Kouyate’s first goal of the season gives Hammers three points in Noble’s 400th appearance

It wasn’t a pretty game of footy, but Cheikhou Kouyate’s first league goal of the season gave West Ham a priceless win on captain Mark Noble’s 400th appearance. The win was the Hammers’ first in eight games and put them eight points above the relegation zone with six to play.

Andy Carroll had scored five times in six games against Swansea in the lead up to this game, but Slaven Bilic opted to leave the lanky forward on the bench, with Andre Ayew, a former Swans player, chosen to lead the line and the trio of Lanzini, Antonio and Snodgrass picked to support the Ghanaian international.

Both teams, aware that a loss could drag them into the relegation dogfight [Read more…]

Mark Noble yellow carded on 400th appearance, to miss Sunderland & Everton games

Mark Noble marked his 400th appearance for West Ham with a yellow card that will see him miss the club’s next two games against Sunderland (away) and Everton (home). Noble’s 39th minute foul on Swansea City’s Leroy Fer (a rather unnecessary one at that) saw him collect his 10th yellow of the season, which according to the current rules, earns him a two match ban.

The more frustrating fact- the league’s yellow card “amnesty” kicks in on the second Sunday of April (April 9, 2017 for this season), and if Noble had got through this game without being booked, he would’ve avoided the ban.

Noble’s foul came just seconds after Michail Antonio injured his hamstring, leading to the latter being stretchered off and replaced by Jonathan Calleri [Read more…]

West Ham United vs Swansea City Preview

After the Hammers disastrous last game against Fulham where they could have done a lot better, Allardyce’s men take on Swansea City tomorrow at the Boleyn ground.

Swansea are looking a good side at the moment thanks to 26 year old Spaniard Miguel Pérez Cuesta or Michu as most people know him. He really seems to have found his scoring boots – something that he hardly bothered to lace up whilst in La Liga. [Read more…]