Saturday, September 17, 2011

Millwall 0 West Ham 0

West Ham started with just the one change, Faye replacing Reid at the back.

Lansbury won the ball immediately from the Millwall kick-off. He spotted Forde in goal bizarrely wandering around behind his goal and tried a 40 yard effort on goal, which unfortunately missed.

Except for the Lansbury effort it was Millwall who had the better of the opening fifteen minutes, forcing a number of corners. Their best chance in this spell fell to Bouazza, whose low strike was tipped wide by Green.

In the 17th minute Cole managed West Ham's first shot on goal, but his effort from a tight angle was easy for Forde in goal to gather. A minute later Marquis broke clear of the West Ham defence but Green did well to smother his shot and then gather the loose ball.

In the 25th minute Cole set up McCartney on the edge of the area but the defender's right footed shot flew high and wide. In the 30th minute Tomkins was forced off to be replaced by Reid.

The best chance for West Ham fell to Lansbury in the 35th minute. Forde dropped a McCartney cross and Lansbury fired a shot that hit the keeper, the rebound fell to Lansbury and this time his shot was headed off the line by Robinson.

In the 44th minute Millwall's best chance fell to Trotter from a Stewart cross, but Trotter somehow managed to fire over the crossbar from only five yards out.

At the start of the second half West Ham were a little better at suffocating attacking play but at the expense of their own forward momentum as well. In the 59th minute Bentley came on for Taylor.

The introduction of Bentley gave West Ham more impetuous going forward. In the 69th minute West Ham managed the first shot from either side in the second half. Cole won a near post header from a Millwall corner, Faubert found Lansbury who broke forward. His cross for Nolan was headed straight at Forde in goal.

In the 72nd minute Millwall managed their first shot on target of the second half but Marquis' shot was saved by Green at his near post. A minute later Baldock was brought on for Lansbury and West Ham actually had two attackers up front.

In the 76th minute Bentley missed an open goal from 7 yrds after a Faubert shot was blocked by Forde, the ball fell to Bentley who missed a golden opportunity to get his first goal for West Ham. A minute later Bentley actually managed to hit the target with a long range effort but the shot was easily saved.

In the final quarter of an hour West Ham continued to have the better of the play without really creating any real clear cut opportunities. In the last minute of standard time Faubert actually managed to find the back of the net but from an offside position.

This was a game of two halves. Millwall had the better of the first half and West Ham dominated the second. Millwall clearly won the corner count, with West Ham managing just the one corner in the whole match but West Ham probably had the better goal scoring opportunities in the game.


At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good away point in what was always going to be a bitterly contested derby. To remain unbeaten away from home is a superb achievement. We have won more points away from home in the first 4 matches than all last season.

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 5 1 is rubbish boring football play far better with 2 upfront

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's about results and getting promoted. it is not about what's pleasing on the eye at the moment. Learn to deal with it.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has to be about both. If not then the short term success will be a waste when we need to change the way we play if we get promoted.

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Away from home 4-5-1 does work - Proven, its a fact.

At Home we should be a little more confident with the players we have and go for 4-4-2. The Midfield at home matches are over crowded and its not necessary.

My pick based on current form would be;
Taylor Nolan Lansdbury Faubet/Bentley

This leaves out Noble and of course Collison who isnt even making the bench for the last 2 games.

We also have Boupa coming in aswell so competion is good.

Actually very please Faubert is playing well at the moment. Who ever thought he was a rightback needs shooting.



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