scare before they eventually conceded twice in the last 25. A dreadful error from Lukasz Fabianski allowed Mohamed Salah to level, before Sadio Mane nudged Liverpool to within four wins of their first league title in 30 years.
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James Jones, a life-long West Ham fan, had his say on the hotly criticised Fabianski performance on our West Ham Fans Show, broadcasting Tuesdays from 7pm.
Jones put the 'keepers performance down to misfortune and defended his role within the team as integral. Fabianski has recently returned from a hip injury that forced him to miss a significant chunk of the first half of the season.
"He don't make many mistakes. I can count on one hand how many mistakes he's made over the last 18 months since he's been at the club.”
"Player of the year last year, and we definitely missed him this year. It's just unfortunate that he's made that mistake or two mistakes. I think one absolute howler for Salah's goal. The first one, perhaps he should have had a stronger hand on it. The second one, there was no excuse for it really.”
"But it's not like Roberto where he was making [a mistake] every week. That [mistake] was a complete anomaly for me. He won't make another one again. And it's just frustrating. You can't have a go at him because he's been our best player for two years.”
David Moyes must feel Anfield holds him in a curse - he has never won at Anfield in 16 attempts as a manager with Everton, Manchester United, Sunderland or West Ham.
Despite a display that West Ham can take heart from as their relegation battle continues, discontent remained off the field, with fans protesting against club management throughout.
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