Saturday, August 13, 2011

West Ham Escape the Relegation Zone

West Ham beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0, with a goal in the 5th minute from Kevin Nolan.

The Irons started with only one change from last week, with Collison in for Sears.

Doncaster had by far the better of the possession in the first half but failed to create any clear cut chances. Nolan's goal came after same great work from Collison and a great chip over the Doncaster defence to find Nolan, who volleyed home from 8 yards.

In the second half Doncaster did a little better in attacking the West Ham goal and towards the end of the game West Ham had a few nervous moments in defence. At the other end Cole (on for Piquionne) had a great chance to extend West Ham's lead in the 69th minute, but slammed his shot into the side of the net.

Despite another far from convincing display West Ham will be delighted in securing their first win since the beginning of March and their first three points away from home in six months.


At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

I didn't see the game as I couldn't get a video stream, just audio, so it's hard to judge the performance but it's great to see us score early and hold on to a lead.

After least season it's even quite nice in a way to hear that it was scrappy. Time and again last season (and last week) we've played well, not taken chances, and come unstuck towards the end. We need to be able to win ugly, especially away from home. Hopefully this is a sign that some resilience is being instilled in the team.

It will not be pretty in the Championship and we'll need quite a few results like this to get back in the Premiership.

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree- it was important that we managed to hang on to this lead, and not squander it as we did so often last term. Clean sheet and a win away from home- that is progress indeed. This is what Allardyce is here for-to grind out results,sometimes at unglamorous places ,as opposed to finding a way to snatch defeat from victory as grant did so often.

we are going to need to become better at killing games off though when we have the opportunity- that will determine whether or not we go up. we allowed doncaster a toehold which could have cost us

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As streams will be harder to come by this season,can you please try to post them if you become aware of them? thanks

At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think once we sign our prolific striker? (Hope) and Carew's fitness and form returns (Hope Again) we'll be smashing teams 3,4,5-0!!

C'mon I can dream can't I?

At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on paper there is no reason why we shouldn't be walking it. the strength of the squad is enormous. the question is how well they can play together as a unit,and what injuries we suffe. Injuries have plagued us. Is the team good enough to cope if one or two key players get injured?

At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Scott Parker is getting 70k a week, is there any reason why ,whilst he is still a highly paid west ham player,that he cannot manage to make a 100 per cent effort on the pitch?

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting point! Most of the good stuff went though Parker yesterday, but there was a 50 50 ball in the second half, which last year he would have gone for. Yesterday he backed out, they took the ball and almost equalised.

Three points is great, but it won't be enough to keep the fans happy unless the petformance improves.

Piq is not good enough at holding the ball up to play on his own up front. Cole should start or different formation.

Glad to see Stanislas come on, as we need different ideas. Made few chances!


At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-0 against a second string Doncaster team!!!
I know its early in the season but its not exactly encouraging. piq is just not goog enough on his own up front, and we seemed to run out of ideas just outside our own 18 yard box!!!
what the f@@ks up with parker looks like he does not want to be here.
coyi buck uour ideas up!!!!
bob the hammer

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can l say Scott Parker earns 70k a week he goes to another club we buy 2/3 players with that money and there on 35k a week how is the club saving on that , ok we have 3 players instead of 1 but were spending more in a week ...... I would to keep parker and save 5k or more ..... Anyone please tell me if lm right and what they would prefer.To me it makes sence

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

Dirty 'Arry and his obnoxious son turned Scotty's head last year and he is just waiting to go. Like the spin Arsenal are putting on the Fabregas departure, we have others eg Collison, Noble waiting to come out of his shadow + the new arrivals and rejuvenates post Grant eg Faubert, Stanislas to fill the void. Let's hope we don't buy 3 "Keiron Dyers" but use the cash to keep Cole and Green!


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