Sunday, September 11, 2011

West Ham vs Pompey - What the Papers Say

Most of the newspapers saw yesterday's win over Portsmouth as an entertaining affair but most believe West Ham were lucky to win. The sending off is seen as the turning point in most of the papers. Most of the papers were also impressed with Henri Lansbury's debut.

The Star say,

"This was an even game until Liam Lawrence saw red for a reckless challenge on David Bentley.

The People say,

"It was a disjointed display and only the dismissal of Portsmouth captain Liam Lawrence and a brainless penalty area hand-ball by Justin Pearce ensured all three points."

The Mirror were impressed by West Ham's loanee midfielder,

"Lansbury celebrated his debut by claiming one of the goals that gave the Hammers their first victory of the Championship campaign at Upton Park.

He also supplied plenty of midfield creativity as the east Londoners capitalised on the dismissal of Pompey’s outstanding Liam Lawrence in the 67th minute."

The Express were also impressed with Lansbury,

"Lansbury stepped into Scott Parker’s boots with a man-of-the-match display for the Hammers."


At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought we were poor! Don't like 4-5-1 at home. Too many long balls but i'll take the 3 points!

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree that 4-5-1 at home seems very limiting. Also agree that we were less than brilliant.

For the extemists/fundamentalists who see fit to burn flags and glorify the murderous acts of terrorism,and who see fit to moan all day about how hard done by they are in the UK: GO LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE,LIKE YEMEN OR SOME OTHER HELLHOLE WHERE YOU BELONG.

If you can't abide by our laws,then you have no right to be here

At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

I thought we did well against a team who strayed over the line between physical and dirty. They had a dismal game-plan which consisted mainly of late tackles, leading with the forearm, and diving.

It was a strange game as the ref's decisions were so vital. Both penalties were contentious. Piquionne's red was the result of Halford's cheating, whereas Lawrence's red was thoroughly deserved.

Tomkins had another excellent game. I thought he would come to the fore this season and he's been our best player so far. Noble was also very good. My personal favourite moment of the match was joining in with a standing ovation when he fought for, and won, the ball whilst on the ground then scrambled to his feet and passed to a team-mate. Lansbury struggled to get in to the game in the first half. He did well second half but I think some of the praise is a little bit over the top.

My man of the match was Cole. He worked hard to close down the opposition, looked sharp when he was on the ball and scored with a superb header, although he should thank Matt Taylor for playing such a good ball in to him.

It was the best atmosphere at the Boleyn I've known for a while. We got an entertaining, competitive, if not especially technical, match and the right result.

Roll on Millwall. COYI !

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the fuck is 9:13 on about????


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