Wednesday, February 29, 2012

West Ham - Scoop It

West Ham Scoop It

Regular readers will have noticed that I've been posting less and less to Hammered. I still find myself scouring websites for the latest West Ham news every day but have found myself less and less bothered about posting the news on Hammered.

From now on I'm going to use Scoop It instead. This allows me to quickly post links to interesting stories I find about West Ham without having to bother with rewriting the main points for this blog.

So check out West Ham Scoop It and, if you like it, add it to your West Ham bookmarks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Green Only Faces One Match Ban

The FA say that Robert Green only has to undergo a one match ban for his red card in yesterday's game.

The FA's Suspension List says he will miss one game, which means he won't be available for this Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blackpool 1 West Ham 4

West Ham were all over Blackpool in the first half. It looked like West Ham would head into the half-time break two goals to the good after goals from Tomkins and Maynard. However a late goal from Philips gave Blackpool some hope that they might be able to turn it around in the second half.

In the 52nd minute it did look like West Ham had thrown the game away with their third sending off in three games. Green rushed out of his area and clattered into Bednar. He was the last man and the ref duly showed him a red card. Lansbury came off the bench and took over in goal.

Blackpool then dominated the possession but West Ham defended resolutely and were very effective on the break. Despite being a player down and with a midfielder in goal they managed to grab another couple of goals. O'Neil got on the score sheet first before Vaz Te got a deserved goal in the 90th minute.

West Ham go back top. The January acquisitions seem to have really worked for West Ham and they are beginning to look like a team that should go on and win this league. Unfortunately they now face three games without Green in goal.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

West Ham's Ten Men 2 Millwall 1

Referee Mike Jones had two big decisions to make in this game. He got the first one right, sending off Nolan in the 9th minute for a dangerous two footed challenge. Luckily for West Ham, however, he got the second one wrong when Faubert clearly fouled the Millwall keeper in the build up to West Ham's second goal.

A high ball into the area in the 68th minute forced Forde to jump and punch the ball clear. Whilst in the air Faubert ran into the keeper and sent him sprawling. The ref allowed play to continue and Reid pounced on Forde's clearance and blasted the ball into the back of the net from just outside the area.

In the first ten minutes Millwall looked the better of the two teams, however, after Nolan's dismissal, West Ham actually began to have the better of the play. Noble and Faubert, in particular were immense. Noble seemed to be everywhere, picking up the ball in midfield and invariably finding his team mates with his distribution.

On the right wing Faubert's pace caused the Millwall defence no end of trouble. With seconds to go in the first half West Ham's drive was rewarded when Carlton Cole showed impressive strength to beat the Millwall defence to a flicked on Noble freekick and head home from close range. Cole looked second best to get to the ball but he shrugged off his marker and managed to loop the ball over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Millwall did well to get back into the game when in the 66th minute Faye seemed to have won the ball in his own area, only for Henderson to nick it off his toes on the byline and hook the ball back into play. The knocked back ball sat up nicely for Trotter who fired in from about ten yards out.

Millwall's parity didn't last long as in less than a minute Reid managed to grab his controversial winning goal. West Ham won't be complaining though and this result was exactly what the club needed to bounce straight back after a heavy midweek defeat.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Three In

It seems that West Ham have completed their final transfer day business with the signing of:

Nicky Maynard (from Bristol City - rumoured to have cost around £2.5 million)
Ricardo Vaz Te (from Barnsley - rumoured to be about £750,000)
Ravel Morrison (from Man Utd - rumoured to be an initial £650,000 fee that could rise to £2m depending on conditions)

Nicky Maynard, aged 25, scored 46 goals in 131 appearances for Bristol City after joining the club in 2008.

Striker Vaz Te, aged 25, has scored ten goals for Barnsley in 22 appearances this season.

The Guardian are reporting that Morrison's salary will start at around £12,000 a week with this possibly increasing to as much as £65,000. The paper claim the £65,000 wage will only be reached if West Ham gain promotion and remain in the Premier League and also depends on the number of his starts for the club.

Morrison Signs

Hopefully this news should cheer you up after tonight's awful performance.

West Ham have signed highly rated midfielder Ravel Morrison on a three and half year contract for an undisclosed fee. Morrison is widely reported to be one of the best young players to have come through at Manchester United since Paul Scholes.

The player has had his fair share of off the pitch problems, which may be why Man Utd have let the player leave at this stage of his career. Hopefully we will see more of the creative side of Morrison (which West Ham desperately need) and less of his destructive behaviour off the pitch.

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Ze Eduardo

It seems West Ham may have finally secured a striker in this transfer window. Brazilian striker Ze Eduardo is widely reported to be travelling to the UK today for a medical and then to sign on loan with West Ham for the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old forward currently plays for Italian side Genoa. The striker only joined Genoa four months ago and he is yet to score for the Serie A side. Eduardo did score 10 goals in 29 appearances for Brazilian side Santos in the 2010-2011 season.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Matt Taylor Returns from Injury

Matt Taylor played in West Ham's Development Squad game against Gillingham yesterday. Guy Demel and new signing George John also both featured in the 1-1 draw.

The West Ham official website says that George John "was the star of the show ... looking calm in possession, strong in the tackle, quick to anticipate danger and generally assured on his first appearance in a claret and blue shirt."

John even managed to get his name on the score-sheet netting West Ham's only goal with a 'superb volley' from a Taylor corner.

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