David Hautzig's Match Report

West Ham 1, Burnley 0. Growing Without The Pain.

I’ve always wondered why Karen Brady (Brady Out!) has such an infatuation with Sean Dyche. During our most recent managerial searches today’s visiting gaffer was mentioned numerous times, along with the extra nugget that Lady Brady (Brady Out!) was a huge admirer. Who knew that vocal nodules could be such a lure? All kidding aside, Dyche should be lauded for the work he has done at Burnley. He may not play a free flowing brand of football, but his teams always put in the proverbial shift. Maybe with their new ownership in time we will see a different approach from that other team in Claret? I’d welcome that, because the current approach often leads to a very distasteful weekend for us. I was there for that momentous day in Stratford, and while it wasn’t January 6th in Washington it was notable in the history of our club. In our last six meetings with them, we have won once, drawn once, and lost four. To add to the angst, Moyes had never beaten a Dyche managed team in the EPL. In fact, only Mourinho and Guardiola have better records against Moyes than Dyche. But West Ham needed 28 games last season to reach 26 points, so the growth in our side is obvious. And continuing.

While the opening minutes didn’t offer up much of anything noteworthy, Burnley looked a little more lively than the Hammers. They moved the ball side to side, and had more space to play with. Dawson lost the ball near the top of the West Ham eighteen yard box in minute number seven, and Gudmunddsson jumped on it and tried a long range shot that Fabianski handled with relative ease.

So much has been made of Antonio’s value to our attack. Kind of like the need fish have for water. In the 10th minute, Bowen went on a good run into the box and rolled a pass to Fornals on the left. Say what you want about the young Spaniard and his uncanny ability to miss the target from a scoring position, but the lad can cross. He sent a ball over Mee and Tarkowski to Ant Man, who positioned himself in between the thirty million pound West Ham target and Pieters and calmly directed the ball into the net. Then he practiced his backstroke.

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West Ham 1
Burnley 0

Bowen created another half chance in the 18th minute when he won a corner off of Pieters after beating the defender inside the box. The set piece was quite good, and Ogbonna got to it but his header went wide.

Burnley had a good spell of possession midway through the first half, including a corner and a free kick from just outside the box after a foul on Brownhill by Cresswell. But the wall did it’s job, and Lowton’s rebound attempt went high over the bar for a goal kick. It looked like the goal had sent West Ham into early containment mode as opposed to pressing for a second. Burnley looked to have an equalizer in the 33rd minute after a Cresswell own goal, but Wood was flagged for offside. Still, the pitch looked to be tilted towards the West Ham goal.

The Hammers came so close to a second goal in the 36th minute when Bowen won West Ham a corner off of Pieters. The ensuing set piece whipped in to Rice, who flicked on to Ogbonna, but his header clanged off the post. Moments later Bowen had his pocket picked by Brady near the West Ham box. The Ireland international rolled a pass to Hammers killer Wood, but his long drive went wide. A few minutes later some errant passing by West Ham in the center of the pitch eventually saw the ball at the feet of Gudmundsson who again tried a long range shot, and again Fabianski made the save.

Halftime
West Ham 1
Burnley 0

West Ham started the second half on the front foot, winning a corner and forcing a goal line clearance by Mee after a Coufal cross set up an Antonio header. Moments later West Ham won a second corner when Antonio chased down a long ball and had his cross deflected out. The delivery was cleared despite Pope leaping for the ball and missing it. Antonio was then brought down just outside the Burnley penalty area, giving the Hammers a free kick. Rice went directly for goal it seemed, and it went over the bar.

West Ham had a great chance in the 60th minute to double their lead when Bowen beat Mee in the box, but his pass to Benrahma wasn’t good enough and Tarkowski intercepted. A few minutes later Benrahma sent Bowen on a run down the right, but when Antonio received a cross from the speedy winger he lost his footing and the shot went almost straight up in the air. Moments later a Benrahma pass into the box was deflected to Fornals, but his shot was blocked out for another West Ham corner. It was a good spell for the home side, but without an end product would it be looked back in vain?

