Saturday, December 15, 2007

West Ham's Home Game Blues

West Ham have won just two games at home this season in the league whilst winning twice as many on the road. Robert Green blames the results on West Ham's style of play,

“At the moment, our style of play suits us away from home. We have the players to exploit the space and hit teams on the counter attack," said the West Ham keeper.

"At home, you can’t do that. We have found we need that much more quality on the ball."

Matthew Upson on the other hand seems to think West Ham's home form is due to the players being too tense,

"We haven't played consistently well enough for 90 minutes at home all season. We need to relax a bit more - we've been talking about this since the first three or four games - and play with kind of freedom that we play with away from home.

"We play quite open, attacking football. We're not afraid to get it down and pass it. At home, maybe we clam up a little bit, especially after we go a goal up. The only thing I can think of is that it's a more mental and psychological thing than anything else."

West Ham should be aided in looking for only their third home win in the league by the fitness of striker Carlton Cole. On the official site Alan Curbishley has some positive news regarding Cole's injury,

"Carlton Cole has been training the last couple of days so he has recovered fine from the slight problem he had after the match."

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