Sunday, February 27, 2011

West Ham 3 Liverpool 1

West Ham started with Upson back in defence, partnering Tomkins. Hitz, Parker and Noble lined up in midfield and Piquionne was brought in to partner Ba up front.

Early on both sides notched a good chance on goal. In the 3rd minute Hitzlsperger connected well with a long range volley but the ball flew straight at Reina in goal. In the 5th minute Meireles had a great opportunity with his head from 10 yards but he put the ball wide.

West Ham just about edged the possession in the opening twenty minutes and their persistence was rewarded in the 22nd minute when Parker played a one-two with Hitzlsperger before poking the ball in from the edge of the area, off the left hand post.

A couple of minutes after the restart Kuyt gave West Ham a scare, hitting the side netting from 22 yards. However, for a change, West Ham didn't sit back and try to desperately defend a lead. West Ham pushed on and in the 45th minute extended their lead.

A long ball forward from Green was headed on to O'Neil on the right wing, he crossed the ball into the area and Ba headed home from 8 yards.

Liverpool pressed West Ham back much more in the second half. For the first twenty minutes of the half however West Ham looked good on the break. In the 52nd minute, against the run of play, Ba shot just wide from 22 yards.

In the 61st minute Suarez turned Tomkins and shot from 12 yards, forcing a great save from Green. From about the 70th minute on West Ham struggled to retain possession at all and it was nearly one way traffic from then on.

Liverpool's pressure finally told in the 84th minute when Tomkins and Jacobsen both left the ball for the other in the penalty area. Suarez picked up the ball and fired the ball across the six yard box for Johnson to score from 3 yards at the far post.

West Ham then faced a very nervy final 5 minutes. However the nerves were cured in the 91st minute when Cole (on for Ba) brought a long ball down, beat his defender, and fired home from just inside the penalty area.

A great win for West Ham lifts them off the bottom of the league and sparks hope that we just might be able to escape relegation once again.


At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

days like this make me a happy hammer cole and ba up front i think well done

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great day few beers in the pub, scouser mate well hacked off, won a tenner happy days!!
I agree Ba & Cole up front.
Bob The Hammer

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

Piq does fine off the bench. Cole seemed surprised and perturbed he didn't start based on his tweets, so he should start with Ba against Stoke.

I hate to feel hopeful.

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Cole starts closing down the space,pressuring the opposition when we lose possession and holding the ball up consistently ,then he can first have a claim to start. Until then ,he can stick his tweets with the blue flag,shut his trap, and start delivering consistently ,so we can get out of the mess we should never have been in in the first place(caused by underperformers like Cole)

Stop mucking about on Twitter Cole,and DO YOUR JOB

At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cole can put chances like that away when were already winning, if it was 0-0 though he would have scuffed it wide or worse. Piq aint great but at least he works harder than Cole. Not much of an argument though anyway, neither will start with Ba once Obinna or Keane are fit.


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