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25 points. Two consecutive wins. Another brace from Kevin Nolan. A rather satisfying day, one way or another!

And doesn’t this look good. Just imagine if we could do the unthinkable and win our next two home games…

Match Thread

Match Thread:Aston Villa v West Ham

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Team: Adrian, Demel, McCartney, Collins, Tomkins, Noble, Taylor, Nolan ©, Jarvis, Downing, C.Cole
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Johnson, Armero, Collison, Nocerino, Borriello

Match Preview

Match Preview: Aston Villa v West Ham

Let’s hope our character shines through today. I really think the events of the last few days may well have instilled a little bit more “we’ll show ’em” spirit into the team. Carlton Cole, who I assume will replace Andy Carroll, is in very good form and will be keen to cement his place and make Marco Borriello wait for his first start.

Many are saying that is is now clear that Kevin Nolan only plays well when Andy Carroll is in the team. Well, that is as maybe, but I don’t think Allardyce will ever drop his captain. he may well get subbed in a lot of games, but he’ll never be left out. In midfield, the manager has some difficult decisions to make if he continues to play 4-3-3. There will be a lot of very unhappy midfielders if Noble and Nolan are automatic first choices. Assuming two wingers play, then there is only one place for Diame, Collison, Morrison and Nocerino to compete for. I think in some away games he will only play with one winger – probably Downing – and cement the midfield with Diame or Nocerino.

In defence, I imagine Collins and Tomkins will continue with Winston Reid still not totally fit. At left back Pablo Armero will be pushing for a start, although George McCartney will start today I’d have thought.

When you look at the Head to Head stats you’d have to say a draw is the most likely result…

Head to Head *
Head to Head Win : Aston Villa: 35.2; West Ham United: 35.2%
Won: Aston Villa: 38; West Ham United: 38
Drawn: Aston Villa: 32; West Ham United: 32
Lost: Aston Villa: 38; West Ham United: 38
Goals Scored: Aston Villa: 168; West Ham United: 166
Goals Conceded: Aston Villa: 166; West Ham United: 168

We need to get something out of this game. Let’s hope we do.

Talking Point

West Ham trade mark 'Upton Park' and 'Boleyn ground' despite moving

West Ham United have trade marked the words ‘Upton Park’ despite planning to move away from the area in 2016

The trade mark was granted and published in the trade mark journal recently on 31st January.The Trade Mark forbids the name being used in a wide list of goods and services including bizarre items such as pot porri and whips. The full list can be found HERE

The Trade Mark ‘The Boleyn Ground’ was also registered late last year until the year 2023 so no-one can use the name Boleyn Ground on another large list of goods and services HERE

West Ham are also currently attempting to trade mark the words ‘Irons’ and ‘The Irons’ which has not been granted as yet.

Talking Point

Independent Arbitration Tribunal dismiss legal challenge by West Ham

The FA have made a statement to confirm “An Independent Arbitration Tribunal convened under FA Rule K has today dismissed a legal challenge brought by West Ham United FC and Andy Carroll in relation to the red card received by Carroll in the match between West Ham United FC and Swansea City FC on 1 February 2014.”

The FA were awarded their costs of £13,092 which West ham must pay.

Full FA Statement HERE

The award papers written by Nicholas Stewart QC whom we assume was the third member of the panel can be found HERE

West Ham have made an official statement saying: “West Ham United have issued a statement in response to the outcome of the Independent Arbitration Tribunal.Whilst West Ham United are obviously disappointed at the decision, as we have made clear throughout, we respect the rules of football and shall abide by them.Andy Carroll will now serve a three-match suspension, which will rule him out of the Barclays Premier League fixtures at Aston Villa tomorrow and at home to Norwich City and Southampton. He will be available for selection again for the trip to Everton on Saturday 1 March.”

Full Statement HERE

Earlier today the club confirmed they were appearing before an Independent Arbitral Tribunal in a challenge to the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision relating to the three-match suspension of Andy Carroll. They said “the Club is concerned that the Regulatory Commission did not apply the correct test under the rule, and denied the Club procedural fairness.West Ham’s complaint is made under the FA Rules, and the Club shall accept and abide by the decision of the Independent Arbitral Tribunal.The Club has no intention of taking the issue to the courts, but simply seeks a fair determination of its rights under the FA’s Rules.”

This appears to be the final chapter in this story.

The End

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