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Bowen continued his outstanding day in the 69th minute when Rice launched him with a long ball over the top. He settled the ball with his chest and got off a right footed shot. For a millisecond I thought it was a goal, only to be deflated to see it was only the side netting. Seconds later a cross into the West Ham box found Mee, but his header went wide as well. A minute later Dawson made a potentially critical error when his attempted header back to Fabianski went out for a corner. The delivery was decent, but Lowton’s soft header went wide.

West Ham started to sit farther back, inviting pressure. Which is always a dangerous gambit. A cross from Brady to Rodriguez required intervention from Dawson. Seconds later a cross from McNeill glanced the crossbar on its own. But when given the chance, the Hammers broke with purpose. A long ball for Antonio was then rolled to Bowen, who won a corner after his shot was deflected out by Pieters. Moments later Rice had a chance with a header in the box, but the young captain got no power behind it and Pope cradled it in his arms.

West Ham had a heart in throat moment in the 85th minute when a Lowton ball into the box bounced off of Rodriguez and flew just wide of the West Ham net. Then Rice launched Yarmolenko on the right, but Mee slid in and blocked the right footed effort out for a corner. Burnley handled the set piece, and all eyes returned to the clock.

When the fourth official put up four minutes of added time, I was incredulous. I figured no more than two. Vydra, who I think was once a West Ham loan target, danced into the box in what I was sure would end in a penalty. Instead, Ogbonna cleared. Maybe it was Cresswell. Hard to mix them up, I know, but defending one goal leads is particularly unnerving for me.

In the dying seconds of added time, Yarmolenko did well to get the ball to Lanzini inside the box but instead of a Spurs style net shaker in was a high miss over the bar. Tick, tick, tick.

Final Score
West Ham 1
Burnley 0

This will be cliche, but damn. These are games we are sooooo used to making a mess of. George Bucci from Moore Than Just A Podcast messaged our WhatsApp group “Waiting for Robbie Brady’s 93rd minute equalizer” about midway through the second half. I wanted to kill him, mostly because I agreed. Yet we held on. The last time we had these many points this early in a season we finished 5th under ‘Arry. But where we are in the table isn’t what we should focus on, although it’s tempting. It’s where we are in Moyes development of us as a proper club. It’s as if he and his staff are teaching us what it takes and how it feels to behave that way. It might take some getting used to.

I can live with that.


Match Thread

Match Thread: West Ham v Burnley

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Guest Post

Communication across the nation bringing appreciation for the administration

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Guest Post by Carlin

There are few subjects that are able to polarise a population of supporters like that of the style of football associated with a given manager. We’ll use the term associated with because there isn’t, as far as I know, a compendium of football managers which objectively details something as transitory and subjective as footballing style; a yellow pages that owners, chairmen and CEOs alike can consult to ensure that their next choice is likely to, at the very least, placate the majority of their fan base.

Polarisation of opinion is perhaps a reflection of the state of wider society. Whilst it may have always been there, I have only recently become aware of the sense of feeling about a given subject at what seems a greater scale than ever before. Everybody has an opinion (typically multiple), and most seem convinced that their opinion is 100% factual. There seems to no longer be room for a range of perspectives, every opinion is binary and fixed; you either agree and are therefore ’correct’, or you don’t, in which case – following the course of logic – you are ’wrong’. Unless humanity in general is becoming more narcissistic, then maybe this perception could, in part, be related to how we express ourselves through modern day communications. There is a hint of irony in modern communication methods, having grown more varied and real-time, driving the population to communicate to a greater degree via the written word.

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In communications we’ve come full circle. Before telephones people would write. As telephone infrastructure evolved beyond voice we moved back towards writing, mainly, I think, because the earlier mechanisms were predominantly limited to one-to-one, whereas writing today is very much a one-to-many medium. The challenge with communicating is ensuring that you convey what you wish to, without inadvertently conveying something you don’t. With the written word this takes practise and time – more so than other forms of communication where the synchronicity of exchange means clarifications are far more straightforward.

