Yoane Wissa scores last breath winner as Brentford stuns West Ham at London Stadium
Yoane Wissa hit home a timeout winner as Brentford took down West Ham 2-1 at London Stadium.
The Bees edged their opponents in the Premier League table, thanks to the last strike from DR Congo striker Wissa.
Jarrod Bowen believed he drew the Hammers with his first goal in 15 Premier League games with 10 minutes remaining, but substitute Wissa exploded in the net after the hosts failed to clear a free kick by Mathias Jensen.
Bowen’s low result canceled Bryan Mbeumo’s first game for the Bees and nearly snatched a point from West Ham.
But then Lukasz Fabianski parried Pontus Jansson’s header on Jensen’s whipped free kick, and Wissa rushed for the ball to deliver the fatal blow.
West Ham paid the price for a slew of missed opportunities and sloppy build-up, but the visitors again impressed as they continued their strong start to their first Premier League campaign.
Brentford could have scored two fewer goals within minutes of kick-off, and Mbeumo should have buried at least one of his two chances.
The French first hit the bar with a good curling effort after a corner, then he took off from a Rico Henry cross.
West Ham ignored the warning signs, but was once again pardoned when Ivan Toney’s weak volley was carefully saved by Fabianski.
A pleasantly open game saw West Ham gain a foothold thanks to a neat passage between the lines, and only a heavy touch kept Michail Antonio from aiming for the goal.
Kurt Zouma nodded just off Aaron Cresswell’s corner as the hosts continued to press, but any parity proved short-lived for the Hammers.
Toney’s defensive pass sent Sergi Canos on goal, and his angled shot forced a loose save from Fabianski.
Mbeumo was not only the first on the rebound but also slid the ball just over the line.
Fabianski almost recovered, but couldn’t make contact with the ball until he had fully crossed the line.
West Ham’s best-worked moves always ended in a disappointing final ball, leaving boss David Moyes undoubtedly frustrated as several tactical tricks had completely unchecked the visitors’ setup.
Henry touched the ball with Bowen’s foot just as the Hammers forward looked ready to pull the trigger, Said Benrahma curled 18 yards under little pressure and Pablo Fornals lost a great opportunity with a bad center.
Toney outsmarted Zouma, leaving the former Chelsea defender dead before making a foul that earned the France international a well-deserved warning.
West Ham started strong after the break, with the hosts pushing hard to equalize.
However, Bowen’s heavy touch took him too wide for a one-on-one with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, wasting another promising opening.
The former hitman from Hull then pushed back a glorious opportunity, walking away at close range after a neat cross from Vladimir Coufal.
Fornals threw Antonio’s cross towards goal as West Ham continued to dominate, only for Henry to summon a superb block.
However, the home side failed to turn many promises into something tangible, losing momentum by the hour mark and struggling to regain ascendancy.
Just as West Ham started to sweat on a road back in the contest, Bowen popped up with a precise low strike to nestle in Brentford’s net.
The hosts thought they got a point, but there had to be another twist, with Wissa propelling the house in style – blowing Moyes’ men and sending visitors home with all three points.