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.

Transfer Gossip

Vaz Te: I Want to Leave

Ricardo Vaz Te has handed in a transfer request. He has given a statement to Sky Sports. This should set the fox among the chickens…

“In my 10 years as a professional football player I have never submitted a transfer request nor issued a statement. However, I am frustrated at West Ham United Football Club. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that I submit a transfer request and look to join a club where my approach to the game will be appreciated. Last season I was asked to change positions for the benefit of the team even though I had just scored 24 goals. The main objective was to finish top 10 in the Premier League and I followed my instructions to the best of my ability as the club always comes first. As a result even though I was injured for three months no other player made more assists than me and no other winger scored more goals than me. In addition, since I joined this football club on 31st January 2012 no other player has scored more goals than me in all official competitions to date. Statistics are evident to all, despite this, it has been made obvious to myself and my representatives that I am not in the manager’s plans. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that I submit a transfer request and look to join a club where my approach to the game will be appreciated.”


That angry look towards the bench when he scored on Tuesday makes so much more sense now.

Even if he is sold before the transfer deadline, he is certainly not going to free up enough wages to enable us to sign someone like Ba or Defoe. He is rumoured to be on a maximum of £25k per week.

Player Performance Results

Ravel Morrison the Clear Man of the Match

Well it’s not difficult to see who you were most impressed with last night. And a big pat on the back for Leo Chambers, who completed his first full first team game. By all reports he performed really well. It was also good to see one of my favourite players, James Tomkins, get a runout. I still think this boy will be an England regular one day. But how could you justify breaking up the Collins/Reid partnership?

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