Nacer Chadli picked up two goals and two assists as West Bromwich Albion took a 4-2 win over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Chadli, who joined the Baggies late in the transfer window for a club-record fee of £13 million from Tottenham, opened up the scoring with his first goal for the club in the 8th minute from the penalty spot. The Belgian international then provided the assist to Salomon Rondon who made it 2-0 in the 37th minute. He also picked up the assist for James McClean’s 3-0 goal right before halftime.
Chadli then made it 4-0 in the 56th minute. West Ham came back within two after goals by Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini in the 61st and 65th minute. It was the first time in almost two years that WBA scored four goals in a Premier League game. Last time the Baggies put up four goals was in the 4-0 win over Burnley back in late September 2014.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted that he was furious after the final whistle.
“I was angry, disappointed and felt all sorts of emotions – their first goal was totally unnecessary, and the fourth one…” Bilic said. “We can’t plan for individual mistakes, but some of them were collective and they created the chance after eight or ten seconds of the game, and that’s what I’m talking about.
“I don’t want to say ‘We’re unlucky’, but we were also unlucky and when it rains, it pours. It’s up to us and we’re letting it happen too much.
“We are playing a little bit slowly, and this wasn’t the first time. We are playing from one side to the other side and letting the opponent get quickly behind the ball and rest for the next situation and hit us on the break, like they did early in the second half.”