Saturday, October 30, 2010

Arsenal 1 West Ham 0

Upson didn't recover in time for this game but Piquionne did start.

A really good first half from West Ham restricted Arsenal to only two or three clear chances and West Ham even managed to show a bit of threat going forwards. Arsenal's best chance of the half fell to Fabregas only 10 yards out but Green pulled out the save of the season to deny the midfielder.

Arsenal's only other clear chances came in the dying minutes of the half. In the 45th minute Green was forced to save at his feet from a Song 12 yard shot and then tip the ball over the bar in response to a Squillaci header.

In midfield for West Ham Parker did well breaking up the play and Noble looked really effective breaking and passing forward. West Ham's best chance of the half fell to Noble when he broke forward on his own, carrying the ball to 26 yards of the goal and driving the ball goalwards. Unfortunately his shot was straight at Fabianski in goal.

Overall West Ham would have gone into the break pretty pleased with their first half performance.

The second half was nearly all one way traffic with West Ham being forced into some desperate back to the wall defending. In the 53rd minute Nasri fired a freekick in from all of 40 yards that had Green beaten but clipped the bar in going over.

For most of the half West Ham defended really well and Green was pretty outstanding again in goal. In the 68th minute Green saved a Chamakh header from 7 yards. In the 71st minute however Green was well beaten by Walcott after he cut in from the right and fired a shot across goal. The ball however rebounded off the left hand post and back into Green's arms.

In the 83rd minute Green got down well to save a deflected Walcott shot from the edge of the box. In the 85th minute Green again did well to save a 12 yard shot from Fabregas. However in the 88th minute Green could do nothing when Clichy crossed into the box from the left and Song dove in to head home from 4 yards.

All in all it was a pretty good performance from West Ham. There seemed a lot more commitment than in the Newcastle game and a willingness for all eleven players to work for the team.


At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bag of shit another away game where we go to a big club where you dont expect to get anything and gueese what we do sit back and wait for them to score. if it wasnt for green we whould have got smashed 4 or 5. Just a idea why dont we go there and try an atacking formation and maybe we might get a goal if we are going to lose atleast we can say we tryed to score not just kick long balls to the lone stricker who has no support.

At 8:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We go from using 4-4-3 vs Toon to using 4-5-1 vs. Farce. Based on the first half ,perhaps starting with the 4-5-1 was fine. But if we are left in the second half doing nothing but absorbing pressure,perhaps at some point Grant shud have gone to 4-4-2. The performance and result was better than what could have been expected- we could have been obliterated. But to go 88 minutes,and be unable to hang on another 2 minutes plus stoppage time for a crucial point is really disappointing. Good performances are not enuf in our situation. We need points wherever we can get them ,and we have to start digging out results if we are to survive. Every other bottom half side is digging out results ,except us. Look at Wolves and Fulham today .

We cannot just blame the tough opening 6 fixtures or injuries. The time for excuses is over. Now it is all about points,period.

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same old Same old another we played well b......... but again we end up with sweet F@@k all!!! defence was chasing shadows if it had not been for rob green it would have been another hiding! we are now 3 points adrift i expect that to increase week on week.
Can't wait to hear what excuses are used this time!!
Is it me or are our board very very quiet at the moment??
God i am so depressed

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wud help if at our home games the crowd stayed behind the club instead of going into a shell if we concede. We re obviously going to have to depend on our home form to stay up, so supporters have a big role to play,especially in these next 3 home fixtures

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

rock bottom and all alone one place we will be going and thats down same old story every year

At 11:21 PM, OpenID bloggingbubbles said...

a lot of positives to draw from this and we mustnt focus on the negatives! Just hope we put this much dedication in against West Brom and Blackpool...


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