To start to grasp the challenge with written communication we can consider (and likely misuse) the often misunderstood work of Professor Albert Mehrabian who described verbal communications as 7 percent about the content and 93 percent non-verbal content. Although the study concerned verbal communications, it does give a sense of how much information can be conveyed outwith the actual content. If we write how we speak then how do we start to make up for the missing 93 percent of information? Incidentally, the 93 percent wasn’t all body language as is sometimes thought, 38 percent was through tone of voice. An example I’ve shared previously brings this question to life. If I was to write ’I didn’t take your money’ then most readers would draw a single conclusion from that. However, were I to verbalise that statement I could convey five different meanings:

  • I didn’t take your money’ – Your money has been taken but not by me
  • ‘I didn’t take your money’ – I’m denying having taken your money
  • ‘I didn’t take your money’ – I’ve got your money but maybe I was given it
  • ‘I didn’t take your money’ – I have taken money, but it wasn’t yours
  • ‘I didn’t take your money ‘ – I took your soul, not your money.

The reader has no idea which of these meanings was intended, and without more context it is left to the reader’s imagination to settle on an interpretation and respond accordingly. It is therefore incumbent upon the writer to ensure that sufficient context is provided, which may go some way towards explaining why we are this far into an article on a football blog with such a radical digression from the initial subject matter.

So, managers dividing opinion through the footballing styles they are associated with. This is something I wanted to explore following one of Nigel’s recent articles, Entertainment Versus Result. As Nigel said in the article, when he described the game as dull he wasn’t expressing an opinion about the manager, but inevitably some of the commentary following the article couldn’t help but deliberate over David Moyes and his style of football. I offered a comment late into the article which tried to explore the subject in a more serious sense than you might have come to expect, but further debate was short lived owing to a new article appearing.

I have a growing sense that David Moyes (the person) isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, and I want to park those issues for the moment. Some of the support base also give the impression that they think Moyes’ footballing style is closer to that of Sam Allardyce than it is to, for example, that of Pep Guardiola. Over recent performances, it’s the differentiation between styles associated with Moyes and Allardyce that I’ve given particular thought to. Admittedly, I haven’t been excited by some of the recent performances, but that said I’m also not feeling the same level of antipathy that I did with some displays when Sam Allardyce was at the helm. Again, I’m not wishing to explore the personalities in this, so ear cupping isn’t a consideration.

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So why is it? Why, even with the recent prolonged period without a shot on target, do I not feel the sterility so often felt during performances under Sam? Am I a football hypocrite? Maybe. Did my perception of personalities distort my perception of on-field performances? Possibly, but I believe that to not be the case. Have the anti-football establishment won me over? Definitely not. What’s possibly the case is that there seems to be a greater degree of pragmatism offered by the current leadership. One where we try to maximise the effects of our strengths, adapting to make best use of what is available to us, notwithstanding the current constraints. What do I mean by this? Let’s take the typical modus operandi when Sam was in charge.

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Putting aside the short 4-6-0 period which certainly surprised our friends in white – thanks for the memories, Rav – we frequently set up not to concede, and winning felt almost like an accident. One of the main frustrations during that period was watching the team drop deeper and deeper when leading a game, even withdrawing any offensive players in order to try to shore up the defence. Often I would look at the team playing out the final 30 minutes of a game and ask where another goal would come from should we need one. The in-game approach often seemed to be pragmatic only in the sense that if we were to concede we would still take a point. Of course that point would disappear should we concede further, and go on to lose; “My team will never throw away a two-goal lead” said Sam; did anyone ever stop to ask why he chose to base that guarantee on two, rather than one?

