Sunday, August 07, 2011

West Ham 0 Cardiff 1

An OK performance by West Ham was undone by an error late on by Ilunga. West Ham had done pretty well at the back, particularly in the air. However as soon as Gestede came on for Cardiff the West Ham defence looked a lot more rocky.

Kenny Miller's late goal was a tough break for West Ham but they never really looked in total control of the game and were not exactly dangerous in front of goal. Piquionne in particular had a poor game. He did make a chance for himself early on but after that he was ineffective, particularly in holding up long balls.

Piquionne wasn't helped by being completely isolated in attack. I was expecting Nolan to play a lot further forward than he did. On the right wing Sears didn't look as lively as he did in pre-season but Taylor on the left wing was a different story and was probably West Ham's man of the match.

In Taylor it looks like we finally have a winger who can cross the ball. He also looks like he will provide West Ham with more opportunities from free-kicks.

West Ham did create a number of chances in this game. It is apparent however that we need someone who is going to put those chances away. If this is Allardyce's formation then whether it is Piquionne, Cole or Carew up front on their own the midfield are going to have to get up in support a lot quicker than they did today.

8 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

F@@k me
Glad i stayed at home today, not much to cheer about.
hay ho should be used to this garbage.
Bob The Hammer

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Liam said...

went to the match and was very impressed the back 4 were completly solid O'brien was motm for me. He bombed down the right and on the left a formidable patnership between ilunga and taylor taylor was stunning. Sears a let down. Nolan grew quiet in the second 1/2. Gestede fouled ilunga in the build up to miller's goal. Cole and Barrera were lively. Impressive performance to a hard start to the season. Well done West Ham

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Parker's mind appeared to be on England or somewhere else!

 
At 5:31 PM, Anonymous John said...

To Liam ok ur right our performance was ok our back 4 was very good l think our central midfielders laked pace especially Our fav Scotty Parker he shoulve put in the goal in the first half but our msin problem is to have a killer instinct we need to put away teams thats how good teams are ..

 
At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were soem solid performances,but also some poor ones. Nolan and Parker in the second half were sub-standard . Ilunga made too many mistakes,with the last one finally costing us teh game. We need a left back. We also need to consider playing less 4-5-1 ,as for periods of the game we looked stagnant with that formation.

If we are to get promoted we simply cannot be conceding last minute goals and squandering points . This is exactly the kind of poor,unnecessary goal that could be very costly come May.

There was enough potential shown today to make me believe that we can get promoted,but today also showed how mucdh hard work is going to be required. This is going to be one hard slog,and certain players are going to need to improve their attitude with immediate effect

 
At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob The Hammer - we're better off without negative armchair overexpectant, deluded and simple 'fans' you at Upton Park, thanks :-)

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

At the very least we need a new left back, and another striker - anyone who (CAN) hit a cow's arse with a stick!!

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also went yesterday.
First twenty minutes we murdered them then somebody (Sam?) decided that bombing down the wings and through the centre was NOT the way to play!
What is the point of having a powerful midfield,which we undoubtedly had,and then bypassing them by hoofing the ball from defence to Piquionne or Cole??
No wonder Parker and Nolan were ineffective in the second half.
The weren't given the ball!!
Also I prefer Noble going forward and Parker holding rather than the other way around which is how they played yesterday.
But maybe that's just me.

John V P

 

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