Pablo Fornals sends warning to West Ham’s top-four rivals after brilliant Liverpool win

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Pablo Fornals has said West Ham can be a match for anyone following their 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The win took the Hammers above Liverpool in the league table and up to third spot, level on points with third-placed Manchester City.

With almost a third of the season gone Fornals was not ready to make any grand claims about how far West Ham can go but admitted if his team work as hard against every team as they did versus Liverpool they will be in good stead.

“I don’t know about a match but I am really confident we can fight against everyone,” he said. “We did it against one of the best teams in the league and Europe and why not do it against the other ones.”

Fornals would not be drawn onto whether West Ham will finish in the top four with the Spaniard replying: “I don’t know. It is too early for saying where we are going to be at the end of the season but I can just say that working like we did today, it’s going to be difficult for everyone to beat us.”

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After Fornals’ dangerous corner was punched into his own net by Allison Liverpool dominated much of the remainder of the first half and eventually equalised through Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick.

Fornals said his team were not intentionally playing in a defensive manner but that was how the first-half panned out due to the quality of their opponent.

“I don’t think we played conservative [in the first half],” he added. “We just knew they are a great team, this is how we are playing for the whole season and not just today – being compact and trying to run.”

Fornals was credited with an assist for the first goal – despite his and Kurt Zouma’s attempts to claim it for the Spaniard post-match – before giving the Hammers a 2-1 lead in the second half after a fine counter-attacking goal.

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As Fornals said the Hammers were compact and then ran, and they did so with great purpose and pace with his goal coming from a quick incisive move. Craig Dawson won possession before Declan Rice flicked it onto the Spaniard who played it to Bowen. The wide man then ran with purpose at the backline before sliding in Fornals who did the rest.

It was the perfect example of the Hammers’ attacking threat against a team dominating possession. The third and eventual winning goal came from another area of great West Ham strength, set-pieces. Bowen was instrumental again with a deep corner that found Zouma free at the back-post and the big centre-back did the rest nodding beyond the despairing Allison to cap a fine evening for those in claret and blue.

Fornals summed it up perfectly when reflecting on the win: “We are a big team at set pieces and that’s what we did.”

Source by Football London

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