A common matchday thread comment during the Allardyce years asked ‘What is plan B’. Whilst I’ve read that more recently too, our current plan A isn’t always the same and sets out to at least try to achieve more than just a point. Take the Everton game as a case in point. The side were set up there in a clear 4-1-4-1, having started at least two other formations so far this season. The shape was held well enough to easily determine the formation, and the players were very disciplined through the first 60 minutes. Whilst it wasn’t entertaining in the end-to-end sense, it remained an interesting encounter. My comment on Nigel’s article mentioned that I started to think about the game almost like a game of chess. How had Moyes set the team up in order to stifle a very good Everton side that a few months previous had thumped us 4-1? What’s more, with (relative) pace on the bench, there was a sense of anticipation as to what may lay ahead. It looked as though the idea was to bring on fresh legs and pace later in the game to try to take advantage of weary opposition legs and the resulting greater availability of space. It was a game plan, one that played to our strengths, one that we hadn’t seen previously. It paid off. Checkmate. We won 1-0, it could have been two.

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We could have started out with our best eleven, as we could in every game, and we would have faded as the game wore on. We maybe wouldn’t have found that edge later in the game and likely would have been holding on to whatever we’d got by that point. Instead, we set out to match them knowing we had something different to come later in the game should we need it. Rather than setting out with the hope of nicking a goal and hanging on, we set out in such a way to give ourselves a better opportunity to take the points in the final third of the game. That is the key difference in my mind between the Allardyce years and now, and how I rationalise the different outlook I currently have when watching our games.

And so we come back to communication. Following the game I saw it described in a number of different ways:

  • The game was dull
  • I wasn’t entertained
  • I enjoyed the game
  • It was a very good performance
  • Great result
  • Interesting first 60 minutes

To say that all of these are expressions from an individual’s perspective is to state the obvious. However, none of these comments are mutually exclusive. The terms can all co-exist without any of those expressing them being categorised as right or wrong. Football is not, in itself, a science, as such there is room for opinion, and the opinions of others present an opportunity to evolve our own views. Currently you might like to call him Dinosaur Dave, but the next time someone offers a contrasting opinion why not seek to explore their perceptions ahead of expressing your own? You might start to see the world in a slightly different light….


Opposition Q & A

Opposition Q&A with Burnley

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After managing to put to the sword a surprisingly strong Conference team in Stockport County on Monday, West Ham return to action with a trip up to the opposite side of Manchester when we visit Burnley for a Saturday afternoon game. Ahead of the game I spoke once again to Tony Scoles, editor of Uptheclarets to discuss everything Claret and Blue.
Well we’re just about at the halfway point of the season. Things were looking a bit dodgy for you a few weeks ago, but 3 wins and a draw in the last 5 games has hauled you out of the relegation zone. How do you sum up the season so far?
We’ve played 16 games and it can almost be split in two. We only had two points from the first seven games and since we’ve picked up 14 points from the last nine games although there is an explanation to that.
We started the season with so many injuries which included our two central defenders James Tarkowski and Ben Mee. We were shipping goals which meant losing games, it was really as simple as that.
We are still not back to full strength but we’ve only a couple missing now and things are starting to look much better, more Dyche like and that stands us in good stead.

Winning away against Arsenal seems to have sparked your recovery, what’s caused the big turn around in your performance?
By the time we’d arrived at Arsenal we’d beaten Crystal Palace and then drawn against Everton which was arguably one of our best performances this season, a game we possibly would have one but for one slip just before half time.
The change in fortunes is, as I said, really down to having enough players available although I have to say it was nice to get a first ever Premier League win against Arsenal. We’ve been done by them so often with late and extremely dubious decisions it was one definitely to savour.

As I mentioned you have opened up a bit of a gap at the bottom. Are you confident that your good fortune will last?
I can’t imagine we will have another run of injuries in the way we did at the start of the season so I see no reason why the improvement can’t continue. I do really believe we will be some way clear by the end of the season and I suspect we might climb a few more places yet.

Manchester United currently sit at the top of the table, were you impressed by them in your midweek match?
You have to be impressed with a team that can string a run of results together in the way United did. They looked a decent side against us last night but then again so did we and it did take a deflected effort from Paul Pogba to beat us. They are not a traditional Manchester United side on that evidence, more a difficult team to break down which is a massive change from how they were playing just a few weeks ago.

