David Moyes leads West Ham to Molineux on Monday as the Irons attempt to complete a league double over Wolves for the first time in 99 years.
Molineux hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Hammers recently. You’d have to go back to 2009 for the last away win there. Since then we’ve been unsuccessful, and have lost on our last three trips.
There is definitely a reason to be confident for Monday, though. We’re easily having our best season since moving to the London Stadium in 2016. As well as that, we thrashed Wolves 4-0 in the reverse tie in September.
But what did it take for us to overthrow Wolves on their own patch last time? West Ham Zone have decided to look back on the 2-0 victory back in 2009.
Gianfranco Zola’s West Ham side travelled to Molineux on the opening day of the 2009/10 Premier League campaign. The Hammers had finished 9th the year before after a strong season under Zola and didn’t take long to get going again.
Mark Noble gave us the lead after 22 minutes with an excellent strike. Carlton Cole had drifted wide to the left and picked out Noble just outside the box. The Englishman finished with the outside of his boot, curling an effort past Wayne Hennessey.
Cole nearly gave the Hammers a second before half time. His effort was denied by Hennessey, and the follow up from Kieron Dyer was cleared off the line by Jody Craddock.
West Ham put the game beyond Wolves in the second half. England international centre-half Matthew Upson headed home on 69 minutes, and just like that the Hammers went joint top of the Premier League.
We dominated on the day, having 13 attempts on target at the Wolves goal. The newly-promoted side were still coming to terms with the Premier League and went on to beat us 3-1 in the reverse clash at Upton Park.
We’re hoping to pick up our first league win at Molineux since 2009 on Monday evening. The players should be well up for the challenge, a fair few have been rested for the past couple of weeks.
The likes of Jesse Lingard, Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice have all been excellent for their countries during the break. Hopefully, they can carry their form into the Premier League clash for the Hammers.
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