West Ham United fought back from having conceded an early goal to emerge as 3-1 winners over struggling Fulham at the London Stadium on Friday.
Goals from Javier Hernandez, Issa Diop and Michail Antonio cancelled out Ryan Babel’s opening strike. Whilst the Hammers generally performed well and deserved all three points, Manuel Pellegrini will be concerned by how poorly his side defended in the opening exchanges. Plenty of poor marking led to Babel’s goal, but centre-back Angelo Ogbonna was particularly culpable for failing to track his man.
However, after this early error, the 30-year-old proceeded to produce an assured, disciplined performance. With Fabian Balbuena still out with injury, the 13-cap Italy international has been handed a run in the starting XI in east London and is generally impressing. When Balbuena returns to full fitness he may even find it a struggle to get straight back into the team.
After the match on Friday, plenty of Irons fans took to Twitter to discuss Ogbonna’s contribution…
Playing so well Angelo
— AJ (@apantwan) 22 February 2019
Playing Well Angelo,
— Billy (@BRIDGER88) 23 February 2019
Excellent performance. Your playing well. Keep it up.
— JH (@E6Jack) 22 February 2019
Any reason why you let Babel run past you? His 6ft with a red head how do you miss that!
— Ian Baloo (@baloocifer) 23 February 2019
Ogbonna has been very good, Balbuena was excellent!
— Tim Ford (@TimCratchett) 23 February 2019
@ExWHUemployee dp@you think Balbuena should come straight back into the side? Ogbonna has really stepped up and fought for his place recently.
— COYI FC (@8900Whu) 22 February 2019
Ogbonna has been playing really well lately imo
— The West Hammer (@usawhu) 23 February 2019
Arnie!!! Still not convinced his head is in the right place but he needs to start. Cant wait to have Balbuena back as Ogbonna always has a mistake in him like not tracking Babel for the first goal. And….Breathe!!!
— Chris Taylor (@Joejack01) 23 February 2019