One of the things that makes football the “beautiful game” is its ability to shock and inspire you at any given moment. Even when a game seems beyond all hope, a side can find something from deep within to fight back and defy the odds. In this article, we will have a look at some of the best West Ham United comebacks ever.
Here are the 5 best West Ham United comebacks –
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5. West Brom 3-3 West Ham [February 2011]
Visitors West Ham produced a gutsy second-half comeback to deny relegation rivals West Brom in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
West Brom deservedly extended their lead to 3-0 shortly before half time when Dorrans’ free kick flew into the back of Robert Green’s net with the help of a touch from Hammers defender Winston Reid.
But West Ham looked a totally different proposition after the break. Demba Ba netted his first goal in English football to start the comeback before Carlton Cole bundled home the second.
And the surprise fightback was completed when Ba smashed home the equaliser seven minutes from time.
4. West Ham 3-2 Sunderland [December 2003]
Jermain Defoe helped spare West Ham manager Alan Pardew’s blushes as his two goals helped the Hammers come back from 2-0 down to beat Sunderland at Upton Park.
West Ham were a shambolic rabble in the first half, allowing Jason McAteer and John Oster to give Sunderland a comfortable half-time cushion.
But then Defoe, who had earlier hit a post, scored from close-range after Poom had spilled substitute Brian Deane’s header.
Defoe then fired home on the turn from Matthew Etherington’s centre for his 13th goal of the season.
And when Pearce capitalised on a Kevin Horlock free-kick which rebounded off the far post to stab home the winner with 10 minutes remaining, the home fans in the 30,329 crowd erupted.
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3. Everton 2-3 West Ham [March 2016]
Dimitri Payet’s 90th-minute winner completed a stunning late West Ham comeback against 10-man Everton.
Everton had burst into a two-goal lead when Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon scored either side of what was to prove a costly red card to Kevin Mirallas.
It looked as though the home side would cope with that setback and they should have ended the match as a contest with a penalty 20 minutes from time, but Lukaku saw his effort saved by Adrian.
Instead, West Ham took that as their cue for recovery and headed goals from Michail Antonio and substitute Diafra Sakho saw parity restored before Payet converted from close range for all three points.
2. West Ham 3-2 Tottenham [October 2017]
West Ham had got off to the worst possible start at Wembley, conceding after just five minutes as a high defensive line was exploited by Son Heung-min’s pass through to Moussa Sissoko to stroke home.
Dele Alli had a close-range header tipped away by goalkeeper Adrian, but the Tottenham midfielder curled in a deflected second before half-time from the edge of the box following neat build-up play by Son.
Things changed after the break. Striker Andre Ayew netted twice from close range and Angelo Ogbonna nodded in the third from a corner to complete a stunning turnaround.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his side “reacted in the most brilliant way” after coming from two goals down at half-time to beat London rivals Tottenham and reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
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1. West Ham United 5-4 Bradford City [February 2000]
West Ham United triumphed in one of the most remarkable games in both Premier League and Boleyn Ground history, edging out Bradford City by the odd goal in nine in February 2000.
The Hammers came from 4-2 down to score a thrilling 5-4 victory in a match that saw Paolo Di Canio and Academy starlets Joe Cole and Frank Lampard inspire a dramatic late comeback.
Redknapp’s men looked to be down and out when they trailed Bradford 4-2 with 25 minutes left, but the attack-minded Hammers kept pushing forward and they were rewarded for their efforts with all three points.
On 65 minutes, substitute Paul Kitson was fouled inside the penalty area and Lampard prepared to take the spot-kick. However, Di Canio insisted he should take it instead, and an argument ensued before the Italian forward placed the ball and beat Aidan Davison from 12 yards.
Five minutes later, teenage midfielder Cole strengthened his claims for an England call-up when he levelled the scores 20 minutes from the end, firing home after a brilliant solo run before burying himself in the crowd in celebration.
It was left to another Academy product, Lampard, to have the final say, firing home a spectacular winner on 83 minutes to send the Boleyn Ground wild.