Kevin Nolan Out For Three

This is a bit of a blow for the Hammers: Kevin Nolan is to sit out the iron’s next THREE matches!

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West Ham United opted not to appeal against the red card their skipper picked up on Saturday’s 2-1 win at Upton Park against old foes Millwall. Nolan picked up the red card just after 9 minutes of play and left his team to play 81 minutes against a Millwall side who were “up for it”.

The red card was shown to the hammer’s skipper for the two footed lunge at Millwall’s Jack Smith.

Millwall Sick As Parrots

Millwall are sick as parrots after being defeated by the Hammers on Saturday. And after the hammer’s captain Kevin Nolan being sent off after just nine minutes after a rather crude tackle on Jack Smith, Millwall must be even sicker.

They basically had the hammers at their mercy with West Ham down to ten men. But it wasn’t to be, was it? Millwall desperately needed the points and West Ham needed them too for an extra cushion at the top of the table.

People thought that Millwall would have stepped up to the plate and brought the game to the irons but West Ham managed to stretch the dockers wide and bring the game to them via the flanks.

It may be true that the winning goal that sealed the deal for the irons should have been disallowed for a foul on Millwall’s keeper Forde, but hey, i’m not complaining and that’s football, isn’t it? You win some and you lose some!

Sam Allardyce, who claimed Nolan’s dismissal was harsh, said: “I think this may be a defining moment. It was a result we deserved and we managed the disappointment of Kevin going off the field. “I am upset because it could have spoiled the game. It’s not the worst tackle in the game and if they are going to keep doing that, we will see 10 versus 11 and nobody wants that.

 

All we can say is that a great game was had by all and there was no bloodshed either, not even off the pitch.

Check out the video below showing the Hammer’s reaction to the second goal.

Maynard’s Delight

West Ham United’s new striker Nicky Maynard is ‘ecstatic’ after managing to seal a late deal to join us on transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old was the subject of a lot of interest in the January window after netting 46 times since joining Bristol City in 2008, even turning down a move to Premiership side Wigan Athletic.

The prolific centre-forward left Ashton Gate on Tuesday night after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Irons.

Maynard who has 81 goals on his professional tally, has a proven goalscoring record and is eager to get his career underway at The Boleyn Ground.

“I’m ecstatic,” he told West Hams Official Website. “It’s been a long day but I’m delighted to put pen to paper and can’t wait to get going.

Over The Moon

“West Ham are a massive club. They’ve got everything geared to get to the Premier League and the Premier League is where I want to be.

“I’m a quick player who likes to get behind and thrives off chances. I’ll keep plugging away all game as I’m not happy unless I’m scoring.”

Maynard enjoyed a schoolboy spell with Arsenal before moving to the Crewe Alexandra academy where he graduated and went on to score 35 goals in 67 appearances for the Railwaymen.

Despite Bristols poor form this season Maynard has still managed to bag eight goals.

Official: Hammers Nick Maynard From Bristol

West Ham United have captured striker Nicky Maynard from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Maynard has signed a two and a half year deal – with an option for an extra year – with the Hammers, was one of the most sought-after players in English football after a prolific spell at Ashton Gate, where he has scored 46 goals in 130 games.

Talking to WHUFC.com

“I’m ecstatic. It’s been a long day but I’m delighted to put pen to paper and can’t wait to get going. West Ham are a massive club. They’ve got everything geared to get to the Premier League and the Premier League is where I want to be.

“I’m a quick player who likes to get in behind and thrives off chances. I’ll keep plugging away all game and as I’m not happy unless I’m scoring goals.”

Great signing in my opinion, along with Vaz Te he will add some much needed fire power to our front line!

Official: Vaz Te Signs

West Ham United have officially completed the signing of Ricardo Vaz Te from Barsnley.

The former Portugal Under-21 international forward joins the Hammers on a two and a half year deal with an option for a third year for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking to WHUFC.com:

“I feel great. I’m very excited to work with Sam again and it’s great because I know a few players here,” he said. “I’m very thankful and excited and looking forward to it.

“I spoke to Sam on Tuesday and went to see him at his office. He told me what he’s looking for. I’m very excited and I think he’s very excited too. I’ve played with Kevin Nolan and Joey O’Brien before and I also know Neil McDonald and some of the backroom staff.

“I had a fantastic time at Barnsley. I’m very grateful for the opportunity they gave me and I hope the fans can understand why I left as West Ham is a great opportunity for me. I have a great respect and love for the Barnsley fans and I wish them the very best.”

Good news in my opinion as he definitely knows where the back of the net is, and having seen him play he looks like a tricky customer.