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.

West Ham Keen To Sell Parker

Another week and still no takers for Scott Parker! The club are keen to get Parker moved on and recoup as much of the £7 million paid to to Newcastle for his services as they can.

The failure to offload Parker is thought to be a major cause for concern for the club considering the player is rumoured to be earning in the region of £60,000 per week.

I personally think clubs are running the clock down until deadline day to sneak a bargain! I can’t see past Tottenham for his eventual destination.

On Saturday, Karren Brady confirmed that the club needed to part with some players in order to balance the books.

“No one has embarked on negotiations for one of our three England squad players,” she said in her tabloid columm, adding: “We need to sell for our accounts – but not desperately.”

Parker’s body language is indicative of his desire to leave the club with whom he happily signed a five-year contract last autumn, just watching him not celebrating scoring goals or his team mates scoring is ample enough proof he no longer wants to be at West Ham.

Having put in two very mediocre performances in the games versus Cardiff and Doncaster many have questioned his commitment to the club.

Pottsy Back In The Fold

Steve Potts has returned to West Ham to take up a coaching role.

The former Irons centre half, now 44 – can you believe it, seems like yesterday he was running out for the team – made 399 first team appearances for West Ham between 1985 and 2002. He has joined the Academy coaching team at Chadwell Heath where he will take control of the club’s under 16 squad on a part-time basis.

Pottsy famously scored just the one goal in his entire career at West Ham way back in 1990.

Unusually for a centre back Pottsy is only 5’8 but that did not stop him winning Hammer of The Year on two occasions.

Welcome back Steve!

 

Capello Will Still Pick West Ham Stars

England Manager Fabio Capello has confirmed that he will continue to pick Scott Parker for England if he remains at West Ham.

The England manager, who has included Parker and team mate Rob Green in his squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Holland rebuffed rumours that Parker’s international career could be put on hold should he remain at West Ham and play in the Championship.

However Capello stressed that ideally Parker would be playing in the top flight of English football:

“If he does not move then that is not my problem. He is one who can play with the national team,” Capello told reporters. “He is part of the group. If he is fit, he will be okay to stay with us. I will continue picking him. If I find a really good player in the Championship, I will pick him.

“I hope for him and for me he will play in the Premier League. It is important Scott plays in the Premier League. He is a focused guy – but they play more games [in the Championship] than the Premier League.”

Parker is set to start for West Ham against Cardiff at the Boleyn Ground in today’s game.

Goodbye From Boa Morte

Luis Boa Morte has wished West Ham good luck for their Championship campaign.

32-year-old Boa Morte left West Ham with a year of his contract remaining after he was informed that he was surplus to requirements by the powers that be.

But the former Arsenal star harbours no ill feelings towards his former club, with whom he spent four-and-a-half years having been signed by Alan Curbishley from Fulham for £5million in January 2007.

“I am sad to leave West Ham as I have made a lot of friends here,” Boa Morte told whufc.com. “I wish all the best to my team-mates and for the club to get promoted.

“It is a sad day for me to leave playing football in England after 14 years [but] I am looking forward to a new challenge. It is never too late to try somewhere and something different.

“There are high and low memories – the low ones only make you stronger – now it is a fresh start for me. I would like to think people would have seen me always give everything for the team. I always tried to put my heart and head in for the team.”

Big Sam: I Am Here To Win The Championship

Our new manager Sam Allardyce insists that nothing less than promotion to The Premiership will be an acceptable return from his first season in charge of The Hammers.

West Ham United’s 14th full-time manager was installed as the successor to Avram Grant in June.

Acknowledging that more players will have to leave to balance the books, Big Sam feels that he has a squad capable of achieving that magical instant return to the Premier League.

“No one else can put any more expectations and pressure on than me,” he told the Independent on Sunday. “I haven’t come down here to spend a long time down in the Championship.

“I’ve come to win the club promotion and get myself where I’ve been for the last 10 years, and that’s managing in the top league in the world.

“You’re happy that that type of talent is moving a step down to try to get itself back up. Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor have the same ambition as me: to spend as little time as possible in the Championship. But we’re not taking it for granted that we’re going to get promoted.”

However Allardyce accepts that West Ham will be forced to cut costs and squad numbers following relegation from the Premier League.

“It will be a tougher division,” he said. “It’s going to be damned hard work over a marathon season of 46 games. We have to perform at a consistent level and make sure we’re always in a winning frame of mind.

“The club was in despair; relegation leaves a club traumatised. You’ve got to get over the trauma and back to positive thinking. You win a game of football as much with your mind as with your ability.”

Chelsea want Parker on loan

News coming out in some of the papers and being touted around the web today are that Chelsea want Parker, but only on loan for the season as cover for Michael Essien who is injured.

The deal would see Chelsea cover Parkers wages as well as paying a small fee for taking the midfielder. It’s unclear if West Ham are interested at this stage.

It would also allow Parker to return to West Ham if they achieve promotion back to the premier league at the first time of asking.

Would this suit West Ham though as Parker will be another year older and his resale value will have gone down further.

So do you think this is a good idea or would you prefer to take the cash now and say thank you very much Scott and strengthen then team?