Media Player Ratings- How did our players fare against Swansea (H)?

Here is a small table that shows ratings for West Ham’s players for their game against Swansea on 30 September, 2017, as compiled from various media sources. Not surprisingly, substitutes Diafra Sakho and Arthur Masuaku have been rated highly for their contributions, while Mark Noble didn’t exactly crown himself in glory, according to the pundits. We agree that while Nobes didn’t have a great game, he was perhaps no better than the rest- this was a pretty poor performance overall. [Read more…]

Post Match Report & Thoughts- West Ham v Swansea | Win that papers over the cracks?

Going into this game, West Ham had never failed to score at home against Swansea, finding the back of the net 74 times in 31 previous games against the Swans.

Going into this game, Swansea were yet to concede an away goal in the Premier League this season.

One of those two records was to be broken at the London Stadium, and for eighty nine minutes, it looked like the former, before substitutes Arthur Masuaku and Diafra Sakho combined for a goal that saw Swansea concede a late winner for the second Saturday in a row. [Read more…]

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 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…]

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…]

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham- Analysis, Match Report and Thoughts

This was always going to be a tough start to the new Premier League season. The second season in Jose Mourinho’s tenure in his managerial stints so far has always been good for the Portuguese gaffer, and with the Red Devils’ attack spearheaded by a striker who loves to score against West Ham for fun, it perhaps came as no surprise that the visitors ended on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline.

West Ham sorely missed the creativity of Manuel Lanzini in attack and the pace of Michail Antonio. United were too good for them, especially in the centre of the park, where the trio of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and new signing Nemanja Matic outclassed Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes.

United dominated the early stages of the game and Mata had two good chances to put them ahead, but the Spaniard failed to make the most of both chances. West Ham held out for half an hour, but the goal came, and it was new signing Matic who was at the heart of it. The Serbian dispossessed Pedro Obiang in midfield and United launched a blistering counter attack in midfield through the speedy Marcus Rashford. Not content with having initiated the move, Matic also ran a clever support line that kept Winston Reid in suspense, and it was enough to give Romelu Lukaku space to score on his OT debut. [Read more…]