Tottenham V West Ham preview

West Ham head to White Hart Lane today looking to build on their impressive start back in the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce’s high flying Hammers are currently 2 points ahead of Tottenham in seventh place, and only a further one point off a Europa League spot.

West Ham will be in a positive frame on mind having won their last away game in the Premier League up at Newcastle and will got to Tottenham looking to build on their solid start. West Ham fans will also hope that Andy Carroll can break his Hammers duck and get on the score sheet today or at least supply his old mate Kevin Nolan.

West Ham News

Yossi Benayoun is still struggling with a hip injury, so is unlikely to start but may make the bench, however there is better news on the Matt Jarvis front, with the winger returning to training this week and pushing for a starting berth.

Matt Taylor also returned from a spell on the sidelines against Stoke on Monday, so Modibo Maiga and Gry O’Neil will be looking nervously at the starting sheet with both Taylor and Jarvis looking to get back in to the starting eleven.

Tottenham News

Tottenham have had a difficult week, having lost the North London Derby at the weekend,  then their fans had terrible trouble in Rome with one of them being stabbed and more injured.

Emmanuel Adebayor will begin his three-match ban having been sent off against Arsenal, Mousa Dembele is back to full fitness and our old friend Defoe looks set to start in Adebayor’s absence.

Let’s hope it turns out to be an exciting match with West Ham taking 3 points of course!

Iron Bobby – West Ham United Blog

 

 

David Beckham to sign for West Ham?

david beckham west ham

Ok, the headline that David Beckham signs for West Ham got your attention, didn’t it lads?

What would the fans think of Beckham coming to London and hanging his boots up in style at West Ham? Lest we forget, David Beckham is an East Ender and ending his days at the Hammers would be both awesome for him and the team.

Becks was born in Leytonstone in 1975 and has played for the likes of Preston North End, Manchester United, Real Madrid and currently with LA Galaxy.The guy is a living legend and I for one have always enjoyed David’s flair and finesse. He is also one of the finest dead ball artists this planet and the next has ever seen and has proved this with every club he’s been to.

It’s not such a wild and kooky idea either. At the moment, the world is his oyster with interest coming in from France, Australia, China, Dubai and the Premier League to get Becks to sign on the dotted line and contract his services.

No doubt, he’d be a hit at West Ham and he knows it. He’s got the gutsy determination like captain Nolan and doesn’t take second best. He could move back to Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire and it would be a nice little ride down to East London in one of his fancy cars to the Boleyn Ground. it doesn’t get better than that, does it?

David Beckham would provide the youngsters at the Hammers with years of experience – all learnt at some of the top clubs in the world. Beckham would fit in perfectly with Allardyce’s plans, too. He could use the number 23 like Ferguson used Michael Owen at Manchester United. He used Owen in a nice and gentle role with no pressure. Beckham would love it; free kick here, long pass there – choice!

David Beckham has so many options open for him in December when he leaves his current club and any team or manager with half a brain would love to have him at their club. I would be happy for David Gold esquire to dip into his Arthur Daly style coat pockets and pull out his checkbook.

Even David Gold himself said:

“He’s an East End boy and it would be a fitting end to his career.”

He would be a real asset to the East London Club and apart from selling shed loads of West Ham kit with the number 23 on it he’d be the perfect playmaker.

Hammers battle to earn a point against Stoke

hammers vs stoke city 2012

It was Allardyce’s chance to move up to fifth place in the league table but the Hammers were met by a stubborn Stoke City who snatched an early goal courtesy of Jonathan Walters. The Hammers equalised via Joey O’Brien of all people and thus took a share of the spoils that the Boleyn Ground had to offer.

Stoke were their usual self and always pose an arial threat whether it’s against the Hammers or Man United. Stoke could have thumped in a second which would have knocked the wind out of our boys for sure when Steven N’Zonzi’s half volley clattered against Jussi’s crossbar just before half time. That would have been goal of the season, too!

Stoke were looking for their first away win and looked pretty much up for the task in hand.  The early goal by Walters gave Stoke some breathing room and allowed them to play a little. The Irons had an uphill task on their hands and it didn’t look like it was going to be a walk in the park.

For most of the first half the Hammers struggled to create chances and Stoke looked like they might snatch the full 3 points.

Promising second half

The second half proved much more promising for Allardyce’s boys as West Ham pushed Stoke City. Although Stoke were always going to be a threat in the air, the Hammers pushed them and Joey O’Brien scored his second goal for the club.

The Hammers should have had an equaliser in the bag just after the break though. Mohamed Diame combined nicely with Modibo Maiga down the left side to set loose  McCartney. The defender’s cross was inch perfect for Nolan but the Hammers’ captain put his header far too close to the Stoke City keeper.

West Ham levelled the match just moments after when Maiga had his strike charged down and Gary O’Neil was able to assist from the right side of play for Joey O’Brien to convert from the middle of the goal.

The equaliser appeared to have ruffled Stoke City’s feathers and Maiga came very close to putting the hammers ahead with just over half an hour to play. Mark Noble’s corner was won in the air by and knocked down by big Andy Carroll for Maiga to latch onto but could not beat keeper Begovic who made a decent save.

