Tuesday, November 30, 2010

West Ham 4 Man Utd 0

West Ham started with a central midfield of Spector and Kovac. Faubert and Ben-Haim were named full-backs and Cole and Obinna started up front.

Spector as a replacement for Parker in midfield was a revelation. In the 16th minute Spector picked up the ball on the halfway line, drove forward and passed the ball to Obinna on the edge of the area. Obinnna fired the ball home left-footed.

At first the goal was given but the linesman pulled it back as he had spotted a deflection off an offside Spector. Six minutes later however and West Ham took the lead for real. Obinna chipped a ball into the area and Spector headed home from 10 yards.

In the 37th minute Spector got his second. Again he drove forward from the halfway line and passed the ball into the area. Obinna was just beaten to the ball by the defence but the ball fell to Spector who shot home from 8 yards.

West Ham really dominated the half and Man Utd's first half performance was probably best epitomised by an O'Shea shot from 30 yards that went into touch on the far side of the pitch some way behind the position the defender had shot from.


Spector had a quieter second half but Cole stepped up to the plate and Obinna carried on being exceptional. In the 56th minute Obinna crossed the ball in from the left and Cole scored from 5 yards with a diving header.

The two combined again in the 67th minute when Cole used his strength to turn Evans and shoot home from 8 yards after some more good work from Obinna on the left wing.

Man Utd might have had a little more of the ball in the second half but they rarely troubled Green in goal. Probably their best chance was gifted to them by Green when he kicked the ball against Macheda but Green recovered in time throwing himself in front of the ball to clear.


All in all this was a great all round team performance but Spector, Obinna, Cole and Boa Morte all stood out this evening. West Ham also had the added bonus of being able to give Hines a 20 minute run out as well. This has to be have been one of the best evenings at the Boleyn for quite a while.

I suspect I wasn't the only West Ham fan to look at a central midfield of Spector and Kovac before the match and fear that we might have been on for a bit of a hiding. I never dreamed that it would be Man Utd who would end up being thrashed.

"Kovac and Spector, I apologise sirs, for ever having doubted you."

12 Comments:

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

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At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit I was dreading the thought of Kovac & Spector in the centre of the park but credit where credit is due and they did a superb job. One other thing for all the people that said Manure played a second team tonight, we made six changes from the starting line up on Saturday, so ha ha.

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

父 IF THERE IS SUCH A THING AS FOOTBALL HEAVEN, I'M THERE! UNITED YOU GOT MURKED BY THE MIGHTY HAMMERS! 父

 
At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHEN I SAW THE NAME SPECTOR IN MIDFIELD I STARTED TO CRY. WHEN HE SCORED 2 GOALS I DID CRY. WE PLAYED LIKE A TRUE TEAM LAST NIGHT AND I WAS PROUD TO WATCH THEM FOR ONCE, PLEASE PLAY LIKE THIS AGAIN ON SUNDAY v SUNDERLAND..MYBE IT WAS A DREAM. I MUST CHECK THE SCORE AGAIN.

KERRY HAMMERS !!!!

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This shud give the team some self-belief ,not only on Saturday ,but beyond. The team can look at this performance and the one vs. Tott ,and know what they are capable of when they give 100 per cent and don't give the opposition time on the ball

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

Yeah but I thought this after the Spurs game that we would kick on! I hope you are right guys and we don't come crashing down against sunderland! A win on sunday will be 3 on the bounce! MUCK FE!

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God i was looking forward to going to work today to give it to those glory hunting Man Utd W*&%^$S but i am snowed in at home (Now live in Lincolnshire)
wish i could have been there last night, i was there on sat and was pleased with that performance but this is amazing.
what was Spector, kovac and cole on? have they suddenly remembered how to play!!!
Beating Sunderland is more important but 4-0 fantastic.
coyi!!!!
bob the hammer

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope that Downes doesn't let them ease off again-need to keep going

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

I don't think Downes' input can be underestimated! He has obviously got us up for a fight! Happy days!

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are we at bottom of the table whats going on.I no man u side want the best but come on hammers belive in yourselfs lets climb that table

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

here here 5.16! ;-)

 
At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Rent Apartment Nerja said...

please ipswich or brum!

 

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