Tuesday, September 27, 2011

West Ham 0 Ipswich 1

West Ham started with Faye and Tomkins at the back. Baldock and Bentley also started with Faubert dropping to the bench and Taylor out injured.

The changes to the West Ham side seemed to have a negative effect on the team and Ipswich dominated the possession in the first half and looked the more likely to score.

The best chance of the half fell to Michael Chopra. In the 20th minute an Edwards cross was volleyed goalwards by Chopra but the shot was well saved by Green. In the 15th minute a Bowyer effort from inside the penalty area hit the post with Green beaten.

In the 22nd minute West Ham's first real effort on goal was a long range shot from Lansbury which only just flew wide of the post. In the 26th minute Faye headed over the bar from 10 yards.

Those two efforts were the best of the action from West Ham in the first half. In the 45th minute Bentley did try a very long range effort on goal from a freekick but the ball was easily gathered by Stockdale in goal.

West Ham started the second half with a bit more life in them. In the 50th minute Cole shot straight at Stockdale. In the 53rd minute O'Brien fired over from 22 yards.

However West Ham's early effort soon fizzled out and in the 65th minute Allardyce brought on Carew and Collison for Cole and Lansbury. In the 72nd minute Edwards shot from 30 yards but the ball flew just wide.

In the 75th minute Baldock got into the box but slightly miss-hit his shot and in the end the ball was easy for Stockdale to gather. Ipswich immediately broke forward and Leadbitter's long range effort was deflected wide for a corner.

In the 83rd minute a Cresswell freekick from 30 yards forced Green to rise and tip the ball over the bar. In the 87th minute a long range Bentley shot deflected off Nolan and flew wide.

With 2 minutes to go to the end of 90 minutes Carew cleared the ball from an Ipswich corner but only as far as Bowyer who fired it back goalwards low and hard and beat Green in goal.

In injury time Tomkins headed over from a corner.

A far from convincing performance from West Ham ends in a home loss and a missed opportunity to go top of the league. More worryingly West Ham have scored one goal in the last three matches and that goal came from a penalty. The team suddenly look like they don't know how to score.


At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

really poor performance ,especially first half. How can you score when every ball is a long one hoofed upfield? Where is the passing and where is the movement?

And to concede yet another late goal? unacceptable.
A few people need to take a good long look at themselves starting with kevin nolan


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