The Hammers‘ scorer O’Brien was then replaced by Guy Demel with 13 minutes remaining on the clock. He then had a decent effort that went just wide of Begovic’s goal six minutes later. Winston Reid also had a good chance to claim three points for the irons with a header late in the game but the New Zealand international did not get enough power on his effort and was wasted much to the dismay of the Boleyn Ground.

Ok, so we’ve snatched just a point which could have or should have been three. We’ve missed the chance to move up to fifth place and it would have given us some room to breathe as we have some tough games in the weeks to follow.

Diame: West Ham move the right decision

West Ham midfielder Mo Diame believes he made the correct decision in moving to The Boleyn after some critics questioned his decision to snub interest from Champions League clubs.

The 25 year-old Senegal international was reported to have attracted interest from several Champions League clubs after his contract with Wigan expired in July, but he chose to join newly promoted West Ham United.

However, with Sam Allardyce’s men positioned nicely at 6th place in the Premier League, Diame feels his choice has been fully vindicated.

People did say ‘Why are you going to West Ham when you can play in the Champions League?’ but they can see why I did now, he told West Ham TV.

It is a very big club in England and I am very happy to be here, now I am hoping that our good performances will continue.

That is why I came here. When I spoke to the club I knew they were trying to build a very good team.

We are working very hard every day on the training ground and you can see it is paying off.

Diame has been exceptional for The Hammers this season and has been our stand out player along with his midfield partners Noble and Nolan.

It was reported in the press this week that he may have a £7 Million release clause in his contract, I hope this is not true or that we get this rectified sharpish as on current form we will have a lot of clubs sniffing around for him in January.

Iron Bobby – West Ham United Blog 

West Ham line up Anelka

According the the papers today West Ham are looking to capitalise on the unhappiness of striker Nicolas Anelka who has failed to settle at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Anelka, 33, only left fellow London Premiership club Chelsea a year ago, however due to the forward not enjoying his time in China, West Ham have held talks about bringing him back to the Premiership.

Crazy Wages

However, Anelka will need to take a huge paycut if any deal were to materialise, as he currently takes home £250,000 per week from Shanghai Shenhua! Although it is believed Anelka is in some sort of pay dispute with his current employer which may be another reason he is looking to move on.

Allardyce’s Track Record

Anelka will also be aware of West Ham manager Sam Allardyce’s excellent record in extending the careers of other senior players.

Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff  and Fernando Hierro all enjoyed successful spells in the twilight years of their  playing days under Allardyce.

I am not sure how true this story is, however I do believe we will need to add some fire power to our front line  in January as most of our goals are coming from midfield this season.

On another note, how good is to be a West Ham fan at the moment? With the club up to 6th in the Premier League table and a fantastic 1-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend, the future is looking bright and if you offered me 4 points from City at home and Newcastle away I would have snapped your hand off! COYI!

Iron Bobby – West Ham United Blog

Ex Toon Nolan puts Newcastle to the sword

kevin nolan before the newcastle vs west ham game

It was up to ex Toon and West Ham’s captain fantastic Kevin Nolan to put his old club to the sword at St James’ Park this weekend where the Irons beat newcastle by a single goal to nil thus firing the East end club into sixth position.

It was an emotional return for the ex Newcastle player where he kept his emotions in check and refused to celebrate the goal which gave his team the victory. According to Sam Allardyce, Nolan has been the best signing West Ham has made under him when he joined them at the start of last year for just £5Million.

That 37th minute strike from Kevin Nolan earned the Hammers a sixth league table position and Allardyce is over the moon.

Kevin Nolan admitted after the match:

“It was a perfect scenario for me to score. It was emotional.

“But I was never going to celebrate scoring here. I never will.

“That was down to the support I got when I was at Newcastle. But this was a great result for us.”

Kevin Nolan had a great game alongside strike partner Andy Carroll and Allardyce has hailed his strike pair. Nolan went back to St James’ Park to haunt the Toons and bagged his fifth goal of the season. The pair worked well in unison and caused Alan Pardew’s men all sorts of problems up front.

Newcastle didn’t look like they had any interest in drawing the match let alone go for a win! They seemed to complacent and accepted the fact that they were one nil down. There were a few times where I thought the Hammers were slipping back into complacency, too. They soon sorted themselves out though and this win takes us up to sixth position. Liverpool did the league a favour yesterday by snatching a point from Chelsea from a Suarez equaliser. The ref didn’t see the nice shove Suarez gave a Chelsea defender to make way for the unstoppable header though 😉

Manchester City won and so did Manchester United with a win over Aston Villa. Man Utd were down 2 goals to nil before they decided to grow a brain and engage it on the pitch. Mexican star Chicharito knocked in two goals and tried to claim a third but was clearly going off target so the ref gave an own goal.

Allardyce was thrilled after the game at Tyneside and even more so as it has been a long 14 years without a win there.

After the match Sam Allardyce had this to say about his captain:

“Kevin’s relationship with Andy is such a good one that I don’t need to do a lot of coaching with the two of them.
If anything, they instinctively play off each other.
While Andy’s struggling to get a goal — and we’d like him to get one — Kevin’s scoring them, so we’re reaping the benefits of that relationship”.

This game has given all Hammer fans hope. We are gradually starting to mix it with the big guns and little by little Andy Carroll is starting to show the kind of form and spirit that Upton Park need. The partnership with captain Kevin Nolan is a good one and when you get two players like this with the telepathy they obviously have with each other then we have gold.

Let’s keep up the good work lads and COYI!