Andriy Yarmolenko went from hero one week to villain the next for West Ham last month.

On his first Premier League start, at Goodison Park, the Ukrainian wideman’s two goals secured a much-needed victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s men after the international break.

The following Sunday, the Hammers were presented with an enormous chance to wreck Chelsea’s then-100 per cent record at the London Stadium.

A header from point-black range which would have transformed 0-0 into 1-0; one point into three, came Yarmolenko’s way.

Riding high from his performance and strikes the week before, he should have been confident enough to nod home. His two finishes at Everton were harder. But his header went wide of Kepa’s goal and the opportunity was lost.


Speaks Volumes

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Yarmolenko’s reaction speaks volumes about the team spirit at the club right now. Firstly, Mark Noble was among the players to give him a gentle ribbing at training the next day.

There was no Monday animosity or blame; but a mocked-up image of Yarmolenko with a box for a head plastered around, all over his locker, to boot.

Now, the winger himself has had his say on the miss. He explains he found the players’ reaction funny and accepts the responsibility for fluffing his lines.

In his own words

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Speaking about the players’ reaction to his miss, he told the club’s official website: “I thought it was funny! But of course I wish I had scored, so having this picture taking the mickey out of me was my fault.

“I hope I score next time and they can put this photo on my place instead! From the first day here, I felt I was part of a big family. It’s a friendly club and everybody is friendly and jokes with you and I feel really happy.”

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