“Of the players that have recently played for Burnley, and are currently plying their trade elsewhere, the likes of Danny Ings, Michael Keane, etc, are there any that you wish were still turning out at Turf Moor?*
Danny Ings was terrific for us in the promotion team in 2013/14 and then had a decent season for us in the Premier League. He’s definitely stepped up his game at Southampton and now looks a very dangerous player. Michael Keane was also outstanding for us but if I could bring a player back it would be Kieran Trippier. He was brilliant for us and there’s nothing a Burnley fan likes more than to see a player with his commitment.

We’re in a transfer window at the moment: so far Burnley have made no purchases. If Sean Dyce does decide to buy, where do you most need strengthening?
I do think we could do with a younger right back and I’d like to see a right sided midfield player and a central defender. Those would be the first three options for me. It would give us options in all positions and give the squad more balance.

You will obviously be delighted with Sean Dyce’s long term performance as Burnley manager, how do you rate the performance of West Ham’s David Moyes after his return to the club?
Moyes is a good manager; he showed that at Everton before being sunk at United with things, as I saw it, outside his control. I thought he did a decent job keeping you up first time round and I’m not sure why you binned him for Pellegrini. I know he’s not the most popular manager you’ve had but he’s doing a decent job there.
How will Burnley line up against West Ham on Saturday? Players/formation please.
It was more like the Burnley team we would expect against Manchester United. We will almost certainly play 4-4-2 and it wouldn’t be a big surprise if it were the same team which was: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters, J?hann Berg Guðmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Robbie Brady, Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. If not, then Dwight McNeil is pushing for his place back on the left of midfield now fit again and there might be a change up front that could see either Jay Rodriguez or Mat?j Vydra preferred to Wood or Barnes.

Finally, you beat us last time out, are you confident you are going to repeat that feat this weekend? Prediction for score?
Why not. I think we are going to start scoring goals soon so a 2-0 win wouldn’t surprise me.

Well many thanks once again to Tony for his time. I’m hoping that the extra bit of rest the West Ham players will have after our respective games will prove to be to our advantage, so I’m going for 1 – 2 to West Ham. COYI

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Dan Coker's Match Preview

Match Preview: West Ham v Burnley

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Blast from the past

In today’s featured match, we travel back to 15th March 1975, when The Bay City Rollers were number one with ‘Bye Bye Baby’, Led Zeppelin had just released ‘Physical Graffiti’ and The Towering Inferno was in UK cinemas. Eva Longoria and will.i.am were born on this day as West Ham United welcomed Burnley to east London. Hong Kong Phooey made its UK television debut two days later and, the following week, a large National Front rally was held in London in protest against European integration.

The Hammers went into the game on the back of a 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Arsenal at Highbury the weekend before. They ran out 2-1 winners in front of 28,830 spectators at Upton Park courtesy of goals from future Burnley striker Alan Taylor (pictured below) and Keith Robson; Doug Collins was on the scoresheet for the visitors. The Irons did not win any of their following six matches, until they defeated Ipswich in an FA Cup semi-final replay nearly a month later.

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John Lyall’s West Ham would go on to finish 13th in a 1974/75 campaign that saw them win the FA Cup with a 2-0 triumph over Fulham at Wembley. 19-year-old goalkeeper Mervyn Day would also win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award and finish runner-up to Billy Bonds in the Hammer of the Year voting for the second season in succession. Jimmy Adamson’s Clarets ended the season in tenth position; Derby won the league title.

West Ham United: Mervyn Day, John McDowell, Tommy Taylor, Kevin Lock, Frank Lampard, Graham Paddon, Billy Bonds (Bobby Gould), Trevor Brooking, Billy Jennings, Alan Taylor, Keith Robson.

Burnley: Alan Stevenson, Keith Newton, Colin Waldron, Jim Thomson, Doug Collins, Billy Ingham, Brian Flynn, Leighton James, Peter Noble, Ray Hankin, Paul Fletcher.

