Match Report

West Ham 0 Stoke City 1

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Mark Noble

Well that was a bit deflating wasn’t it? After the optimism we have all felt, this game brought us down to earth with a very big bump. i can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a game less. It was a terrible performance from us with virtually no redeeming factors. We lacked bite, possession and had a powderpuff attack. If Sam is truly happy with our attacking lineup, then I’m a Dutchman. Modibo Maiga should take a good look at himself in the changing room mirror. He was an utter, utter disgrace today. He’s had three games to prove he can be Andy Carroll’s deputy and he has put in virtually no effort at all. He is an embarrassment and not fit to wear the claret and blue.

I don’t want to see a performance like that again this season. We were as bad as Newcastle were last week. And the terrible thing is, if we had won today, we’d have gone joint top with Chelsea, or even top on our own if we had won by two goals.

Let’s admit it. Stoke outplayed us. I’m told they had 64% of the possession, but it’s worse than that. We were second to every ball. we barely won a header throughout the whole game. Our tackling was half-hearted at best. Player didn’t back each other up. The team spirit we have been used to was absent. You can do nothing but conclude that Mark Hughes got one over on Sam Allardyce.

James Collins

Defensively Reid and Collins were fine. Collins got man of the match and it was probably deserved. O’Brien looked bright too. But that’s about where the positive remarks end. Mark Noble was the best of the midfielders. He gave the ball away too often, but he won the ball more than any other West Ham player and he was an 80% pass conversion. Nolan was far too anonymous and didn’t threaten the Stoke goal at all. Diame flattered to deceive. Jarvis put in quite a few crosses to absolutely no effect, and Downing was simply appalling. Ravel Morrison looked bright enough when he came on, but looked a little lightweight.

Let’s just say, though, the free kick which led to Pennant’s goal was a very soft one and in my opinion should never have been given. However, the wall didn’t do its job, and neither did the goalkeeper.

If we don’t bring in one or two strikers before 11pm on Monday we might be in for a very difficult season. I am beginning to feel that the return of Carlton Cole may be quicker than most people might imagine.

Jaaskelainen 6
Demel 5
O’Brien 6
Collins 7
Reid 6
Noble 6
Diame 5
Nolan 4
Jarvis 6
Downing 4
Maiga 2
Morrison 6

UPDATE: An honest reaction from Allardyce after the game HERE


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Match Thread

Match Thread: West Ham v Stoke City

Please use this thread to comment on the match against Stoke City as it progresses.


Match Preview

Match Preview: West Ham v Stoke City

Will he, won’t he? Will Sam Allardyce have the courage to blood Ravel Morrison for the first time in a Premier League game? My bet is that he won’t, for the very valid reason that none of our central midfield threesome of Diame, Noble and Nolan deserve to be dropped. Two games in and none of them have had a bad game. Hopefully, the knowledge that Morrison is knocking on the door will spur them on to greater things against Stoke. But I know we all hope that we will see Ravel Morrison at some point during the game.

I can see little case for making many other changes. It’s possible that Razvan Rat could make his Premier League debut too, but to be honest it would be hard on Joey O’Brien. One thing I think we can be sure of is that Ricardo Vaz Te won’t feature at all. Sam Allardyce is clearly furious with him and sent him to train on his own today.

On the wings, it looks as if Joe Cole will miss out to Stewart Downing, with Matt Jarvis on the other wing and Maiga in front of them.

I’m bringing my web designer Russell to the game tomorrow. He has never been to a football match and has no understanding of the game whatsoever. I’ll let you know if he becomes a Hammers convert!


Talking Point

Allardyce Swings His Handbag at Pardew

Sam Allardyce’s weekly Evening Standard column always makes for a good read, and this week’s is no exception. Not sure Alan Pardew will agree, though.

I must say I was very disappointed with Alan Pardew’s comments following our 0-0 draw at Newcastle last weekend. After the game, he said: “West Ham did their usual, played the long ball and tried to slow the game down a bit.” I thought that showed a real lack of respect for me and, more importantly, my team. My advice to him would be to concentrate on his own job and forget about making comments about someone else’s.

Oooooh, saucer of milk for Mr Allardyce! But he’s got a point hasn’t he? If you look at the statistics from last weekend’s game. Newcastle played 54 long balls compared to our 38.

I used to really rate Pardew. No longer. Let;s be kind and put it down the fact that he suspects by the end of September he’ll be adding to the unemployment statistics.


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