Saturday, November 13, 2010

West Ham 0 Blackpool 0

Noble returned to central midfield for West Ham and Cole missed out after his hamstring injury.

A fairly even first half saw chances for both sides but West Ham just shading it on clear cut penalty decisions. In the 20th minute Barrera (brought on for Dyer) was taken down in the area in what looked like one of the clearest penalty decisions you are ever likely to see. I guess the ref didn't see it.

In the 27th minute Obinna fired a shot goalwards from just inside the area only to see it saved by a defender's hand. It looked a certain goal if it hadn't hit Cathcart's hand but the ref again bottled the decision.

West Ham's other best chance fell to Barrera after West Ham broke quickly from a Blackpool corner. From just inside the area Barrera shot narrowly over the crossbar. At the other end Blackpool themselves had a few chances to take the lead. Their best chance probably fell to Varney who shot across goal from ten yards just missing wide of the far post.

The second half saw both sides create some really good chances and the only surprise was that neither side managed to score. On balance Blackpool probably created the better chances. In fact in the 69th minute Harewood actually put the ball in the back of the net from 8 yards but was given offside when he looked to be just onside.

In the 53rd minute Adam shot just over from yards inside the West Ham half with Green well beaten. In the 83rd minute Harewood missed a sitter from 6 yards and shot wide when he should have scored.

At the other end West Ham started the half brightly and in the 48th minute Boa Morte just shot wide of the far post from 10 yards. In the 70th minute a Barrera shot from ten yards was blocked on the line. In the 72nd minute Cole hit the post from 2 yards after some great work from Barrera on the left touchline.

Late on in the 79th minute Noble forced a good save from the keeper from the edge of the penalty area and in the 91st minute McCarthy headed over from 10 yards.

I'm not sure West Ham could attract a manager good enough to get anything more out of the current squad but Avram Grant's position is looking increasingly tenuous.


At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

grant must go

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a pile of s@@@@e!!
i thought today i would at least see us win a came for a change, i mean it was Blackpool for gods sake!!!
Is it Grant? Is it the players?
bit of both i think
championship beckons me thinks

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Grant must go. It is partly the players,but it is predominantly the manager. He's a nice enuf guy(where have we heard that before...)but he is not getting it done,despite having sufficient talent to survive in this league.

A change must be made,even though it seems harsh to sack a guy after 1/3 of a season.

At 2:59 AM, Anonymous EngHooligan said...

We played well, both teams good of had a lot of goals - should've been 6-6!

At 5:15 AM, Anonymous TC BKK said...

Lets face it if we are not good enough to beat Blackpool at home then we are not good enough for this division. Despite poor refereeing we did not deserve to win and a draw was about right. Championship next season for both sides unless we see a dramatic improvement

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both teams looked Champiosnhip quality. Any other team with Premiership quality wud have scored at least 3 times against us. There is a long way to go yet ,but I agree that if we cannot win home matches against this sort of opposition,who are we going to win against?

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should start by relieving Upson of the Captains arm-band. Who's gonna take a Bollocking from someone who doesn't wanna be there? Give it to Scott Parker & then see the change in attitudes!

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

Martin O Neil any one ?

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous West_Ham said...

Let's not start hitting the panic button just yet. Or being full of doom and gloom. Clubs sack managers far too easily nowadays and it doesn't achieve anything positive.

Grant will stay even if (and after) we get relegated. He is good enough. All good things take time whether we have it or not.

Let's not forget we have pulled out of these scraps before so we know what's needed. Good form is better at the bottom than the odd 'flash in the pan' three points. We have lost only two games in the last ten league matches. All we need to do is shore up the defence to enable us to defend the lead and we will move up the table.

Keep the faith.

At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree with above. Grant is fine. The blame is to be set with the lads desire. Only Noble Parker and Obbina seem to have atm. This is without mentioning piss poor refs.

Brightside: We're unbeaten in 3. More than most clubs can say.

At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Apartments Nerja said...

Same old West Ham, taking the ****! :(


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