Club Connections

A small collection of players have turned out for the Hammers and the Clarets. They include:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Frank Birchenough, Tommy Hampson and Herman Conway.

Defenders: David Unsworth, Tommy Dunn, Tyrone Mears, Joe Gallagher, Jack Tresadern, Jon Harley and Mitchell Thomas.

Midfielders: Junior Stanislas, Reg Attwell, Matt Taylor and Luke Chadwick.

Strikers: Alan Taylor, Sam Jennings, Walter Pollard, Ian Wright, Ian Moore and Zavon Hines.

John Bond played for the Hammers and managed the Clarets.

Today’s focus, though, falls on a player who spent two spells with Burnley either side of a stint at West Ham United. Bill Jenkinson was born in Chesterfield on 11th April 1874 and began his career with Belgian side Antwerp. Predominantly a centre-forward, he moved to Burnley in 1898 and spent three years at the club, helping them to a third-placed finish in the First Division in his first season. The Clarets could not repeat the success of their 1898/99 campaign and were relegated in 17th position the following season. Jenkinson, who featured at left-back on occasions, was a member of the squad which ended up third in the Second Division in 1900/01, missing out on an immediate return to the top flight by four points. He scored 11 goals in 33 appearances during his first spell with Burnley.

The 27-year-old Jenkinson (pictured) moved to West Ham United, then of the Southern League First Division, in 1901 and made his Hammers debut at inside-left in a 2-0 home defeat to Millwall on 26th October 1901. He was tried in three different positions in his first three games, all of which ended in defeat. He played centre-forward in his next match, a 3-0 defeat at Reading on 23rd November, and was moved to left-half for a 4-0 loss at Southampton two weeks later. He eventually settled down at inside-left as the Hammers finished the season by going unbeaten for the last 11 matches to secure a fourth-placed finish. Jenkinson scored his first goal for the Irons in a 2-1 win at Tottenham on 15th February 1902 and was also on the scoresheet in a 2-0 victory at Brentford on 3rd March 1902. Jenkinson’s last appearance for the Hammers came in a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at the Memorial Grounds on 12th April 1902. At the end of the season, having scored two goals in 19 appearances for West Ham United, Jenkinson returned to league football with Burnley.

Jenkinson made 17 appearances for Second Division Burnley in his second spell, scoring once, to take his Clarets totals to 12 goals in 50 matches. He later played for Colne. Bill Jenkinson died between April and June of 1960, aged 85 or 86.

Referee

The referee tomorrow will be Christopher Kavanagh. The Manchester-born official has refereed the Hammers on ten previous occasions, most recently for our 3-0 defeat at Chelsea last month. He also refereed the Irons on our last two trips to Vicarage Road, one of which was a 4-1 win in May 2019, when he sent off the Hornets’ Jose Holebas and awarded the Irons a penalty, converted by Mark Noble after a foul on Michail Antonio. Prior to that, Kavanagh officiated our 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in April 2019 and our 2-0 home win over Newcastle the month before, a game in which he also awarded the Hammers a penalty for a foul on Chicharito which was again converted by Noble.

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Kavanagh had previously been in charge for our 2-2 home draw with Brighton in January 2019, our 1-1 draw at Huddersfield in November 2018 and our 1-0 home defeat to Wolves in September 2018. He was the man in the middle for our 2-0 win at Leicester in May 2018 and also issued Arthur Masuaku with a red card for spitting in an FA Cup fourth round defeat at Wigan in January 2018.

Possible line-ups

West Ham United are without Fabian Balbuena and Arthur Masuaku, while Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop are doubts. Lukasz Fabianski could be available.

Burnley have doubts over Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jimmy Dunne and Charlie Taylor. Chris Wood has scored six goals in his six games against West Ham. The Clarets have scored just four goals in eight away league games so far this season

Possible West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Antonio.

Possible Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Barnes.

Enjoy the game – Up The Hammers!


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