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.