Saturday, March 01, 2008

Snodin Defends West Ham Boss

West Ham coach Glynn Snodin has defended Alan Curbishley against accusations that he is encouraging dull football at the club.

"We know what the West Ham punters want. They have been entertained for years and have had great players here and we want to give them that, of course we do.

"While I have every sympathy for the fans who want to see us playing open, attractive football I hope they understand that the majority of flair players brought into the club since last season have been long-term injury victims.

"Surely none of the supporters would want us to go through what happened last season when the club saved themselves with that amazing late run?

"At least now we are hard to beat and while players like Dean Ashton, Bobby Zamora, Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy have been out long term, we have made sure that we are no easy touch and are at least completely safe.

"No-one criticised Jose Mourinho at Chelsea when they reeled off 15 1-0 wins in a season to be Premier League champions.

"It's nonsense to suggest Curbs is trying to recreate the Charlton set-up at West Ham. We all know this is a bigger club with bigger ambitions and we'd far rather win 4-3 every week."


At 7:43 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

i think Snodin s comments make sense and are accurate,although the manner of the defeat to chelsea will only serve to increase claims of negativity against curbishley,unfortunately.

playing at home ,against a side as difficult to break down as chelsea,i wud have preferred to have seen us begin the match with a more adventurous formation. at around the 35th minute we were handed a lifeline with lampard s sending off,but curbishley was very slow to seize that chance, both in terms of player selection and the system we were playing.

over the course of this season, i don t think curbishley has been overly negative,especially with the loss of dyer,bellamy,zamora and others. But in the fixture against chelsea ,we were a bit negative, and that contributed somewhat to the price we paid.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In March 2006, Fulham defeated Chelsea 1–0 in a Premiership game in which Fulham manager Chris Coleman's tactics centred on bypassing Makélélé on the wings when Fulham had possession and putting midfielders on Makélélé when Chelsea were in possession. With Makélélé struggling to function effectively, Chelsea lost the game. Coleman later explained that Makélélé was more than a mere defensive midfielder, but was actually Chelsea's deep-lying playmaker, and Chelsea's attacks were channelled through him. Thus, denying him possession was instrumental in unravelling Chelsea.


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