Curbs 3 West Ham Fans 1
The chants of "You don't know what you are doing" and the boos at the end of the game receive more column inches today than the action on the pitch. On the whole West Ham manager Alan Curbishley seems to have impressed the papers more than the fans.
The Express notice that West Ham were forced to make seven changes from the last game and it took "time to settle down - but they finally gelled well enough". They say that although "Curbishley was verbally abused ... when he replaced Freddie Sears with Carlton Cole ... he was vindicated two minutes later when Cole finished off a run and cross by Freddie Ljungberg."
The Daily Mail say that at "the final whistle, the East Enders greeted victory with a cacophony of boos, clearly rating narrow victory against relegated Derby as disgraceful." The Mail also say that "Slaven Bilic, the Croatia manager, is being tipped in his own country to take over at Upton Park next season".
The Telegraph clearly feel the fans were unjust in their treatment of Alan Curbishley, "West Ham fans appear to be a breed apart in terms of expectations." They also say that his decision to bring on Cole for Sears was "vindicated as Cole knocked home Freddy Ljungberg's cross." The paper says that there "was no excuse for the way the fans turned against the players at the final whistle. West Ham have suffered more injuries than any other Premier League side this season. Indeed, not once has Curbishley been able to field the same 11 twice in succession."
The Independent thought that West Ham's win was due "in no small part to the second-half substitution by manager Alan Curbishley, who was booed when he replaced Freddie Sears with Carlton Cole late in the day."
I make that three papers in support of Curbishley versus The Daily Mail's almost inevitable stirring of the pot.