West Ham are looking for their ninth Premier League home win over Chelsea on Sunday.
To get you in the mood for that game, we’ve looked at matches of yesteryear and picked out a classic strike.
This one’s from 2001, when a young Michael Carrick opened the scoring in a 2-1 victory; long before he was a multiple Premier League and one-time Champions League winner. Enjoy…
Just as Manuel Pellegrini does this weekend, Glenn Roeder went into this one hoping that a win the previous week (for 2018 Everton, read 2001 Southampton) could provide the springboard to recover from a poor start to the season.
As well as Carrick, Roeder could call on the likes of Fredi Kanoute, Trevor Sinclair and Paulo di Canio. Visiting manager Claudio Ranieri had now Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic alongside former Hammer Frank Lampard in midfield.
The goal came just five minutes into the game, but Roeder’s men had already enjoyed a let-off; World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit should have scored with a free header, but his ability to watch the flight of the ball was impaired by Lampard flinging himself at it.
As Hislop’s goal-kick dropped from the sky, Carrick was stationed in a more advanced position than we grew accustomed to seeing him in his later career; he was pushed right on, looking for the second ball.
Sinclair expertly won the header, flicking the ball into di Canio. The Italian maverick instantly killed the ball dead, making a yard of space; which he used to return the ball to Sinclair.
The wideman laid the ball back first-time to the onrushing Carrick, who had evaded the attentions of Petit.
With the composure that became the Geordie’s trademark, he steadied himself before placing the ball beyond Mar Bosnich’s reach – in off the post – to hand West Ham the perfect start.
Kanoute made it 2-0 eight minutes later and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s strike was unable to inspire a fightback. Something similar on Sunday would go down a treat…