Saturday, November 28, 2009

West Ham 5 Burnley 3

West Ham started with Gabbidon in for the injured Upson and Ilunga back at left back. Kovac and Parker started in midfield with Franco once again partnering Cole up front.

Burnley started the brighter of the two sides and forced a succession of early corners and in the 5th minute Bikey forced Green to save at his near post with a shot from 8 yards. Four minutes later and Parker was forced to clear off the line from a seven yard header.

In the 17th minute Parker was fouled just inside the Burnley half. Parker quickly took the freekick, catching the Burnley defence napping and sending Collison free. Collison brought the box into the penalty area and calmly slotted the ball home from 10 yards.

In the 33rd minute Franco played a neat ball inside the defence from the edge of the penalty area to Stanilas. Stanilas only had to beat the keeper from seven yards but his shot hit Jensen in goal. The ball rebounded out to Stanilas and from a tighter angle Stanilas slotted home West Ham's second.

In the 41st minute West Ham made it 3-0. Collison disected the defence with a lovely pass for Spector. Spector charged into the penalty area and was pulled down. The ref gave the penalty and from the spot Cole side footed the ball home.

Cole was taken off at half-time and replaced with Hines. In the 50th minute West Ham won a freekick on the right wing. Stanilas fired in the freekick and Franco got his head to the ball to get West Ham's fourth goal from seven yards.

In the 59th minute Jimenez replaced Franco. Three minutes later and Parker passed to Jimenez in the box, Jimenez just got to the ball before Jensen who then took Jimenez down for another West Ham penalty. Jimenez scored from the spot.

With five goals in the bag West Ham should have then coasted home but Jimenez and Hines up front were unable to keep the ball as well as Franco and Cole had done and the rest of the half largely belonged to Burnley.

In the 67th minute Eagles crossed from the left of the area low across the goal and Fletcher ran in on the far post and slotted home from 5 yards out. In the 74th minute Eagles and Fletcher combined again in a similar fashion to make it 5-2.

In the 86th minute Hines was taken down in the Burnley area but this time the ref didn't give the penalty. However in the 91st minute Hines and Caldwell both found themselves chasing down a long ball forward and Caldwell took down Hines just outside the Burnley area. Caldwell was sent off. Stanilas then fired the freekick into the wall.

In the 94th minute Eagles got Burnley's third when he slotted home a cross from the right wing by Mears from seven yards.

So in the end what should have been an easy win for West Ham was a little nervy in the second half, but a win is a win, and this was a must win.


At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why the fudge do we not have the brains to keep it tight and see out a 5-0 lead. Lucky we had them 2 pens.

At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. 3 points it may be,but it is an absolute disgrace. At 3-0 up against anybody ,it shud be GAME OVER,and at 5-0 it doesn't even bearthinking about.

Instead,we take what should have been a confidence boosting win and turn it into something deflating. The fact that Upson ,Behrami and Diamanti were unavailable is no excuse. Nor is the fact that Cole , Franco and Collison were taken off early. Kovac in particular was poor. He did little to help the cause,whereas Parker did everything. Why did we waste money on the transfer fee and wages of Kovac. Another Icelandic funk-up.

Finally ,the managers,not for the first time,are also to blame. How difficult is it at 5-0,or even 3-0 ,with just 20 minutes to go, to just shut up shop and put 11 men behind the ball? And if Chris Eagles is giving our defense a hard time, how much brains does it take to give our right back some extra support in containing him? Faubert isn't my favorite ,but if he has the pace to cope with Eagles,then why wait so long to bring him on?

And what excuse is there for conceding a third goal in stoppage time,when Burnley were down to ten men?
It is an absolute disgrace ,and is typical of what has made following this club,at home in particular an absolute misery this season. One home game that supporters can say they honestly enjoyed this season, and that only due to the last gasp winner against Villa. Even Hines looked sub-par when he came on.

Goal difference matters. And we funked it up . AGAIN. Wake up Icelanpricks ,and see what damage you have done. And wake up Zola and Clarke,and eliminate the conceding of soft goals - or this club will be in the Championship ,and you two will most certainly not be managing anywhere in the Premiership. Stop poncing about ,and start getting proper results,not hanging on for dear life every time we go on pitch.

At 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

calm down i think we done what we needed to do after the 5th goal went in we never looked like losing it ok its frustrating that we didn't cruise to victory but honestly would you rather our players work to the bone or just relax for the last bit and sit back to conserve themselves for next week as that will be a much harder game

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ oh my god

At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we won the game, lets be happy eh?! the team know they shouldn't have conceded after going five nil up. lets enjoy it anyway, five goals from five different players! happy days.

At 1:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, just enjoy , as we won the game. 3 points is the important. Prayfully the game we could dig some result.

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over it , this is West Ham , this is what we do , I guess you blokes have not being going for very long if you are shocked by what happened ! ... We Won enjoy it, god its not a daily even

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea where Berhami was. NO mention of injury? Concerned he was in Italy!!!


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