David Moyes made a joke about co-owner David Sullivan after West Ham United’s 3-1 win over Fulham at the London Stadium.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic ruled out for Fulham, West Ham were made hot favourites to record back-to-back league wins for the first time in 10 months having beaten Wolves last weekend.

But Fulham have impressed on their return to the Premier League and it was clear to see why as they took an early lead through star player Andreas Pereira.

It was yet another slow start from West Ham and the home crowd were growing restless.

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But Craig Dawson came to the rescue by winning a penalty which Jarrod Bowen put away neatly, sending Bernd Leno the wrong way.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper frustrated Gianluca Scamacca and Bowen with some excellent saves in the first half.

But he could do nothing to stop Scamacca’s delicate and beautifully taken chip in the second half. West Ham’s holy trinity of Declan Rice, Lucas Paqueta and Scamacca combined again – as they did at Anderlecht – and the Italian supplied a divine finishing touch.

After what felt like a three-hour delay while VAR checked for offside and handball, the goal was given much to the anger of Fulham and Marco Silva, who was directing his ire at the officials all game.

Michail Antonio came on as a late substitute and scored the most Antonio goal you will ever see, bundling through like a bull in a china shop, seeing an awful, telegraphed effort saved by Leno before capitalising on a mix-up to finally slide the ball into an unguarded net.

It was another match where the quality of some of West Ham’s summer signings made all the difference.

Not only the combination between record buy Paqueta and £35m Scamacca but also Thilo Kehrer’s consistently excellent displays.

David Moyes makes joke about co-owner David Sullivan after West Ham win over Fulham

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold seriously backed Moyes in the summer with £170m splashed on eight top players.

And when Antonio was coming on to replace Scamacca, stadium announcer Chris Raistrick – who West Ham fans of a certain age will remember from the famous ClubCall line in the 1990s and early 2000s – bellowed ‘what a bench we have’ as our record Premier League goalscorer was replaced by the man who will surely take that crown one day if he sticks around long enough.

The moment was mentioned to the Hammers boss after the game.

And Moyes made a joke about co-owner Sullivan after the West Ham win over Fulham.

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“Did he (the announcer say that)? I think that was David Sullivan, who was the announcer,” Moyes said in his post match presser (Football.London).

“The plan was to strengthen the team, the plan was to try and strengthen to be better than what we’ve been in the past couple of years. To be able to play in Europe, not with a completely different team but have enough players to have a go there and have a real go in the Premier League.

“The club and the board have been fantastic, you can see that they’ve tried to back us. What we’ve just had at the start, trying to bring boys in like Maxwel Cornet. No games, very little training. Gianluca, a little bit. It sounds like excuses and I take that, but it has genuinely been the case.”


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