Hammers Draw With Millwall

Sam Allardyce settled for a point from a competitive London derby at Millwall today but knew his team had made enough chances to have taken all three.

The Hammers headed to The Den in great away form and could have had a tremendous start inside the first minute when Henri Lansbury caught home keeper David Forde napping. Lansbury shot towards an empty net from fully 40 yards only to see it just flash wide.

He also hit the bar and Julien Faubert went close in the first half before Kevin Nolan and David Bentley spurned golden opportunities in the second 45. Although it is six games unbeaten, a first win at Millwall since 1991 still eludes the Hammers.

“We are disappointed we didn’t win it but we respect the point we have got and a clean sheet based on the pressure Millwall put us under in the first half,” said Allardyce.

“I thought it was a fantastic piece of vision from Henri [in the first minute]. I was thinking ‘why the hell are you shooting from there?’He must have seen the keeper in the position he was and had the ball been on target it would have gone in the back of the net.

“It would have been nice to been talking about that goal but unfortunately it didn’t go in.”

Millwall recovered well from that early scare and gave as good as they got before half-time. Robert Green had to be alert for occasional forays forward but the Hammers looked more dangerous, even if they did have less of the ball than their hosts.

Even though we didn’t win we didn’t lose and against Millwall away I am happy with that! Can’t allow them any bragging rights now can we!

Big Sam Launches New Store

Sam Allardyce led a trio of his West Ham United players to the new store at Westfield Stratford City.

The manager, Kevin Nolan, Carlton Cole and Jack Collison met hundreds of supporters that flocked into the shop from 2pm on Tuesday to mark the official opening of the biggest shopping centre in Europe.

The quartet signed all manner of items purchased in store. Scores of journalists and photographers turned up to see the big launch event, with the Hammers buzz spreading around the state of the art centre.

Big Sam said: “It is great to see everyone turn out for this new store. It is in a good location and it is always nice to meet fans face to face. They gave us their best wishes for the weekend and hopefully we will do them proud.”

With the store now open seven days a week, fans should look out for more great promotions and also a new loyalty card scheme running from today.

Skipper Kevin said: “The store looks really good and it was great to see so many fans here on the first day of its opening. By coming along, they are supporting the club and we are really grateful to them for turning out. We were as happy to meet them as they were to see us.”

I popped down to the store myself and it really was buzzing and very manic! Great to see how much support The Hammers have!

Brady: FIFA Ignoring Us

Karren Brady has revealed that Brescia are yet to pay any of the fees that prompted West Ham’s request to suspend former striker Alessandro Diamanti’s registration.

Brady speaking in Saturday’s edition of The Sun revealed that the Serie B club still owe United instalments worth around £1.5million.

Brady also hit out at the game’s ruling body FIFA, who she claimed had effectively ignored West Ham United’s request for intervention into the case that has dragged on for several months.

“Chasing your money in Europe is hard work,” she said. “£450,000 has been due for so long we’ve been in touch with the Italian federation and FIFA to impose some kind of sanction, but the money still isn’t immediately forthcoming.

“Another million plus is due next week and there’s still no sign of the first payment. FIFA have done nothing more than yawn.

“It isn’t as if Brescia don’t have the funds. They have just sold the Italian international to Bologna. In England, our leagues would be down on us like a ton of Mike Ashleys.”

Nice to know FIFA are looking out for the little guy!

Parker Slaps In Transfer Request

Scott Parker slapped in a transfer request in order to push through his move to Tottenham ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

The midfielder claimed he had to leave West Ham in order to continue being involved with the England squad, although he has been picked for two consecutive England squads as a West Ham player in The Championship. Sounds like an excuse to me Scotty! Just say you want to leave rather than come out with some England nonsense when your already in the squad and Mr. Capello has stated he will continue to pick you!

“I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club,” he told whufc.com.

“The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.

“I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season.”

Not the best time to go to our bitter North London rivals when we are embroiled in a bitter dispute with them!

Sam Baldock Signs

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of striker Sam Baldock from MK Dons.

The 22-year-old striker put pen to paper on a four-year deal, with an option for a fifth year following a successful medical that took place earlier in the day.

Baldock, who has been in fine goal scoring form for The Dons could just be our new Tony Cottee. When I have seen him play he looks lively and sharp and always sniffing out a chance, he could be the perfect foil for Carlton Cole. I have always been a fan of little man big man strike partnerships.

“I am pleased to be here,” he told whufc.com. “I am just excited to be coming to such a great club, caked in so much history. I just want to hit the ground running.

“I want to show [the fans] what I can do and hopefully everyone will be proud of me.”

Southampton came in at the death with a bid apparently to land Baldock, but West Ham won the race and are thought to have paid around £2million to secure his services, although the exact figure remains undisclosed.

Hammers Cleared

Tottenham’s attempts to throw a spanner in the works over West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium have been proved futile, after it was announced that the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to United has been upheld.

Independent investigators were called in after a newspaper accused West Ham of corruption due to personal links between an employee of the club and a member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC). Although it was Tottenham who used debatable means to gather this information! I can see this one going on and on.

However forensic accountants acting on behalf of investigators Moore Stephens have concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that the relationship had any bearing on the decision to award use of the £500million stadium to West Ham post the 2012 games.

Tottenham, who are set to continue with their request for a judicial review – despite both this and a previous investigation commissioned by West Ham into the affair having returned ‘no evidence’ verdicts – take their case to the High Court this Wednesday.

Does anyone else just wish they would let it go?!

Brady Has A Dig!

Reading the current bun (The Sun Newspaper) this morning, I noticed that the lovely Karen Brady took the time to dig out two of our former players.

She had a pop at both Benni ‘I Ate All The Pies’ McCarthy and ex skipper Matthew Upson. Upson being someone she has had words with in the past in their Birmingham City days.

She had a glowing report for new captain Kevin Nolan and how he has begun his career at Upton Park, Brady said:

“These days footballers are so well rewarded there’s an impression that they’re all overpaid, under-employed, out-of-touch clubbers.

“It isn’t true, anyway, but in Nolan’s case it’s slander in the first degree. I also respect him for insisting that he writes his own comments on our fans’ website. Now that is unusual.”

The biggest dig was saved for South African short buster Benni McCarthy, commenting on Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips body fat count of 8.6 per cent, Brady said: “I had a player once whose body fat was three times that. Altogether he cost West Ham about £5million and he didn’t score once. Answers please on a postcard!”

Saucer of milk for Brady!! In this case though I think she is on the money, I have seen people at Weight Watchers in better shape than our Benni!!

Watford 0 – 4 West Ham United

West Ham had a wonderful victory against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight, running out four nil winners in a very professional performance.

Sam Allardyce’s team enjoyed a first back-to-back away wins since 2007 in tonight’s Championship clash.

The signs were good for The Hammers in as early as the third minute when centre-half James Tomkins pounced on Matty Taylor’s corner to direct a powerful header beyond Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach.

The second goal came with half time rapidly approaching, right back O’Brien sprinted past half the Watford team before firing beyond Loach at the second attempt after the Hornets keeper had pummelled away his initial effort.

Carlton Cole added another when he converted an Ilunga cutback from close range. Finally, Scott Parker completed the rout for the Hammers with a tidy finish to send the Hammers into third place in the league.

I am not used to seeing such a professional performance from the boys, especially on the road so long may it continue.