Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Great Escape - Over

Wigan 3 West Ham 2

The first half was all about Demba Ba at one end of the pitch and Robert Green at the other. Wigan dominated the possession and had numerous attempts on goal but thanks to Green and Ba West Ham went into the break two goals to the good.

Green made his first good save inside a minute, diving to stop a deflected shot. Any West Ham nerves from Wigan's early pressure were calmed a little in the 12th minute after Ba headed home a Hitzlsperger cross from 7 yards.

Those nerves were calmed even further in the 25th minute when Ba made it 2-0. A Hitzlsperger freekick from deep was headed back across the six yard box by Tomkins at the back post. The ball may have been going in but Ba made certain by heading home from a yard out.

At the other end Green was forced into a number of good saves. He saved from a Rodallega overhead kick from just inside the area, from a Diame shot from 6 yards and from a Rodallega header from 4 yards.

So with Birmingham losing at home by one goal West Ham went into the half-time break with their Premier League survival still showing a glimmer of hope.

Three minutes into the second half Birmingham went two goals down to Fulham. However in the 56th minute with things looking rosy for West Ham Tomkins gave a freekick away 20 yards out and dead centre. N'Zogbia stepped up and fired the freekick home to give Wigan a foothold in the game.

With Wigan now dominating the game Grant replaced Spector with Parker. In the 66th minute Ba was clean through but from 12 yards a weak shot was saved by Al Habsi. Two minutes later Hines lost the ball in the Wigan half Wigan broke and Sammon scored from 10 yards.

After that both sides had good chances to get the winner. In the 80th minute Moses shot into the side-netting from 6 yards. In the 83rd minute Hines had two great chances to get the winner but both his shots from within the area were blocked. Almost dead on 90 minutes Watson shot from 12 yards, beat Green, only to see the ball bounce back into Green's arms.

In the 91st minute Parker has a good chance from 12 yards out but shot tamely at Al Habsi. A minute later Cole had a great chance from 2 yards out but managed to fluff the chance. Then with seconds left N'Zogbia ghosted in from the right wing and beat Green with a shot across the area from 15 yards.

There was lots to question about Grant's tactics today. Starting with Parker, Upson and Cole on the bench seemed a questionable move. However playing the young and inexperienced Spence at right-back with Hines in front of him seemed a recipe for disaster.

After throwing away a 2-0 lead in the end it is hard not to agree with the plane that flew over the ground bearing the legend 'Avram Grant - Millwall Legend'.


At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well been saying it since January that we were going down.
And Here we are Down!!!
Manager not good enough
90% of the players not good enough.
A Bloody Shambles from the very first game.
I would like to thank the Avram and the board for their complete and utter incompetence in managing our club.
Thank-You for F@@k All
Bob The Hammer

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

get rid of the lot starting with that usless c**t cole then the list will go on and on. Keep the half decent young ones ie collinson sears spence tomkins

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were given every possible lifeline that we could possibly ask for today,and yet again managed to snatch defeat from victory. Grant's player selection in teh second half was disastrous. We were always going to be under the cosh in teh second half with Wigan forced to bomb forward,yet Grant failed to make use of Upson,when perhaps a bit of experience at the back could have saved us in the second half.

Simply put ,Grant too often finds a way to throw away points from a winning position. If the squad had no ability it would be easier to take;the fact that there was at least some quality in the side makes it impossible to accept. It simply is shambolic that it came down to this . Grant comprehensively failed ,and the Board can have no excuses for failing to replace him in January. It cannot be argued that we would have done worse under a different manager,so there was EVERYTHING to be gained from chnaging managers in January or even sooner. It is clear that it was not working ,so what was there to be gained by failing to get rid of Grant? It is incomprehensible that the Board failed to make the change.

At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least will all dead wood & high earners will go,keep the young players we can come back within two years. Should get 25 - 30 million in players alone plus parachute payments - think gold & sullivan is talking rubbish, this could new this couldhappen before they brought the club.

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

I will still be going next sunday travelling down from Stoke.

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read report on sky news West Ham board have sacked grant, to little to F@@king late.
You should have done it in January you Muppets!!!!!
Bob The Hammer

At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Geoff said...

Sorry to see West Ham relegated.

Good luck in coming straight back up.

NUFC fan.


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