Saturday, February 10, 2007

West Ham 0 Watford 1

West Ham have had some bad luck with referees' decisions in recent games but some times you have to make your own luck. In the first half of this game the West Ham players conspired to make all the luck bad.

As early as the tenth minute Anton Ferdinand pulled on Darius Henderson's shoulder when he was going nowhere to give away a penalty to Watford. Henderson took the penalty himself to make it 1-0.

In response West Ham started to show some urgency and carved out a couple of chances whilst still looking unsure at the back. Bobby Zamora should have scored a sitter from six yards but missed the left hand post.

In the 32nd minute the rushed back into action Neill was rushed off the field injured to be replaced by Spector. Zamora then had another chance when he nicked the ball off Foster in goal only for the linesman to deem he had fouled the keeper. On the verge of half time Benayoun had a good shot which was saved by Foster and within minutes Malky Mackay headed over with Green out of position

Another average performance from the Hammers.

Curbishley replaced Zamora for Tevez in the second half and the Argentinian gave West Ham a bit more energy and guile. In the 57th minute Reo-Coker was brought down by Mahon in the penalty box for a West Ham penalty. However there was a real sense of inevitability about Harewood's miss right of the goal.

After that, bar Tevez, the West Ham players seemed to resign themselves to life in the fizzy pop and gave up on their season.

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