Saturday, December 11, 2010

West Ham 1 Man City 3

The writing was on the wall for West Ham early on in this game. In just the 4th minute Balotelli missed a sitter from just 4 yards. Man City controlled possession for much of the half and their movement and ambition was rewarded in the 30th minute when Ya Ya Toure lost Spector on the edge of the area and beat Green with his first time shot.

Despite chasing the ball for much of the first half West Ham actually had a couple of decent chances to get on the score sheet themselves. In the 22nd minute Stanislas cut in from the left and forced a save from Hart. With a minute to go in the half Piquionne headed just over from 10 yards.

At the other end Man City almost extended their lead in the 34th minute. Balotteli headed goalwards from 8 yards but Barrera cleared the ball from the goal-line.

West Ham showed a lot more aggression and ambition in the second half without creating anything in front of goal. Barrera managed a couple of shots from the edge of the area but both flew well over the bar.

With West Ham pushing more and more forward they left space at the back and there was always the danger that City would hit West Ham on the break. The almost inevitable happened in the 73rd minute when Ya Ya Toure cut in from the left wing, beat Tomkins and then beat Green inside his left post.

The second goal knocked the stuffing out of West Ham and City started playing for fun. In the 80th minute Silva played a defence splitting pass for Johnson who beat Green from 10 yards.

In the 89th minute West Ham got a consolation goal when Tomkins scored a headed goal from 10 yards. However overall you have to say that there wasn't much on show from West Ham today to give you any hope that they can claw their way out of the relegation places.


At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The team doesn't fill me with any optimism

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'niel, Houghton, Jol all at the job centre.

Maybe, just maybe its time to take Grant out of the picture at Upton park. I somehow still have faith but its leaving

Love you Hammers Prem or Conference...Just wish the players and managers had the passion.

At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Avram has to go...

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous MattyG said...

Surely the time is bow right to sack avram, unfortunately they won't sack him. West ham at least had passion and fight under Zola, curbs and pardew, under grant they have nothing.

We look doomed for the championship more and more everyweek, I just wish something would change.

Let's hope gollivan make some changes and quick!!!!!!!!

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. Hughton and Jol are available. There is no excuse not to make the change. If we don't get rid of Grant ,we go down. Simple as. But even a new manager will need the help of one or two new signings in the window who can score.

Despite the scoreline,we defended well for much of the game. But we we didn't create enough ,as was the case at Sunderland. Obviously misisng Noble and Behrami doesn't help,but if this club is to survive,BIG changes are needed, starting with the manager, as soon as humanly possible.

At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

avram has to go. no passion whats so ever. i think he leaves his football brain at home with his personality. wally downs has made a differance, but the striker coach that was promised hasnt happend. and if we get one and he makes a differance, why would we need avram? i think we all know, paolo de canio is our man, and it needs to be now. he has the love and effection for the club. and deffinatley has the passion. he will lift the fans and the club out of this situation. we need the change NOW!

At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

calton cole, johnathon spector, loui bower morte, keron im on the best money at the club, but i cant play 90 minutes anymore. a bunch of no hopers. lazy good for nothing players that will contribute in our religation. they all need to go in january with avram taking the lead. we need paolo de canio.

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No to Di Canio. I'd HATE to see his good name bumfucked by our numbnut squad. Dicanio is obviously a legened but please, don't ruin your status by choaching players like Cole who don't deserve to be in your company.

At 2:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so annoying that grant keeps on coming up with excuses like man city are a top four side that's why we didn't win. Fuck that u silly prick it doesn't matter who we play we need points u silly cunt. I feel he gets carried away with who we play at the end of the day if we wana stay up we need points against anyone

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sue that getting id of Grant is the answer. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he is doing well, bit nor have our last two managers. We got rid of Zola to bring in grant, and the situation is worse. Its clear to me that the problem is not the Manager...well not just the manager. You may be right he may need to go, but replacing the manager alone is not going to change anything. Same shite players, hopeless defending, and inability to create chances. I don't know what the answer is, just hoping that collison and noble, with paker and an attacking winger (stanislas, barrera, dyer) can start to create something.

Oh and a centre back pairing? we used to have loads of Centre backs. Now we have none. What's going on. Collins doing well at Villa. Davenport never allowed to carry on. Gabbidon is unfortunately past it.

One player that I did not rate that has impressed this season is Faubert. He seems to care too.

Piq has stopped scoring. Cole is not good enough.We will find it hard to buy a decent striker in Jan. Robbie Keane will never come.

Need a poacher to play with Obihna (who needs to remember that despite a good game against Man u...he is not Pele). Who else do we have Freddie Sears always gave a shit....he will come good at some point, so we send him out on loan. Similar with Nouble. Neither could be worse than Cole at the moment.


At 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point about Nouble- he may be inexperienced,but he wud be more useful than Cole.

Also agree that Grant is wrong to be making excuses about how good the opposition is and about bad refreeing decisions.

We need points,no matter how tough the opposition is ,and whether it's home or away. We are playing for our survival in the Premier League-the excuses do not cut it. Grant ha to go.

Is it entirely Grant's fault? No- he inherited a shambles. But the fact is that he has not made it any better. Whoever wud replace Grant wud need 2 good new signings-obviously at least one striker.

But at the end of the day,even with Collison and Hitz out , and Behrami rarely able to play ,we shud have had enuf quality to do better than this. Noble,Parker,Green,Piquionne,Obinna,Dyer - these are not mugs. Nor is Upson ,altho he had a terrible start to the season. Cole is the single biggest problem ,and he is personally responsible for us not picking up another 4 or 5 points by now.
So Grant had enough quality in the squad to do better than this,even with injuries. But he has not got it done ,and there can be no excuses. He has got to go,especially since there are better managers out there who are now available. The owners have got to see this if we are to avoid relegation

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bye bye avram

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But who wants to walk in at Upton Park, with the shambles happening there, and the two jokers running the place behind the scenes?

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without the current owners, this club wud have gone into administration and possibly liquidated by now. worse than portsmouth. yes,they make mistakes sometimes,like in not renewing Guillermo Franco's contract,but we are far better off with them than the scum who owned the club previously. The current owners inherited a total shambles from the Icelandic dirtbags and from Terry Brown before that .

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Apartamentos Nerja said...

@5.27: I would do absolutely anything to bring o'neill to us! He won't come though!

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jol would be good.

O'Neil wont come, and besides he plays boring football.

Hughton is no better than Grant and has no experience.

The New Owners have done a job the same as the government, whereby they can just blame the previous owner for everything giving them an excuse to cut costs and not spend. I agree it was a mess when they took over, but Franco was the least of their mistakes. The biggest mistake is undermining every manager and player, when they should take a step back.

The bank could have put WH into admin at any time but did not. Yes it could have gone into admin, but if you remember, thee were others making offers for the club. They are hardly the saviours.They are business men and only that. They bought it for next to nothing, only bought the club to get the Olympic stadium and would not have bought it otherwise. That's why we have kept the running tack on the plans and done all we can to secure it. Will probably be like the World cup and we wont get it anyway.


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