West Ham 2-3 Tottenham | Thoughts and Opinions

This was a game that West Ham started and finished well, and lost in the middle. That’s about as succinct a summary as it gets.

With Pedro Obiang picking up a knock against West Brom, in came Mark Noble to the starting lineup, and with Carroll benched, Chicharito reverted to a more familiar central position, with Antonio and Arnautovic supporting the Mexican from the wings. James Collins, also injured against Albion, was replaced in the back three by Angelo Ogbonna. [Read more…]

West Ham to auction off match worn shirts from Tottenham game for charity

West Ham have announced that they will auction off match worn shirts after this weekend’s derby against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with all proceeds going to charity.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the YoXMexico foundation, an initiative launched by Hammers striker Javier Hernandez and his Mexican compatriot Miguel Layun, to help those hit by the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

Hammers chairman David Gold has also announced that they will match any donations raised from the auction. [Read more…]

West Ham 3-0 Bolton | Hammers too good for struggling Trotters

Arthur Masuaku scored a fantastic goal as West Ham eased past Bolton Wanderers 3-0 to seal their spot in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. 35,806 spectators were in attendance at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for this fixture.

The Trotters, winless and bottom of the table in the Championship, were no match for the Hammers, with new summer signing Marko Arnautovic starring for the home side. Bilic gave several of his fringe players and youngsters a start, with Sam Byram and Sead Haksabanovic both in the XI.

Arnautovic had two assists to his name, with his free kick leading to Angelo Ogbonna’s headed opener. He also set up Diafra Sakho for the club’s second. The Austrian and Andrew Ayew could’ve both also been on the scoresheet, but their finishing wasn’t quite up to scratch. [Read more…]

Talking Points- Carroll’s 100th PL appearance for West Ham ends in tame draw at the Hawthorns

This was as drab as it got, and perhaps a darning indictment on the quality of the game was the fact that it was last on Match of the Day, even below Spurs vs Swansea, which was a borefest in itself!

The corresponding fixture last season produced six goals, but chances were few and far between in this game that celebrated two important milestones- Gareth Barry’s 632nd appearance (equalling Ryan Giggs’ record for most league appearances), and Andy Carroll’s 100th league appearance for West Ham, five years after joining the club [Read more…]

This game last season- West Bromwich Albion 4-2 West Ham United (2016-17)

Ahead of this weekend’s game at the Hawthorns, we take a look at what happened in the corresponding fixture last season. This fixture will take place on the 16th of September, 2017- last season’s took place on the 17th of September, 2016.

West Brom powered themselves to a 4-0 lead by the hour mark, with Nacer Chadli netting a double (including one penalty) and Salomon Randon and James McClean also getting on the scoresheet, as the Baggies registered their first home win since March.

Goals from Antonio and Lanzini (PG) lent a sense of respectability to the scoreline for West Ham. None of the three subs used by Bilic that afternoon- Feghouli, Calleri and Fletcher, are with the club currently [Read more…]

Player news ahead of Albion game- Arnautovic back, Noble & Lanzini to sit out

Marko Arnautovic is available for selection for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion after serving his three game ban (he was red carded against Southampton for elbowing Stephens, which many fans regard as a reason for them losing that fixture to Saints).

However Bilic also revealed that Mark Noble’s knee has not fully healed and the Albion game will come too soon for him, with Bolton looking like a more achievable return target for the veteran midfielder. [Read more…]

West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield- Thoughts and reports

The club’s first home league game of the season at the London Stadium was a pivotal one for both fans and coach Slaven Bilic. Just hours before the game he had seen Crystal Palace sack Frank de Boer, thus landing the Dutchman the unwanted record of having the shortest reign as Premier League manager, and had expressed fears that he could be the next one to go- with Palace having been ahead of the Hammers in the table when De Boer was shown the door. [Read more…]