Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bolton 2 West Ham 1

West Ham started quite brightly but were undone by three minutes of bad defending and bad luck. In the 9th minute Collison gave a foul away, a few yards outside the West Ham area and central to the goal. From the free-kick Taylor curled the ball away from Green and into the top right of the goal.

A minute after that and Davies slid in between Upson and Collins, to meet a cross, beating both to the ball to get Bolton's second goal from 8 yards. Another minute later and Collins was forced off the field with what could be a knee or hamstring injury.

In the 38th minute West Ham had a glorious effort to pull one back when Noble played Di Michele clear on goal but from six yards out, and just the goalie to beat, Di Michele sent the ball high and wide. In the minutes leading up to half time West Ham piled some pressure on the Bolton goal but never looked like scoring.

At the start of the second half West Ham won a corner. From the corner Tomkins headed goalwards from 7 yards, the ball flew at Cole who flicked the ball on from 3 yards only for Taylor to head over on the goal-line.

In the 61st minute Savio came on for Collinson. Then in the 65th minute Parker drove forward, passed to Cole on the edge of the area. Cole's touch was heavy and the ball rolled out to the right wing. Spector ran onto the ball and crossed the ball low into the area. Parker, still driving forward, ran into the six yard box and drove the ball home.

In the 74th minute Parker seemed to be pushed over in the box but managed to still chest the ball to Di Michele, Di Michele dribbled past Jaaskelainen and shot, only for Cahill to clear the ball off the line. In the 82nd minute Parker passed to Behrami in the box but his 10 yard shot was easily saved.

In the 89th minute the ball fell to Sears just outside the box and he turned and shot first time. However his shot was easily saved. and that was about it.

I think Bolton had two shots (and two attempted passes) in the whole game whereas West Ham must have had about 13-15 shots. Which tells its own story. Hopefully Zola will have the team in banjo and barn door training for the next two days.


At 6:19 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Di him to death but come on.

Credit to Bolton though, their pressure panicked the boys at times.

And I didn't like the nonsense foul calls for running up the back of the Bolton players. It got to the point where they would sit under the ball and then fall the second anyone came up behind them. It slowed the game, which was good and fast paced.

Disappointing though, I thought the hammers would find a way.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Brandon said...

Thanks for the recap.. I didn't make it to the pub that shows EPL matches here (9:00AM).

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

di michele was once again shite like last week..decent player but his finishing is awful


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