Sunday, October 21, 2007

West Ham 3 Sunderland 1

West Ham at home to a team fighting against relegation looked second best for much of the game. Sunderland played with five in midfield and only one player up front, however Sunderland's one striker made monkeys out of West Ham's back four.

Kenwyne Jones had the advantage over Upson and Gabbidon in the air and looked to have them beat on the ground as well. West Ham have always struggled at the ugly part of the game and it took West Ham until the hour mark, which was eight minutes after Jones had scored, for West Ham to put the Sunderland striker on the floor. A side managed by Curbishley is always likely to struggle creatively but you would expect them to get stuck in a little more and let a lone striker know he would have to fight for the ball.

On the positive front Cole opened the scoring well for West Ham, Solano looked good when he came on and Bellamy showed that his recent absences have not affected his scoring touch.

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